Best books under 200 pages in 2021

If you read long and complicated novels for weeks and at the end of the book you forget what happened to the characters in the beginning. If you have a busy schedule and just don’t have enough time to read. If you want to read a book in a few hours, then this list is useful. We have collected 10 fascinating books up to 200 pages.

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros ‘ short novel about a young girl coming of age in Chicago has earned its place on bookshelves among Tony Morison and Virginia Woolf classics with its memorable characters.


What makes us who we are? Environment? But if you don’t like it at all, can you get out of it? What is required for this? Chicago, a poor immigrant neighborhood, late twentieth century. Esperanza is ashamed of the house on Mango Street, where she lives with her huge noisy family, and she dreams of growing up, running away from her hometown, and becoming a writer. Esperanza watches the neighbors: their life is very difficult, but they somehow manage to be happy.

Nine Stories Mass Market by J. D. Salinger

The book of one of the most mysterious writers of the twentieth century, a recluse and author of the cult novel “The catcher in the rye”. “Nine Stories” is considered a gem in the writer’s work, and in its sincerity and depth is not inferior to the poignant story of Holden Caulfield. Salinger’s light and always accurate prose is accessible to everyone and can melt even the coldest heart.

Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern

This is a book about the childhood and youth of its author — Justin Halpern. Justin’s father had always been a simple man, but he was incredibly witty, and he always made jokes right and left. At one point, Justin started posting his father’s jokes on Twitter. Realizing that they are interesting to millions of people, he decided to write a book of memoirs based on them. It was hilariously funny.
A few years ago, The book became the number one bestseller on The New York Times list.

Bonjour Tristesse: A Novel (P.S.) by Francoise Sagan

At the time of publication, the author was only 19 years old. Young age did not prevent the then-unknown Francoise Sagan from writing a novel that became a symbol of a whole generation of women.
This is the story of a girl, Cecile, who lost her mother at an early age and was brought up in a convent boarding school. Despite the time spent in the bosom of the Holy Church, Cecile did not destroy the desire to enjoy all the joys of life. Returning to her dissolute father, she plunges into the Bohemian world and begins to live a social life without rules and obligations. As in any good story, the novel will not do without its “but”.

A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut learned early on how to talk to adults: “In researching this issue, I concluded that a joke can be used to get into any adult conversation.” The opportunity to Polish this skill was presented to him more than once, and “a man without a homeland” is a kind of final essay on this topic. Vonnegut, a survivor of the Dresden bombing, interjects into our adult thoughts by joking that happiness is a very simple thing and that it lies in simple feelings. And that all attempts to take yourself seriously only prevent you from remembering it.

(Lord of the Flies) By Golding, William

“Lord of the flies” is usually given to read just barely entered the tender period of adolescence, and the plot of the book, which is all about human nature, remains in the memory more of a teenage horror story about how stupid boys unsuccessfully tried to survive on a desert island. Meanwhile, if you think about it, we have one of the most terrible books of the XX century, still provoking adults to discuss who (or what) is a person to a person and giving it its creepy answer.

I And Thou Paperback by Martin Buber

One of the most subtle theologians of the twentieth century, Buber, a mystic to the core, was always consistent in expressing and revealing his ideas. “I and You “at least stylistically (Buber imitates Nietzschean poetics” Zarathustra“) lag behind the” Images of good and evil “and” Two images of faith”, but it gives a clear idea of the Central idea of Buber’s philosophy — the understanding of the event itself and the other.

The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell

A lot more will be written about maniacs, psychopaths, and just active misanthropes, but this small (only 56 pages) story, which appeared in 1924 in Collier’s magazine, became a kind of ancestor of the genre of “hunting people”. The action takes place on a wild island in the Caribbean sea, where a Cossack aristocrat named Zaroff is comfortably located, tired of traditional types of hunting, and therefore switched to a two-legged game. The American reading public from the upper classes must have been delighted: hunting was then something like Golf-an entertainment worthy of a wealthy young man, and the Cossacks are still considered an amazing exotic.

Charlotte’s Web (Trophy Newbery) by E. B. White

The book about Wilbur the pig, who was unlucky with the size, can turn into a vegetarian any adult who dares to read it at night: you involuntarily shudder every time the life of a cute boar is again under threat. It seems that many of the Americans who refuse meat for ethical reasons, as a child, had a chance to read this fairy tale. In Russian, from the closest analogs, apparently, only “Black chicken”, but it is about much more subtle matters.

How I Became Stupid by Martin Page

Martin Page’s debut novel, published in the early 2000s, immediately became not just popular, but a reference book for a whole generation of Frenchmen. The main idea of the book is simple: the mind makes a person unhappy and lonely, but the imitation of the mind, on the contrary, can lead to success.
Despite the sometimes cynical humor, the book was loved by readers for its extraordinary wit, ease of prose, and the author’s ability to avoid moralizing. As Martin Page himself put it in another of his novels, ” a Great day is great»: “There are people who never get the rain down their necks, they are deeply incomprehensible to me.”