As I will soon be dragging around with me the rather chunky Don Quixote, I was thinking to myself it might be good to have a pile of books on the side to choose from as extracurricular reading that are slimmer and less cumbersome. Books that are short and sweet--oftentimes books can be just as good as a hefty tome despite their short length. So here is a list of possible reads that are 200 pages or less.
- The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (224 pp.--okay, I'm cheating here a bit--a tad over 200pp.)--I thought of reading this for the Once Upon a Time Challenge and may still do so.
- Another Time, Another Place by Jessie Kesson (160 pp.)--This is the book I thought I would never find and reader helpfully gave me the title.
- Saints and Strangers by Angela Carter (128 pp.)--I am definitely planning on reading this for Carl's challenge--hopefully soon.
- Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West (112 pp.)--I need to read something by Rebecca West.
- A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle (160 pp.)--After last summer's The Hound of the Baskervilles this would be a good follow up.
- Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (144 pp.)--Another one that has long been on my TBR list/pile.
- Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson (144 pp.)--An 18th-century American bestseller--the tale of a fallen woman.
- 84, Charing Cross Road By Helene Hanff (112 pp.)--I love Helene Hanff's books and have been meaning to reread them for some time now.
- The Ripening Seed by Colette (128 pp.)--I loved Cheri and The Last of Cheri and have been meaning to read this next by Colette.
- Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf (180 pp.)--This is the next title on the list for the Woolf for Dummies group--I am so far behind that I guess I will just read through Woolf's works on my own. This may be slim, but I have a feeling it is not easy reading?
- Life and Death of Harriett Frean by May Sinclair (112 pp.)--"An early pioneer of
stream-of-consciousness writing, Sinclair employs the technique brilliantly in this finely crafted psychological novel. Evoking the style and depth of her contemporaries Virginia Woolf and D. H. Lawrence, Sinclair's haunting narrative also reflects her keen interest in the theories of Jung and Freud."
- Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole (176 pp.)--Gothic fun.
- Every Eye by Isobel English (144 pp.)--A new Persephone book--this is the one I am still waiting for!
I'll still be working on those other books in my sidebar, too! This list is just to pick and choose from as/if the inspiration hits.