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I can easily read a thousand page book in a single evening, but someone else may struggle to complete ten pages before bedtime. What qualifies as short to different people is going to depend on exactly how much time they have as well as the speed at which they are able to read. My advice is to read whatever classic book you are interested in and forget about the page or word count. If a book is long, but good, why would you rob yourself of the opportunity to read it? To those complaining about the amount of available time that they have to read, what does it matter? There's no law stating that you only have a certain amount to complete a book. You simply keep reading it while you have the time and eventually you are going to finish it, even if it takes a couple of months. If it's not about the quality of the books, but instead an attempt to brag about how many classics you have read, then you might as well just skim the synopsis’s for the books online as you don't really care about the content in any case. What about modern books that are all published in a series? Do you only read books with no sequels or if they fall under a certain page count too?
There are actually quite a number of authors who either shot to fame for a particular book and then never wrote anything else that could live up to it or stuck to one series after achieving success with it. I suppose the most famous example would be Mr Game of Thrones himself, George R. R. Martin. Mr Martin is of course best known for A Song of Ice and Fire, which television audiences will know as Game of Thrones. Ever heard of his vampire novel "Fevre Dream"? What about his horror novel "The Armageddon Rag?" How about his work on the superhero series of books, "Wildcards?" Unless you are a huge fan of the author then I'm willing to bet that the answer is "no."

The same can be said of Salinger who everyone remembers for The Catcher in the Rye, but ask them what else he wrote and you are likely to get blank stares. Mention books like Down at the Dinghy, Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes, or Just Before the War with the Eskimos and few but the most ardent Salinger fan would even know what you are talking about.

One can even argue that Mary Shelley falls into this category. Everyone knows about Frankenstein, but Valperga, The Last Man, Lodore, Falkner, and Mathilda are rarely if ever mentioned. Another good example is Jack Kerouac, the man who wrote On The Road. I'm sure that there are people who think it was his only book when in reality he wrote many other ones too.
Believe it or not the only thing that works for me when I'm feeling really depressed is reading an autobiography. The more rags to riches it is or about someone conquering great adversity the better.

1. I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb. - I know it doesn't sound very uplifting due to the title, but this biography of a fifteen year old who was shot in the head is an awe-inspiring read. Malala has gone from a young girl from a remote valley in Pakistan to becoming the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate and it is all thanks to her courage and inner-strength.

2. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller. - This book was published when Helen was just twenty two, but boy does it hit on right in the feels. Everyone knows who Helen Keller was, but this book highlights just remarkable her life was. She accomplished things that nobody ever expected possible from a deaf-blind person, such as earning a bachelor degree, and will forever be an inspiration.

3. The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner. - This book made me cry at times, but overall it is such an uplifting tale. It is about a man who finds himself homeless and with a toddler to care for. However, he is determined not to abandon his son like his own dad did to him and does everything in his power to look after his son and keep him safe as they cope with being homeless. The book was turned into a movie starring Will Smith, but nothing beats the book.

4. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank: - This is another tearjerker, but reading about Anne and how much she loved nature and life is so inspirational. It is also good for reminding yourself how much you have to be thankful for even when times are hard. Anne's intelligence really shines through in this book and it is tragic that her life was cut short.
Plenty!

- Carrie - They keep remaking this movie and it keeps sucking.
- Eragon - The book wasn't that great to begin with, but the movie just plain sucks.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The first one was bad, but they still persisted with a sequel before giving up on the rest of the books.
- Twilight - Vampires suck. The books suck even more. The movies suck the most.
- 50 Shades of Gray - There was just no way that the movie was going to be faithful to the book without using straight up porn stars.
Some of my favorite young adult books also contain some of my favorite romantic couples. Number one is definitely Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark from the Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins. The fact that Peeta was in love with Katniss since elementary school and held on to this love even after all the brainwashing and torture the Capitol subjecting him to is nothing short of amazing. Initially Katniss doesn't appear to share the same feelings, but her love for him clearly grows over the course of the books and I couldn't be more pleased by their ending.

My other favorite romantic couple is from the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling, but I don't want to mention their names to avoid spoilers for anyone who hasn't already read the books or watched the movies.
John Egenes - Guided by a Horse
FEATURED AUTHOR - John Egenes has been a musician, a saddlemaker, a dog catcher, a university lecturer, and a hobo, and many other things. His life is a highway that he views through a windshield full of squashed bugs. As our Author of the Day, Egenes talks about his horseback journey through America, his horse Gizmo and his love for music. For readers who haven't heard of the book before, please give us a short summary what Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America is about. The book is a memoir that… Read more