I’m a big fan^^ of novellas — those works of fiction, generally less than 200 pages, that can be read in a matter of hours but linger in the memory for much longer — so I don’t normally need an excuse to read them. But this month is Novellas in November (#NovNov22) hosted by Cathy at 746 Books and Rebecca of Bookish Beck so I’m devoting the month to reading as many as I can from my existing TBR.
And because there’s a couple of other reading months happening, I’ve made sure there’s some in the pile by Australian authors for Brona’s #ReadingAusMonth and a few translated from the German language for Lizzie’s #GermanLitMonth.
Here’s what’s in my pile:
- ‘The Last Summer’ by Ricarda Huch (translated by Jamie Bulloch)
- ‘You Would have Missed Me’ by Birgit Vanderbeke (translated by Jamie Bulloch)
- ‘Two Women and a Poisoning’ by Alfred Doblin (translated by Imogen Taylor)
- ‘The Thirty-Nine Steps’ by John Buchan
- ‘Catholics’ by Brian Moore
- ‘And the Wind Sees All’ by Gudmundur Andri Thorsson
- ‘The Man I Became’ by Peter Verhelist
- ‘Confessions of a Mask’ by Yukio Mishima
- ‘The Faces’ by Tove Ditlevsen
- ‘A Feather on the Breath of God’ by Sigrid Nunez
- ‘The Lost Daughter’ by Elena Ferrante
- ‘From the Land of the Moon’ by Milena Agus
I’m really looking forward to reading as many of these as I can in November, but where to start?
Have you read any of these books? Recommendations for what to read first are very welcome!
^^ Some of the best books I have ever read have been novellas. Some examples include ‘Academy Street’ by Mary Costello, ‘The Lover’ by Marguerite Duras and ‘Bright Lights, Big City’ by Jay McInerney. For more truly memorable novellas, please check my list of 17 intriguing novellas you can read in a day (or an afternoon).