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Re: Recommend to me a book about...
« Reply #15 on: May 26, 2018, 12:46:43 am »
Anybody got book recs for under 200 pages? I'm doing a readathon via one of my FB groups and one of the prompts is under 200 pages. All I've got is Mrs Dalloway and I'm not in a mood for Virginia Woolf.



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Re: Recommend to me a book about...
« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2018, 01:41:46 am »
Anybody got book recs for under 200 pages? I'm doing a readathon via one of my FB groups and one of the prompts is under 200 pages. All I've got is Mrs Dalloway and I'm not in a mood for Virginia Woolf.

I went through my 5-star shelf on goodreads, sorted by number of pages.
- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
- Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
- Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
- Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
- Singularity by William Sleator
- The Giver by Lois Lowry

... hope any of those might catch your fancy. And yay for readathons! I do the dewey ones every year!
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Re: Recommend to me a book about...
« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2018, 12:29:01 pm »
Anybody got book recs for under 200 pages? I'm doing a readathon via one of my FB groups and one of the prompts is under 200 pages. All I've got is Mrs Dalloway and I'm not in a mood for Virginia Woolf.

I went through my 5-star shelf on goodreads, sorted by number of pages.
- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
- Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
- Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
- Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
- Singularity by William Sleator
- The Giver by Lois Lowry

... hope any of those might catch your fancy. And yay for readathons! I do the dewey ones every year!

Wait, Hitchhiker's Guide is less than 200 pages? O.O I always felt it was a quick read but I thought that was because I enjoyed it so much. /themoreyouknow

Thank you so much! Ex Libris and Singularity sound right up my alley. I might go with Hitchhiker's Guide as it's been ages and probably begging for a re-read.



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« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2018, 03:32:17 pm »
I guess it depends on which edition you have, but mine's 193 pages.

Ex Libris and Singularity are both great! Hmmm... they might all be due for a reread.

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Re: Recommend to me a book about...
« Reply #19 on: May 28, 2018, 01:37:54 pm »
If you're at all into romances, a lot of ebooks are under 200 pages.  Evernight has a category called "Romance on the Go" which are around 10K words in length.


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Re: Recommend to me a book about...
« Reply #20 on: June 01, 2018, 08:58:57 am »
Anybody got book recs for under 200 pages? I'm doing a readathon via one of my FB groups and one of the prompts is under 200 pages. All I've got is Mrs Dalloway and I'm not in a mood for Virginia Woolf.

Novellas and graphic novels would fit well in the under 200 pages.

The Sleeper & the Spindle by Neil Gaiman (it's only 64 pages)
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote (page varies by addition but all the ones I saw on amazon were under 200)
The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald

I started the "Fables" graphic novel series by Bill Cunningham.  The first volume "Legends in Exile" is well under 200 pages.  It's a cool series that the video game "Wolf Among Us" is based on.
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Re: Recommend to me a book about...
« Reply #21 on: June 01, 2018, 03:51:38 pm »
I agree with someone up thread who wrote that for books under 200 pages, try novellas (this is supposed to be fiction, right?), such as The Old Man and the Sea and Breakfast at Tiffany's, both under 200 pages and both wonderful.

Paul Auster's New York Trilogy was originally published as three separate novels, although I believe they were always intended to be read as one work, which I definitely recommend.  I think they are all about that length.  But do read them all together.  This is one of my all-time favorite books; absolutely blew my mind.

How strict is the limit?  I recently read My Name is Lucy Barton, which was fantastic, but it is 240 pages.

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« Reply #22 on: June 01, 2018, 03:58:04 pm »
Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams is fantastic.  Very Bryson-like.  My husband and I both adored it.  Adams writes beautifully, really does his research, and is very humble.  You wish you could travel with him.  I can't imagine liking Bill Bryson and not loving Mark Adams.  With both of them, I learn so much and laugh til I cry.  Adams's references to "Mr. Super Deluxe Travel Guy" alone are worth the price of the book.
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Re: Recommend to me a book about...
« Reply #23 on: June 01, 2018, 07:31:54 pm »
Any recommendations along these lines: I read Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore and really liked it. I liked the mysterious secret society that wasn't all about creepy murder-y stuff.

So something like that. Secret societies, existing right under our noses, a bit of magic is OK... and if they are out to destroy the world, they're at least not doing it one gory murder at a time?



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« Reply #24 on: June 03, 2018, 06:57:54 pm »
Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time is one I love, along with her other books. DoT has the detective looking into The Princes in the Tower mystery while he's recuperating in the hospital. My other favorite of hers is The Franchise Affair, which was inspired by the Elizabeth Canning case in 1753.
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Re: Recommend to me a book about...
« Reply #25 on: June 03, 2018, 08:28:27 pm »
Any recommendations along these lines: I read Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore and really liked it. I liked the mysterious secret society that wasn't all about creepy murder-y stuff.

So something like that. Secret societies, existing right under our noses, a bit of magic is OK... and if they are out to destroy the world, they're at least not doing it one gory murder at a time?

I just read and enjoyed Matt Haig's "How To Stop Time," which might fit the bill. The main character is part of a group of people who age very slowly, so he is 500 years old but looks 40. Part of the book is telling previous parts of his life and part is set in the present day. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35411685-how-to-stop-time

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Re: Recommend to me a book about...
« Reply #26 on: June 04, 2018, 11:14:34 am »
Any recommendations along these lines: I read Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore and really liked it. I liked the mysterious secret society that wasn't all about creepy murder-y stuff.

So something like that. Secret societies, existing right under our noses, a bit of magic is OK... and if they are out to destroy the world, they're at least not doing it one gory murder at a time?
How about Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman? It's about a secret underworld that exists alongside the real one - urban fantasy but not excessively sword and sorcery-y

Anybody got book recs for under 200 pages? I'm doing a readathon via one of my FB groups and one of the prompts is under 200 pages. All I've got is Mrs Dalloway and I'm not in a mood for Virginia Woolf.

Under 200 pages you could go for Animal Farm by George Orwell, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (I think it's under 200), We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson or Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King is around that I think

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« Reply #27 on: June 04, 2018, 05:01:40 pm »
A Lesson Before Dying and Cry, the Beloved Country are both around 250 but are both so, so wonderful.