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4 Short Books You’ll Finish in One Sitting

Sometimes you don’t have time to read something so in depth. Sometimes, you just want an enjoyable little story to satiate your reading appetite.


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Jordan Gross

4 months ago | 2 min read
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Crunched for time? Not to worry.

Finishing a book is difficult. It’s an accomplishment worth celebrating. Reading that last sentence is a reward as sweet as the last bite of an ice cream cone.

Sometimes you don’t have time to read something so in depth. Sometimes, you just want an enjoyable little story to satiate your reading appetite. Sometimes you just need to finish a book to kickstart your reading momentum.

This is a short article about short books. Let’s keep the intro short as well.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy
# of pages: 128

How long it took me to read: 21 minutes

What you’ll get from it: Search no more for a book that makes you feel as good as possible in as few words as possible. This instant classic highlights themes like kindness, camaraderie, love, and hope. This quick read is bound to show up in your life time and time again when you need a drop of inspiration and a pick me up.

This Is Water by David Foster Wallace
# of pages: 137

How long it took me to read: 13 minutes

What you’ll get from it: David Foster Wallace’s commencement speech was so good, it was transcribed into this short little masterpiece. More than anything, This Is Water will make you think. Not just about the words in front of you, but rather, about the big world all around you.

What Happens in Tomorrow World? by Jordan Gross
# of pages: 112

How long it took me to read: 115 minutes

What you’ll get from it: I wrote this book during the early days of the pandemic. With such uncertainty circulating around the world, I wanted to find a quick and enjoyable way to think about various mindsets and approaches to such unprecedented times. 

What Happens in Tomorrow World? is a modern-day fable with talking toys, a giant crane game, and an audacious young girl who can teach us a thing or two about the unknown.

Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson
# of pages: 96

How long it took me to read: 93 minutes

What you’ll get from it: This book means everything to me. Written by Dr. Johnson after a divorce, this fable about mice searching for cheese in a maze will give you a different perspective about change. The greatest takeaway for me?

That life can always get better, even when we think it’s at its worst.

I enjoy short reads for a variety of reasons. One of them is the same psychological reasoning I enjoy books with short chapters. It feels empowering to actually see something through to completion.

These books will accompany you during a day on the beach. They’ll distract you during your next plane ride. They’ll make hours feel like minutes. Try reading a short book you’ll finish in one sitting. And enjoy every last bite of that ice cream cone.

For more mental health and storytelling, download my free ebook.

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