— Book Bites

9 books under 100 pages for a quick afternoon read

Let’s face it: As a society, our attention spans aren’t what they used to be. Sure, we enjoy the occasional 3-hour movie or long read. But some days, we can barely sit through a video that’s more than 60 seconds or catch up on a lengthy Twitter thread. Sometimes, short and sweet is the way to go — like books under 100 pages.

Fortunately, there are plenty of books to accommodate shorter attention spans. If you’re in the mood to read from cover to cover in just a few hours (or less), pick up one of these books under 100 pages for your next afternoon off.

1. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Orchises Press

Remember in Riverdale when Jughead asked Betty if she’d “gone all Yellow Wallpaper” on him? That’s a reference to Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s classic work of feminist literature. It tells the story of a woman who descends into madness in an old mansion, living under her husband’s strict rules. Eventually, she locks herself in her bedroom and obsesses over the yellow wallpaper. All in just 6,000 words. 16 pages.

2. Poke the Box by Seth Godin

Portfolio

Seth Godin is the master of the manifesto. His books and speeches always find new ways to inspire, and Poke the Box is no exception. The next time you need a little pep talk, crack this Godin gem. It’ll remind you of your own significance, and encourage you to stop waiting and to start doing. 96 pages.

3. If You’re Not Yet Like Me by Edan Lepucki

Nouvella

This novella about a relationship is far from “chick lit” or a “rom com.” If You’re Not Yet Like Me is short and bittersweet. It’s clever, complex, and comedic. You’ll want to read it again and again — which is totally doable, given its brevity. 55 pages.

4. The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Filiquarian Publishing

Okay, so chances are you’re probably not headed into battle anytime soon. But there’s still a lot to learn from this classic, like how to motivate, win over your opponents, and prevail in tough situations. If The Art of War is good enough for Tony Soprano, it’s good enough for us. 72 pages.

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