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Hills Like White Elephants is a short story by Ernest Hemingway. It follows a conversation between a man and a woman as they sit at a train station in Spain about the possibility of her having an abortion.

The Masque of the Red Death Summary

The Masque of the Red Death is a short story by the American writer Edgar Allan Poe. It is a story about Prince Prospero's attempts to avoid a deadly plague called the Red Death, by hiding in his abbey with his 1000 closest friends.

The Happy Prince Summary

The Happy Prince is a timeless tale written by Oscar Wilde. It is a story about a majestic statue of a little prince that overlooks a city and a swallow who helped him share his precious stones with the less fortunate.

The Tell-Tale Heart Summary

The Tell-Tale Heart is a short story by the American writer Edgar Allan Poe, about an unnamed narrator who tries to convince the reader of the narrator's sanity, while describing the murder the narrator committed.

The Princess and the Pea Summary

The Princess and the Pea is a fairytale written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. It is a story about an unhappy prince who couldn't find a real princess to marry, so they made a test for a young girl to find out whether or not she is a true princess.

A Rose for Emily Summary

A Rose for Emily is a short story by the American author William Faulkner, first published on April 30, 1930 in The Forum magazine. A story about an unmarried woman living in the American South refusing to pay her taxes.

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Hills like white elephants analysis.

Hills Like White Elephants is a short story by American author Ernest Hemingway, first published in 1927. This is a closer analysis of the story which contains complex themes such as communication, unspoken emotions, and power dynamics in relationships.

The Happy Prince Analysis

The Happy Prince is one of the most popular fairy tales in English literature. Take a closer look at the analysis of the story which describes the sacrifice of the statue and a little swallow.

The Tell-Tale Heart Analysis

The Tell-Tale Heart is one of the most popular short stories in English literature. Take a look at a closer analysis of the story which describes the murder of an old man and the guilt of his murderer.

The Princess and the Pea Analysis

The Princess and the Pea is one of the shortest and most popular fairy tales in children's literature. Here is a closer look into the story describing the prince's desperate finding for a real princess.

A Rose for Emily Analysis

A Rose for Emily is a short story of one of the most famous American writers William Faulkner. This is a closer analysis of the very dark short story which describes the deterioration and death of a rich Southern woman.

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The Raven is one of the most well-known and famous poems in American literature. This is a closer analysis of the very dark poem which describes how losing love can drive someone to misery and madness.

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Analysis of personality and characteristics of all characters within the story Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway. Take a look at the conflicts faced by the young couple as they grapple with a difficult decision regarding the girl's pregnancy.

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Analysis of personality and characteristics of all characters within the story The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe. Take a look at what conflicts characters such as Prince Prospero and his friend face when they see the Red Death.

The Happy Prince Characters

A key analysis of characters and their behavior in the story The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde. It explains the connection of both protagonists, Happy Prince and Swallow as well as some minor characters such as Reed, God, Mayor, etc.

The Tell-Tale Heart Characters

Analysis of literary characters included in The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. This study includes characteristics of the unnamed narrator, the old man, and police officers.

The Princess and the Pea Characters

Analysis of characteristics and actions of literary characters included in The Princess and the Pea by H. C. Andersen. This study guide includes characteristics of the princess, the prince, the queen, and the pea as the symbol.

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Further study of characteristics, and connections between literary characters in A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner. The analysis includes characteristics of Snow White as the major character and minor characters such as Homer Barron, Judge Stevens, Tobe, etc.

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We are all in need of accurate book summaries once in a while, especially when studying at college or hopping on a busy work schedule. There are so many reading lists and recommendations like “100 books everybody should read,” “ 10 Best Sci-Fi Books ,” or more college-specific “ 12 Books Every Law Student Should Read .” But how can one possibly devour and digest all this information, especially when it’s not just for fun but also relevant to your college studies and career? The answer is: find book summaries for college students.

There are multiple resources for various needs and are relevant for different purposes. Some of them are behind a paywall that is relatively high to climb… We’ve selected a few best resources that help you get the plot and the main ideas of the books you want or need to read—fiction, novels, productivity and self-help books, and scholarly works. We mention even obvious open-source websites, but there are many more fantastic services with summaries that do precisely what you need—summarize books and textbooks in a 10–15 minute read.

Of course, you also need a summary of this post. So here we go: don’t confuse review and summaries, don’t forget that summaries are rarely impartial, and use the resources listed below. 

Why do You Need Book Summaries? 

Summaries are not about cheating—they are helpful because they can save you time, help write college papers, and prevent you from making bad reading choices. 

Get to Know Cultural References 

Sometimes, the only thing you need from a book is a chance to understand references (and memes, of course) based on its plot. You might not care about Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s , and you don’t wanna watch the movie (which is quite different from an original novella). The only thing you need is to know what’s the craze about it, and a book summary will get you there. 

