8 Most Influential Books Under 100 Pages

8 Most Influential Books Under 100 Pages

These books are not only a quick read, they are worth a read because of the quality and their impact. Regardless of how many pages they have, these books have managed to be highly influential since their publication.

If you don’t have too much time to commit, here are some of the greatest books ever written which under a 100 pages (or so) long.

8 Most Influential Books Under 100 Pages

1. The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka

Most Influential Books Under 100 Pages

The Metamorphosis is not only one of the best books under 100 pages, it’s one of the best books ever written.

A man wakes up one day to find he has been changed into a large insect. The story follows his efforts to deal with this, and his family’s reaction to the change. But it’s not just a story about a man turning into an insect. It’s a clever way of writing about how a family would deal with the main breadwinner becoming unable to work, and also on a wider scope, the way society reacts to someone who is disabled, or terminally ill.

2. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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The narrator is a downed pilot in the Sahara Desert, frantically trying to repair his wrecked plane. His efforts are interrupted one day by the apparition of a little, well, prince, who asks him to draw a sheep. “In the face of an overpowering mystery, you don’t dare disobey,” the narrator recalls. “Absurd as it seemed, a thousand miles from all inhabited regions and in danger of death, I took a scrap of paper and a pen out of my pocket.” And so begins their dialogue, which stretches the narrator’s imagination in all sorts of surprising, childlike directions.

3. Utopia – Thomas More

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Utopia is a work of fiction and political philosophy. In his definition of Utopia, More’s gives us an oppressively conformist society which often parallels modern communist ideas. It is a society where freedom of choice, in modern terms, is sacrificed in a trade off for efficiency and order. The crux of this conundrum has always been, who gets to judge what is desirable in the quest for this efficiency and order.

4. The Prince – Nicolo Machiavelli

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The Prince is filled with stand-out quotes such as:

“Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.”

This book does describe most (not all) power situations very well. From politics to corporations to most settings where advancement, influence and control exist, Machiavelli’s observations and rules apply.

5. Animal Farm – George Orwell

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If like me you were forced to read this in high school and therefore hated it, I urge you to read it again. George Orwell found an incredible way to show how the power structures of the world work, how revolutions come about and how absolute power can corrupt, absolutely.

6. The Art Of War – Sun Tzu

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War is ugly, dirty, brutal, wasteful and expensive. That is the reality of it. Let’s not pretend otherwise.
Having said that, the ancient Chinese master strips away all the familiar trappings of war – the warriors, weapons, forts and tactics – to reveal the essence of conflict and how to win.

7. The Old Man and The Sea – Ernest Hemingway

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With “The Old Man and the Sea,” it is so easy to see why Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, and why he deserves all of his accolades. This short novel is fierce, full of vibrant energy and humanity, all the while being a slave to the realities of finite power, of the inability to struggle against something greater than yourself. 

8. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

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A classic, the book Charles Dickens wrote while heavily in debt turned out to be one of his finest. As much a part of the holiday season as carols and mistletoe.

6 Gripping Page Turners You Won’t Be Able To Put Down

6 Gripping Page Turners You Won’t Be Able To Put Down

A major part of the success of these books is how gripping they are. We wanted to make a book list that showcased the books that made you forget to eat, forget to sleep and forget to pick up your kids from school. This is the list we came up with.

6 Gripping Page turners You Won’t Be Able To Put Down

1. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

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Don’t hate us for including this one. If you haven’t read it, you must do before watching the movie. In fact, give the movie a miss. Its pointless and the book is far better. There’s no denying its success and Dan Brown will keep you turning those pages until there are no more pages to turn.

2. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

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Another gripping page turner, The Time Travelers Wife will keep you going just to figure out whats going on. The romantics will enjoy the relationship between the two main characters, and everyone else will enjoy the time travelling storytelling.

3. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

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A book which tells of the horrors of living under Nazi control, told from the perspective of a young book thief who befriends a Jewish man, before he is sent off to a concentration camp.

4. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen

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A phenomenal story told from the perspective of an orphaned and penniless, Jacob Jankowski. He joins the circus for an adventure and an adventure is exactly what he gets, albeit with more danger than he could have anticipated.

5. The Road – Cormac McCarthy

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A beautifully written post apolocalyptic story told from the perspective of a father and son in search of food, warmth and ultimate survival. What they encounter along the way is shocking and an indication of what people will do to survive.

