Novellas in November 2022


Cathy & Rebecca are once again hosting Novellas in November. This year I have read 12 novellas, with another three definites planned for November. I also hope to discover some new ones during this event.

I have come to love novella time throughout the year, but especially during those moments in life when everything feels a little hectic and I simply want a good, satisfying story in one or two sittings.

Novellas I read this year

It’s virtually impossible to pick a favourite from this list – I loved and enjoyed them all for their own reasons, but the two I have recommended the most to others have been Small Things Like These and The Inseperables.

November Novellas

These are the novellas I will read and review during November thanks to their ability to fit into more than one reading challenge.

Plus the possibilities if time & Voss permit:

  • The Pigeon | Patrick Süskind (also for German Lit month)
  • Me, Antman & Fleabag | Gayle Kennedy (also for AusReading Month)
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich | Leo Tolstoy
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray | Oscar Wilde

Which novellas have been your favourite or most recommended reads this year?

This post was written on the traditional land of the Wangal clan, one of the 29 clans of the Eora Nation within the Sydney basin. This Reading Life acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are this land’s first storytellers.

17 thoughts on “Novellas in November 2022

  1. I was so glad that I found Foster while visiting the UK last month, it is my next print book to read! I’ll also read Maureen by Rachel Joyce, even though it isn’t coming out in the US until January.


  2. Quite a few novellas. I seldom read novellas, probably because I don’t find them. Julian Barnes is definitely on my list, love his books.


  3. Thanks for this great list! I added several to my TBR and discovered that I already had a few of them on my TBR but didn’t realize they are novellas. LOL


  4. It’s always good when you can make your books fit more than one of the November challenges! I have just finished reading Blue Postcards and am hoping to read Small Things Like These later in the month.


    1. Blue Postcards was fascinating, but I’m not sure I understood it all and would like to reread it to dig deeper. Whereas I loved STLT so much I’d love to reread it purely for the pleasure of it.


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