The Novella Challenge


novella-challengeI 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:

  1. Read six novellas between April 2008 and September 2008.
  2. 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.).
  3. 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. -)
  4. 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.
  5. 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

  1. Foe, J.M. Coetzee
  2. A Recent History, Anthing Giardina
  3. I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem, Maryse Conde
  4. Property, Valerie Martin
  5. Reunion, Alan Lightman
  6. ?

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.

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