November 26, 2021
Novellas in November 2021 Wrap Up #NovNov
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As well as #NonfictionNovember, I participated in Novellas in November (#NovNov) this year with Cathy @ 746 Books and Rebecca @ Bookish Beck. Here are the results of my novella reading.
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Novellas I Read:
Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson
(beautifully and lyrically written but I found the second person pov challenging)
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
(beautiful passages about nature and fascinating descriptions of her childhood and college years)
Literature in Translation (from French)
A Single Rose by Muriel Barbery
(beautifully and quietly written….wonderful descriptions of Japanese gardens, neighborhoods, and culture)
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
(masterfully written but I had a difficult time with the ending…..it seemed contrived and it was difficult to buy into the actions by the characters….a very sad story)
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
(I didn’t feel well connected to the main character because the story is more focused on describing her neighbors and her neighborhood than on character development….insightful and poignant descriptions of experiences and poverty in a Hispanic neighborhood)
Christmas/Romance (closed door)/Chick Lit
A Vicarage Christmas by Kate Hewitt
(light and enjoyable contemporary fiction)
Christmas in Briarwood by MK McClintock
(light and heartfelt historical fiction)
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 from Japanese)
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Did you read a novella in November?
If you could recommend ONE novella title for me, what would you recommend?
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You should read Backman’s other novella – The Deal of a Lifetime (perfect for Xmas)!
Oh I have read that one! Loved it. I think I read it 3 times in a row! 🙌
I just found my old copy of The House on Mango Street, we had to read it in school. I was thinking of rereading it and then passing it on
It didn’t quite meet my expectations because I wanted to feel more connected to the main character. But it’s a well drawn portrait of a community. It would be a quick reread! And it’s always interesting to see what your adult brain thinks!
Great job Carol. I read several novellas, but I did not use the prompts. Glad you enjoyed Novellas in November.
I read 3 prompts..,2 were free so 🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️ I liked the ones I found on my own more!
I don’t read many novellas! I find I want more info. But I bet I’d like them for a fav series.
It’s a nice change of pace!
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