7 Perfect Books for Readers with Short Attention Spans

Let me be the first to admit it: reading isn’t always a walk in the park.


In theory, reading is an absolute joy. It’s relaxing, there is all the time in the world to immerse yourself in a story, you can always find a comfy quiet place to read, etc. In reality, just no. No to everything.


I don’t always have the time to read, and when I do, it’s often impossible to find that perfect zen reading spot. Throw in a little social media, caffeine-induced anxiety, and procrastination and you get a seriously guilty bookworm who hasn’t finished a book in…a while.


If you’re like me and find it hard sometimes to focus and finish a book (all the while being totally able to remember every page you just read), then the good news is we don’t have to suffer. While some books are so slow-paced, intricate, and long that it’s impossible to finish them when you’re not quite focused, other books are far easier.


From containing less pages to being packed with action (or all the feels), here are seven books that even readers with short attention spans won’t be able to put down.


1. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman



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Pages: 256


This story is so good and gripping that you literally will not want to put it down. Seriously. Buy it, check it out from the library, do whatever you need to do to get your hands on this incredible book.


A story of sexual awakening, suppression, and embrace, Call Me By Your Name explores the romance between young Elio and older Oliver during a heated summer on an Italian villa. 



2. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



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Pages: 52


I read this powerful book in an afternoon. Literally, one afternoon. Short, sweet, and artfully eloquent, Adichie articulates her views on gender issues in a passionate and gripping manner.


Turning her popular TEDx talk into a gripping essay, Adicihie explores the defining boundaries of feminism and gender issues in relation to culture and politics. Her words will inspire confidence and pride (and chills) in many readers.


3. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn



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Pages: 349


Don’t let the page count fool you, Dark Places is a straightforward read in which the gripping and thrilling narrative will have you flipping the pages so fast you won’t even notice you’ve read most of the book. 


Libby’s family was brutally murdered in a suspected satanic ritual when she was only seven. Though she miraculously survived, she lost her only other living family member when she testified that he, her fifteen-year-old older brother, was the murderer behind her family members deaths. Twenty-five-years later, new facts and conspiracies come to light shining a new perspective on that horrifying memory.


4. Problems by Jade Sharma



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Pages: 208


Between the eerily relatable sarcastic narrator to the dramatic and seriously messed up issues that she faces, the humor, shock, and anger that Sharma delivers will have you flipping the pages until you reach the very end.


Maya is a young woman who, like many of us, has some serious issues to work through. One happens to be a very serious addiction to heroin. Another, her complex relationship with her boyfriend which will have you struggling with who to empathize with more. Dark, hilarious, and an absolute thrill-ride, Problems is a read you won’t take your eyes off of.


5. I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid




Pages: 240


His language will puzzle you. His characters will intrigue you. The ending may absolutely piss you off.


Iain Reid brings readers through an absolute WTF cycle of feels with his artistic exploration of the human psyche. From questioning the conscious (and unconscious) thoughts and emotions one experiences, to relationships, to fears, this story will utterly captivate your eye.


6. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood



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Pages: 192


Reflecting the short amount of time it will take for you to devour this gripping tale, Isherwood’s A Single Man takes place over a mere twenty-four hours. This rare and unique stylistic choice invites readers to voyage on the incredibly emotional experience of a man coming to grips with the tragic death of his partner.


Death isn’t a subject that writers shy away from, yet what makes the exploration of death unique in A Single Man is the utter intensity in which Isherwood portrays the harrowing steps that follows. Over the course of one day, readers are invited to witness the narrator’s everyday trials and tribulations that are somehow ordinary yet distorted in the wake of the colossal life-changing event that he is dealing with.


7. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid



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Pages: 240


From his sensory details putting paint to the feelings and thoughts we often can’t describe, to the striking romantic tether tightened between his characters, Mohsin Hamid delivers a truly unique read.


In the midst of absolute chaos and the pebbles of destruction, a kid of beauty emerges in the romance between two characters. Finding a new light amongst an environment darkened by the decay of civilization caused by war, the pair attempts to find a path away from it all, with one another.


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