Don’t forget about novellas. While they were popular in the past, modern day publishers prefer to publish books that are at least 80,000 words long. But the novella is really the perfect length for many people. After all, a lot of us are busy. Some people long for a cool story to read, but don’t think they can manage a full novel.
A novella can be read within a couple of hours – often in one sitting. You get a rich story without all the filler. It’s the happy medium between a short story and a novel.
I love novellas myself – I enjoy writing them and reading them. I hope they’ll make a comeback on the larger scale, too. They should never be a lost art. ❤
Do you like reading novellas? Which ones are your faves?
My fave novella is probably The Call of the Wild. I read it in one evening and loved every page. 🙂
Ooh that’s a great book! 🙂
Honestly, I don’t have a specific preference. As long as I like a story, I don’t mind however long it is. I can always spare the time. 😊
Very useful advice here- novellas are often the perfect length to savour in one comfortable session, without feeling like the prolonged slog of a full-length novel.
Animal Farm and Mice & Men have still stayed with me long after finishing school, and Jonathan Livingstone Seagull’s a great fable about realising your own self-worth and pushing your comfort zone. Novellas are still here to stay! 🙂
That’s very true, Tom. 🙂 To this day I haven’t read Animal Farm or Mice & Men but they sound like great tales. Ooh Seagulls sounds like an empowering read, too. Love the sound of it! I’m glad you enjoy novellas, too.
‘One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich’ (Soviet gulag) and ‘The Alchemist’ (shepherd heads to the pyramids) are polar opposite novellas but easily slip into a pocket and plenty to discover on re-reads!
Brokeback Mountain is a perfect length novella.
It’s a lovely book, if a bit sad at the end!
I was taken by The Strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It was more a detective tale than I expected. Thanks!
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