7 Wonderful Books That You Can Read in Less Than A Day
We love Sunday reading. We also love the feeling of accomplishment when finishing a book (and inching closer to our annual Goodreads goals).
In honor of all this, we’ve put together a short list of short books and novellas that can be read in a day or less. So pick a book or two, pour yourself a cozy beverage, and dive in.
(We love hearing from you! Be sure to let us know what you’re reading in the comments and/or what you would add to our recommendations.)
1) The Zoo: An Allegorical Adventure by Stephen Black
Recommended for lovers of satirical dystopias.
“The Zoo is a political satire with a dystopian twist. At the core, it’s a social critique that mirrors the changes taking place in our society and culture, where the book’s primary characters (zoo animals) reflect the role politicians and general citizens play in influencing our society’s evolutionary path. . .” read more.
2) The Giver by Lois Lowry
Recommended for movie goers.
“Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. . .” read more.
3) Ficciones by Jorge Louis Borges
Recommended for those looking for a literary challenge.
“Reading Jorge Luis Borges is an experience akin to having the top of one’s head removed for repairs. First comes the unfamiliar breeze tickling your cerebral cortex; then disorientation, even mild discomfort; and finally, the sense that the world has been irrevocably altered–and in this case, rendered infinitely more complex. . .” read more.
4) We the Animals by Justin Torres
Recommended for lovers of coming-of-age tales.
“An exquisite, blistering debut novel.
Three brothers tear their way through childhood — smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from trash, hiding out when their parents do battle, tiptoeing around the house as their mother sleeps off her graveyard shift. Paps and Ma are from Brooklyn — he’s Puerto Rican, she’s white — and their love is a serious, dangerous thing that makes and unmakes a family many times. . .” read more.
5) A History Of Love by Nicole Krauss
Recommended for romantics.
“Leo Gursky taps his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he s still alive. But it wasn t always like this: in the Polish village of his youth, he fell in love and wrote a book. . . . Sixty years later and half a world away, fourteen-year-old Alma, who was named after a character in that book, undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family. . .” read more.
6) Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
Recommended for aficionados of foreign literature.
“One of the best-loved of Nabokov’s novels, Pnin features his funniest and most heart-rending character. Professor Timofey Pnin is a haplessly disoriented Russian émigré precariously employed on an American college campus in the 1950s. Pnin struggles to maintain his dignity through a series of comic and sad misunderstandings, all the while falling victim both to subtle academic conspiracies and to the manipulations of a deliberately unreliable narrator. . .” read more.
7) The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Recommended for the young-at-heart.
“Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.” Learn more.