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Short books you can finish in a day.

Reading is a great hobby to pick up to help when you’re trapped in a mindless social media scroll or…

Reading is a great hobby to pick up to help when you’re trapped in a mindless social media scroll or when you’re feeling a little stuck in your head. But University can be extremely busy and reading can be difficult to fit in, especially a long book.

This article will share an array of books you can read in just a day to suit a variety of interests, from well-loved classics to modern best-sellers!

These categories only scratch the surface of these books, with many having a multitude of themes throughout. Therefore they’re split into classics and non-classics as the classics can sometimes be harder to access, whilst the modern classics can better relate to modern themes. I’ve also added a category for graphic novels if you’re not a big fan of reading, but still love to get cosy with a book. All of them however have amazing reviews and are much loved around the world by people of all ages!


  • Animal Farm.
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
  • Lord of the Flies.
  • The Great Gatsby.
  • A Streetcar Named Desire.
  • Of Mice and Men.
  • The Haunting of Hill House.
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The Prince.
  • 12 Years a Slave. Black Beauty.
  • The Awakening.
  • The Stranger.
  • A Room of One’s Own.
  • The Little Prince.
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
  • Death of a Salesman.
  • The War of the Worlds.
  • Peter Pan.
  • The Bell Jar.

Modern Classics

  • Normal people.
  • Before the coffee gets cold.
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.
  • Call me by your Name.
  • We Were Liars.
  • The Five People you meet in Heaven.
  • We should all be feminists.
  • Convenience Store Woman.
  • The Vegetarian.
  • If Cats Disappeared from the World.
  • Life Ceremony.
  • The Humans.
  • The Midnight Library.
  • Overheard at Waitrose.
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
  • Notes on Grief.
  • Tokyo Ueno Station.

Graphic Novels.

  • Lore Olympus.
  • Heartstopper.
  • Sheets.
  • Some Kind of Happiness.
  • Speak.
  • The Humans.
  • Cryptic Club.
  • Maus Now.
  • Persepolis I & II.
  • The Arrival.
  • Fun Home.
  • Blankets.
  • Ghost World.
  • Becoming Unbecoming.
  • Flake.
  • Black hole.
  • Hark!
  • A Vagrant.
  • The One Hundred Nights of Hero.
  • Dinosaur Philosophy.
  • It’s Lonely in the Centre of the Earth.
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