It’s almost the end of the year, which means it’s time to cram in as many more books are humanly possible before 2018. (That’s what everyone does, right?) If you haven’t yet met your reading goal, don’t worry, it’s still possible! Probably. If you still have 100 books to go, I’m giving you permission to give up now. Enjoy the rest of 2017 without the added stress. Or retreat under the covers and binge-read anything you can get your hands on before the delirium sets in. Totally up to you. If you only have a few more books left to meet your goal, consider some of these incredibly quick reads:
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. This is an short but extremely engaging novella about a group of young people who have returned from another world. It is brilliant and fun, and every bit as good as everyone says it is.
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. If you want to include a classic on your list, consider Ethan Frome. It’s not a must-read, but it is a quick read, and I think it was a great introduction to Wharton’s writing.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson. This is a fun, fast read (just like it says in the title), and I learned a lot from it. If you like science, I highly recommend this one.
The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace. If you haven’t read this yet, you should. To be fair, I didn’t love it quite as much as everyone else seems to, but I did think it was a really great collection of poetry that tells a story I think a lot of people can relate to.
We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Everyone should read this. And if you haven’t already, now is the perfect time.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This might not look like a book you can read in a day (I think it’s around 600 pages), but the unconventional formatting makes it fly by. I think I finished it in about four hours, so it’s totally doable, and a really fun read.
And, of course, you can always read graphic novels or comics to fill out your reading challenge. Here are a few I recommend:
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol. This is a great YA graphic novel that addresses the topic of assimilation in the context of a horror story. I loved it.
I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young. I am slightly obsessed with this comic about a now 30-year-old trapped in her 8-year-old body inside Fairyland. It’s basically Game of Thrones meets Candyland. And it’s amazing.
Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples. I’m sure you’ve heard of Saga. And yes, it is really great and if you’re into graphic novels, you should definitely give this one a shot.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. I really enjoyed this graphic memoir about growing up in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. It’s funny and poignant and just a really lovely read.
Habibi by Craig Thompson. I think this might be my favorite graphic novel. Both the story and the artwork are incredibly beautiful and detailed. (It is quite a bit longer than the others on this list, but I think reading it in a day or two is still realistic.)
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. This one is a collection of dark, graphic short stories and I really enjoyed it. I’m a fan of open-endings done well, and Carroll definitely does them well.
How far are you from your reading goal? Are there any short reads you’re planning on getting to before 2018? Any you would recommend? Let me know in the comments!