πŸ“š Announcing Novellas In November!

Hello my fellow bookworms, I am thrilled to be announcing today a brand-spanking new reading event: Novellas in November, created and hosted by Cathy of 746Books and Rebecca ofΒ Bookish Beck, is coming very soon!

The ladies were inspired to create this new event, based on how lots of readers make a habit of prioritising novellas in November (who can resist that alliteration?) and the fact that recently people might be finding it hard to focus on books with all the bad news around, and so reading targets are looking out of reach. Agreeing with any of this and maybe Novellas in November is for you?!

The definition of a ‘novella’ is pretty loose and is usually based on the word count, but to make things easier the ladies are suggesting we aim for books with 150 pages or under, with a firm upper limit of 200 pages. And any genre is valid. So what are you waiting for, scour your bookshelves and e-readers for the shortest books you have; join in the fun; get those reading numbers up and enjoy!

Having looked on my own shelves and in my Kindle’s to-be-read folder, here are the novellas I could read:

  • The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling
  • Luther and the 9.5 Theses by Kenneth Brownell
  • The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells
  • The Berlin Wall: A Very Brief History by Mark Black
  • Crooked House by Agatha Christie
  • Martin Luther and John Calvin: Leaders of the Protestant Reformation by Charles River Editors

This is a month-long challenge, which will also have four weekly prompts to get us discussing, as well as reading. Both Cathy and Rebecca will put up an opening post on 1st November, where we can leave our links throughout the month, to be rounded up on the 30th, and they’ll take turns introducing a theme each Monday:

Week 1: 2–8 November: Contemporary fictionΒ (Cathy)

Week 2: 9–15 November: Nonfiction novellasΒ (Rebecca)

Week 3: 16–22 November: Literature in translationΒ (Cathy)

Week 4: 23–29 November: Short classicsΒ (Rebecca)


I am really looking forward to taking part in this new event, although I am not sure if I will manage to take part in each week’s theme, as I am already signed up Nonfiction November, too! However I definitely plan on sharing with you all the novellas I manage to read over the month. Look forward to seeing you all for that! πŸ‘‹πŸ“šπŸ˜ƒ

Now over to you: Are you planning to take part in this event? Any novella reading plans for November?

15 thoughts on “πŸ“š Announcing Novellas In November!

  1. I’m hoping to take part in this too, as I’ve been struggling to concentrate on longer books recently. I have read The Island of Doctor Moreau, but none of your other novellas, so I’ll be interested to hear more about them.

    1. Helen, I hope you will enjoy taking part in this exciting new event and that it well help you get through some more books, too. I think a lot, a lot of people are struggling like you with longer books. 😊

  2. Like you, I’m also already doing Nonfiction November, but I love novellas and am so very tempted to join in on this, too. Thanks for letting us know about it!

  3. This sounds like a fun new challenge! I’m not sure if I have any novellas waiting in my TBR, so I’ll have to look…. (it’s so massive, that can be a challenge in itself!)

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