Hanna's Small but Mighty tribute to Novellas

Novellas - Small Yet Mighty

There are some days when you want to read something but picking up a full length novel crushes your spirits just a little.  Having a short story collection on the shelf can come in handy in a pinch.  But my personal favorite thing to do is pick up a novella.  There are numerous ways to define a novella.  Some, like the Hugo Awards, quantifies a novella by word count: 17,500-40,000 words long (meanwhile 7,500-17,500 is a novelette).  Merriam-Webster, on the other hand, kind of vaguely gestures with a shrug: ‘a work of fiction intermediate in length and complexity between a short story and a novel.’  The problem with giving a definition with a finite word count is that books don’t actually disclose this number.  However when you’re presented with a physical book it’s pretty easy to gauge a novella.  The teeny tiny spine is a dead give away.

I adore novellas.  Yes, sometimes when I finish I wish there was more.  More complex characters or plot or world building.  But I’m not mad at their lack thereof.  Because when I pick up a book that is only 160 pages long I know there isn’t always the room to fully flesh out the characters or world.  Still, there is a reason I say novellas are small yet mighty.  And it’s because a book may only be 160 pages long but those 160 pages are so packed with heart or adventure or bravery that I don’t need much else.  

Maybe you’ve never picked up a novella before because you thought it wasn’t worth your time.  Trust me, it’s worth it.  

Some of my favorite Novellas:

Novella’s on my TBR:

Some of my favorite short non-fiction reads that are also worth checking out: