Fear not! For those daunted by Shakespeare & Austen, how does 4 classics under 150 pages sound? Try one of these before you give up reading the classics.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Short and to-the point, this story has a mad scientist, an evil dwarf, and an examination of the connection between good and evil wrapped together in a surprisingly approachable classic work of fiction.
The Time Machine
by H. G. Wells
This is a must read classic for Sci-Fi fans. Wells takes on invention, time-travel, and the eventual fate of the human race - all in about a third the space of a typical novel.
Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck
Steinbeck is the king of short sentences and short fiction. This classic is packed with emotion, loyalty, and difficult situations to rival any longer read.
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
This is a quick read that combines Dickens' famously stark characters with a spooky eeriness not normally associated with the Holidays.