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The 20 Shortest Chapters in literature

Sometimes less is more. Or perhaps the authors were being paid by the chapter and decided to cash in.

Either way, we've hunted high and low to find the shortest chapters in book history; there's 20 below, so if you read them all, you've sort of read a book haven't you?

We would write more, but if these writers can get away with it, then we can too.

Let us know if we've missed any in the comments below.

  • This Is A Book

    This Is A Book

    Author: Demetri Martin Title: This Is A Book Year:… More details

    This Is A Book

    This Is A Book

    Author: Demetri Martin

    Title: This Is A Book

    Year: 2012

    Chapter:

    "How to Read This Book:

    If you're reading this sentence then you've pretty much got it. Good job. Just keep going the way you are.

    (please ignore this part)"

  • Misery

    Misery

    Author: Stephen King Title: Misery Year:… More details

    Misery

    Misery

    Author: Stephen King

    Title: Misery

    Year: 1987

    Chapter:

    "Rinse"

  • As I Lay Dying

    As I Lay Dying

    Author: William Faulkner Title: As I Lay Dying Year:… More details

    As I Lay Dying

    As I Lay Dying

    Author: William Faulkner

    Title: As I Lay Dying

    Year: 1930

    Chapter:

    "My mother is a fish."

  • The Easy Way To Stop Smoking

    The Easy Way To Stop Smoking

    Author: Allen Carr Title: The Easy Way to Stop… More details

    The Easy Way To Stop Smoking

    The Easy Way To Stop Smoking

    Author: Allen Carr

    Title: The Easy Way to Stop Smoking

    Year: 1985

    Chapter:

    "The Advantages of Being A Smoker"

    "(blank)"

  • Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

    Through the Looking-Glass, …

    Author: Lewis Carroll Title: '''Through the Looking-Glass,… More details

    Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

    Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

    Author: Lewis Carroll

    Title: '''Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

    Year: 1871

    Chapter:

    "And it really was a kitten after all."

  • It

    It

    Author: Stephen King Title: It Year:… More details

    It

    It

    Author: Stephen King

    Title: It

    Year: 1986

    Chapter:

    "Nothing much happened for the next two weeks"

  • Nobody True

    Nobody True

    Author: James Herbert Title: Nobody True Year:… More details

    Nobody True

    Nobody True

    Author: James Herbert

    Title: Nobody True

    Year: 2003

    Chapter:

    "About ten minutes later there was a knock on the door."

  • Gremlins

    Gremlins

    Author: George Gipe Title: Gremlins' Year:… More details

    Gremlins

    Gremlins

    Author: George Gipe

    Title: Gremlins'

    Year: 1984

    Chapter:

    "Pete forgot."

  • The Bible

    The Bible

    Author: Various Title: The Bible Year:… More details

    The Bible

    The Bible

    Author: Various

    Title: The Bible

    Year: Unknown

    Chapter:

    Psalm 117

    O praise the Lord, all ye nations:

    praise him, all ye people.

    For his merciful kindness is great toward us:

    and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever.

    Praise ye the Lord.

  • The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

    The Life and Opinions of Tr…

    Author: Lawrence Sterne Title: The Life and Opinions of… More details

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

    Author: Lawrence Sterne

    Title: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentlemen

    Year: 1767

    Chapter:

    Chapter 24

    "(blank)"

  • Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Something Wicked This Way C…

    Author: Ray Bradbury ''Title: Something Wicked This Way… More details

    Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Author: Ray Bradbury

    ''Title: Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Year: 1962

    Chapter:

    "Nothing much else happened that night."

  • You Suck: A Love Story

    You Suck: A Love Story

    Author: Christopher Moore Title: You Suck: A Love… More details

    You Suck: A Love Story

    You Suck: A Love Story

    Author: Christopher Moore

    Title: You Suck: A Love Story

    Year: 2007

    Chapter:

    "And so...

    that really sucked."

  • Misery

    Misery

    Author: Stephen King Title: Misery Year:… More details

    Misery

    Misery

    Author: Stephen King

    Title: Misery

    Year: 1987

    Chapter:

    "Paulie, can you?"

  • Wayside School is Falling Down

    Wayside School is Falling Down

    Author: Louis Sachar Title: Wayside School is Falling… More details

    Wayside School is Falling Down

    Wayside School is Falling Down

    Author: Louis Sachar

    Title: Wayside School is Falling Down

    Year: 1989

    Chapter:

    Chapter 19

    "(blank)"

  • Blood Magic

    Blood Magic

    Author: Tessa Gratton Title: Blood Magic Year:… More details

    Blood Magic

    Blood Magic

    Author: Tessa Gratton

    Title: Blood Magic

    Year: 2011

    Chapter:

    "I am Josephine Darly, and I intend to live forever."

  • The Kings of Cool

    The Kings of Cool

    Author: Don Winslow Title: The Kings of Cool Year:… More details

    The Kings of Cool

    The Kings of Cool

    Author: Don Winslow

    Title: The Kings of Cool

    Year: 2012

    Chapter:

    "F**k me."

  • Angela's Ashes

    Angela's Ashes

    Author: Frank McCourt Title: Angela's Ashes Year:… More details

    Angela's Ashes

    Angela's Ashes

    Author: Frank McCourt

    Title: Angela's Ashes

    Year: 1996

    Chapter:

    "T'is."

  • The Mark of the Moderately Vicious Vampire

    The Mark of the Moderately …

    Author: Lionel Fenn Title: The Mark of the Moderately… More details

    The Mark of the Moderately Vicious Vampire

    The Mark of the Moderately Vicious Vampire

    Author: Lionel Fenn

    Title: The Mark of the Moderately Vicious Vampire

    Year: 1992

    Chapter:

    "Really dark."

  • The Lost Symbol

    The Lost Symbol

    Author: Dan Brown Title: The Lost Symbol Year:… More details

    The Lost Symbol

    The Lost Symbol

    Author: Dan Brown

    Title: The Lost Symbol

    Year: 2009

    Chapter:

    "Robert Langdon’s mind hovered in an endless abyss. No light. No sound. No feeling. Only an infinite and silent void.

    Softness. Weightlessness. His body had released him. He was untethered. The physical world had ceased to exist. Time had ceased to exist.

    He was pure consciousness now...a fleshless sentience suspended in the emptiness of a vast universe."

  • The Qur'an

    The Qur'an

    Title: The Qur'an Chapter: "Verily We have given to… More details

    The Qur'an

    The Qur'an

    Title: The Qur'an

    Chapter:

    "Verily We have given to you the abundance

    So pray to your Lord and sacrifice

    Indeed your enemy is the one who is cut off"

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