Short and Sweet

We all get busy, but sometimes you still need to scratch that reading itch — without having a big book hanging over your head. If you’re looking for some “short but mighty books”, check out The Short List, a compilation of 24 books under 200 pages recommended by TED speakers.

Here are some more short but sweet titles sure to satisfy:

The Stranger
by Albert Camus
approximately 125 pages.

Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd.”

The Postman Always Rings Twice
by James M. Cain
approximately 116 pages

“Cain’s first novel – the subject of an obscenity trial in Boston and the inspiration for Camus’s The Stranger – is the fever-pitched tale of a drifter who stumbles into a job, into an erotic obsession, and into a murder.”

I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
by Harlan Ellison
approximately 153 pages

“First published in 1967 and re-issued in 1983, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream contains seven stories with copyrights ranging from 1958 through 1967…. Among Ellison’s more famous stories, two consistently noted as among his very best ever are the title story and the volume’s concluding one, Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes.” –

Man’s Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl
approximately 165 pages

“Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose… Man’s Search for Meaning has become one of the most influential books in America; it continues to inspire us all to find significance in the very act of living. “

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
by Edwin A. Abbott
approximately 100 pages

“This masterpiece of science (and mathematical) fiction is a delightfully unique and highly entertaining satire that has charmed readers for more than 100 years…. It describes the journeys of A. Square, a mathematician and resident of the two-dimensional Flatland, where women-thin, straight lines-are the lowliest of shapes, and where men may have any number of sides, depending on their social status…”

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