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Old 10-16-2019, 06:58 PM
 
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I know this has been mentioned in some other threads, but I thought I might bite the bullet and just put it out there. I am often hesitant (resistant even!) to start a book with over 400 pages. Of course I do, and usually can stick with it and finish it and obviously there are many great ones I have enjoyed.

I am taking a stab at this and asking - please do not judge - can we have a thread with good books that are less than 400 pages?And, if they are closer to 300 all the better.
There is something to be said for finishing and feeling accomplished.

I will happily suggest a few that I adored and happened to be well under 400 pages.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine


The Story of Arthur Truluv

As Bright as Heaven

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Old 10-17-2019, 06:48 AM
 
Location: The North Star State
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I know this has been mentioned in some other threads, but I thought I might bite the bullet and just put it out there. I am often hesitant (resistant even!) to start a book with over 400 pages. Of course I do, and usually can stick with it and finish it and obviously there are many great ones I have enjoyed.

I am taking a stab at this and asking - please do not judge - can we have a thread with good books that are less than 400 pages?And, if they are closer to 300 all the better.
There is something to be said for finishing and feeling accomplished.

I will happily suggest a few that I adored and happened to be well under 400 pages.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine


The Story of Arthur Truluv

As Bright as Heaven

Well, 'good book' really doesn't mean anything. I mean, just because I like a book - and fancy it a good book - doesn't mean you will like it and consider it the same.

If you want books of less than 400 (or 300 pages), there are endless lists of award-winning, critically-acclaimed books online. Such books will almost always have a Wikipedia page, and those pages include a box in the upper right with data about the book, including page counts.
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Old 10-17-2019, 02:19 PM
 
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Well, 'good book' really doesn't mean anything. I mean, just because I like a book - and fancy it a good book - doesn't mean you will like it and consider it the same.

If you want books of less than 400 (or 300 pages), there are endless lists of award-winning, critically-acclaimed books online. Such books will almost always have a Wikipedia page, and those pages include a box in the upper right with data about the book, including page counts.
Thank you for the reply.
Yes I realize that it's not a very high class request I was making and I recognize that we all have very individual taste. That said though, I often get recommendations from the What are you reading now thread. I just thought maybe if people had a great book to suggest and remembered that it was not a very big book, that would be most welcomed.
I did suggest a few that were very well liked and also well under 400 pages.
It's more that I am asking for good reads that are less than 400 pages.
Hopefully people will join in.
looking forward to the replies.
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Old 10-17-2019, 04:26 PM
 
Location: FFC, CT
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Here are a couple of books less than 400 pages that I liked:

The River Sea: The Amazon in History, Myth, and Legend by Marshall De Bruhl

Little Shoes by Pamela Everett
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Old 10-17-2019, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevadas (California)
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"Before we were yours" by Lisa Wingate. 368 pages. I found this a wonderful read.

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Old 10-17-2019, 07:52 PM
 
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I know this has been mentioned in some other threads, but I thought I might bite the bullet and just put it out there. I am often hesitant (resistant even!) to start a book with over 400 pages. Of course I do, and usually can stick with it and finish it and obviously there are many great ones I have enjoyed.

I am taking a stab at this and asking - please do not judge - can we have a thread with good books that are less than 400 pages?And, if they are closer to 300 all the better.
There is something to be said for finishing and feeling accomplished.

I will happily suggest a few that I adored and happened to be well under 400 pages.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

The Story of Arthur Truluv
As Bright as Heaven
Okay, but for anyone making suggestions, I'd think there should be some information, something to recommend it apart from being shorter.
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Old 10-18-2019, 05:05 AM
 
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Here are a couple of books less than 400 pages that I liked:

The River Sea: The Amazon in History, Myth, and Legend by Marshall De Bruhl

Little Shoes by Pamela Everett

These are new suggestions for me so thank you very much, especially Little Shoes. Sometimes I just go by the title.

Eveningsun--- That is a great suggestion (but I read it already). That's what I was hoping to yield from this thread.

Cida-Speaking only for myself, I often just say that something was a very good read or I enjoyed it. We are all so varied in our taste but I find especially being on the forum for as long as I have been, there are some people whose taste aligns very much with mine. Even so, I appreciate all suggestions.
I am asking for recommendations, and asking to filter out longer books which have their merit for sure------just at this point trying to find some shorter books as at this point I am more inclined to try them.
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Old 10-19-2019, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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I get the page numbers from goodreads, and they match sometimes when I have the hardcover (or paperback) in hand. May be psychological, but knowing how many pages gives you situational awareness when flipping through kindle pages lol.

284 pages... The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession, Susan Orlean 1998
352 pages... The Dutch House, Ann Patchett 2019
323 pages... The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides 2019
270 pages... Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout 2008
196 pages... The Lilac Bus, Maeve Binchy 1984
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Old 10-19-2019, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Post #8 jogged my memory. Elizabeth Strout’s novels come in at under 400 pp. Olive Kittredge is an excellent read.

Meet Me at the Museum, by Anne Youngson comes in at 268 pp, and I can recommend it. It is a very well written first novel by an older author.
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Old 10-19-2019, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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Understanding that "good" is highly personal, I recommend the following shorter books:

Travels with Charley -- John Steinbeck
Birds of a Feather -- Jacqueline Winspear
A Noble Radiance -- Donna Leon
Still Life with Breadcrumbs -- Anna Quindlen
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand -- Helen Simonson
The End of Your Life Book Club -- Will Schwalbe
The Devil in the White City -- Erik Larson
Still Alice -- Lisa Genova
In the Neighborhood -- Peter Lovenheim
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