18 Short Novels Under 100 Pages

Short Novels under 100 pages

I won’t ask if you like reading or not because if you’re here, it’s kind of obvious that you do. But I will ask today, what do you do when you feel like having a light read? Reading a long books is quite stressing and as for me, I have read short novels under 100 pages or less as as they are quite easy and less time-consuming.

The best thing about reading short novels is that it doesn’t require a time investment. You can read before going to sleep, during your journey, or during your lunch hour, and they will give you the right boost. These little and quick readings also make lovely holiday presents. These books can also help a non-reader develop a habit of reading as they don’t consume as much time as a full-length novel.

100 pages or fewer books are ideal if you want to skim anything. Additionally, shorter books allow us to concentrate better and skip over less attractive sections with less effort. When you’re on a plane ride or want to unwind with a book, these 100 pages or fewer quick reads are ideal. These short novels under 100 pages, come in various categories, including poetry, nonfiction, children’s classics, self-help, and short stories. 

Now that I’ve talked about why one should read such short books, why I find them interesting, and what are the reasons that might interest you in reading these books, without any further stalling, let me give you what I promised!

18 Short Books Under 100 Pages

Keep going further to explore short novels under 100 pages and less.

1. The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling

Full Title: The Ugly Duckling

Author: Hans Christian Andersen

Genre: Children’s Literature

Publishing Date: 1843

Page Count: 40


A profound fairy tale about accepting oneself. Everyone taunted the young duckling, hatched a little odd from others, even the duckling’s brothers and sisters. But the truth comes out soon enough.

His transformation into a lovely swan teaches that finding true happiness frequently requires endurance. It is a moving tale of the clumsy little bird’s courageous march amid heckling, hunts, and harsh seasons.

2. We Should All Be Feminists

We Should All Be Feminists

Full Title: We Should All Be Feminists

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Genre: Non-fiction

Publishing Date: 2014

Page Count: 64


The author offers readers an original, inclusive, and conscious definition of feminism for the 21st century. Here is a great author’s examination of what it means to be a woman that has become a current rallying point for why we should all be feminists. The author drew heavily on her encounters and was deeply aware of the frequently concealed reality of sexual politics.

3. A Small Place

A Small Place

Full Title: A Small Place

Author: Jamaica Kincaid

Genre: Non-fiction

Publishing Date: 1988

Page Count: 81


The author transports us back to her early years spent on the island of Antigua. She mainly targets the visitors who frequent the island and are unaware of its crooked political structure. A moving article on the difficulties faced by the Caribbean. It reveals aspects of the 10-by-12-mile island in the British West Indies where she was raised that we have not previously seen.

4. Ten Days in a Mad-House

Ten Days in a Mad-House

Full Title: Ten Days in a Mad-House

Author: Nellie Bly

Genre: Investigative journalism

Publishing Date: 1887

Page Count: 92


Elizabeth Cochrane, an ambitious journalist in the nineteenth century, spent most of her time in an asylum as a covert agent. She looked into the bizarre atrocities and atrocities that were occurring at the Blackwell’s Island Women’s Lunatic Asylum. The incident sparked national outrage and led to changes in mental facilities. A brief biography of the author is highlighted in this book.

5. As a Man Thinketh

As a Man Thinketh

Full Title: As a Man Thinketh

Author: James Allen

Genre: Self-help

Publishing Date: 1903

Page Count: 46


This short book is chock-full of motivational life lessons. The author explains how to discipline your mind to accomplish your objectives. Its main topics are the power of the mind and how it affects human life. The book attempts to establish the mind as the master with the ability to recreate one’s life. It is brilliantly written with a resonating tone of profound mysticism.

6. The Leaf Thief

The Leaf Thief | 18 Short Novels Under 100 Pages

Full Title: The Leaf Thief

Author: Alice Hemming

Genre: Children’s book

Publishing Date: 2020

Page Count: 32


This little book recounts the adventures of a young squirrel. The little buddy adores his tree’s vibrant and brilliant foliage. But he becomes suspicious when everyone goes missing all of a sudden.

He is very confident that his precious leaves have been stolen. As readers follow along with Squirrel’s forested excursion, the enchantment of autumn is exquisitely depicted on each page with colorful art and intriguing characters.

7. The Birds’ Christmas Carol

The Birds’ Christmas Carol | 18 Short Novels Under 100 Pages

Full Title: The Birds’ Christmas Carol

Author: Kate Douglas Wiggin

Genre: Classic

Publishing Date: 1886

Page Count: 88


Carol Bird, a young child, born on Christmas, is the main character in this short story. She is the family’s smallest member and has, however, had a terrible ailment from birth. Even though she is bedridden at age ten and continues to be friendly and kind to everyone, This story, which can be regarded as a genuine Christmas classic, is sure to fill everyone with holiday cheer.

8. The Overcoat

The Overcoat | 18 Short Novels Under 100 Pages

Full Title: The Overcoat (Original- El capote)

Author: Nikolai Gogol

Genre: Short story

Publishing Date: 1842

Page Count: 57


The poor clerk Akaky Akakievich is the subject of this book’s narrative. He enjoys his work as a copy clerk lives and is frequently made fun of by his coworkers. Unexpected things happen when he finally gets a new overcoat after a long period. His priceless new overcoat is taken. Nobody seems eager to assist him in getting back his favorite property, which worries him even after he has passed away.

9. Who Moved My Cheese?

Who Moved My Cheese? 18 Short Novels Under 100 Pages

Full Title: Who Moved My Cheese?

Author: Spencer Johnson

Genre: Self-help book

Publishing Date: 1998

Page Count: 96


You can use this parable to help you adjust to the changes in your job and personal circumstances. Two small people and two mice serve as the plot’s key protagonists. They must adjust to unforeseen changes in their lives.

