I have no idea why the first post got so popular, but we’re going to pull a Hollywood and make a sequel!
The only rule to this recommendation list is I’ve rated these books 3 stars and up and they are under 300 pages. They’re any genre, any age range, they’re just short!
Avi Cantor Has Six Months to Live by Sacha Lamb
Avi Cantor finds a threat on his life in the bathroom at school. At the same time, there’s a new student who’s paying attention to him.
It’s a trans love story with a little bit of magic! If you like grumpy/sunshine relationships, this is the short story for you! This does deal with heavy themes like suicide ideation and depression, but I do still recommend it!
Also, it’s available for free! You can read it here!
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Binti leaves everything she knows behind, breaking her tribe’s traditions, to get in a ship headed for one of the most prestigious universities in the universe. But when something goes wrong on transit, Binti will need all of her wits to survive.
This series is easily one of the most unique sci-fi books I’ve ever read! There are living ships, mysterious pieces of technology, and just the acknowledgement that there is space in science fiction for people who are often seen as “uncivilized.”
Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
Chih is a nonbinary cleric traveling the world when they come upon Rabbit, an elderly woman who tells Chih a story about her time at the palace as the handmaiden of the empress.
This novella is truly, truly lush and will suck you in. You will want to understand every aspect of this feminist tale.
Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
Ester is a stowaway on a wagon to escape the love she lost and the love she does not want. Leaving the town will change how she views herself and the world around her forever.
This is a western, but’s it’s also set in the future and is a dystopia. It’s such a cool backdrop for these characters!
This book may have one of the best takes on internalized homophobia? Plus the main relationship is f/enby relationship! And f/f AND f/f/f background relationships! this is the queer novella with Western vibes you’ve been waiting for.
The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
I know this book sticks out like a sore thumb on this list. And I know, no one talks about this book my Wilde. I know, just, hear me out.
This is about an American family who travels to Britain and have to deal with a ghost in their home, even though they don’t believe the ghost exists.
Did some of the jokes go over my head? Sure, but a decent amount landed, which is why I’m recommending it. Plus, if you can read the audiobook, I recommend it.
Get it Right by Skye Kilean
Vivi and Finn met in prison when Finn was an inmate and Vivi was a nurse. Now, a couple of months later, Finn is out and runs into Vivi on the street. Can they rekindle what they couldn’t act on?
This is a second chance romance! It’s f/f adult romance with a butch lesbian MC and a pansexual love interest! What more could you ask for?
Finna by Nino Cipri
What’s worse than being a minimum wage employee in a big box furniture store? Being a minimum wage employee forced on an inter-dimensional journey to retrieve a lost eldery customer and being forced to go on said journey with the person you just broke up with!
This is a weird ass book. I think you can figure that out from the summary.
The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark.
in an alternate 1912 cairo, theres a haunted tran car that needs taking care of
big “monster ofo the week” vibes, just full of hijinks and schenangans. plus, slight buddy cop vibes, with the gruff vet and the newbie on the force
if you want a peak into this world, but focusing on different characters, check out the free short story; A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djèlí Clark.
The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert
Marva is ready to vote for the first time, Duke wants to get this over with, but when he can’t vote at his polling location, Marva jumps in and agrees to help him get to the proper voting location. WHat follows is a wild day in order for these two Black teens to be able to vote.
If you couldn’t tell, this is a story that takes place in the course of 24 hours and I think it did that very well! There are other plot lines regarding family that happen along side the political talk.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Yes, this is the cover for the 800+ page omnibus, but every book in this classic sci-fi series is under 300 pages! It’s my opinion that the first two are the best of the series, but they’re all a trip.
If you don’t know what this series about, it’s about Arthur, a British man who wakes up one day and is told that a freeway is being built right through his house. At the same time, the Earth is blown up to make way for an inter-galactic freeway and it all goes down from there.
The humor still holds up to this day and it’s truly a trip.
The Witch Boy series by Molly Knox Ostertag
This is a middle grade graphic novel trilogy where every book is under 300 pages.
Aster is born into a witch family where boys are shapeshifters and girls do magic, but that’s not what Aster wants. Aster wants to learn to do magic.
Plus, read this series in anticipation for the animated musical adaptation coming to Netflix!! No joke, this is the most excited I’ve been for an adaptation in a while.
Snow White by Matt Phelan
This is a Snow White retelling set during the Great Depression. Plus it’s a graphic novel!
It’s been a while since I read this, but I remember it being one of those graphic novels where everything is in black and white and only one other color. The art is very pretty.
Have you read any of these books? What’s your favorite book that is under 300 pages?