Short-A-Thon TBR

With my owned TBR out of control, I occasionally do this thing where I go on my owned Goodreads shelf, set it from shortest to longest, and start reading the short ones to at least tick some books off that list. And now Kathy and Destiny are doing a readathon about doing exactly this, so of course I’m participating!


I’ve actually cleared out everything under 50 pages already, so my easy ones are gone, but I still have quite a few under 100. For this readathon, the maximum page number I’d consider would be 150, maybe 200, but if I go in order from shortest to longest then I doubt I’ll get there. Still, here’s everything on my TBR under 150 pages – let’s see how far I get in 10 days? There were more of them than I thought, so maybe not too far. (I’ve put stars next to the ones that I might prioritise if I decide not to go in order, and also marked the holiday ones.)

In fact, with this many books, I am considering dedicating the entire month of December to reading books under 200 pages on my owned TBR.

General info
◊ All about reading the shortest books on your TBR.
◊ Starts at 12.00 AM, your own timezone, on December 21st.
◊ Ends at 11.59 PM, your own timezone, on December 31st.

50-100 pages:

  • 🎃 The Ghosts of Halloween by Ceillie Simkiss: Halloween is over, but I’m excited to read this short story collection in the world of Learning Curves.
  • 🎄Mending Noel by Charlie Cochet: This is a Christmas novella, so perfect timing!
  • Write Faster Today by Emma Fisher: Hah, my problem with writing isn’t exactly the speed as much as the lack of inspiration, but I’m still curious what this has to say.
  • Jack The Ripper: The Truth About The Whitechapel Murders by Tom King: No, I don’t know why I downloaded this either.
  • 🌟 Sleepwalking by Cara Malone: I think this is F/F? And has a pretty cover, so I’m actually excited.
  • She Died In My Arms by Ono Ekeh: This is a prequel novella that sounded intriguing. Maybe if I like it I’ll look into the full series.
  • Noticed Me Yet? by Anyta Sunday: M/M contemporary romance with an interesting premise.
  • Wounded Beacon by Leslie Lee Sanders: I have no memory of this, but it’s a M/M dystopia?
  • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling: I’ve never read anything by Kipling, but this is short enough to try and sounds cute?
  • Outworlder by Joe Vasicek: This is some kind of sci-fi with a mysterious girl…
  • Random Acts of Kindness Part 1 by Victoria Walters: This is supposed to be heartwarming AND has a Hungarian character? I’m always curious to see Hungarian characters so this should be fun.
  • Rainbow Rebel by Lina Langley: I barely read any M/M books and yet I own a bunch. I guess I should get on that.
  • Deep Space: Short Stories by Milo James Fowler: A collection of sci-fi stories that I know nothing more about.
  • His Grandfather’s Watch by N.R. Walker: Another M/M story! But this one is on my tentative 2019 ATY TBR so, I might skip it.
  • Written Stars by Magnolia Robbins: Finally another F/F story.
  • 🎄 Christmas at the Wellands by Liz Jacobs: M/M Christmas story, so again, at least it fits the season.
  • 🌟 A Little Familiar by R. Cooper: I’ve heard MUCH praise for this one so I’m excited to read it!
  • Still in Your Care by Josslyn Scott: This is a F/F story that I actually feel kind of uncomfortable about based on the blurb, but I guess I’ll give it a try. Eventually.
  • 🌟 Worth More Than Words by Michael Barnette: This is another story I’m excited about, so if I don’t get to it now, then I’m reading it for ATY next year.
  • Jealousy Survival Guide: How to Feel Safe, Happy and Secure in an Open Relationship by Kitty Chambliss: I’m pretty interested in open and polyrelationships for someone who doesn’t even want one relationship.
  • A Sprinkling of Lesbian Short Stories by Q. Kelly: What it says in the title.

Total: 21

101-150 pages:

  • 🎄 Magic, Murder and Mistletoe by Ellen Jane: Another Christmas story, so it’s going on the priority list.
  • First Flight by Sarah K.L. Wilson: Dragons!
  • Mary, Queen of Scots: White Queen, Red Queen by Michael W. Simmons: I have… no idea why I downloaded this.
  • 🎄 Second Chances by Kiska Gray: Another M/M holiday romance – I didn’t know I had this many of them! That being said, I’ll probably leave this one for 2019 because it fits a difficult prompt for the Popsugar Challenge.
  • Subtle Bodies: A Fantasia on Voice, History and Rene Crevel by Peter Dubé: This was in a bundle I think, so I know nothing about it.
  • 🎄 Snowbound with the Biker by Amy Lamont: M/F holiday romance with the bad boy trope.
  • Hunger by Perrin Briar: Yep, this has… zombies.
  • Starstuff by Kaylim: A fairytale-ish Sci-fi story apparently.
  • 🌟 My Heart is Ready by Chace Verity: I remember I pre-ordered this partly because it came out on my birthday, but all of Chace Verity’s stuff has wholesome queer characters, so I’m interested.
  • 🌟 A Walk Between Stars by Tyler R. Parsons: A sci-fi with an interesting premise.
  • Young Avengers, Vol. 1: Style > Substance by Kieron Gillen: Lots of LGBT superheroes!
  • Spare Dick by Sarina Wilde: Okay, don’t judge me… yes, this is mostly erotica, but it’s a polyamorous one so I’m curious.
  • The Reclusive Billionaire by Lucy McConnell: A M/F romance between two scientist that seemed intriguing.
  • Crazy For a Geek Girl by Nicolette Dane: F/F romance with geeks, I suppose? Honestly, this was free and had lesbians, so…
  • How ADHD Affects Home Organisation: Understanding the Role of the 8 Key Executive Functions of the Mind by Lisa Woodruff: God knows I need this. Maybe it has some useful tips.
  • 🌟 Write Good Sh*t by RoAnna Sylver: RoAnna’s books are all amazing, so of course I’m interested in writing advice from one of my favourites!
  • Only Human by Jenya Tilar: Another book I have no memory of getting, but it has werewolves I think? Or wolf shifters?
  • Star Wars: Poe Dameron, Vol. 3 by Charles Soule: Excited to continue with this series.
  • Spider-Man/Deadpool Vol. 1: Isn’t It Bromantic by Joe Kelly: I haven’t read any Deadpool comics and it’s a crime.
  • love, and you by Gretchen Gomez: A poetry collection that is also on Destiny’s TBR!
  • Play Me A Song by Jessica Kale: Another F/F romance, with music I guess?
  • Blood Bound by Idella Breen: Paranormal F/F romance!
  • Young Avengers, Vol. 1: Sidekicks by Allan Heinberg: Another Young Avengers volume from a different continuity? I don’t understand comics.
  • Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell: Okay, so clearly this has witches? It’s ridiculous how little I know about most of these books. My standards are low when something is free.
  • Fixer Upper by Cara Malone: F/F romance in the countryside.
  • One By One by Yawatta Hosby: This is a horror/thriller mystery that sounds pretty creepy.
  • Eat Your Heart Out by Dayna Ingram: Lesbian zombies?! Or… at least lesbians AND zombies?
  • A Hole in the World by Sophie Robbins: Lesbian fairytale!

