Thursday, December 26, 2013


I just ran across this post on Huff Post Books on amazing short classics.  There are quite a few that I never read, and didn't realize they were under two hundred pages--some are even under one hundred pages.  Like so many readers, it gets harder and harder to find time to read, and it's exciting to think that you can experience a classic you always meant to read in just a few hours or a day.  I've always meant to read Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein, just to name a few. Oh yes, and Oh Pioneers! and Ethan Frome. All of these are under 600 total pages, still shorter than Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch which is almost 800 pages, currently on best seller's lists and one of my favorite books of the year.

Check out the you see any you would consider reading, especially given the length?  ~ Katherine

1 comment:

Suzanne Wright said...

Something Borrowed Someone Dead - Agatha Raisin, Bk 24
Author: M. C. Beaton

The 24th book in the series and I'm still hooked! The characters continue to grow and if you've followed the series from the beginning you realize how close they've become. I highly recommend this book if you're an Agatha Raisin fan.

Gloria French was a jolly widow with dyed blond hair, a raucous laugh, and rosy cheeks. When she first moved from London to the charming Cotswolds hills, she was heartily welcomed. She seemed a do-gooder par excellence, raising funds for the church and caring for the elderly. But she had a nasty habit of borrowing things and not giving them back -- just small things, a teapot here, a set of silverware there. So it's quite a shock when she is found dead, murdered by a poisoned bottle of elderberry wine. Afraid the murder will be a blight on the small town, parish councilor Jerry Tarrant hires private detective Agatha Raisin to track down the murderer.

But the village is secretive and the residents resent Agatha's investigation. Of course, that doesn't stop the ever-persistent Agatha from sticking her nose where no one wants it -- especially as the list of suspects grows. And, as if it isn't enough that Agatha's ex has reentered the picture, the murderer is now targeting Agatha!