I have to say Shanah, this topic was a little random. I almost didn’t do it. I was too lazy to have to go through my bookshelves to find books under 300 pages. Turns out, there is a handy little feature on the Goodreads phone app to organize your books by page numbers. Good old Goodreads….
I picked five books I don’t talk about often. Some of these I don’t think I have ever mentioned on my blog. Five books under 300 pages are:
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller (117 pages)
I read Death of a Salesman for the first time junior year of high school. We were supposed to read Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, but the school didn’t have enough copies for all the English classes. The teachers were allowed to pick whatever book they wanted to teach the rest of the semester. Mine chose Death of a Salesman, which is a play about a struggling salesman, Willy, whose two grown sons come home for a visit and the family starts to unravel as Willy’s sanity does.
Animal Farm by George Orwell (122 pages)
I read Animal Farm right after reading 1984, also by George Orwell, for my Banned Books and Dangerous Ideas class junior year of college. Between the two, I enjoyed Animal Farm more. George Orwell got his point across while still providing an entertaining read. I also had this book stolen from my dorm room that year. I still don’t know how or by who, but I could not find it. Thus, I’m convinced my junior year dorm room was haunted. In addition to the disappearance of my first copy of Animal Farm, my best friend and I heard weird noises in that room. When I got another copy of Animal Farm, I kept it in my desk until I brought it home one vacation.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling (128 pages)
I’ve never mentioned The Tales of Beedle the Bard on this blog. Until this Top 5 Tuesday, I didn’t see any reason to. While I enjoyed the wizard fairy tales, I am of the belief that J.K. Rowling needs to retire any and all things related to Harry Potter. I would much rather she focus on her Cormoran Strike series or do something else.
Prey by Lurlene McDaniel (196 pages)
Prey is one of the books I unhauled a few months ago. It is an older work, published in the early 2000s. It centers on an illicit relationship between a fifteen-year-old boy and his beautiful new history teacher. It is told from three perspectives: the boy, Ryan; his best friend Honey; and the teacher, Lori. Lori is without a doubt a predator and, the thing I remember most about reading Prey, was that reading the teacher’s chapters made me deeply uncomfortable.
Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red by Joyce Reardon (277 pages)
I read Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red long before I started my blog. It is told through the diary of a fictional heiress, Ellen, whose sinfully wealthy and unfaithful husband built her a huge, glamourous estate called Rose Red. Strange, frightening events happen throughout the years at Rose Red, including several disappearances and unexplained deaths. Through the diary, Ellen is shown slowly going insane, believing the house is protecting her from those that want to do her or her family harm. It’s been weird since I read it, though I do remember it being extremely weird.