Yep, it’s that time of the year.
November is coming and with that, only two months of the year left to complete that one-hundred-books landmark that had seemed possible, at least, probable, on January the 1st now seems nearly impossible to fulfill.
But today, I come to tell you that not everything’s lost. There are still amusing and good-quality books that you can complete in a day or two in order to help you get closer to that goal.
Here are 5 amazing short books to help you complete your 2020’s reading challenge:
1. The Test, by Sylvain Neuvel
Number of pages: 110
This is a dystopian contemporary book which heavily resides on the important and ever-lasting topic of immigration. The story it’s set in Britain, a not-too-distant future in which Idir, our protagonist, is taking the British citizenship test. When the test takes an unexpected and tragic turn, Idir is handed the power of life and death.
How do you value life when all you have is multiple choice?
2. Animal Farm by George Orwell
Number of pages: 112
This book explains the rise and fall of communism in a fascinating metaphor.
A farm is taken over by its overworked and mistreated animals where they set out and create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality but then, everything goes sideways.
When Animal Farm first came out, the audience interpreted it as a critic towards Stalinist Russia but as years passed, it became clear that whenever freedom is attacked, no matter the banner or campaign, this novel has a clear message set out about it.
3. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Number of pages: 137
This book is set in Copenhagen, Denmark, 1943, where the German Nazis had already started invading: food shortages, soldiers marching through town, and curfews now filled the life of ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen, a blonde and intelligent girl who lived with her parents and 5-year-old sister Kristy. When the Nazis start targeting Jews like her very best friend Ellen, Annemarie must gather all her courage to protect her friend and everyone she loves.
This is an achingly beautiful story that shows us the reality of kids back then, how brave they had to be before their time. If you want to read an extensive review of this book, you can read the full article HERE.
4. George, by Alex Gino
Number of pages: 197
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.
George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy.
With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.
This book has a beautiful message about sexuality and acceptance packed in a story that children can not only understand but relate to.
5. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Number of pages: 306
DISCLAIMER: This might seem a large number of pages, but the book is written in almost poetry-like prose with short and fierce staccato narrative verses, so it passes quickly.
This novel takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother. It takes a long, critical, and raw look at teenage gun violence that is almost chilling.
If you are interested in reading more about this book, click HERE for the review I wrote on the blog about it.
Well, I think that’s all for this article! I hope that the short books were useful and that you can finish the challenge in time!
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