14 Short Reads to get Ahead of Your Reading Goal

Hello my lovely fellow bookworms! I don’t know about you, but I always love setting myself a reading goal for the year. I’m kind of an all or nothing kinda gal, so I have always struggled with forming habits, but I feel like having a reading goal helps me with that. The downside of having a reading goal, though, is that it can be a source of stress whenever I’m behind or on track. My favourite place to be is just a couple of books ahead. Right now I’m at 6 books out of 75 for 2022, which is 3 books ahead of schedule. My approach for this year was to start off with some short reads. This way, I would be ahead right away and I wouldn’t experience any stress. This also creates some space for a potential reading slump or to fit in some big books that take a little longer to get through (Stephen King is on my TBR this year). Here are 14 short reads to get ahead of your reading goal (or catch up if you’re already behind) and experience a stress-free year of reading!

1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (226 pages)

My first read of the year for 2022 for this exact reason. I wasn’t blown away, but it was enjoyable enough to make this list.

2. We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (64 pages)

Short, but informative. You get ahead of your reading goal ánd you learn about feminism. What more could you possibly want? Plus, she has written many more books, so if you like this, there’s more where that came from.

3. For the Harry Potter fans:

If you haven’t read them yet, try reading Quidditch Through the Ages (105 pages), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (128 pages), The Tales of Beedle the Bard (109 pages) and the Pottermore Presents series (3 short ebooks with short stories from Hogwarts).

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (213 pages)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is not actually one of my favourites. My guess is that I may have just been too young to understand the book, since I was about 13 or so and English is not my first language. Since everyone seems to love this book with all their hearts, I’ll probably give it another shot one of these days and I suppose that earns it a place on this list.

5. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (155 pages)

Shakespeare is not the easiest writer to read, of course. Though the plus side of reading Shakespeare is that his plays are always between about 100 pages and 200 pages long. So if you’re into reading plays, poetry or classics like Jane Austen, this would make a pretty good read to get ahead of your reading goal. Since you probably already know the story of Romeo and Juliet, it will be easier to get through than most of Shakespeare’s other plays.

6. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (96 pages)

This book is so cute and so educational at the same time. It was written by the French pilot Saint-Exupéry in 1943 as a kind of modern fairytale. The pilot died a year later after being shot down by a German pilot. The Little Prince was the last book he ever published. Most editions of The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) are illustrated and it’s a great read for both children and adults.

7. If I Stay by Gayle Forman (201 pages)

This book absolutely broke my heart. The plot is so incredibly well thought of and beautifully executed. Definitely worth a read if you like getting your heart ripped out and stomped on. I would recommend this even if you’re not looking for a short read in particular.

8. Animal Farm by George Orwell (141 pages)

Easily one of my favourite classics. I say easily, because I haven’t read that many, so there are not a lot to choose from. Nevertheless, even if there were, this would probably still be one of my favourites. The fact that it’s relatively short probably has something to do with it. I love classics, but not for 600 pages straight. That’s just too much. This one is short and sweet and understandable. I would recommend doing a little bit of research on it before reading, though. That way you might better understand what Orwell is trying to say with his book.

9. The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan (211 pages)

I loved this one. It’s romantic poetry that is told through words from a dictionary. This way the story is not told chronologically, but through short entries, mixed up and put in alphabetical order.

10. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod (172 pages)

I read this book a while ago on my Ipad. If you’re more into the nonfictional/self help books and/or you’ve set some New Year’s Resolutions for 2022, I would recommend this book. Even if you’re not planning on getting up at 5 A.M. every day like Hal Elrod, he still has some great tips and tricks to make the most of your day. And all that in just 172 pages.

11. The Millstone by Margaret Drabble (172 pages)

I remember reading this book when I was about 15 years old. The book was published in 1965 and it’s about a young (unmarried) academic who gets pregnant after a one-night stand. She considers an abortion at first, but in the end she decides to keep the baby and raise it by herself. Not exactly a light read, but definitely one that leaves an impression and it’s only 172 pages. (TW: Abortion)

12. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (206 pages)

What I wouldn’t give to be able to read the Narnia series again for the first time. This book is absolutely magical. If you haven’t read it yet, this is your sign. We named our family cat Aslan because of this book. You could choose to watch the movies of course, but there are only three movies and the series contains of 7 books, so.. You’d be missing out.

13. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (226 pages)

A true tearjerker. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll love the book. I know this is a cliché, but the book is actually better than the movie. Just rip my heart out, why don’t you.

14. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (200 pages)

One of the classics that appears on every list, so naturally this one can’t be an exception. It’s relatively short, the story is amazing and it’s a classic to scratch off your list.

That’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed this list of short reads to get ahead of your reading goal. If you have any additions to this list, let me know.

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