20 Mid-Length Books

I recently recommended 20 books under 200 pages and I had a lot of fun compiling that list so I thought I’d do a similar post. This time, I’m recommending 20 mid-length books. These books are between 200 and 400 pages long.

The number of pages given in this post correspond to the editions I’m recommending. Some editions will be longer and some will be shorter but, for the most part, these are the editions I’ve read.

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

  • 200 pages
  • First published in 1983
  • Gothic horror


The Trial by Franz Kafka

  • 208 pages
  • Originally written in German, translated by Idris Parry
  • First published posthumously in 1925
  • Philosophical fiction

Project Gutenberg | UK*

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

  • 213 pages
  • Originally written in Japanese, translated by Geoffrey Trousselot
  • First published in 2015
  • Fantasy with touches of magical realism


Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

  • 219 pages
  • First published in 1980
  • Fiction – beautifully written contemporary literary fiction with a compelling plot


A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

  • 237 pages
  • First published in 1908
  • Fiction – a novel about social rules, codes of behaviour, and sexual awakening

Project Gutenberg | UK*

Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier

  • 253 pages
  • First published in 1941
  • Historical fiction with pirates


If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino

  • 260 pages
  • Originally written in Italian, translated by William Weaver
  • First published in 1979
  • Postmodernist fiction


Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

  • 272 pages
  • First published in 2020
  • Fantasy


The Blazing World and Other Writings by Margaret Cavendish

  • 272 pages
  • First published in 1666
  • A collection of prose including a work of utopian fiction that has been described as a forerunner of modern science fiction

Project Gutenberg | UK*

The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa

  • 274 pages
  • Originally written in Japanese, translated by Stephen Snyder
  • First published in 1994
  • Dystopian fiction


The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

  • 304 pages
  • First published in 1926
  • Hercule Poirot #4
  • Crime


The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

  • 309 pages
  • First published in 2003
  • Tiffany Aching #1, Discworld #30
  • Fantasy


My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

  • 331 pages
  • Originally written in Italian, translated by Ann Goldstein
  • First published in 2011
  • Neopolitan Quartet #1
  • Bildungsroman


Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

  • 336 pages
  • First published in 2020
  • Gothic Horror


Milkman by Anna Burns

  • 352 pages
  • First published in 2018
  • Historical fiction with an experimental style


The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon

  • 364 pages
  • Completed in 1002
  • Originally written in Middle Early Japanese, translated by Meredith McKinney
  • A collection of musings and observations about court life in Heian Japan

Internet Archive (Ivan Morris translation) | UK*

The Martian by Andy Weir

  • 369 pages
  • First published in 2011
  • Science fiction


The City & the City by China Miéville

  • 373 pages
  • First published in 2009
  • Weird fiction


Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

  • 392 pages
  • First published in 1995
  • Farseer Trilogy #1
  • Fantasy & Adventure


The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe

  • 397 pages
  • First published in 1791
  • Gothic Romance

Project Gutenberg | UK*

I hope you find something to read on this list!

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5 thoughts on “20 Mid-Length Books

  1. Lots of great titles! I have read 6 of them, Calvino’s is awesome, my favorite by him.
    The last book fitting your category that I have enjoyed a lot is Misty Harbor, by Georges Simenon (Maigret #12), 222 pages in the French edition I read it in

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