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Subject: Looking for books with 200 or less pages
Date Posted: 11/23/2008 7:45 PM ET
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I'm trying to read 40 books by the end of the year. It's closing in on me quickly and I want to get as close as possible. Any reccommendations for good books in the page range of 100-200 would be appreciated, thanks!!!

Date Posted: 11/23/2008 8:13 PM ET
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If you want some books that are even less than 100 pages, try A Short Guide to a Happy Life (64 pages), Being Perfect (64 pages), How Reading Changed My Life (96 pages) and Good Dog. Stay. (96 pages)--all by the wonderful Anna Quindlen. Rita Mae Brown's The Sand Castle is 112 pages long. Dave Barry's The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog is 128 pages long. My Dog Skip by Willie Morris is 128 pages long; Morris' My Cat Spit McGee is 160 pages long. Good luck on meeting your goal!

Date Posted: 11/23/2008 8:21 PM ET
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Do a forum search because within the past couple of months someone else posted for recommendations on books of about that length and she got some great responses.

ETA:  Here it is: 

Slim books



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Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 11/23/2008 9:21 PM ET
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Looking for anything in particular?  Here are the shortest ones I've read this year:

Triple Detente by Piers Anthony (175 pages) - science fiction examining inter-species relations and topics like overpopulation and genocide.

A War of Gifts by Orson Scott Card (126 pages) - really a long short story put into its own book.  Involves Ender at Battle School.

Patternmaster, Clay's Ark, Mind of My Mind - All three part of Octavia Butler's Patternist series and the longest was 196 pages.  Kind of science fiction, but more psychological in nature.

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (1,177 pages) - Uh, how did that one get in there :-p

Subject: good shorties
Date Posted: 12/7/2008 1:43 PM ET
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The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh

The Secret of Fr Brown by GK Chesterton also others in Fr Brown series

The Great Divorce by CS Lewis

Love Among the Chickens by PG Wodehouse also others

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

The Little World of Don Camillo by Giovanni Guareschi - also others in series



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Date Posted: 12/7/2008 5:52 PM ET
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Here are a few that I read this year that I liked:

The Pearl - John Steinbeck

Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark

Sky Burial - Xinran   (I really loved this one :)

 

Date Posted: 12/8/2008 6:31 AM ET
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Date Posted: 12/8/2008 8:57 AM ET
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Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Date Posted: 12/16/2008 10:02 PM ET
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I'm reading Red Lights by George Simenon.  It's very good so far!

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 2:12 PM ET
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Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime is a shortie but goodie.

 

Or Bliss to You by Trixie Koontz and Dean Koontz (adorable if not really a "story")

 

Or Song by Brigit Pegeen Kelly (Brigit Kelly Pegeen?) - a book of truly excellent poetry

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 9:40 AM ET
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The Chrtistmas Blessing by Donna Van Liere. 

This is a sequel to her previous book, The Christmas Shoes, although you can read it without having read The Christmas Shoes.  My copy is 212 pages, but it is a small-sized hardback, so it woulkd be the equivalent of < 200 pages in a full-sized hardback.

Val

 

 

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 12/18/2008 11:07 AM ET
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Of Mice and Men

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Red Harvest

The Maltese Falcon

The Thin Man

O Pioneers!

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 1:16 PM ET
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I just recommended this one in another thread: The Commitments by Roddy Doyle.

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 11:18 PM ET
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You could try the Mrs. Pollifax series by Dorothy Gilman. There are 14 total and none of them is more than 250 pages most are 200 or so. http://stopyourekillingme.com/G_Authors/Gilman_Dorothy.html

Date Posted: 12/19/2008 9:41 AM ET
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Dobie the Canine Saint was a shortie and a good one

Date Posted: 12/22/2008 2:50 PM ET
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I am reading Leslie Meier books. They are mysteries. They are a quick read. They are a little over 200 pages but very good and easy read. I am trying to get to 100 books for the year and I think I have about 23 to go. At the rate I am going I should make it. I have read one today alone.

Date Posted: 12/22/2008 11:19 PM ET
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Here are books I've read this year that meet that page requirement:

Death of a Tart by Kate Borden - a quick cozy mystery

Family Skeletons by Rett MacPherson - another cozy

Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston - memoir of a girl's experience during Japanese Internment in WWII

Mitch Albom has several good books I've read in that page range as well. I can recommend Five People You Meet in Heaven, Tuesdays With Morrie, and For One More Day.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Date Posted: 12/24/2008 10:12 PM ET
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You might want to try: Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut In Dubious Battle, John Steinbeck Cannery Row, John Steinbeck Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger All short and easy reads. You could knock them all out in a couple of days.

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Date Posted: 12/24/2008 10:13 PM ET
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Uh oh, I wonder how you all manage to make your entries for each book appear on separate lines??? Sorry about that.