Favorite Short Novels | Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic was actually favorite short stories or novellas, but I don’t really read many of those. Instead, I decided to talk about my favorite novels that are really short.


The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis // 144 pages // This is a very short contemporary novel but it’s so beautiful and precious and I need you to read it. This is about a woman named Chris who works in a bookstore after dropping out of university and breaking up with her girlfriend. She gets a new co-worker called Josie, and a really cute romance starts. It’s such an adorable story with a pansexual main character and a lesbian Filipino love interest!

Sunbolt (Sunbolt Chronicles #1) by Intisar Khanani // 152 pages // I have to admit that I wish this were longer. That’s why I’m so grateful the sequel is much longer than the first book. It’s a fantasy series which in my opinion usually need a bit more pages to set up the world and story line. It’s about a girl called Hitomi who helps the Shadow League smuggle a leading political family out of the city/country when they have angered the Arch Mage Blackflame. Instead, she gets caught.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl // 176 pages // I don’t really need to explain what this is about, do I? It’s been a while since I’ve read this book but I still remember how much I loved it as a kid. Somehow I feel like being Belgian really enforced my love for this book because chocolate is honestly a national treasure here.

Annihilation (Southern Reach #1) by Jeff Vandermeer // 195 pages // I was surprised when I first bought this book and received it in the mail. A science fiction novel that is less than 200 pages? I ended up really enjoying this book even though it’s super weird. Really, this book is super fucking weird. There’s also a movie adaptation of this book on Netflix, which I really enjoyed as well.

The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician #1) by Charlie N. Holmberg // 222 pages // This was one of the first books I ever requested on Netgalley. It’s been almost 4 years since, can you believe that? This is about a girl called Ceony who wants to bespell metal but instead gets stuck as the apprentice of a paper magician. I WANT TO BE A A PAPER MAGICIAN!


Nimona by Noelle Stevenson // 266 pages // The only graphic novel on this list. 266 pages is already a bit longer but since it’s a graphic novel it’s a really quick read. I adore this graphic novel so much! The evil mastermind and his sidekick vs the good guy. Or is he really the good guy?

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie // 52 pages // 52 pages, anyone can manage that, right? I think everyone should read this book or listen to her TedTalk. It’s such a wonderful piece on feminism, easily accessible and understandable. I also think it’s interesting to see her compare feminism in the U.S. vs feminism in Nigeria. However, I believe this speech is still too focused on cis women and should be more inclusive.

Wise Child (Doran #1) by Monica Furlong // 240 pages // This is a book I read as a child (translated into Dutch, of course) and haven’t picked up as an adult. I remember reading it multiple times because I just loved it so much. I definitely want to re-read this book now that I’m in my twenties to see what I think of it now.

Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers #1) by Rachel Aaron // 287 pages // The longest book on this list. But I feel like for a fantasy novel, less than 300 pages is quite short. This is one of my favorite urban fantasy books. It’s about a dragon called Julius, who is an outcast in his clan because he’s just too nice and doesn’t have any ambition to be a powerful player in the world. It’s so so good.

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram // 254 pages // This is one of my favorite Cinderella retellings. This is about Ella Rodriguez who moves in with her father and step-family after losing her mother in a car accident. I really like the way this book talks about family, but also about disability. Disability is so often overlooked in books, so representation really matters here.

Those were 10 of my favorite short novels! Have you read any of these?

29 thoughts on “Favorite Short Novels | Top Ten Tuesday

  1. I loved Nimona! I wish I owned my own copy, because I’d love to reread it one of these days. I should probably give Annihilation another try. I read about half and then put it aside, but a friend keeps pushing me to finish it (and the rest of the trilogy).

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  2. We Should All Be Feminists – So insightful and yet so succinct. Totally agree! I have to check some of these others out. I haven’t heard of several of them, but they look interesting!

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