Get ready for Novellas in November!

Novellas: “all killer, no filler”

~Joe Hill

For the third year in a row, Rebecca of Bookish Beck and I are co-hosting Novellas in November as a month-long challenge with four weekly prompts.

We’ll both put up an opening post on 1 November where you can leave your links throughout the month, to be rounded up on the 30th, and we’ll take turns introducing a theme each Tuesday.

1 – 7 November: Short Classics (Rebecca)

8 – 14November: Novellas in Translation (Cathy)

15 – 21 November: Short Non-Fiction (Rebecca)

22 – 28 November: Contemporary Novellas (Cathy)

29/30 November: My Month in Novellas/ New to my TBR

(As a reminder, we suggest 150–200 pages as the upper limit for a novella, and post-1980 as a definition of “contemporary.”)

In a change from last year, we are hosting one buddy read throughout the month and this year we have chosen Foster by Claire Keegan. If you want to join in, you can read Foster online here and review it at any point throughout the month. You could also try and catch the Irish language film version of Foster An Cailín Ciúin – which was released this year to rave reviews and is widely tipped for an Oscar nomination.

It’s always a busy month in the blogging world, what with Nonfiction November, German Literature Month, Australia Reading Month. Why not search your shelves and/or local library for novellas that count towards multiple challenges?

We’re looking forward to having you join us! Keep in touch via Twitter (@bookishbeck / @cathy746books) and Instagram (@bookishbeck / @cathy_746books) and feel free to use the feature images and the hashtag #NovNov22.

Novellas in November

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      • I’ve had a quick dig-around and come up with these possibilities – all fairly ambitious for me, and of course I reserve the right to change my mind!

        Short Classics: ‘Good Morning Midnight’ (Jean Rhys) OR ‘Orlando’ (Virginia Woolf)

        Novellas in Translation: ‘Strait is the Gate’ (André Gide) OR ‘By Night in Chile’ (Roberto Bolaño) OR ‘Chronicle of a Death Foretold’ (Gabriel García Márquez).

        Short Non-Fiction: ‘We the People’ (Timothy Garton Ash) OR ‘The Viceroy of Ouidah’ (Bruce Chatwin).

        Contemporary Novellas: ‘The Lost Daughter’ (Elena Ferrante) OR ‘Ghost Wall’ (Sarah Moss).


      • Nice choices Chris! I loved Ghost Wall, I think it’s stunning and it’s been a long time since I’ve read Chronicle of a Death Foretold, but I was a massive Garcia Marquez fan in my twenties.


  1. Lovely idea! And so kind.. short books 🤗 I won’t join the full challenge but I read (and loved) Foster without getting to a review so this seems like the perfect incentive to go back to it and put some thoughts in writing


  2. Looking forward to this, as always! I like that the group read along is available online.

    I’ve been having trouble with commenting while on my phone lately, but I think I’ve got it figured out. This is the test!


  3. I’ve just trawled my LibraryThing and found I have 10 unread novellas, 6 contemporary, 3 non fiction. No rules means I can have a non fiction work as a classic, right? 😉 Let’s see if I can knock some more off my To Read pile!


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