Refresh the Plot in Your Head

You’ve read so many books in the past 10–15 years, and there is no way you can still remember the plot or character names. It is especially handy when reading ongoing book series like The Game of Thrones. We need to refresh “what happened in the previous book” while waiting for George Martin to get done with his new bestseller. 

Write College Papers  

More often than not, you have to rely on scholarly literature while writing your college essays and doing research projects. Here you’d usually need both academic literature and some self-help advice on how to overcome writer’s block , for example. Browsing through summaries of scientific works will help you find relevant studies to use for your college project. 

Get Self-Help Advice, Quickly 

The industry of self-help continues to bloom, and the amount of productivity books has quadrupled. Summaries will help you to decide which books have compelling ideas and are worth your time. You really don’t wanna spend hours reading another self-help book just to learn that its primary (and only) advice is “work hard” or something along these lines.

Decide What to Read Next 

If you’re not afraid of spoilers, getting acquainted with a summary will help you decide whether you want to read a book or not. Whatever book you’ve set your mind on, BooksRun will help you to buy it cheaply .

Though don’t forget that summaries are no substitution for learning from textbooks and reading. To absorb and apply the knowledge, you need to do much more than just get the main idea in 10 minutes. Always think critically: stay alert that summaries are not unprejudiced. Some summaries can be simply inadequate or misleading, even on paid services.

Wikipedia and WikiSummaries: Best Free Websites for Fiction Book Summaries 

Duh. But let’s state the obvious—Wikipedia is an excellent resource with great articles about classics and popular self-help books. And it won’t get annoying by try to sell you something every 5 minutes like some other websites. If you find the summary you need there, search no more. Additionally, WikiSummaries is a website dedicated to… you’ve guessed it right. They have a pretty awesome collection that is easy to navigate

Four Minutes Books

(free summaries of self-help, scholarly, and productivity books).

If you want to keep things short and cheap (actually, entirely free)—check Four Minutes Books . Their collection of books is just great, covering popular self-help books and also more academically-oriented studies. You can start with a quiz to define what kind of self-help you need—that’s quite fun! 

Every book is unpacked in one or ten sentences that highlight three main points offered by the study. It is excellent for refreshing the books you’ve read and deciding whether you need this study for your college essay or not. To be fair, these are more reviews of reviews (curators do not pledge to have read each and every book), but these short summaries can give you a good idea of the book. It is a valuable resource that can totally save you when you need to browse through a significant number of books and references to choose a few that are worth your attention.

(Probably the best subscription app for self-help and productivity book summaries)

There are many beautiful things to say about Blinkist , but you won’t get this effective time-saving app for free. Although they give you a 7-day trial to check it out. The idea is pretty simple: a terrific amount of self-help books (especially those your friends and top-notch entrepreneurs are talking about) are summarized in around 15 minutes. You can listen to these summaries or read through them. 

There are multiple alternatives like Get Abstract , Read It for Me , and Summaries . Still, Blinkist has a better selection, a user-friendly interface, and a flexible subscription plan. 


(a sure way to find book summaries for students).

CliffNotes is an endless resource for pumping up your study routine. There are many literature notes (aka summaries) for all kinds of books, from Virgil’s Aeneid to Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit.

Literary Magazines

(an old-school way of getting to book summaries).

Multiple magazines cover all kinds of literary genres. Usually, their articles don’t offer a summary per se but a lengthy review that is exquisitely written. These articles give you a good sense of the book and its plot and, crucially, help you perceive it in a bigger literary and social context.

If you care only about the plot, choose Blinkist or free services. But if you want to be on top of all the literary trends and discussion, this old-school magazine subscription will turn out as a pleasant experience! Some apparent choices are The New Yorker and London Review of Books; you can choose something more niche that fits your interests.

A bonus tip: check your subscription options if you have an @edu email. There are some plans for students that allow you free access under a specific limit of articles per month.

Book Bloggers

(join a reading community).

There are quite a few “professional” readers around the globe who regularly publish reading notes and reviews with their reading community. Why don’t you follow somebody like that?

Let’s take James Clear, who is a popular lifestyle and productivity guru and an author himself. On his website, he provides summaries of the most essential self-help books (both in a short 3-sentence version and a more in-depth analysis)—and they’re pretty valuable! For non-fiction books, also consider book summaries by Sam Thomas Davies and Ali Abdaal . 

Find a blogger who shares your literary preferences, be it history books , biography, or fashion , and you’ll find book summaries in plenty!

There is quite an amount of resources with book summaries for college assignments and for the fun of it. If you are using open-source and free platforms, consider contributing to them as well! Finally, just don’t forget to read actual books once in a while! 

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