Share The Little List: 11 Short Books with Big Stories

The Little List: 11 Short Books with Big Stories

Aimee Boyer is the Director of Programming and Merchandising at Simon & Schuster. She always judges a book by its cover, among other things, and never met a genre she didn’t like, except maybe math.

These short tales pack quite the punch in under 200 pages. Though these books won’t take you much time to read, I’m sure they will stay with you for some time after you finish. If you are trying to read 50 books this year, you’ll get a head start on that goal for certain. These 11 books stay true to the old adages “Good things come in small packages” and “Enjoy the little things in life.”


The Uncommon Reader
by Alan Bennett
A hilarious novella about Queen Elizabeth II and her newfound love of reading. A book for book lovers, indeed.…120 pages

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
by Dai Sijie
The tale of two friends sent to a mountain village for re-education during China’s Cultural Revolution. This story celebrates the magic of reading.…184 pages

Survival Lessons
by Alice Hoffman

A true gem that celebrates life when the toughest times are upon you.… 96 pages


Black Olives
by Martha Tod Dudman

Ah, Virginia. A woman falls into her ex’s back seat and what comes next is part stalker, part woman scorned, and part comedic accident.…192 pages


The Grownup
by Gillian Flynn

A chilling tale by the bestselling author of GONE GIRL that you can finish reading in one sitting…. 64 pages


Glaciers
by Alexis Smith
In GLACIERS, Isabel’s story unfolds in a day and leaves the reader wanting to turn one more page…. 174 pages

Tinkers
by Paul Harding
This Pulitzer Prize–winning novel is a beautiful look at death, life, and memory…. 191 pages

Frank
by Jon Ronson

A fun and true tale of when author Jon Ronson played keyboard for the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band…. 80 pages


The House on Mango Street
by Sandra Cisneros
THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET is the classic coming-of-age story about Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago.… 110 pages

I Don't Know
by Leah Hager Cohen

This is a smart little book about how we react when we feel less than smart…. 128 pages


Grief Is the Thing with Feathers
by Max Porter

A husband is lost in sadness after the sudden death of his wife. His two sons struggle with the loss of their mother.  Until one day they are visited by the Crow…. 128 pages


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