Novellas in November – Wrap Up Post

So when I signed up for Rick’s Novellas in November challenge, I did it without thinking much about it and without expecting much from it. I chose five novellas that I would like to read but didn’t really expect that I would make it.
But now, November is over, Christmas is fast approaching – and I can happily report that not only did I read all the novellas I had planned, I enjoyed myself quite a bit more than expected.
Now normally I prefer my fiction to be longer. I don’t shy away from reading 1000+ pages books and I like getting to spend a lot of time with the characters and really get to know them. But since my life now includes a full-time job as well as a boyfriend, two kids, a dog, a hamster and three bunnies, things tend to get rather busy around here. And as I’ve written about before, I sometimes have a hard time staying awake when I read at night in bed which is where I do most of my reading. I first tried to fix that by reading brain candy in the shape of urban fantasy but throughout the month of November I’ve learned that novellas are also a way of fixing it.
I’ve really enjoyed reading these novellas and I have been so impressed with how much the authors could do in so few pages. And when you only make it through five pages some nights, it is a comfort to know that the book you’re reading is only 125 pages and not 1400!
So thank you Rick for hosting this – I hope we can do it again next year!
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Here’s the five novellas I read during this event with links to my reviews:

I had expected that Magda would be my favorite but instead I really liked both The Uncommon Reader and The Testament of Mary and these are both books I would like to read again at a later time. I’m still intrigued by the story of Magda Goebbels but this novella was good but not quite as good as I had hoped.
I end this challenge with a very good feeling about shorter fiction. Who knows, I might even be persuaded to try a short story collection soon!

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5 thoughts on “Novellas in November – Wrap Up Post

  1. I normally prefer longer books, but have recently discovered that novellas can work for me too. I loved Magda, but wasn’t a fan of The Testament of Mary. I haven’t tried the others yet, but I have The Uncommon Reader on my shelf. I should probably try to read more novellas.

  2. The Uncommon Reader is so much fun, isn’t it? Magda is one that I’ve wanted to read for a while now, I actually have a hold on it at the library.
    Peirene Press publish some great novellas, I read nine of them about a year ago as part of a readathon, and some of them are just excellent. They are all critically renowned books translated into English. Beyond the Sea especially is fantastic.

    • Yes, The Uncommon Reader is a lot of fun. And I loved the ending!
      And Magda is worth reading – I just think my expectations were too high.
      I have heard so much good about Peirene Press. I’m still considering getting a subscription.

  3. I’ve got Magda on my shelves so I will move it up my TBR list. Like you I really did like Testament of Mary and I was a bit surprised, as I’d expected the novella would have been a less enjoyable format for me. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I’ll now look out for The Uncommon Reader.

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