As I’m partaking in a readathon at the moment, I thought it would be a great idea to write a post in which I recommend you some shorter reads. Those really help to accomplish a lot during readathons.
First of all, graphic novels are your friend. They’re way quicker than a normal novel usually. These are some I really enjoyed:
- Maus by Art Spiegelman
- Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Anyway, let’s talk about the books. I’ll do this in order of page count.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Goodreads – page count: 52
The first and shortest book on this list has only 52 pages. It is non-fiction. It’s actually Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TedTalk, but then on paper. She speaks about feminism and how it is for everyone, not only women. Equality is important and that is part of what she’s saying. She talks about some of the personal injustices she has experienced because of inequality between the genders. She has a very important message and I believe everyone should read this book.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Goodreads – page count: 83
I couldn’t make this list and exclude this book. It holds a special place in my heart. There is something very unique about this book. The story seems very innocent at first, but there is definitely an underlying message. It makes you think. At least, it makes me think. Every time I read I get something different from it. As far as the story goes, it’s about a pilot who crashes in the desert and meets a little prince (hence the title) from another planet. The prince talks about his journey and everyone he encountered on his way.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd and Jim Kay
Goodreads – page count: 216
This is a story about a young boy trying to deal with his mother’s sickness when one night he gets a visit from a monster. It comes back several times throughout the story. It’s not the monster I expected, but in a way it was even better. This book is very emotional. I sobbed. I highly recommend you read the illustrated edition of this book. It’s so beautiful and it adds a lot to the story.
Juliet takes a Breath by Gaby Rivera
This book was simply amazing. It deals with important topics such as feminism, equality, sexual orientation, racism, diversity, etc. I found myself highlighting so many passages. On top of that it was really funny. It made me chuckle several times. The main character is very likeable. She felt real. I also liked almost all of the other characters: Maxine, Zaire, Lil’Melvin, Ava, Kira … This book celebrates queer women of colour and talks about the importance of POC- and queer- only spaces. It’s amazing and you should definitely read it!
Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I know this last book is already stretching it in terms of page count, but I really wanted to include it. Each time I’ve read it – and I’ve read it thrice – I flew threw it in less than a day. It’s what one calls a page-turner. I just can’t stop reading it. I adore it. It’s so adorable, funny and relatable. It makes me happy. I always have this big smile on my face when I’m reading it.
Have you read any of these? What did you think? Do you have any good recommendations?
Thanks for reading! See you next time! Love,