Novellas in November 2021 #NovNov

November 3, 2021

Novellas in November #NovNov

Novellas in November (white text on a brownish orange textbox against a background of fall leaves)

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Do you love novellas or short stories?

Is there a difference?

Although definitions can vary somewhat, novellas are between 17,500-40,000 words and are under 200 pages in length while short stories are between 7,500-10,000 words and are under 30 pages. For this post, every title I mention is under 200 pages.

As well as #NonfictionNovember, I’m participating in Novellas in November (#NovNov) this year with Cathy @ 746 Books and Rebecca @ Bookish Beck.

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Weekly Topics and My Reading Plan:
(Join us?)

1–7 November: Contemporary fiction

I’m reading The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (which has been on my TBR for a while) and the “buddy read” Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson.

8–14 November: Short nonfiction 

I’m reading the “buddy read” The Story of My Life by Helen Keller. (free to download here from Project Gutenberg. Note: only the first 85 pages constitute her memoir; the rest is letters and supplementary material.) This selection will also work for Nonfiction November!

15–21 November: Literature in translation

I might read the “buddy read” Territory of Light by Yuko Tsushima (if it’s not too sad). But I’m open to suggestions for a novella in translation (I’ve already read The Convenience Store Woman).

22–28 November: Short classics

I’m reading the “buddy read” Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. (free to download here from Project Gutenberg)

Other novellas I’ve enjoyed in recent years include

Look for my Novellas in November #NovNov wrap up post on November 29, 2021.


Are you reading a novella in November?
If you could recommend ONE novella title for me, what would you recommend?
If you are participating in #NovNov, please leave a link to your post in comments.

Happy Reading Book Friends!

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  1. Cathy has posted a list of ideas that included a link to a Book Riot article on short books in translation. I’d recommend A Meal in Winter by Hubert Mingarelli or Twelve Nights by Urs Faes

  2. I have both those Backman books on my TBR. Maybe I should try to read them this month for Novella November. Thanks for the reminder Carol.

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