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Some times, you prefer to savor a novel over the course of a few weeks. Others, you're craving a quick yet satisfying read. For those moments, pick up one of these ten page-turners--all about 200 pages-- which you can plow through from start to finish in just one sitting. 

“The Sense of an Ending”

British author Julian Barnes was awarded a Man Booker Prize for this story, in which a 70-year-old narrator recounts his school days, memories and missed opportunities. The novel is easy to read but hard to forget.

“Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel”

Best known for his humorous essays, David Rakoff wrote this unique novel entirely in verse. The 128 pages are filled with beautifully crafted, loosely connected rhyming couplets.

“Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls”

Hilarious and sarcastic, David Sedaris will keep you entertained and cackling until the very last word. (When you still want more, Me Talk Pretty One Day should do the trick.)

“Things Fall Apart”

In just 209 pages, Nigerian-born Chinua Achebe achieved many things: He wrote he first modern, postcolonial African novel and a powerful, intriguing story.

“Interpreter of Maladies”

This collection of short stories by Indian-American author Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and The New Yorker’s Best Debut of the Year. Lyrical and subtle, her stories explore cultural identity and what it means to be a foreigner in America.


Chances are that at some point, you’ve read Elie Wiesel’s internationally acclaimed autobiography of his experience at Auschwitz during the Nazi regime. The horrific, sincere and inspirational story deserves a second, third...or tenth read.

“The Opposite of Loneliness”

Titled after the graduation speech she had written while at Yale University, Marina Keegan’s posthumous collection of essays and short stories will make you weep with all the feels.

“Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)”

Mindy Kaling is hilarious, honest, witty and inspirational all at once in her first nonfiction book.


There are few writers as gifted as Tony Morrison. This gripping story traces the path of two childhood best friends who are torn apart by secrets and betrayals.

“Men Explain Things to Me”

Born from a blog post in which she coined the term “mansplaining,” this sharp, witty and feminist book by Rebecca Solnit is based on conversations between men and women. These concise, cleverly told anecdotes are for all women to enjoy.

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