6. Animal Farm – George Orwell

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If like me you were forced to read this in high school and therefore hated it, I urge you to read it again. George Orwell found an incredible way to show how the power structures of the world work, how revolutions come about and how absolute power can corrupt, absolutely.

6 Books With Incredible Endings

6 Books With Incredible Endings

These are books with mind blowing, unexpected, thought provoking and amazing endings.

6 Books With Astounding Endings

1. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

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This book is an example of perfect fiction writing. Its length is 5 times the average book and it still was not long enough! The story, the characters, the settings and the emotions will enthrall you for days. You’ll be left with a total feeling of astonishment as you finish the book.

2. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

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Ender Wiggin is a special boy. He is the youngest of a family of child geniuses. This story is set in the future where aliens have tried to invade the earth twice. Twice the Earth defeated them, but at a great cost. The government is scrambling to make sure this never happens again by training the next set of star fleet commanders from childhood.

3. I Am Legend – Richard Matheson

 

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I am Legend is arguably the greatest short horror novel ever written, and its influence on the horror genre has been profound. It is a short novel that can be read in one sitting; it is hard to put down, building in intensity from start to finish.

4. A Storm of Swords – George R.R. Martin

 

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This series is not for the feint of heart. The good guys don’t always win, and the bad guys don’t always lose.

5. Atonement: A Novel – Ian McEwan

 

6 Books With Incredible Endings

McEwan invites you into an English world that you will smell, hear, feel, and taste – and your mind and emotions will be fully engaged. The ending of this book will be like a brick to the face.

6. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 

6 Books With Incredible Endings

This is not a clear-cut story; the prose can be confusing, and the repetition of names makes it more difficult by far to keep track of who is who. The novel does indeed cover one hundred years, and the ending is worth it.

7 Best Books To Read In One Sitting

7 Best Books To Read In One Sitting

A book doesn’t have to take months to finish like the colossus War and Peace or even The Count of Monte Cristo. Some books just can’t be put down and this list is about those books. So call you family and friends and tell them you’re going awol for a while.

7 Best Books To Read In One Sitting

1. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

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You won’t be able to put this down after the first few pages get you hooked. Suzanne Collins narrative here has an immediacy to it that, when combined with the very dramatic life-or-death plot, is incredibly compelling. It’s entertaining, and incredibly disturbing all at once.

2. I Am Legend – Richard Matheson

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I am Legend is arguably the greatest short horror novel ever written, and its influence on the horror genre has been profound. Stephen King and many other of today’s masters rank this book highly in their personal top ten lists of favorites. It is a short novel that can be read in one sitting; it is hard to put down, building in intensity from start to finish. Matheson creates an entirely new type of vampire fiction herein.

3. The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One – Patrick Rothfuss

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This is the kind of novel that fantasy readers dream of reading. It’s the kind of novel would-be writers dream of writing. Excellent writing, deeply complex characters, careful revelations and wonderful plot twists.

4. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War – Max Brooks

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World War Z is a fictional account of a worldwide outbreak of the living dead in the near future and judging from some of the descriptions of places and events in the beginning of the book it won’t be too far in the future. It had absolutely nothing to do with the mediocre movie.

5. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

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This is the story of a two lonely and alienated men who work as farm laborers, drifting from job to job in California. Lennie is gentle giant, physically strong but mentally retarded. George guides and protects Lennie but also depends on him for companionship. Together, they have a dream to someday buy a little farm where they can grow crops and raise rabbits and live happily ever after. The fact that it’s a short book and it’s a very good story make it a great, quick read.

6. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

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This sophisticated but crude novel is the story of man’s eternal desire for perennial youth, of our vanity and frivolity, of the dangers of messing with the laws of life. When Dorian’s angelic face is captured flawlessly in paint he wishes that it was the painting which would age and that he could stay forever the same, which it does, leading to a series of tragic events.

7. The Book Thief  Markus Zusak

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Liesel Meminger is a Book Thief, living with a foster family in Germany during World War Two. Torn from everything she’s known, her foster father shows her the power of words as the two of them share late night reading sessions of The Grave Digger’s Handbook. Her love of books ties her to others, including the mayor’s wife and Max, the Jew the family hides in the basement.