I often have people tell me,
"I don't have time to read."
If you are one of those people,
this is the list for you.
All of these books are
books you can finish in one night.
(Note: A great resource for short books is
David Major and John Major's guide, 100 One-Night Reads.
I chose, for this Top Ten,
books that were not listed in that guide.)
We Sinners: A Novel
by Hanna Pylvainen
The vexations and consolations of religion.
A Room With a View
by E. M. Forster
The Principles of Uncertainty
by Maira Kalman
I love Maira Kalman.
She writes children's picture books,
but The Principles of Uncertainty is not one of these.
Though you might call it a grownup picture book.
South of the Border,
West of the Sun
by Haruki Murakami
How many pages is Murakami's 1Q84?
A million pages?
And what does it mean? Nothing, really.
I suggest you try South of the Border instead
and get your nothing-and-everything in
one sustained night of reading.
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life
by Amy Krause Rosenthal
Rosenthal mostly writes children's picture books,
which are surprising and delightful
(you really must read her Little Pea if you haven't)
but this is a gentle story of a small life
that we grownups can finish off in an evening.
The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
For the sake of full disclosure,
I must tell you that this is not a real book,
but a play,
but don't let that put you off.
It's Oscar Wilde, after all,
and it's full of delightful clever-ness and fun.
Not Quite What I Was Planning:
by Famous & Obscure Writers
A great challenge:
tell the story of your life
in just six words.
You will finish this book in an hour
and spend the rest of the evening
trying to work on your own six-word life story.
How to Be Perfect
by Ron Padgett
It's poetry, but give it a chance.
You can read one of these books in one evening.
I promise you will not be sorry.
Do you have other suggestions for short books for me?
Please share them.
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