Top Ten Tuesday: Great Short Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you love books and making lists, this is the meme for you! This week’s topic is:

Read In One Sitting Theme

As much as I enjoy losing myself in an epic like The Lord of the Rings, Bleak House or A Song of Ice and Fire, sometimes you just want a quick fix too. So here are some of my favourite short books that could be read in one or two sittings (ordered alphabetically by title):

~ 1 ~

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Dickens’ classic, redemptive tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly visitations.

~ 2 ~

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

An utterly charming classic that follows the lives of women in a small rural town in Victorian England.

~ 3 ~

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

The surreal tale of the summer of 1928 in a small fictional US town, based on the author’s own childhood summer memories from his hometown.

~ 4 ~

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

The first book in King’s epic, dark fantasy series The Dark Tower, which introduces our hero Roland Deschain; the last gunslinger. Don’t be lulled by its short length, the following books only get longer and longer!

~ 5 ~

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

A hilarious romp through space with the ordinary Arthur Dent and his alien best friend Ford Prefect.

~ 6 ~

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

Tolkien’s classic children’s book that follows little Bilbo Baggins in the first Middle-Earth adventure.

~ 7 ~

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

I could have picked any of Doyle’s wonderful Sherlock Holmes mysteries, but I think this is marginally my favourite.

~ 8 ~

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

Lewis’ classic children’s book that first introduces us to the magical land of Narnia.

~ 9 ~

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

A chilling tale of two young women living an extremely isolated life, after the tragic death of their family.

~ 10 ~

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

There are many of Pratchett’s hilarious Discworld books I could have chosen, but I think this is still my favourite; so far!

What are your favourite short books? Also, please link in the comments if you have taken part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic too.


8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Great Short Books

    1. Thank you FF 😀 And, yes Cranford is only a short novella – if you’ve seen a larger book that would probably be The Cranford Chronicles which is three of Gaskell’s novellas combined.

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