Novellas in November 2021 Wrap Up #NovNov

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:

 Contemporary Fiction

Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson
3 Stars
(beautifully and lyrically written but I found the second person pov challenging)

Short Nonfiction 

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
3 Stars
(beautiful passages about nature and fascinating descriptions of her childhood and college years)

Literature in Translation (from French)

A Single Rose by Muriel Barbery
4 Stars
(beautifully and quietly written….wonderful descriptions of Japanese gardens, neighborhoods, and culture)

Short Classic

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
3 Stars
(masterfully written but I had a difficult time with the ending… seemed contrived and it was difficult to buy into the actions by the characters….a very sad story)

Own Voices/YA

 The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
3 Stars
(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
(mood reading!)

A Vicarage Christmas by Kate Hewitt
3.5 Stars
(light and enjoyable contemporary fiction)

Christmas in Briarwood by MK McClintock
3.5 Stars
(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?
If you participated in #NovNov, please leave a link to your post in comments.

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    • 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!

  1. I don’t read many novellas! I find I want more info. But I bet I’d like them for a fav series.

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