What are your favorite books under 300 pages? More criteria below the fold.
So I'm in a newly formed book club with a few strict rules, including (1) it has to be a book no one has read before and (2) it has to be 300 pages or less. The problem is that none of us can think of many short books that we haven't read.
They should be either fiction or literary nonfiction, and substantive enough that there's something to discuss, but also entertaining to read. And they should not be super well-known, otherwise at least one of us will probably have read them. So for example, you can probably rule out the whole MLA 100 critics' list
(half of which are too long anyway), and anything commonly assigned in high school curricula.
Any time period is fine -- and we are open to a mix of genres, but that's a bit tricky. With a sci fi, crime, romance or young adult suggestion, we're going to start out with at least half the members rolling their eyes at it, so it has to be the the kind of book that really
appeals to a general readership and not just fans of the genre.
Also, please respect the 300 page limit -- that's what really makes this an interesting question. 301 pages does not count :). Obviously page counts vary by edition/printing, but there should be at least one that's <=300.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions, which will hopefully allow us to put together a list for the next 6-12 meetings that everyone agrees on, and rescue us from acrimony and squabbling every month about what to read next.