15 Brilliant Short Novels You Can Read in a Day

Reading becomes quite enjoyable when you have that little book in your hand which you know that you can finish in a matter of few hours. Many book lovers are in love with the idea of having to start and finish a book in whatever time they manage to squeeze in. Any book lying on our TBR (to-be-read) shelf becomes a tiresome activity if left unread for long. Frankly it starts getting on my nerves and I continue pushing it back with more TBRs till the shelf begins to choke.

But recently I have found myself reading other books which I manage to begin and finish in a single day.

It gives me the mental satisfaction to have accomplished the task even after my busy schedule. After all, to leave a book in the middle and not finding time to re-start it makes us feel really guilty. And I am one of those people who languish in that guilt day in and day out.

Since I am a huge fan of classics, I am always sure about what to read and what to expect in terms of theme, style and genre. So here I have carefully curated a list of books from different genres, periods, and narratives to make you busy with reading the best of classics and that too quickly!

Who would not like the idea of reading great classics and that too back to back with no stress of having too many pages before you reach the climax of the story?

So, after reading many books, I have zeroed in the following books for you which you can finish in one go or may be in a couple of days if you are the one who is also on the slower side.

Let’s check out!

1) Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Book is an allegorical novel, a political satire on the Russian Revolution of 1917 during the Stalin’s era. The novel shows a revolution taking place on an animal farm by all the animals against the humans so they can re-built a better and equal world for themselves. But instead what happens in the guise of equality, and they way things tumble down is worth reading.

2) The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

The novel is a first of its kind, a Gothic novel, which laid down the seeds of all the gothic fiction following it. The mysterious castle, the dark corners and secret tunnels, the shady past, the damsel in distress, there is everything to give you chills. The story begins with an ill-fated marriage which witnesses the accidental death of the groom on the same day by getting crushed with the gigantic helmet of the castle itself.

3) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The book is one of the famous American classic which depicts the “Jazz Age” in America then where decadence, idealism and resistance to change is carefully elaborated at the backdrop of a love story. The young mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby is obsessed over Daisy Buchanan who is married to Tom Buchanan. The narrator-character, Nick Carraway gives a third person account of the lives of this characters entrapped in power, money and social status.

4) The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

In one continuous monologue, a young Pakistani named Changez relates his life story to an unnamed American man in a cafe in the city of Lahore. Changez, a Princeton graduate who once worked as an analyst for a Manhattan financial firm, tells us how his optimistic view of America began to darken in the aftermath of 9/11. The narrative of the book is the best part of the storyline.

5) Chronicles of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A novel whose outcome is laid bare in the very first sentence of the story. “On the day they were going to kill him…” The book gives an account of the murder of Santiago Nasar, 21, in columbia for the supposed crime of de-flowering of Angela Vicario. The brother of Angela make it known beforehand that they are going to kill Santiago today. The book marvellously narrates the events of the day in the fashion of magic realism.

6) Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemingway

This short novel, already a modern classic, is the superbly told, tragic story of a Cuban fisherman in the Gulf Stream and the giant Marlin he kills and loses.

7) Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Written in 1958, this is the classic African novel about how colonialism impacted and undermined traditional African culture. It’s set among the Igbo people of Nigeria. It is a staple book in the Nigerian Literature and is part of school curriculum there.

8) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

This book was first of it’s kind in the category of Sci-fi novel which paved the way for this genre in the times to come. A monster comes alive by scientific experiments of Victor Frankenstein. But what the monster longs for is love, care and compassion by his creator. The tale gives an account of the miseries that the monster goes through and the havoc that he causes in the life of Victor.

9) The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

The book is first of Agatha Christie’s detective novels. Christie has done a remarkable job in laying out the events leading to murder and the subsequent unfolding of the murder by making the fictional character detective Poirot pick up the clues normally not visible to the simple minds. The character of Hercule Poirot has been born from this very first fictional work of Christie. The novel is gripping and unputdownable till the end.

10) Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

The novel is one of the most popular detective stories in the Poirot series by Christie again. The murder takes place on a moving train and no sign of the killer is there to be seen. Poirot once again marvels at his dexterity of solving the case and bringing out the real killer. But this tale of murder comes with a twist when it come to the real killer! I would say it is ‘a Christie must read’ for everyone who loves detective and crime fiction.

11) The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; this far from civilization the boys can do anything they want. Anything. They attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin and evil. And as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far from reality as the hope of being rescued. The Book is a tale of the end of innocence and the beginning of horror.

12) The Awakening by kate Chopin

The book by Chopin is based on theme of female infidelity wherein the suffocated and frustrated wife seeks physical and mental satisfaction outside the marriage. The novel was ahead of it’s time, or say, rebellious of the normative American life then when infidelity was a dishonorable thing on the part of a woman.

13) Oroonoko by Aphra Behn

Aphra Behn’s novel, gives the first hand account of a black prince’s misfortune as he was pushed into slavery. The valour and enigma of the eponymous hero are juxtaposed poignantly by the author-narrator Behn herself. His undying love for his wife and his pride at not bending the knee before his perpetrators moves the heart of the reader. His fatal yet inevitable end to his life in slavery is unforgettable. If u haven’t yet given it a reading, I would suggest you to read this piece of classic from Behn to understand the deplorable and inhumane treatment of #blacklives in 17th century.

14) July’s People by Nadine Gordimer

The novel is set in South Africa where the author has shown the on going tussle between the White people and the Black people. The novel narrates the incident where a white family is rescued by their former black servants in their village in South Africa. It shows the relationship between the two races and an account of the complex understanding between the two.

15) Sula by Toni Morrison

This rich and moving novel traces the lives of two black heroines from their close-knit childhood in a small Ohio town, through their sharply divergent paths of womanhood, to their ultimate confrontation and reconciliation. Nel Wright has chosen to stay in the place where she was born, to marry, raise a family, and become a pillar of the black community. Sula Peace has rejected the life Nel has embraced, escaping to college, and submerging herself in city life. When she returns to her roots, it is as a rebel and a wanton seductress. Eventually, both women must face the consequences of their choices. Together, they create an unforgettable portrait of what it means and costs to be a black woman in America.

The list is endless. I would like you to add to it for it’ll be really helpful to me to set my #tbr for the times to come. Much love from a lazy but enthusiastic booknerd.


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