Others stay put to reflect on the change while one pair travels to a new setting. We’ll learn how to prepare for, accept, and love change and how to be swift to modify when necessary.

10. Make Way for Ducklings

Make Way for Ducklings | 18 Short Novels Under 100 Pages

Full Title: Make Way for Ducklings

Author: Robert McCloskey

Genre: Children’s Literature

Publishing Date: 1941

Page Count: 64


The pond in the Boston Public Gardens, according to Mrs. Mallard, would be the ideal home for her and her eight ducklings. The challenge was finding a way to get them through Boston’s congested streets. However, Mrs. Mallard and her family, Jack, Kack, Lack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack, arrive at their new residence safely with little assistance from the Boston police.

11. Sex, Snow & Mistletoe

Sex, Snow and; Mistletoe | 18 Short Novels Under 100 Pages

Full Title: Sex, Snow & Mistletoe

Author: Laura Barnard

Genre: Romance

Publishing Date: 2016

Page Count: 56


Melinda is compelled to attend the wedding, but she crashes her car because of heavy snowfall on the way there. A gorgeous stranger, fortunately, saves her. Melinda believes things are suddenly becoming too dreamlike, though. However, he appears to be a fraud. Or is she simply imagining it? Additionally, she needs to arrive at the wedding before her best buddy loses it.

12. The Library

The Library | 18 Short Novels Under 100 Pages

Full Title: The Library

Author: Sarah Stewart

Genre: Children’s picture book

Publishing Date: 1995

Page Count: 34


Both doll play and ice skating are things Elizabeth Brown dislikes. Since she was young, she has enjoyed reading. Her book stockpiles are expanding as she gets older. They are on the verge of collapsing because it has become so large.

But she has a brilliant plan to keep it alive. What plans does Elizabeth Brown have? Her public library to begin with! A must-read for all book lovers is this lovely, brief story.

13. Sea Prayer

Sea Prayer | 18 Short Novels Under 100 Pages

Full Title: Sea Prayer

Author: Khaled Hosseini

Genre: Poetry

Publishing Date: 2018

Page Count: 48


On the evening of their sea rescue, a refugee father writes a message to his son as a diary entry. In honor of the passing of Alan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian toddler whose body washed ashore on a Turkish beach in September 2015, the author composed the book.

He wants to honor the thousands of families, like Kurdi, that violence and intolerance have split apart and driven them from their homes.

14. The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk

The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk | 18 Short Novels Under 100 Pages

Full Title: The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk

Author: Thornton W. Burgess

Genre: Children’s classics

Publishing Date: 1918

Page Count: 96


Peter Rabbit is defeated by Jimmy Skunk when he curls up for a sleep in an old barrel. After deciding it’d be great fun to watch the barrel with Jimmy inside a roll down from its resting spot high on a hill, the long-eared prankster finds himself in tremendous trouble.

Jimmy Skunk and Unc’ Billy Possum go egg-hunting and end up in a sweet pickle in Farmer Brown’s henhouse. Reddy Fox is blamed for Jimmy’s wild ride, Peter receives his due for playing dirty tactics, and Jimmy Skunk and Unc’ Billy Possum go on a wild goose chase before the day is up.

15. The Lottery

The Lottery | 18 Short Novels Under 100 Pages

Full Title: The Lottery

Author: Shirley Jackson

Genre: Short story

Publishing Date: 1948

Page Count: 32


On the morning of the twenty-seventh of June, the locals in a tiny American village awake to a flurry of excitement and apprehension. Every detail has been arranged for the yearly lottery, a requirement for participation for every household in the community and in which nobody wants to win. One of the most well-known short tales in American literary history, it is a powerful short novel full of suspense and worry.

16. The Story of Ferdinand

The Story of Ferdinand | 18 Short Novels Under 100 Pages

Full Title: The Story of Ferdinand

Author: Munro Leaf

Genre: Children’s book

Publishing Date: 1936

Page Count: 72


A timeless story of Ferdinand, a lovable bull. He’s not like other bulls at all. Ferdinand is content to relax and take in the blossoms beneath his beloved cork tree while all the other bulls huff, hop, and butt their horns. He has no desire to engage in any deadly combat. He merely desires tranquility and the scent of field flowers.

17. Evidence of Affair

Evidence of Affair | 18 Short Novels Under 100 Pages

Full Title: Evidence of Affair

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Genre: Contemporary fiction

Publishing Date: 2018

Page Count: 86


Piece by piece, the terrible specifics of a disastrous affair between Carrie Allsop and David Mayer are revealed in their letters. Each imploring scrape of the pen reveals their concerns and exposes their innermost selves. They are both perplexed by how things could have gone so wrong and question what to do next.

This book is a short story about two strangers affairs that is presented in the style of a letter between them. Their open communication about their marital and personal struggles is entirely transparent.

18. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer | 18 Short Novels Under 100 Pages

Full Title: And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

Author: Fredrik Backman

Genre: Contemporary fiction

Publishing Date: 2016

Page Count: 97


This book is a brief story about an older guy trying desperately to hold on to his most priceless memories and his family’s caregiving efforts while simultaneously trying to learn how to let go. He is currently attempting to convey his recollections to his grandson. Here, the author exhibits his unmatched comprehension of human behavior and profound empathy for those facing adversity.


So, that is all for now? I’m sure your readers (or non-readers) might have liked it. There’s a book for everyone, no matter what kind of a reader you are, including some fantastic children’s books too!

And the fun part is that you can even finish these books in literally one sitting. Even if you are a slow reader, it won’t take you more than three days maximum to complete any of these books. So, what are you waiting for? Just grab them and start reading!

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