Novellas in November 2021

Well, what a month that was!

This is the second year that Rebecca and I have formally hosted Novellas in November and your response has been amazing!

At last count, 48 bloggers have taken part, publishing a total of 198 posts. You can check out all the links on my announcement post here.

If you have taken part and don’t see your post the list, let me know in the comments and I’ll add you in.

A big thanks to everyone who took part and made this into such a successful month.

This year we introduced Buddy Reads which tied in with our weekly themes, so a special thanks to all of you who joined in with those. I did a giveaway during Contemporary Novellas Week, and the winner of a signed copy of Open Water is Laura Tisdall!

We understand that November is a busy time in the blogging calendar so it was great to see so many taking the time to read and review some novellas and also merging challenges so that Nonfiction NovemberAustralia Reading MonthGerman Literature Month and Margaret Atwood Reading Month were all covered too!

Last years most reviewed novella was Train Dreams by Denis Johnston and this year the obvious winner is The Fell by Sarah Moss which was reviewed 7 times.

A special shout out must also go to Simon at Stuck in a Book who read a novella a day – a fantastic feat and he read some great books!

We’re already making plans for next year and exploring what we can do, so I do hope there is the same level of interest for #NovNov again next year.

I really enjoyed taking part this year and the short nature of the books meant that I made a good dent in the 746, knocking another few off the list! My favourite, without a doubt, was Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan, but I enjoyed all that I read, particularly the translated fiction.

I also very much enjoyed chatting to Stella Sabin of Pereine Press.

I still have a couple more novellas to review, which I didn’t get to before I ran out of time, so there will be a few more novella reviews in December! If you are still posting about your November short reads, do let us know and we’ll add you to the master posts.

You can check out Rebecca’s wrap up post too and once again thanks to everyone who has taken part and made this such a fantastic month.

What was your favourite novella that you read this month? Have you read about any novellas that you’ve then added to your wish list?

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  1. I only wrote two posts for the month, only one of which was a novella I actually read this month, but I did love that the month made sure I read that one. I have a couple more on my pile that I have the impetus to read (before next year when I hope to have more to read!) Thanks for hosting this.

    I did see some classics that I’d really like to read, and I’d love to read some more Japanese novellas (of which I have a few on my TBR. Maybe next year for them?)

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  2. I can’t say I haven’t enjoyed any of the novellas I read this month, Cathy, but I enjoyed some more than others, all in very different ways. Stefan Zweig involved me, Muriel Spark intrigued, Joan Aiken’s fantasy was poignant because her last, the Strugatsky SF was an eye opener; there were even huge chunks of the fiction the teenage Caitlin Moran wrote that worked well for me. So I’m truly grateful to you and Beck for running this again, thanks!


  3. Seriously impressive! I just posted on Ethan Frome, so that gets you to at least 199, and I’m sure someone will push it over 200. I really enjoyed the buddy reads, I hope you do it again. I don’t think I would have picked up any of those books on my own, and it made for such an eclectic reading month. I think… I might be out of my slump??

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