Top Ten Tuesday – Novellas

Raise your hand if your reading has taken a back seat because you’re short on time? 🙋 We’ve all been there. Seeing the pages of your book in your mind’s eye flapping saying pick me up. Read me.

 Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is:

Read In One Sitting Theme: ten of the shortest books I’ve read, top ten books I read in one sitting, ten books to read when you are short on time, top ten books that will make you read the whole day away, etc.

James Patterson seems to have addressed this with his Book Shots. And France got the first short story vending machine. Sitting at the airport or train station and don’t have anything to read, well France has you covered.

Here is my list of novellas to read when I’m short on time or rather when I have a free afternoon/evening.

  1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I have probably watched at some point all movie incarnations of A Christmas Carol (the 1951 version with Alastair Sim is by far my favorite), but have never read the book.
  2. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut has been on been on my TBR for at least 3 years 😔 One day, I’ll get to it.
  3. Home by Toni Morrison. I acquired this at my local library’s book sale. This is probably still sitting on my shelfbecause I’m not huge Toni Morrison fan, but it did intrigue me when I read the book summary.
  4. The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka popped up when I was looking for books to read as part of the novella book challenge.
  5. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. I remember buying this in college for one of my Literature classes but we never got around to it, so it’s been sitting on my bookshelf for some years.
  6. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells. If feels weird admitting that I’ve never read this. I bought it a couple of years ago to read as part of a novella book challenge but never got around to the challenge.
  7. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This is another one I feel weird admitting I haven’t read. It’s such a popular book and has had such good reviews from people I know.
  8. Candide by Voltaire is another novella I haven’t read and am a little ashamed to admit it.
  9. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woods is another reason I have a love/hate relationship with working at a bookstore. I remember seeing this come in last year and after reading the back thought, ‘Gotta read it.’ I did manage to not buy it.👊 Whew!
  10. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto was also part of the novella reading challenge.

If you’re interested BookRiot has a pretty good list of Novellas. Click here for the list.

3 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Novellas

  1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog today. Length of a book would never have affected me as a kid either, I loved to read and never gave it a second thought. It’s when I got to required reading that I too lost much of my interest. Now it’s fun to pick up a classic and re-read it.


  2. I just posted my version of this. Interesting that you have Slaughterhouse 5 as a novella – I never thought of it in that way because my version just looks like a regular length novel. Kudos to the French for the idea of keeping their travellers occupied!


    • I contemplated whether or not to add this to the list, but I guess it all depends on whose word count version you go with. The general concensus is that a novella is anywhere from 17,500-59,999 words. S5 comes in at a little over 49K. But the real, and less technical, reason I classify it as a novella is because my book (a mass market) clocks in at a mere 213 pages.


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