Five Quick-to-Read Novels

As the kids head back to school and sports start back up, perhaps life is getting busier for you again. Or maybe, you’d just like a novel you can sit down and read through in a day or a weekend. We get the appeal of a fun, low-commitment read so we’ve put together a list of Five Quick-to-Read Novels.

The Sense of an Ending

By Julian Barnes

This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about–until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. When he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

By Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle is perhaps the crowning achievement of Shirley Jackson’s brilliant career: a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the dramatic struggle that ensues when an unexpected visitor interrupts their unusual way of life.

Angel & Hannah

By Ishle Yi Park

The poetry of Angel and Hannah’s relationship is dynamic, arresting, observant, and magical, conveying the intimacies and sacrifices of love and family and the devastating realities of struggle and loss.


By Rainbow Rowell

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without her twin sister holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? Open her heart to someone? Or will she just go on living inside somebody else’s fiction?

The Girl on the Train

By Paula Hawkins

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. And then she sees something shocking. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say?

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