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4 Classic Novels You Actually Have Time to Read


Let's face it. Much like the rest of us, you are far too busy to sit down and read long novels purely for fun. This may be true, but that doesn't mean you don't have time to enrich your life and indulge in some incredible and famous classic books. In the spirit of the new year and finding time to better ourselves through literature, here are four classics that won't take months to get through. These are four classic novels you actually have time to read.


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ring in 2023 with this 1920s jazz age novel of class, unrequited love, and the crumbling American dream. Jay Gatsby and his obsessive, materialistic, and ultimately ineffective relationship with money-driven Daisy Buchanan can keep anyone entertained.


With roughly 180 pages, the average read time is about two and a half hours making it an excellent example of classic literature that doesn't drag its feet.


“I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” - The Great Gatsby

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

You may be familiar with this classic tale of man vs. nature, which is only about 120 pages long. Hemingway’s simplicity in story and language add to the power of this tale, which depicts a battle between an old fisherman and a giant marlin. Truly the theme of this novel is one of strength and courage in the face of loss.


With an average read time of about four hours, this novella should be a great way to fit classic literature into your busy schedule.


Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Arguably Steinbeck's most famous novel, Of Mice and Men, follows Lennie and George, looking for work in the 1930s great depression era. This novel focuses on dreams despite the harshness of the spiraling economic state and the loyalty between friends.


Clocking in at just over one hundred pages, this American story takes only two hours to complete, making it the perfect book to read when you only have moments to spare.


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” -To Kill a Mockingbird

Essentially at its core, To Kill a Mockingbird is a story about growing up. The main character Scout learns from her father that understanding and compassion for others are most valuable. This novel explores essential themes of racism, human nature, justice, and morality.


This 280-page novel takes 5 to 7 hours to read and will impact anyone who ventures to read it. This classic literature will be over in a flash and an easy way to fit classic literature into your busy day.

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