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?