Novellas in November TBR #WhatsOnYourBookshelfChallenge #WOYBC #NovNov22

Novellas in November

Today for the October #WhatsOnYourBookshelfChallenge, I’m preparing my TBR for Novellas in November hosted by Cathy @ 746 Books and Rebecca @ Bookish Beck Do you have novellas on your bookshelf?

Novellas in November (dates and hosts) a green park bench surrounded by trees and fall leaves on the open book lies on the bench


What is a novella? A novella can be any genre and is usually between 150 and 200 pages in length. Books with fewer pages can be labeled as novelettes and/or short stories. Publishers use labels based on word counts (Novella: 17,500 – 40,000 words; Novelette: 7,700 – 17,500 words; Short Story: Less than 7,500 words).

For the purpose of this Novella post, my TBR contains stories under 200 pages with no further distinction.

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Novellas in November TBR

The novellas I plan to read this November include:

Other Novellas

I greatly enjoy an occasional novella and find that they provide a nice balance and palate cleanser between more dense reads. A few recent novellas I’ve read include A Vicarage Christmas, Christmas in Briarwood, Ethan Frome, A Single Rose, Open Water, The Story of My Life by Helen Keller, The House on Mango Street, Love & Saffron (stretching the definition at 206 pages), And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer, The Deal of a Lifetime (short story length), The Redhead By the Side of the Road, The Convenience Store Woman, Our Souls at Night, and 84 Charing Cross Road.

Related: Novellas in November 2021 Wrap Up


Are you participating in Novellas in November?
Do you have a novella rec for me?
Do you have a favorite novella?

 I’m linking up with Deb @ Deb’s World and Sue @ Women Living Well After 50, Donna @ Retirement Reflections, and Jo @ And Anyways…. for the October installment of #WhatsOnYourBookShelfChallenge.

Whats On Your Bookshelf Challenge

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  1. Hi, Carol – Thank you for linking up with us at WOYBS. I always enjoy what you have to say and find your posts informative and thought-provoking. Recent case in point – novellas! I know that I have read quite a few, and that I tend to enjoy them. But, I had to concentrate to remember some that I have read. Thank you for the prompt with Deal of a Lifetime (which I also found to be sad and extremely thought-provoking). After much concentration, here are some novellas that I have read and enjoyed: Heart of Darkness, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Pearl, Call of the Wild, A Christmas Carol, The Little Prince (the last two being amongst my very favourites). I’m positive that I will think of more as soon as I press ‘send’! 😀

    • Thanks so much for your kind words! And thank you for sharing your list of favs! I’m happy to hear we share the love for a great novella!

  2. I really enjoyed reading your post about Novellas, which I haven’t thought about in a long while. My first thought were that I have none on my bookshelf until I took a look. There were two there. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes that I loved and The Devil & Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho that I haven’t read yet and forget that was there. Coelho is one of my favourite authors, so I’ll look at reading it for the November Novella Challenge.

  3. This sounds like such a fun challenge. I also have Maureen to read as well, not sure if I’ll be able to get to it in November. I really enjoyed Signal Moon. I hope you do too.

  4. I’ve come to love novellas in recent years so have read quite a few. Most recent one was Ti Amore by Hanne Orstvik. Such an emotive story about a relationship. My plans for Novellas in November will be revealed shortly …. they keep changing.

  5. Signal Moon is a really fast (and wonderful) read. Small things is excellent – I just got a copy of her previous novel, Foster, which I’ll be reading for NovNov. And yes, Maureen will be on my reading list as well (I just got the ARC, and my print copy is also on its way to me)!

  6. This was so interesting Carol as I really didn’t know that novellas were a thing, and now I find out there’s a whole month given to reading them – what fun! I love your description: provide a nice balance and palate cleanser between more dense reads. I think that says it perfectly. I’m not aware of any that I’ve read so will definitely check out the ones you mention. Thanks for joining us for WOYBS.

  7. I hadn’t heard of Novellas in November–sounds fun! Maybe my attention span is getting shorter, but I find I like novellas and short stories more and more.

  8. I have Maureen to read as well as Foster and hope to get to them both when I get home. I want to read or listen to Signal Moon as well as Kate Quinn has become a must read author for me. That is probably all that I will get to this month, but I do have 2 reviews to write of novellas I read at the end of October.

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