Books for Your Extra Leap Day

Happy Leap Year! In 2024, we get to add an extra day to our calendars. That means we officially have 366 days to meet our reading goals. Here are a few short reads that you can read on your extra leap day. 

Imagine rumors circulating that your favorite coffee shop offers you the ability to travel back in time to a specific moment? Would you seek the opportunity for a re-do? Read Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. While the option to travel back in time seems worth it to some, it does come with a price and very specific rules; you must return to the present before the coffee gets cold. This book is a fantastic short read that will leave you pondering the what-ifs of the past while simultaneously appreciating the stillness of the present. 

If you prefer a quick non-fiction read then check out 84, Charing Cross Road. This book details the written correspondence between the author living in New York and a used book seller based in London. The letters are dated over the span of twenty years and details the development of a genuine friendship that blossomed over the love for books. Maybe 2024 is the year we bring back pen pals? 

If you’re a fan of psychological thriller then read The Chain by Adrian McKinty. This story follows a woman whose child had just been kidnapped. Now she is a part of the chain. The chain is a network of victims forced to become criminals. I don’t want to elaborate on the details too much, but this book is diabolical. I picked this one up and finished it in a day. It’s very fast-paced and will surely get your heart racing.

Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen takes friendship to a whole new level. When Ava Wong reconnects with her former college roommate who mysteriously dropped out, she begins to question her own success and happiness. She then learns that her friend has gained success from an elaborate counterfeit scheme involving designer handbags. What happens when she decides to take a risk and get involved in this designer crime scheme?  

What are some short books you’ve enjoyed?