A list of classic Novels
As Books Editors, we set aside more designated reading time than most people do. Still, even we are daunted by copies of
The Goldfinch looming on our desks. Once we embark on a bulky book, will we have time for anything else (including, but not limited to, reading other books)?
Sometimes, especially when in the midst of a reading slump, shorter books seem more approachable. Enter: the novella. A novella is defined as a fictional narrative that is longer than a short story but shorter than a regular novel. Another differentiating factor: Novellas tend to involve fewer conflicts than novels, but these conflicts have a bit more time to develop than in short stories. There are actually lots of debates on what novellas are and aren't (restricted to a certain page count, for example), but we'll leave that for another time.
Since we know all of you are extremely busy (it is the holiday season, after all), we've compiled a list of short, classic works, some novels and some novellas, that are all under 200 pages (We bet you didn't know The Great Gatsby was only 180 pages).