Are you getting geared up, readers? The Readathon is just around the corner and I have a bit of advice on how to make the most of your reading stack. Picking up Les Miserables isn’t always the best plan when you’re trying to read for 24 hours straight, but mixing up your reading with graphic novels and novellas is always a great fix. Here are ten short, sweet books that would be great on any Readathon reading list.
The Unknowns by Gabriel Roth (224 Pages)
Sometimes too many heavy books can make reading drag, so the funny voice of Eric Muller will be great for keeping you giggling through at least part of your 24 hours.
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld (240 Pages)
If you don’t mind a darker read, the atmosphere of Evie Wyld’s new novel will pull you straight into the dreariness of British farm life and hold on tight.
The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell (164 Pages)
Being able to get through a great piece of literary fiction in under 200 pages is a fantastic feeling. This one treated me well during October’s Readathon.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (215 Pages)
If you’re not afraid of a good cry at some point during the day, A Monster Calls is the way to go. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
The Wife by Meg Wolitzer (224 Pages)
I’m just going to put this book on every list I make this year until you all read it, m’kay? But really, if you’ve wanted to read The Interestings but haven’t been able to squeeze it in, this is the perfect time to grab The Wife instead.
The Last Girlfriend on Earth by Simon Rich (213 Pages)
Short stories are practically made for events like the Readathon, especially those like Simon Rich’s super short and hilariously funny tales.
Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith (174 Pages)
This pocket sized little novel is just totally squeze-worthy and wonderful. Read it so we can gush about how great it is.
The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy (224 Pages)
What would be a day of reading if you couldn’t be floored by incredibly beautiful sentences? Simon Van Booy is the man to turn to.
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (182 Pages)
Jenny Offil’s novel in vignettes surrounding the breakdown of a marriage is so weird and wonderful you just might be tempted to read it twice – I know I was!
The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida (176 Pages)
Mixing in some non-fiction is another great way to break up your day and The Reason I Jump, a fascinating peek into the mind of a thirteen year-old with autism, is highly recommended.
What are some of your favorite novellas or short books?