What I’m Reading Right Now – 5 Books Around 300 Pages Each

After reading A Little Life and Game Of Thrones last month (each being over 800 pages) I am so ready to read short books for a while. Here is a list of five books- each a bit more (not over 360!) or less than 300 pages. Please feel free to share your thoughts on these books if you’ve read them or are interested in reading them.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

This is a wildly successful memoir that I’ve heard great things about. It had a movie adaptation in 2017. May be potentially triggering for some (including myself) but I’ve been itching to read this for a while and have heard that it’s deeply meaningful. Clocking in at under 300 pages, this should be a short- but heavy- read. I’m going in mostly blind but based on the first 15 pages or so the writing style is gelling well with me. It’s very contemporary and high in clarity.

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

I’ve been meaning for years to read all of Haruki Murakami’s works. Puzzled on where to start, I randomly picked up- and finished- The Wind Up Bird Chronicle. I’ve since learned that it might not be the best place to start for those new to this author. Still loved it though! Norwegian Wood seems, at first glance, like a more approachable work by this author. It clocks in at just under 300 pages (half the length of The Wind Up Bird Chronicle) and to my understanding it has less magical realism and more down-to-earth elements.

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice

This book has very mixed, or what even might be considered poor ratings. It is the only book I’ve seen on Overdrive that has 3 stars. To my understanding it’s very problematic. For whatever reasons I have been drawn to it for years, probably after picking up a physical copy and having it haunt my shelves for so long. Interview With The Vampire and Pandora were fantastic works by this author, so I’m at least going to give this book a try and see what happens.

The Weight Of A Soul By Elizabeth Tammi

This is a YA fantasy about a girl trying to ressurect her recently deceased sister. After Sadie by Courtney Summers I am very open to books about relationships between siblings. I don’t have any siblings so it’s always interesting and mysterious to read about. Going in mostly blind, was drawn in mainly by the lovely cover. Even though I’m pretty new to Netgalley, my inquiry this title was accepted so I’m looking forward to reviewing it in the very near future!

William Shakespeare’s Macbeth Presented by Manga Classics

So I finished Alexandre Dumas’ The Count Of Monte Cristo by Manga Classics and was very impressed. Great illustrations, scripting and narrative that is true to the source material, and very careful and meticulous work adapting the events and balancing what’s most important to include. I’ve been meaning to get a more-than-cursory understanding of Macbeth, so really keen on trying this one. Many thanks to Netgalley for the e-Arc.

Or there any books under 300 pages that you recommend? Are you reading anything right now? I appreciate your comments, and thanks a bunch for reading this post.

13 thoughts on “What I’m Reading Right Now – 5 Books Around 300 Pages Each

  1. I need to read that Macbeth! It is one of my favorite plays. Also, how are you liking The Weight of a Soul because I didn’t like her first book.

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  2. Hi Kitty. This is a fascinating and diverse reading list. You’ve gotten me interested in the work of Haruki Murakami. I’m mostly into fantasy and steampunk, but lately I’ve dabbled in some magic realism, so I’m even more intrigued.
    I love the art in anime, but I wasn’t aware of these Manga Classics. Lovely post. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks so much! I really appreciate your thoughts. πŸ˜€ I highly, highly recommend trying out Haruki Murakami! I’d recommend, if your library has several books of his, just trying out the first chap of several and seeing what sticks because he has soo many different books lol, almost all of which are indeed magical realism. I plan on reading and reviewing as many of his books as possible. I also LOVE steampunk and love fantasy general so I’ll definitely be following your blog’s posts. Thanks again!


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