Best Short Books You Can Read in a Day⏳

Do you know what’s the biggest justification of people who don’t read is? They always say, that they don’t have enough time, which usually is a lie. In most cases it’s not a matter of time, merely of our priorities. We like to spend our leisure time doing what we want the best, and there’s nothing wrong with it. But I hate when people try to justify themselves, saying that they’d really love to read, but they’re busy 24/7, instead of telling the truth.

For this post, I decided to make a list of the best and most interesting short books and novels that I’ve read, that you can even finish in one day with not much of an effort. The books are of different genres, so you’ll definitely find a match for you.

1. Richard Bach – Jonathan Livingston Seagull. As you can guess from the title, the book is about a seagull, but not an ordinary seagull. Jonathan Livingston is different from all his “friends”, for he is seeking for something more than just a survival. This books is perfect for all those white crows who often feel misunderstood by the society.

2. Bernard WerberWelcome to Paradise. Have you ever thought about what happens after we die? If the answer’s yes, then you’ll definitely enjoy this funny, satiric yet somehow realistic description of what happens in afterlife. The main character has to be judged by “higher court” and see all the flaws and mistakes of his life.

3. George Orwell – Animal Farm. One of the best dystopian books I’ve ever read. Funny how it was written 20th century, but perfectly described what’s going on in this world (or at least in our country). The whole novel is a big metaphor of the relationship between the government and the society.

4. John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men. Well, this one’s a classic and is considered to be one those books that you have to read in your lifetime. To be honest, I wouldn’t say that it was amazing, but I did read it with pleasure, as it was interesting for me to see what will happen next, and what’s the meaning of this work.

5. William Shakespeare – Much Ado About Nothing. I love Shakespeare’s works, as they are always peculiar and you never know what to expect from them. Well, also they’re short, which is another pro. This one doesn’t have much tragedy or mystery, for it was a simple tangled comedy, which was really fun to read.

6. Truman Capote – Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Another famous work that is definitely worth reading. Especially if you’re a fan of old New York vibes. Since the novel doesn’t have a strong plot, it’s more about studying two very different characters and just enjoying the cool atmosphere.

7. Antoine de Saint-Exupery – The Little Prince. This is one of my favorite books ever. On one hand it looks like a fairytale for kids, but on the other it hides the whole philosophy of life in its simple lines, and is interesting not only for children, but for adults as well. I’ve re-read it a couple of times and every time I found something new for me.

There are many other good short novels, like The Old Man and the Sea, The Great Gatsby, Metamorphosis etc. but I didn’t talk about them, as they are popular (not like the ones in the list aren’t, but still), and most people already know about these works.

Hope this post has inspired you to dedicate some time from your day to read and discover a new interesting world.



  1. “Reading books remains one of the best ways to engage with the world, become a better person, and understand life’s questions, big and small.” Will Schwalbe

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  2. BTW, my favorite short books are both by C.S. Lewis, “Out of the Silent Planet” and “The Great Divorce.”
    Other fav shorts include Gregory Wrightstone’s “Inconvenient Facts,” Mark Cahill’s “One Thing You Can’t Do In Heaven,” “The Cross and the Switchblade” by David Wilkerson and “Sexual Integrity” by Edwin Cole.
    Each is readable in a day or over a weekend.
    ❤️&🙏, c.a.

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