Hit Your End of Year Reading Goal with These Fast Reads

Hit Your End of Year Reading Goal with These Fast Reads

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The end of the year is almost here, and bookworms everywhere are scrambling to make sure they reach the goals they set for themselves in January. To help you hit your target, we’ve rounded up a list of books that pack a big punch in a little package. All of these picks clock in at under 220 pages, making them perfect quick reads even for those who have already hit their challenge goal.

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

This memoir chronicles the author’s life growing up on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation and her relationships with her mother and father.

The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

Join Creeper as she hops aboard an airship and leaves her old life behind in this alternate-history fantasy set in Reconstruction-era New Orleans.

What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold

A National Book Award Finalist, this YA novel follows a 16-year-old girl through her introspective look at love, womanhood, and societal expectations.

A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

If you’re also looking to check off a literary classic, A Single Man fits the bill. It follows George in the aftermath of his partner’s death as he tries to find meaning and purpose in the world.

Meddling and Murder by Ovidia Yu

When she isn’t cooking up delicious food in Singapore’s best-loved restaurant, amateur sleuth Rosie “Aunty” Lee is solving crimes!

Relish by Lucy Knisley

Have a snack ready before you step into the kitchen with cartoonist Lucy Knisley for a journey through her favorite food memories.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

This powerful YA book tackles racial profiling and police brutality through the eyes of a black teen boy writing letters to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Let Us Dream by Alyssa Cole

A chef and a cabaret owner find love in this captivating historical romance set in 1917 Harlem.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This empowering essay, adapted from the author’s TEDx talk, explores what feminism means today.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

A robot built to be a heartless killing machine becomes self-aware, gives itself a name (Murderbot), grapples with identity, watches soap operas, and protects humans from danger in this sci-fi novella.

Nice Girls Don’t Ride by Roni Loren

Winner of RITA’s Best Romance Novella award, this story follows a heroine’s unforgettable birthday.

Goldie Vance by Hope Larson, illustrated by Brittney Williams

Get your sleuthing on with Goldie Vance as she works to solve a mystery plaguing a Florida resort.


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