Bite-Sized Books

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Sometimes a short book just really hits the spot. I’m particularly drawn to them when I’m having trouble deciding what kind of book I want to read–mystery? Si-fi? Historical fiction? If the book is short enough I can get a taste of them all before settling down. Ranging from 150-200 pages, these novels are full meals in and of themselves, neatly packed for on-the-go readers.

Whether you’re looking for something easy to take with you on your commute or just want to try a sample of a new genre or author, these bite-sized books make great starters!

The Invoice

This highly entertaining novel asks what you would pay for a cherished memory or a beautiful summer day. Our hero lives a simple life, occupying his time with a part time job at the video store and the company of a few friends. Then his life falls into madness when he suddenly receives an enormous invoice from a random bureaucratic agency and proceeds to call the hotline day and night to try to find out how he could possibly owe so much. How will our carefree idealist, who is content with so little and has no chance of paying it back, find a way out of this mess?

A Clue to the Exit

Charlie Fairburn has been given six months to live, so he does what anyone would do: stake half his fortune at the casino and write a novel about death.  His novel is set on a train and involves a group of characters who are locked in a debate about the nature of consciousness. This witty, self-reflexive book is written in the first person giving it a unique perspective on writing and authorship. If you’re familiar with any of St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels, A Clue to the Exit will be a real treat!

A Whole Life

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2016, this book relays the life of Andreas Egger. Set in the mid-twentieth century among the Austrian Alps, Andreas is a man of the land who keeps to himself most of the time. Robert Seethaler explores a whole life in only 150 pages with the perfect balance of event and emotion while exploring the value of solitude, the arrival of the modern world, and above all, of the moments that make us who we are.

Blood on Snow

This is the story of Olav, an extremely talented “fixer” for one of Oslo’s most powerful crime bosses. Being an assassin-for-hire has left Olav isolated from most social circles, but now he’s finally met the woman of his dreams. Two little problems: she’s his boss’s wife, and he’s just been hired to kill her.

Annihilation

In the first book of Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, an expedition team of four government explorers: a psychologist, an anthropologist, a surveyor and a biologist journey into unknown coastal Area X, a seemingly natural promised land. From the outset of this dense science fiction journey, the threat of desolation looms in the surrounding beauty of the landscape.