My favourite short books

This week’s Top 5 Tuesday, the first in August (how did that happen?!) is all about books under 300 pages. I find short books really help when you’re in a slump because of all the motivation you get from finishing a book, so here are some of my favourite shorter novels.

If you want psychological thriller… Dolores Claiborne – Stephen King

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If you want non-fiction… This is going to hurt – Adam Kay

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If you want memoir/ self-help… Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig

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If you want a cosy mystery… And then there were none – Agatha Christie

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If you want True Crime… You could do something amazing with your life [You are Raoul Moat] – Andrew Hankinson

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Books I couldn’t put down

This week’s Top 5 Tuesday is all about the books you couldn’t put down. There are so many great books out there, but here are just 5 of the books I wanted to keep reading all night!

And then there were none – This is my favourite Agatha Christie, and overall mystery novel. It is such a great story and it feels iconic, like every other mystery book takes its lead from it. Even after reading it several times, I still love rereading my favourite scenes.

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The Cuckoo’s Calling – The first in the Robert Galbraith series and I still think it’s the best. I love the traditional mystery tropes it uses while still being very modern, and I had no idea who the killer was the first time I read it.

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Dolores Claiborne – This is one of my favourite Stephen King novels. It’s such a unique way of telling the story through first person with the dialect written in, you can hear Dolores in your head so clearly and really feel yourself empathise with her.

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My Sister the Serial Killer – This character driven thriller is such an interesting take on the genre and at just over 200 pages it’s easy to read in one sitting.

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This is going to hurt – This was my favourite non-fiction read last year. I think the subject of junior doctors is very topical, and there isn’t a week goes by that the demise of the NHS isn’t in the headlines, so I’d definitely recommend this book.

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Let me know what books you couldn’t put down, and pop a link to your T5T post so I can check out your choices.