So school time is looming for some of you (for those of you still in school anyway ;strikes smug adult pose;) and chances are, there are some reading lists floating around that you haven't gotten to yet. That's assuming of course schools even do reading lists anymore. Or maybe you have some classics on your TBR list that you want to get done. Either way, here are some short classics to impress people with, that you can read in a jiffy. For the record, my criteria for short classic is a book under 250 pages.
Short Classics to Get Off Your List:
Page count (according to Goodreads): 102
Hopefully, you read this one in school. If not, I'm sure it'll pop up somewhere in your education future. Read it now and give yourself a head start. As a bonus, it's pretty easy to understand.
Page count: 107
Another one that you probably have already read for school. If not, it's a another one that's pretty easy to understand on your own and one that I can guarantee you will be getting at some point in your education. At least, if you go to a US school.
Page count: 192
There's a reason this is a stand by for teachers. It's fast and simple to get. Plus now, you have the Leo film to watch along with it if you get desperate.
Page count: 128
You will read this one in school. Best get it over with now.
Page count: 178
Actually the story is a lot shorter then 178 because this version is Breakfast at Tiffany's plus two other short stories Capote did. This is a great intro to Capote and it's fun to compare and contrast along the way with the Audrey Hepburn film.
Page count: 96 (for this version)
Yes, Jekyll and Hyde really is that short. Honestly, most of Stevenson's books are pretty quick reads.
Page count: 139 (for this version)
Don't know how much London is still being taught. But if you only read one London book, it should probably be this one (or White Fang)
Page count: 152
Good starter book to read for those interested in Buddhism.
Page count: 128
I actually still need to read Edith Wharton. Never encountered her in all my years of schooling. But I went to school in the bible belt, and my teachers were very firmly into the dead straight white men who only wrote "serious" literature (aka no genre fiction). Which is probably why I can't stand the lit snob crowd, now that I think about it....
Page count: 209
You're forgiven if you've never heard of Achebe. I myself never heard of him until this past year or so. He is actually apparently considered a important writer in African fiction. Which again, explains why I never got to him in school.
Some others, because there are way more then ten: The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
The Island of Dr. Moreau (and others) by H. G. Wells