Sometimes I’m in the mood to read something but I don’t want to devote myself to a 1000 page book. Sometimes I just want to binge-read as many books as I can during the weekend since that’s the only time I get to read these days…
Anyway, I thought I couldn’t be alone. Everyone loves short and quick reads! So here are some of my favourite recommendations 🙂
10 Quick Reads for the Weekend
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
The Lottery is a short story that I recently read for a worldbuilding course and it’s absolutely genius and creepy at the same time. I feel like saying anything about it might spoil the story but it’s essentially about the people in a village who have gathered to take part in a lottery but what’s the prize remains a mystery. It’s like 5 or 6 pages and you can easily find it online.
Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Sutanto
This might just be the most hilarious and entertaining book of 2021. Dial A for Aunties is an absolute ride! Anyone who is Asian will be able to relate to this group of crazy yet determined aunties who are trying to run a big wedding while covering for a murder committed by their niece. I especially listened to this on audiobook and oh my god the narration is amazing. Literally everything is perfected and you are never going to regret picking up this book. You’re going to have the time of your life!
The Test by Sylvain Neuvel
This book is yet another fascinating narrative that leaves you a little shell-shocked towards the end. The Test is about Idir who is taking the British Citizenship Test. It’s just 25 questions, what could go wrong? Everything. This one is available in audiobook format too and I would highly recommend going for it because the narrator has a great voice and an ability to make you feel the way the protagonist feels. While this isn’t a light-hearted read per se, it’s quite gripping and will hook you in from the very beginning.
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell
This is just the book you want to read when you feel like laughing and wondering what really goes on in the heads of non-readers. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops is a short and witty read, it’s exactly what the title says and promises you laughter. And yes, maybe you’ll be looking at bookstores differently after this book but it’s worth the price.
MOOM by Bani Basu
MOOM is a translated story about the Agarwal family and the lack of girls and women in their family. We get a slow but interesting introduction to the family after which the plot spurs on. Upon the death of the only woman left in their family, a little girl called Moom appears on the Agarwal doorstep leading to lots of confusion and questions. The writing here is so brilliant. I found the language easy to read so kudos to both the writer and translator. You end up feeling sad as the author gives us a glimpse into the lives of many households in India where the girl child is seen as a bad omen. But the author does this brilliantly without being too on the nose with the themes of this book.
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Another translated novel, Before the Coffee Gets Cold has a very interesting concept that lures readers in. I loved the idea of a time-travelling cafe and despite the many rules it carried, I enjoyed reading about the journeys people took through time. Unlike most time travel stories, Before the Coffee Gets Cold is about the characters and their emotional journeys rather than being ploy based so I would recommend that you adjust your expectations accordingly before you dive into this book.
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Holes by Louis Sachar
Holes is a sort of adventure mystery about Stanley Yelnats who gets sent to a detention camp for a crime he didn’t commit. Along with the other boys, Stanley is tasked to keep digging holes every day in the dry ground and while the warden insists it is purely for character building, there’s a different story at play. I love how the author spins the story across two different timelines, letting the reader connect the ends. All the characters are quite well written and I found myself getting quite attached to the boys in the camp. It’s a very simply written yet entertaining read and a must if your tastes fall in the lower YA range.
Playing With Fire by Lesley Davis
Playing With Fire is a steamy sapphic romance novella between two women – a cook and a manager. It’s one of the best romance books I have ever read but it is also very underrated. It literally won’t show up on Goodreads unless you type the author’s name as well Everything from the characters to the writing style and pacing as well as the emotional scenes were fabricated perfectly. Every time I look at this book I get sad that nobody I know has read it so please, please do give it a shot!
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Coffee Boy by Austin Chant
Coffee Boy is an adorable gay romance between a coffee boy intern and his boss who is prickly and grumpy on the outside. So basically sunshine boy x grumpy dude aka one of my favourite tropes ever! I like my romance books to have an actual plot and was happy to find that Coffee Boy met my expectations. Both characters were well fleshed out and what especially stood out to me is the way the main character’s experience of being trans was written. Bonus ownvoices!
The Strange Death of Anindyasundar by Anish Deb
The Strange Death of Anindyasundar is an extremely atmospheric and gripping read. Rahul Bose’s audiobook narration simply brings everything to life. A seemingly straight-forward story, murder-mystery writer Anindyasundar has been murdered and given a chance by an angel to relive his last day in order to find whodunnit. With almost the whole household having motives to kill Anindyasundar, the author spins an interesting narrative where you really cannot be sure who the murderer is until the book reveals them. I would definitely recommend this to everyone, it’s a short and engaging read and you’re bound to be entertained even if you’re new to the genre.
Are any of these books on your TBR or have you read them?
What kind of books do you like to read during the weekend?
If you have any recommendations for short or quick reads do leave them in the comments below!