There are times when what you need from your reading is an epic saga that will draw you in and invade your thoughts night after night. And there are times when you want a quick fix … an easily digested story that will whet your appetite for an author, or satiate your desire to try a different genre. For those time – please check out 3 (Q)uick Reads You’ll Fly Through … and here’s 5 more quick books and audiobooks you’ll fly through in no time!
✨ TANYA PATRICE ✨
Pet, Akwaeke Emezi – 208 pages
Audiobook Narrated by Christopher Myers – 5hr and 33 mins
Pet is a beautifully written book. It’s may seem like a fantasy novel at first, but that’s just the vector for the story, as it talks of real world “monsters” and takes a hard look at the lengths that kids will have to go to sometimes in order to be believed. The audiobook narration by Christopher Myers is FANTASTIC. He does a phenomenal job of bringing out the character or the characters. Pet should be in every school library.
There are no more monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. With doting parents and a best friend named Redemption, Jam has grown up with this lesson all her life. But when she meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colours and claws, who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood, she must reconsider what she’s been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption’s house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question-How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?
Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds
Audiobook Narrated by Jason Reynolds – 1hr 43 mins
This novel is about the 60 seconds it takes for 15-year old Will to decide if whether or not he’s going to kill the guy who murdered his brother. Will saw his brother Shawn shot, and we get to hear his inner turmoil over what he should do about it – from the perspective of other people in his life that have passed on. This little book is so moving, so beautifully written and so sad.
Will’s brother is shot and killed on the streets. Will grabs his brother’s gun, in search of revenge. It’s only sixty seconds down the elevator, only seven floors and seven stops, but it is time enough for Will to visit with some lost friends and think about life in his world.
Every Heart A Doorway, Seanan McGuire – 173 pages
I adored this magical and slightly twisted story by Seanan McGuire. She’s been on my author TBR for ages and I’ll definitely be reading more from here. I loved the characters in this story and how it took a slightly dark and scary turn toward the end.
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere … else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
This Is How You Lose The Time War, Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone- 209 pages
I’ll admit that it took my awhile to catch on to the rhythm and pacing of this book but I enjoyed it in the end. An interesting twist on a time travel story and I love the AI element with the whisper of a romance lurking in the background.
Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading. Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. But the discovery of their bond would mean death for each of them. There’s still a war going on, after all. And someone has to win that war.
Some Places More Than Others, Renee Watson – 208 pages
Such an excellent coming of age middle grade story. Amara is a really loveable character who just really wants to know who she is and where she comes from. I loved her thoughtful manner and the way she described how she felt about things.
All Amara wants is to visit her father’s family in Harlem. Her wish comes true when her dad decides to bring her along on a business trip. She can’t wait to finally meet her extended family and stay in the brownstone where her dad grew up. But her family, and even the city, is not quite what Amara thought. Her dad doesn’t speak to her grandpa, and the crowded streets can be suffocating as well as inspiring. But as she learns more and more about Harlem – and her father’s history – Amara realizes how, in some ways more than others, she can connect with this other home and family.
Which books would you recommend that’s easily finished in a day?