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10 Short Novels Available Online for a Quick Read

Read these enriching novels that won't take up much of your time.
10 Short Novels Available Online for a Quick Read
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Read these enriching novels that won't take up much of your time.

If you ever need a quick escape from the humdrums of real life but can't exactly commit to a 400 page novel, how about curling up with a quaint yet riveting read instead?

Below, we round up 10 short books to keep you company and leave you feeling fulfilled when you actually finish them. And yes, we promise they're all under 250 pages, plus they're all easily accessible online too!

1. This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

179 pages

In this epistolary science fiction novel, two agents from warring factions of the future begin to exchange letters as they make their way across different versions of the past, each trying to one up the other, before they unexpectedly fall in love. 

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2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

206 pages

Published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 takes you to a broken dystopian world where books are illegal and are being burned into extinction. Guy Montag, one such fireman with a mandate to destroy rather than save, starts to question his ruinous job when he meets Clarisse, a woman who introduces him to a past where people did not live in fear of the ideas and intelligence brought about by the written word.

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3. Bluets by Maggie Nelson

74 pages

How many ways can you envision the color blue? Essayist Maggie Nelson proves the possibilities to be endless. A hybrid of prose and poetry, Bluets explores the ideas of suffering, loneliness, and love all through the lens of one encompassing color.

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4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

185 pages

F Scott's Fitzgerald's magnum opus, The Great Gatsby follows the extremely wealthy Jay Gatsby and the nightly extravagant parties he throws all to meet the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Its movie adaptation back in 2013 starred Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular lead.

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5. Passing by Nella Larsen 

158 pages

The generous Irene Redfield leads an envious life. Married to a prominent physician and living among the elite in her Harlem townhouse, she's a respectable lady who truly has it all. That is, up until everything she knows is upturned upon meeting Clare, a light-skinned, charming woman who left the black neighborhood of her childhood and started hiding her identity by passing for white, unbeknownst to her racist husband.

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6. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin

214 pages

In yet another mindboggling story by iconic science and speculative fiction novelist Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven introduces a man whose dreams have the ability to change the course of humanity.

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7. This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

230 pages

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Poignant yet brutally honest, This is How You Lose Her follows the fleeting relationships of Yunior, a reckless young man who longs for love which he, somehow, can never seem to keep.

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8. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

171 pages

Mitch Albom, author of The Five People You Meet in Heaven, recounts his final lessons with his brilliant yet terminally ill mentor Morrie Scwartz as the old man teaches him how to live, in the final days of his life. It's a tender and moving read that might just change your outlook on life too.

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9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

248 pages

Fifteen-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone, a teen from the autism spectrum, has carefully constructed the world in his head. However, when his neighbor's dog is killed, this Sherlock Holmes-loving savant sets out to uncover the truth, unraveling everything he knows and believes to be true in the process.

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10. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

232 pages

This gothic mystery novel by The Haunting of Hillhouse writer Shirley Jackson trails the recluse and ridiculed Blackwood sisters whose family was murdered six years ago. Merricat and Constance, along with their Uncle Julian, have grown accustomed to their isolation up until their visiting cousin Charles sets off a chain of events that unearths their family's dark secrets. The novel's movie adaptation of the same name was released last 2018 starring Sebastian Stan, Alexandra Daddario, and Taissa Farmiga.

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