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.
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:
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
- 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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I’m joining in as well Carol but haven’t done a post yet! 😀
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
Thanks so much for the recs Karen!
That list of ideas is here: https://bookishbeck.wordpress.com/2021/10/30/more-ideas-of-novellas-to-read-for-novnov/
Thanks so much!
Thanks for taking part! Hope you enjoy your reads!
Thanks so much for taking part in #NovNov and some of our buddy reads! I hope you enjoy your reading and we’ll look forward to seeing your responses.
I typically don’t love novellas! I like more development in the story.
Their focus can be powerful though!
A Psalm for the Wild-Built was a fun novella!
Thanks for the rec Jenny! I’ll check it out!
I’m not a huge fan of novellas. But, I read a series of 8 novellas for a book tour this summer and they were really good.
Concise storytelling can have its charm!
I read one, it was good and added a lot to the series!
I don’t normally read or like short stories and novellas. I have a hard time connecting with them.
It takes skill to write good ones!
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.
You’re welcome! I think I read Deal of a Lifetime in 30 minutes! Then I immediately reread it!
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