Pam Webb

a writer's journey as a reader

Clasically Thin

My efforts to shed a few pounds have cascaded into my reading life.  I’m not sure if that is a confession or an observation.  I have come to appreciate the classic lite fare of literature as much as I have come to enjoy lighter meals when dining.  At times there is something so satisfying on digesting a novel of under three  hundred plus pages, not that I don’t enjoy a large tome now and then, but I do find I like a comparatively quick read fulfills my need for literature.  There is also the advantage of being able to start another literary morsel that much sooner.  Here are a few of my lighter, yet nourishing favorites:

Daisy Miller by Henry James

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Billy Budd by Herman Melville

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway


Room with a View by E. M. Foster


Their Eyes Were Watching God by Nora Zeale Hurston

Jane’s Offerings:

The Complete Novels of Jane Austen

Literary lite certainly does not mean insubstantial.  Actually, I have found after a couple of reads of  lighter weight (not to be confused with welter weights) I crave a jolly long read.  For instance, Daisy Miller introduced me to James’ Portrait of a Lady–which is quite fulfilling.

Any lite reads on your menu?


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5 thoughts on “Clasically Thin

  1. some shorter novels can actually be even more amazing than longer ones. i just finished a book by gayle forman that was a scant 120 pages called if i stay that was beyond fantastic – so much better than one twice the size i’d read just before it.

  2. I recently reread Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich which I hadn’t read since high school. It was such so great to reread it and, you are so right, despite its thinness, it is a deep and thoughtful read.

    (I have to add that the cover of your edition of Billy Budd really made me laugh- wonderfully kitschy!

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