31 Incredible Short Books For Book Club Discussion

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Admit it, sometimes you wish your book club had picked a shorter book than a long 500-page novel.

It’s  Ok to feel that way!

Occasionally we all want to indulge in quick short novels for book clubs just to have a chilled discussion. 

But guess what, this post is all about that. These are the best short book suggestions for your book discussion groups. 

You can find these short books in three categories; Under 100 pages, 200 pages and 300 pages.  

To make it even easier for YOU,  I have mentioned the total pages of each novel. 

And this is not just for your book club though, all of these books are best to read in one sitting, near the beach, or anywhere in the world. 

Quick Book Club Reads Under 100 Pages

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling(74 pages)

This is a commencement speech of J. K Rowling at Harvard University in 2008. Mostly encapsulates the benefits of failure & the importance of imagination. She borrows examples from her own life and delivers an inspiring talk. 

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (48 pages)

Short but intense read that defines the notion of feminism. As many people have misunderstood the definition of feminism, this book will give you the real definition of it. Drawing the experience from her own life, Adichie narrates this book extremely well! 

Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman (80 pages)


The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (64 pages)

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Best Short Books for Book Club Under 200 Pages

Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami (176 pages)

This is the story of Omachi Tsukiko, a lonely woman in her late 30’s,  and her high school teacher whom she calls “Sensei’’.  From drinking at a sake bar to hiking mountains. They find solace in each other.  A quick read to explore both the country and people.

The Medusa Frequency by Russell Hoban(144 Pages)

The book is all about the uncanny combinations of characters from mythology and reality.  A humorous tale with many Greek references. This might be a little complicated at first but you’re surely going to enjoy the themes along the way.  

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (120 Pages)

Utterly whimsical novel where the Queen of England discovers the joy of reading. A lot of humorous and charming moments in the book. This will definitely make a good gift for anyone who hasn’t yet understood the magic of literature yet!

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (181 Pages)

An easy-to-read novel with a mix of fantasy, adventure, and a dark fairy tale. Although it may give the impression of a children’s story, this fable is a great read for adults. 

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson (196 Pages)

An emotional read that tells the grievous experiences of an African-American young woman, Thandi. Fraught with a number of themes like race, love, marriage and motherhood. The book takes us through the bitter incidents that Thandi faced including her mother’s death. 

The Vegetarian by Han Kang (188 pages)

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The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson (175 pages)

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Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer (195 pages)

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (146 pages)

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Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot (143 Pages)

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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (150 pages)

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Short Novels for Book Clubs Under 300 Pages

All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung (240 pages)

In a thought-provoking memoir, Nicole Chung discusses transracial adoption along with her confused and disturbed state of mind and the attempts she made to discover the roots of her life. A heart-touching read that depicts the pain of loss and relationships. 

Florida by Lauren Groff (288 Pages)

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Less by Andrew Sean Greer (273 Pages)

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What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons (213pages)

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Stay by Catherine Ryan Hyde (292 pages)

A short novel that is set in the background of the Vietnam war. The book narrates the story of a fourteen-year-old boy who fights for his life and runs away from all his problems. As a result, he ends up in the woods where he meets Zoe, who lives isolated from society. There grows their unexpected friendship. A beautiful story that conveys the significance of peace, happiness, and compassionate friendships.

Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires (224 Pages)

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The Pisces by Melissa Broder (270 Pages)

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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (288 pages)

The protagonist in the novel is completely lost and it is through her thoughts the author throws the light on us by providing a possibility to change our life into a better one. The author claims that there is a midnight library in between our life and death fraught with lots of books and shelves which urges us to go through to realize what truly fulfils our life and what makes our life worth living. 

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (226 pages)

This Debut novel of  Braithwaite tells the story of two sisters, Korede and Ayoola. The firstborn is being neglected by everyone whereas the younger Ayoola, through her charms, gains everyone’s attention. Apart from her external beauty, she is a serial killer. And it is Korede who is supposed to bear all the responsibilities of her sister’s crime. An unputdownable thriller you don’t want to miss. 

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (288 Pages)

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The Giver by Lois Lowry (208 Pages)

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In the Dream House- by Carmen Maria Machado (251 Pages)

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (296 Pages)

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Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (264 pages)

The protagonist Gifty is a student of neuroscience at Stanford School of Medicine. After her brother dies of a heroin overdose, her family is broken and she loses hope in religion and god. Now she is adamant to find out the reason behind all the miseries around her through science. 

The Wife Upstairs- Rachel Hawkins  (290 pages)

This modern Jane Eyre is a thrilling page-turner. Although the characters and circumstances might remind you of the gothic classic it has its own suspenseful elements. A quick read you will enjoy at your book Clubs

Earthlings by Sayaka Murata (247 pages)

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There you have it, 31 short sooks for book clubs

Time for your action:

What’s the best book your book club has ever discussed? How did you feel about that book? Let me know in the comments!

Always curious to hear from you,


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