Novellas are a funny thing. They are more popular than ever these days, since ebooks have become so popular. But they are tricky to pull off. I know some readers who refuse to read them, and that’s understandable. Rarely are novellas total home runs; it’s hard for that emotional connection with well-developed characters to happen in such a low page count.
While I’ve never hated novellas, and have often read them, they have almost never been AMAZING for me. But then I fell into an epic reading funk. Right now it is so difficult for me to concentrate on a full-length novel. I want to read, but I’m struggling. Which is why I’m developing a new appreciation for the novella.
Novellas are just so working for me right now. For one, since they are so short, the story starts right away. There are almost never any slow starts, which is exactly what I need right now.
Another reason that novellas are working for me right now is that I KNOW they are short! Since I’m having such a difficult time focusing on reading a full-length novel, knowing that a novella is usually around 100 pages, makes it easier for me to actually commit to it.
This whole experience with this pain-in-the-ass reading funk has really changed how I feel about novellas. I’m actually looking for new ones to read. A recent hit was Good Earl Hunting by Suzanne Enoch. I read this last week, and it was adorable and charming, and just made me feel good because I actually read something!
How do you feel about novellas? Has there ever been a time in your reading life where they were just what you needed? What romance novellas do you love? Please leave recommendations in the comments below. I need new ones!