Inspired by the short books that helped me get my reading groove back, I asked others what are their favorite books with no more than 200 pages. If you need a jump start to get back into reading or need a short read, here’s your list of books to check out.
I looked up those new to me and already have them on my “rent from the library” list. Since these are short, I plan to get them soon after I catch up on a couple of longer books I need to review. I’d let them cut in line, but I’ve already let too many books skip ahead in line.
Yes, a couple go a little beyond 200, but not much and they’re superb suggestions. Apologies for all the links — need to credit others and make it easy for you to look up the books.
bradshorr: Hard to pick one … this hits me at the moment Eugenics and Other Evils. On a totally different tack – Woody Allen Getting Even. Also C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. World Wide Rave: Creating Triggers that Get Millions of People to Spread Your Ideas and Share Your Stories.
Gloria Chen: Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up by Patricia Ryan Madson.
Linda Kamin: On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
In the Land of Pain, Alphonse Daudet
The Last Opium Den, Nick Tosches
Embers, Sandor Marai
Literature and the Gods, Roberto Calasso
The Devil’s Larder: A Feast, Jim Crace
From Michael Michalowicz, the Toilet Paper Enterpreneur: Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength, The Richest Man in Babylon, and Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money–That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not!
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Ray by Barry Hannah
Salvador by Joan Didion
The Journalist and the Murderer by Janet Malcolm
Desperate Characters: A Novel by Paula Fox
And probably my favorite book, Jesus’ Son: Stories by Denis Johnson
Mark Macias suggests Beat the Press: Your Guide to Managing Media (Excerpts available).
From Bauhaus to Our House by Tom Wolfe
Guide for the Perplexed by E.F. Schumacher
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way: I started applying these ideas right away — before I finished the book. The author explains the science behind this in an interesting way.
Associated Press Guide to News Writing: The Resource for Professional Journalists: All you need to know to become a better journalist.
QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life: Rather than doing what comes naturally for many of us and becoming defensive and pointing fingers, the book changes your mode of thinking from “It’s his fault” to “How can I fix this?”
The Holy Man: Each chapter tells a tale and teaches a lesson. However, in the big scheme of things, there’s progression from start to finish as a couple of characters appear throughout.
Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results: Four simple things to make work and home a great place to be.
The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur: Become an entrepreneur with what you have and without the B.S. so many other books have.
My updated list of books read along[pdf] with their notes.
What other great books can you add to the list? What makes them special to you?
Updated: 22 April 2009