Last week, I shared a series of recommendations in 8 Books by Indian Authors You Can Read in a Day. As promised, I am back with some more quick-read recommendations. Books you can finish in a day or even in one sitting. Books across genres and some light reads, so you are sure to find one that works for you.
Going through a reading slump? Too busy to read? Falling behind on your reading goals and challenges? Need a boost? There are still a few months to go before the year ends and these books are sure to set you right back on track.
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
What if you could journey to the past, but with a few caveats. You cannot change the present. You cannot leave your seat. And you need to return before the coffee gets cold. Would you be interested?
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi is a fascinating compilation of four interlinked stories. Four visitors, each of whom is hoping to travel to the past for different reasons. It is a book that keeps you turning the pages and a highly recommended read. Do check out the second book in the series too, Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Café.
Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc
Beauty is good. Ugly is evil. Fairy tales shape our perception of the world in our childhood. The prince and the princess are always able-bodied. Any disfigurement or disability is magically restored at the end owing to good virtue. Villains are often disfigured or disabled.
Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc examines the disability representation from the fairy tales of the middle ages to modern-day tales of superheroes. A literary criticism, a cultural commentary, and a memoir, it is one the helps us see and celebrate the differently-abled bodies.
Fox 8 by George Saunders
A fox so enamored by ‘yumans’ that he learns the language. He sets out on an adventure only to have his world completely shattered. Fox 8 by George Saunders is a reflection of how humans impact the environment.
This tiny book of just over 50 pages indeed packs a punch. The phonetic writing style does take a while to get used to. But once you do, the book is a treat. It featured on my Short Reads That Pack a Punch recommendations. And features here again because it is so good.
Banned Book Club by Kim Hyun Sook
Banned Book Club by Kim Hyun Sook is a book that I cannot recommend enough. A classic example of censorship and fascism. The graphic novel is a dramatic true story of political division, fear-mongering, anti-intellectualism, the death of democratic institutions, and the relentless rebellion of reading.
I didn’t know much about South Korean politics before picking the book. It was an eye-opener and unputdownable. An important book that is extremely relevant in today’s age. A must-read.
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops Series by Jen Campbell
“Do you have anything written by Jane Eyre?”, “…did Anne Frank ever write a sequel?”, Customers in bookstores say the darndest things. Quick and humorous reads, Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Cambell is a collection of peculiar and hilarious statements and questions.
If you enjoy similar books, I would also recommend The Diary of a Bookseller series by Shaun Bythell. Not quick reads, but these wry and hilarious diaries provide an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade.
Sarah’s Scribbles Series by Sarah Andersen
Wasting hours on social media when you have that deadline glaring at you. Comfortable clothes that have seen better days. Budgeting woes. Millenial issues.
Sarah’s Scribbles by Sarah Andersen series is a collection of four books, all around a hundred pages or thereabout. With some laugh-out-loud moments, these delightful comics are completely relatable. And are sure to put a smile on your face. Oddball comes out in November 2021, and it is as good as the others.
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Hope I have added a considerable amount of books to your TBR. And you are all set to ace the reading goal. Got some quick reads recommendations? I would love to hear from you.
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