Today, I was perusing the shelves at a branch of my library system when I witnessed what I'd like to call a "tiny book travesty." As you can see in the reenactment to the right, tiny books get overshadowed by their hardcover oppressors, their why-am-I-paying-$15-for-a-paperback cousins, and they are even dwarfed by most mass market paperbacks. I don't think a lot of shorter books get enough play for many reasons, not least of all that they have lower visibility because they are smaller in size. However, If you're someone like me who gets depressed that you'll never have enough time to read all the books you dream of reading...
I searched the net to see if I could find some lists of shorter books but the only useful one I could find was a list of "Short and Sweet Teen Books Under 150 Pages" from the Austin Public Library. The compiler ( Joanna Nigrelli) included a little blurb for each of the books included and I was particularly stunned by the blurb for Robert Cormier's (of The Chocolate War and I Am The Cheese fame) 135-page book, Heroes: "After joining the army at fifteen and having his face blown away by a grenade in a battle in France, Francis returns home to Frenchtown hoping to find--and kill--the former childhood hero he feels betrayed him. " Say whaaaat? Sign me up to read that, stat. I'm also excited to read two others from her list that deal with mental illness, Invisible by Pete Hautman and Inside Out by Terry Trueman.
At first I was at a loss as to how to compile such a list but that didn't last long. I received a few list items from friends on Twitter and then I hit the mother lode when I realized that Goodreads could help. If you go to your bookshelves, hit 'all', then sort by number of pages (in the shelf settings if you don't have that option), you can find ALL the short books in your shelves. With the recommendations from even more tweets and from my own shelves, I have a pretty respectable number. I included the cover, title/author, page count (for the default Goodreads version, it might vary), genre, and links to the book on Goodreads and Amazon. The cover images also link to Amazon. Because I had to be a bit picky, I didn't include some books that are more middle grade and I made an arbitrary cutoffs at 100-220 pages. (Sorry John Green, Looking for Alaska is 221!)
Sort your shelves and leave any more that you find in the comments. I'll add their information into the beautiful wall of books. For a few authors, many of their works are under 220 (Judy Blume, Elizabeth Scott, Francesca Lia Block, etc.) -- I've included only one book by each author but please do leave others in the comments so we can have them. (Note: Our comment form does not accept html)
Happy short book reading!