Book Lists: Short Books to Help You Meet Your 2021 Reading Goals

We are less than a month away from 2022 (yuck, eww, how is this possible?) and many of us are still trying to reach certain reading goals. When I feel like I am falling behind, I usually like to pick up a few light and short reads to help myself get back on track. So for today’s post, I am sharing ten short books that you can pick up right now to help you reach your 2021 goals before the year is over. All of these are under 300 pages and can be read in a day or two. These are some of my favorite reads that I’ve picked up over the last few years and I highly recommend them all. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar

The Gist: middle grade, novel-in-verse, 256 pages, deals with immigration and detention centers

2. Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda

The Gist: graphic novel, dark fantasy, six volumes currently out, 200 pages or less per volume, female-centered, sapphic

3. Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Gist: SMG’s debut, underrated gem, music and magical realism, 272 pages

4. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

The Gist: college-age YA, biromantic ace lead, so many swoons, 281 pages

5. This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

The Gist: sapphic sci-fi, gorgeous writing, tender love letters, 201 pages

6. The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho

The Gist: novella, wuxia fantasy, delightfully funny + charming, queer, 160 pages

7. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

The Gist: short-story collection, haunting, explores female autonomy, horror, 248 pages

8. Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones

The Gist: novella, horror, shocking, slasher fans rejoice, 136-page rollercoaster

9. Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

The Gist: horror novella, haunted houses, tension, Japanese folklore, 128 pages

10. The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

The Gist: middle grade fantasy, Caribbean folklore, surprisingly eerie, father-daughter bonds, 240 pages

Have you read any of these? What are some short books that you would recommend to others if they are trying to reach their end of the year goals?

22 thoughts on “Book Lists: Short Books to Help You Meet Your 2021 Reading Goals

  1. Great suggestions! I loved The Jumbies and I always find MG novels great for a quick, fun easy read.
    I’m, trying to work up the courage to check my goals this year, but I’ve been in such a messy mood since summer I’m sure I’ve fallen short on all of them.

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