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
- No. 91/92 A Parisian Bus Diary | Lauren Elkin
- Blue Postcards | Douglas Bruton
- Assembly | Natasha Brown
- Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
- Elizabeth Finch | Julian Barnes
- Maigret Goes to School | Georges Simenon
- Maigret and the Minister | Georges Simenon
- Marlo | Jay Carmichael
- The Last White Man | Mohsin Hamid
- The Inseperables | Simone de Beauvoir
- Passing | Nella Larsen
- The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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.
These are the novellas I will read and review during November thanks to their ability to fit into more than one reading challenge.
- The Jew’s Beech | Annette von Droste-Hülshoff (also for German Lit Month)
- The Evening of the Holiday | Shirley Hazzard (also for AusReading Month)
- Foster | Claire Keegan (buddy ready for Novellas in November)
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.