Book Recommendations from 20 to 200 Pages

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I know that with the current coronavirus quarantine and social distancing measures, a lot of us have more ‘free’ time on our hands. If you’re anything like me though, focusing on anything other than the constant news updates is hard. I’ve really noticed my reading speed and retention go down in recent days.

The solution might be to try picking up some more short stories and novellas. There’s less of a commitment, you only need to focus for a short spell, and you’ll get the satisfaction of finishing something.

If you have any suggestions or recommendations to add, please let me know.




Galatea by Madeline Miller.

Historical Fantasy, 20 pages.


Wet Nails by Shira Glassman.

Contemporary Paranormal Romance, 21 pages.


Out of Her Depth by Pike Martell.

YA Contemporary Fantasy Romance, 24 pages.


The Witch Sea by Sarah Diemer

Fantasy Romance, 28 pages.


Fearless by Shira Glassman.

Contemporary Romance, 30 pages.


The Disastrous Début of Agatha Tremain by Stephanie Burgis 

YA Historical Fantasy Romance, 38 pages.



House of Secrets by Stephanie Burgis.

YA Historical Fantasy, 42 pages.


The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho.

Fantasy, 51 pages.


Beauty, Glory, Thrift by Alison Tam

Science-Fiction, 55 pages.


Gale by Lyssa Chiavari.

YA Science-Fiction, 55 pages.


Prosper’s Demon by K.J. Parker

Fantasy, 58 pages.


Coffee Boy by Austin Chant.

Contemporary Romance, 61 pages.



The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz.

Science-Fiction, 65 pages.


Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman.

Contemporary Romance, 68 pages.


The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill.

MG Fantasy Graphic Novel, 75 pages.


Gretel by Niamh Murphy.

Fantasy Romance, 76 pages.


Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Science-Fiction, 96 pages.


The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

Science-Fiction Mystery, 96 pages.



The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo 

Fantasy, 112 pages.


River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey.

Historical Science-Fiction, 118 pages.


In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard.

Fantasy, 145 pages.


Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani.

YA Fantasy, 152 pages.


Peter Darling by Austin Chant.

Fantasy, 164 pages.



Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente.

Fantasy Western, 168 pages.


Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire.

YA Fantasy, 173 pages.


A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews.

Historical Romance, 175 pages.


The Queen of Ieflaria by Effie Calvin.

Fantasy, 175 pages.


Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey.

Dystopian Western, 176 pages.




8 thoughts on “Book Recommendations from 20 to 200 Pages”

  1. Some great choices here! Several are ones I’ve already read or want to read, but I’ve now added more to my TBR. 😉 And I can help! Here are other recs of novellas I have read and enjoyed:

    All Systems Red by Martha Wells
    Sci-Fi, 144 pages

    The Deep by Rivers Solomon
    (YA?) Fantasy, 166 pages

    Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom by Louis Sachar
    Middle Grade Humorous Fiction, 192 pages

    Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant
    Fantasy Horror, 128 pages

    The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
    YA/Middle Grade Fantasy? Horror?, 148 pages

    A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djèlí Clark
    Steampunk, 41 pages

    The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark
    Steampunk, 144 pages

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      1. I read the prequel first, and it somehow helped me enjoy Into The Drowning Deep. I think partly because the prequel starts out very documentary-style and tells you that everyone you’re about to meet died, so I had no impulse to get attached to any of them. 😉


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