I figured I would do some reading challenges while I was on vacation and just in general since I have committed to reading 52 books this year. I have been looking over the lists of the books I have read and the books that I plan on reading to see what I can count toward a challenge. One reading challenge I selected is this Novella Challenge hosted by Trish.
Here is what she has to say about her challenge, the rules and the selection that I made for books. Also, since I’ve been on planes trains and automobile, I’ve a lot of time to read and have listed some of my progress.
The reason behind the Novella Challenge:
I’m an avid reader (I don’t have time to be voracious, so avid will have to do) and in the beginning of 2008 I had two novellas that I would have put off if I hadn’t made myself read them. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to read the books, they were just so small, and I gravitate towards the chunksters.
So I said to myself one day, “Self, why don’t you host a challenge for novellas! Ew, wait…there’s already a short story challenge, but I think novellas and short stories are different. I better look that up.” Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about novellas:
A novella is a narrative work of prose fiction longer than a short storybut shorter than a novel. While there is some disagreement of what length defines a novella, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Nebula Awards for science fiction define the novella as having a word count between 17,500 and 40,000….Occasionally, longer works are referred to as novellas, with some academics positing 100,000 words as the novella‒novel threshold.
Sweet! I can host a challenge!So please! Go ahead and sign up! The rules are easy:
- Read six novellas between April 2008 and September 2008.
- The novella needs to be between 100 and 250 pages (because who has time to count the words in a book, Mr. Wikipedia?). Some leeway is definitely allowed (some of The Green Mile novellas by Stephen King are 96 pages, and I would hate to exclude those. I’m a lover not a hater.).
- Sign up! There will be prizes (yes to be determined). I’m a competitive and loves-to-win-stuff kinda gal, so I couldn’t resist offering prizes.
- Please review or let people know what you’ve read. You can do that on your own blog (linking back to here) or you can post a comment here or you can post the review here. Whatever.
- Need not have your own blog to play. Again, I’m a lover not a hater.
Coupla other things:
- I don’t have a graphic for this challenge!
- This is my first hosting of a challenge, so please be gentle.
- Seriously, let us know what you’re reading. I believe there’s a ton of untapped novellas out there just waiting for discovery.
Umm…I think that’s it. I’m really nervous and really excited, all at the same time!
My Reading List
- Foe, J.M. Coetzee
- A Recent History, Anthing Giardina
- I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem, Maryse Conde
- Property, Valerie Martin
- Reunion, Alan Lightman
I now have to think of a 6th book. I was going to read Masters of the Dew by Jacques Romain but I left the book on a ledge overlooking the mountains in Rocca D’Evandro.
Between the airport, the flights and then the train around Italy, I have already finished books 1,3 and 5 and will write about them soon. I went by novella in the terms of being fiction and less than 250 pages.