Total: 28

Honorary mention:

  • 🌟 Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire: This is next in the Wayward Children series, which I love. Unfortunately it’s 157 pages, which is still pretty short, but I have SO MANY books that are shorter than it. Also, it fits several semi-difficult prompts on my 2019 challenges, so maybe I should just leave it for next year?

I actually have 50 more books that are between 150 and 200 pages, so yeah – definitely not listing all of them here (but if you’re curious, you can check them on my Goodreads shelf). The above list is more than enough! With this many short books, how is my TBR still so long? Please help.

~ Alexa


20 thoughts on “Short-A-Thon TBR

  1. I can help clear up the Young Avengers continuity thing if you’re interested!

    Basically, although the team appears in a bunch of things (like… 10 different storylines when including crossovers and Big Marvel Events), the Young Avengers-only storylines should be read in this order in terms of continuity:
    * Young Avengers “v1” by Allan Heinberg. This consists of 12 chapters and a special. (The “Volume” in “V1” means, basically, “the first major storyline that isn’t just a miniseries starring just them”, which is very confusing). “Sidekicks” is the first trade paperback in the V1 storyline, and covers chapters 1-6. Chapters 7-12 are in a trade paperback called “Secret Identities”, or you can find the whole thing as an omnibus that includes the special. Published 2005.
    * Young Avengers Presents by Allan Heinberg. A 6 issue miniseries of individual short stories about the team. Published 2008.
    * Avengers: The Children’s Crusade by Allan Heinberg. Although this lists ‘Avengers’ in the title, it’s actually a Young Avengers title. A 9 issue miniseries, this one is thankfully all called ‘The Children’s Crusade’ so it’s harder to lose bits of it. I love this one btw, it focuses almost entirely on Wiccan (one of the lgbt characters you mentioned from the YA team). Published 2012.
    * Young Avengers “V2” by Kieron Gillen. A 15 issue series, divided into 3 trade paperbacks. “Style vs Substance” covers issues 1-5 (so, yes, it’s “vol 1” of “V.2”, dammit comics). Issues 6-10 are in “Alternative Culture” and Issues 11-15 are in “Mic Drop at the Edge of Time and Space”. Published 2014.

    Tldr: You basically have Chapters 1-6 and 28-32. (Not counting things that happen in the events/crossovers, which is… hard because comics are REALLY BAD at making it easy for someone to read everything for one character, so for example a character who is a main in Gillen’s V2 run is introduced in one of the Runaways/Young Avengers crossovers).

    The 4 above storylines are the ones I’d recommend, though, to follow the character arcs through! And if you want to add anything else in, I’d recommend the two Runaways/Young Avengers crossovers (Runaways/YA: Civil War by Zeb Wells, published 2006 and Runaways/YA: Secret Invasion by Michael Yost, published 2011) because they do continue certain story arcs & introduce characters and so on, but they’re not as vital to getting what’s going on.

    Let me know if I can help any more with this — I read all of Young Avengers just a couple months ago so I’m pretty fresh on disentangling all of the things that Wiccan and Hulkling appear in, at least.


    1. That is very informative, thank you! I don’t think I would have ever figured out this order on my own 😀 I sometimes read Marvel comics but then I realise that they are a much bigger undertaking than I’m ready for. I read a volume of Agent of Asgard and it kept referencing other volumes of completely different series, so I’m cautious.


  2. Goodness, that’s a whole lot of short books! [I’m actually quite jealous since.. my short books are ranging between 150 – 250 or something like that?] Also love how there are so many LGBTQIA+ books on your list. Might just have to keep your TBR near in case I decide to buy some ACTUAL short books before the readathon starts, haha. 😛

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    1. See, when I look at my TBR and see that half of it is actually under 250 pages, you’d think I’d be making better progress with it. But there’s still over 300 books! So hopefully I can read at least some of the <100 page ones in December and make the list shorter…

      Many of these are from going on Amazon and looking at the free books in the LGBT section and/or from people linking free sapphic books in a book club I'm in, so that might be why 😀

      I think you said your TBR is mostly physical, right? Almost all of these are ebooks – I don't have any physical books under 150 either 😀

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