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A Reader of Fictions: Help Me Finish My Book Challenge!

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Help Me Finish My Book Challenge!

Guys, the year is swiftly drawing to a close and I am monstrously behind (8 books) in my book-a-day challenge. As such, I need to power through some books here at the end of the year, making use of holiday time-off. If I don't step up my game, I WILL fail my challenge.

While it may sort of be cheating, I need some short, quick reads to help me wrap up my challenge. So tell me, what are your favorite short novels? What should I read to make sure I meet my challenge?

Much thanks to everyone who offers suggestions!


Blogger Kat Balcombe said...

Eeeeeek! Ok, here's some I read within 24 hours:

Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Zom-B by Darren Shan
Then by Julie Myerson
A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Everything by Tabitha Suzuma
The Raft by S.A. Bodeen
Fracture by Megan Miranda
I am Legend by Richard Matheson
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

I know you've already some of these, but hopefully it helps!

November 16, 2012 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger tjpieraccini said...

Not sure if either of these options falls within your remit, but...Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, or any of the later original series Doctor Who novelisations by Terrance Dicks... Waiting For The Barbarians by Coetzee is also quite short.

November 16, 2012 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger techeditor said...

Ian McEwan books are short, most shorter than ATONEMENT. I liked best ENDURING LOVE, which is NOT a romance book.

November 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Gina @ My Precious said...

I'm a BOOK CHALLENGE obsessed beast. I can't stand to fail a challenge. I'm at risk for failing my Off the Shelf Challenge and My Sophomore Reading Challenge. I hope I somehow pull it off but its quite sketchy right now.

If I were you I'd read a couple of prequels to recent series:

1. Damion (prequel to Half Blood - Covenant Series)
2. The Goddess Hunt (A companion novel for The Goddess Test Series)
3. The Grimm Diaries Prequels (quite of few of those available (6) - they are all short reads)
4. The New World by Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking Series)
5. Tortured (Birthmarked Series)
6. Summer Crossing (Iron Fey Series)
7. Tomorrow is Today (Tempest Series)
8. Remedial Magic (Fairewalker Series)
9. Beasts and BFF (13 to Life Series)
10. Retro Demonology (The Demon Trappers Series)
11. The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (The Girl in the Steel Corset Series)

All of these are VERY short reads. BTW I don't feel this is cheating AT ALL unless the challenge stated the book needed to be a certain length to count.

November 16, 2012 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Becky LeJeune said...

Here are a few I've powered through in one sitting:

Ben Aaronovitch: Midnight Riot (first in series -- each one is an equally quick read -- paranormal mystery)
Baum's Oz series
CJ Bos: Three Weeks to Say Goodbye (thriller)
Alafair Burke: 212 or Never Tell (Ellie Hatcher series -- thriller)
Daniel Wilson: Robopocalypse
Joss Ware: Envy series (post apocalypse romance)
Amanda Stevens: Amelia Gray series (paranormal mystery)
Jesse Petersen: Living With the Dead (hilarious zombie books. I read the first while waiting at the dentist's)
Kristen Painter: House of Comarre series (urban fantasy)
Lisa Lutz: Spellman series (hilarious PI mysteries)

I think you've read most of the ones that come to mind but hopefully something above will pique your interest and help :)

November 16, 2012 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger nutschell said...

Lots of great suggestions here already. I hope you finish your challenge!! Cheering you on!

November 16, 2012 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Jenni @ Alluring Reads said...

Anything by Carol Lynch Williams! I loved The Chosen One and Miles From Ordinary (both under 200 pages)

November 16, 2012 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Bekka @ Pretty Deadly Reviews said...

I second Carol Lynch Williams.

Also anything by Francesca Lia Block. Especially Wasteland. Ahhh I would love it if you read her.

November 16, 2012 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Nori said...

This is all I can think of, though you might have read some of these too: Perks of Being a Wallflower, Hatchet, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Green Angel (Alice Hoffman), Boy Meets Boy, Revolver, How I Live Now, The Prince of Myst, Hunger (by Kessler), The Turning (Prose), and then any YA books by Meg Cabot, Tamora Pierce (the earlier years), and the Georgia Nicholson series by Louise Rennison.

November 17, 2012 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger Nori said...

Oh, also, there's any of the books by Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars or Lying Game). Those go super fast.

November 17, 2012 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger Giselle said...

This is Not A Drill is short and really good!!

November 17, 2012 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Lilian said...

Nerve by Jeanne Ryan and Ten by Gretchen MnNeil, neither are "OMG, THE BEST THING I'VE EVER READ" material, but they are fast reads.

ah, ROALD DAHL! didn't you buy The Witches in one of your book hauls?
and the prequel ebooks to Throne of Glass...

November 18, 2012 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I did add Speechless to my list of possible reads (it's like 80 books long. O_O I love lists).

November 19, 2012 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I've read several of his novels. They vary so much in quality, and I'm sure it's not a romance novel. Haha. Isn't it about hot air ballooning and someone with a creepy obsession?

November 19, 2012 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Haha, me too! I HAVE TO FINISH!

I don't actually count the little e-novellas as books toward my challenge. Good thinking, though!

November 19, 2012 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Oooh, I haven't heard of some of these, so even if I don't get to them now, I will definitely be adding them to my list for the future!

November 19, 2012 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I was hoping they would have those at the library when I stopped to pick up a hold on Saturday. No luck!

November 19, 2012 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I added Wasteland to GR. So...someday? Maybe?

November 19, 2012 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger Gina @ My Precious said...

Well, shoot! I thought when you said "short" you many really, really short, lol.

November 19, 2012 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger Gina @ My Precious said...

I second "The Raft" its super easy to read quickly and I think its less than 250 pages.

November 19, 2012 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Oh Meg Cabot. I have read SO many of her books!

November 19, 2012 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Whatever, they're your new favorite books. DO NOT LIE TO ME.

I have The Witches on my list of possible reads, along with like five other Dahl books!

November 19, 2012 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ha, I do have that from NG! I have a huge pile of possibilities. First up is Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson and it is SO good!

November 19, 2012 at 2:38 PM  

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