November 3, 2021
Novellas in November #NovNov
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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.
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Weekly Topics and My Reading Plan:
1–7 November: Contemporary fiction
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
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
- And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman (novella in translation)
- The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman (although this might be considered a short story)
- The Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler
- The Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (novella in translation)
- Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
- 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
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.
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