Cathy and Rebecca have set a category for each week –
- Week 1 (November 1): My Year in Novellas – During this partial week, share any novellas you have read since last NovNov.
- Week 2 (November 6): What Is a Novella? – Ponder the definition, list favourites, or choose ones you think best capture the ‘spirit’ of a novella.
- Week 3 (November 13): Broadening My Horizons – Pick your top novellas in translation and think about new genres or authors you’ve been introduced to through novellas.
- Week 4 (November 20): The Short and the Long of It – Pair a novella with a nonfiction book or novel that deals with similar themes or topics.
- Week 5 (November 27): New to My TBR – List the novellas you’ve added to your TBR since the month began.
There are also two buddy reads, one contemporary and one classic –
- Western Lane by Chetna Maroo (2023) (on this year’s Booker Prize shortlist)
- A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (1929).
I’m still working out how the novellas that are on my TBR stack align with this year’s categories. Anyway, this is what I am choosing from (sorted according to the NovNov categories from previous years):
The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers (163pp)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (100pp)
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (99pp)
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger (199pp)
Novellas in Translation
The Black Lake by Hella S. Haasse (Dutch, 116pp)
The Book of Everything by Guus Kuijer (Dutch, 112pp)
All Dogs Are Blue by Rodrigo de Souza Leão (Brazilian, 125pp)
The Bureau of Past Management by Iris Hanika (German, 178pp)
Love Novel by Ivana Sajko (German, 160pp)
The Battle for Home by Marwa al-Sabouni (179pp – although the print is tiny!)
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis (76pp)
My Two Elaines by Martin J. Schreiber (126pp)
Hooked by Rita Felski (199pp – more tiny print!)
Gift from the Sea by Anne Lindbergh (130pp)
We the Animals by Justin Torres (128pp)
Eve in Hollywood by Amor Towles (91pp)
Brother by David Chariandy (192pp)
Nostalgia Has Ruined My Life by Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle (76pp)
This is Pleasure by Mary Gaitskill (97pp)
Come Rain or Come Shine by Kazuo Ishiguro (78pp)
The Forester’s Daughter by Claire Keegan (67pp)
Flotsam by Meike Ziervogel (128pp)
Of course, no intention of reading all of these, but one or two each week should be manageable. Where to start?