What are the best must-read novels under 300 pages?

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    #1The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby is a classic book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald which was first published in 1914. It tells the story of wealthy man Jay Gatsby who is in love with Daisy Buchanan from an old money family. This has two film adaptations. 


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    Anthony Morales
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "If you haven't read The Great Gatsby yet, you are missing out on a classic piece of American Literature. It's a quick ready and probably one of the best novels you can find that is under 300 pages."
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    #2Of Mice and Men

    Of Mice and Men
    Of Mice and Men is a book by John Steinbeck that follows the story of George, small but smart, and Lennie, big and strong but mentally challenged, as they set off in a journey to look for a livelihood during the Great Depression.

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    Anthony Morales
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I read this book in high school and love it. The book has many emotional twists that are absolutely gut wrenching. The writing is easy to understand. While the book is old, it is still very relatable to today's culture. I would highly recommend this book. "
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    #3To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.

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    Jessica Day
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Harper Lee's timeless novel is as gripping as today's headlines; times have changed, but the need for courage and honor in the face of violence and bigotry remain much the same as when Lee wrote To Kill a Mockingbird. I first read it in high school, but it's a tale I revisit every few years. You will, too."
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    #4Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 

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    Craig Cooper
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Probably one of the most commonly read books of all time, usually even required reading in grade school, Animal Farm is almost part of the ethos that makes up modern culture. It's short, but poignant and meaningful. Something everyone should read and consider its message carefully."
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    #5The Crying of Lot 49

    The Crying of Lot 49

    The Crying of Lot 49 is a postmodern literature novel written by Thomas Pynchon which was originally published in 1965. This novel is about a woman named Oedipa Maas and the unveiling of truths between two mail distribution companies.


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    Benjamín Barragán
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Crying of Lot 49 was a complicated but good read for me. The style took a bit of getting used to, but it did not take long before I was more into the story than I was the style. I loved the plot twists, but I wish they had been concluded in a better way. I still give this a solid rating, but I think that opportunities were missed that could have made this an exceptional read."
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    #6The Chronicles of Narnia

    The Chronicles of Narnia

    This set contains all seven tales of C. S. Lewis' classic The Chronicles of Narnia. The series brings you to Narnia, the magical world filled with talking animals and powerful beasts that is connected to the real world through an unlikely portal.


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    Madison Crawford
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I was looking for a new book to read that would only take a couple days and I came across The Chronicles of Narnia. I really love it. It has a great story and is a captivating read."
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    #7The Reader

    The Reader
    An exceptional novel by Bernhard Schlink about betrayal, guilt and the memory of the Holocaust. This is the story of the adolescent Michael Berg, rescued by Hanna. Both embark on a clandestine affair leading Michel in euphoric and confused times.


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    Hannah Snyder
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Sometimes a short story really packs a huge punch. The shadow of the Holocaust hangs over this story, lending it a dark, painful air. Less is definitely more, here, and I enjoyed every word. If you're a fan of shorter stories that make every word count, this is a book to read."
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    #8The Bluest Eye

    The Bluest Eye
    The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison's novel about an African-American girl who wished to have the blue eyes of a white girl. Through the eyes of Pecola, Morrison described race and gender inequality, and beauty as a social construct.

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    Norma Vargas
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "For racial and social ideas. Not under a broad category of under 300 pages."
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    #9The Metamorphosis

    The Metamorphosis
    Gregor Samsa was a regular traveling salesman who one night transformed into a cockroach-looking animal. As his whole family despises him, this book uses Samsa's transformation to talk about human feeling of acceptance and guiltiness, as his new condition brought poverty to his family. 


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    Anthony Chapman
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "After researching best must-read novels under 300 pages, I was given the recommendation to read The Metamorphosis. This short novel by Franz Kafka is about a traveling salesman named Gregor Samsa who awake to find himself transformed into an insect. It is truly creepy story and will keep you at the edge of your seat for the whole 300 pages."
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    #10The Sorrows of Young Mike

    The Sorrows of Young Mike

    The Sorrows of Young Mike is a philosophical novel by John Zelazny. It tells the story of Mike, who embarks on a journey to prove that Earth really is s sphere. It is a spoof of Goethe's work, The Sorrows of Young Werther.


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    Dylan Bates
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Mike's journey through the open waters of youthful angst is a cautionary tale that most young adults experience in order to become level headed later in life. Zelazny’s voice echoes a young Brett Easton Ellis as the characters in his book represent casual nihilism; the existential crisis of his protagonist is that he experiences hedonism and disaffection at too early of an age. The realization of this unsustainable lifestyle sets in and Mike has no choice but to look inward and ask himself the deeper question we all fear that help us become more evolved human beings. Are our 20’s a staircase that we’re climbing? Or a landscape that we're exploring? The Sorrows of Young Mike often reminds us that the brush strokes which establish our view of the world will likely paint the portrait of our true persona. Zelazny’s debut is a compelling read which will set the tone for his authorship."
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    #11One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is a classic Russian historical fiction novel written by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It was first published as Novy Mir in 1962 and translated by H.T. Wells in 1991. 


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    Jose Kim
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "This is a classic of Russian literature! Ivan Denisovich is a wonderful protagonist, and this book oozes with the Russian spirit. It can be a little hard to read, especially since it's a translation - but it is still well worth the time. I recommend this to anyone interested in historical fiction, or in Russian culture. Or anyone who just wants a good, and fast, read!"
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    #12Heaven's Price

    Heaven's Price

    Heaven's Price is a fictional category romance novel written by Sanda Brown. This fictional category romance novel was published on May 1, 1983 by Bantam.


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    Marie Rose
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Lame, weak writing. I wasn't engaged with any of the characters, the story basis was silly and worthy of eyerolls. I just don't think this author is as good as people make her out, and the book is particularly awful. I couldn't finish it."
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    #13Kiss of Fire (American Bachelors series)

    Kiss of Fire (American Bachelors series)

    Kiss of Fire is a fictional category romance novel written by Riley Morse. This fictional category romance novel was published on November 1, 1995 by Loveswept.


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    Gary Kelley
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The best must-read novels under 300 pages include "Kiss of Fire (American Bachelors series)", which is a fictional romance novel first published in 1995. With many copies of this book available on Amazon for under five dollars, I would strongly recommend this novel."


Best What are the best must-read novels under 300 pages
1The Great GatsbyBooks 29 Paid
2Of Mice and MenBooks 24 Paid
3To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 22 Paid
4Animal FarmBooks 21 Paid
5The Crying of Lot 49Books 20 Paid
6The Chronicles of NarniaBooks 17 Paid
7The ReaderBooks 16 Paid
8The Bluest EyeBooks 13 Paid
9The MetamorphosisBooks 11 Paid
10The Sorrows of Young MikeBooks 10 Paid

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