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18 Best Short Books of All Time


Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best Short books (instead of one person's opinion).

    Our process:
  1. Search for "best short books" and study the top 5 articles.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (This took a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    1

    The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

  2. 3

    The Little Prince

    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  3. 4
  4. 5
  5. 6

    Heart Berries

    A Memoir

    Terese Marie Mailhot

  6. 7
  7. 8

    The Awakening

    Kate Chopin

  8. 9

    Whereabouts

    A Novel

    Jhumpa Lahiri

  9. 10
  10. 11
  11. 12

    Notes on Grief

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  12. 13
  13. 14

    Pedro Páramo

    Juan Rulfo

  14. 15

    A Single Man

    A Novel

    Christopher Isherwood

  15. 17
  16. 18

FAQ

  • How was this Short books list created?

    We searched for "best Short books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Short books are in this list?

    There are 18 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Short books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Short books on the internet.

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