“Novellas in November” was conceived of by Rick of Another Book Blog five years ago, in 2013. His original post is lost to the mists of defunct WordPress blogs, but you can read mine here. Over the years, others came along for the ride, notably our fellow Canadian book bloggers Naomi at Consumed by Ink and CJ at ebookclassics. I have probably been the most consistent participant, but I wasn’t really a host.
People have been asking (okay… one person asked and it was Novellas in November alum Rebecca) about the history of this event, and while I maintain that it has been sustained these past five years by the sheer power of alliteration, there is just a little more to it than that.
Rick wasn’t *quite* the first to pick up a novella in November. I can trace a “Novella November” challenge as far back as 2009. A blog called “Bibliofreak” seems to be the source, but it doesn’t exist anymore. Some past participants in this iteration include noted blogger, podcaster, Booktuber and Man Booker Prize correspondent Simon Savidge, new-to-me Lizzy’s Literary Life, and blogs I used to read, like Things Mean A Lot and Fleur in Her World.
Apparently, some people read novellas in months other than November. This novella challenge from 2008 didn’t take advantage of the alliteration possibilities, but I’m including because I enjoy their “person trying to open an extremely small book” visuals. But really, a six month novella challenge that doesn’t even include the month of November?
And speaking of visuals, I must also mention Tiny Camel’s novella challenge, in which he attempted to read Melville House’s entire Art of the Novella catalog. Being a year-long challenge, November wasn’t entirely out of the equation, but he started in October – another missed opportunity. He also seems to have lost steam after novella #34 of 55. Shoulda started in November…
I also found a #NovellaNovember event from 2015 that (maybe erroneously) got associated with this event (we use #NovNov). 746 Books was one of these; she is on book 547 of her read-my-own-damn-books challenge (it had been a while since I checked in!) while originator Poppy Peacock Pens has gone private.
But Novellas in November is more than its history. It’s happening this year, and after missing last year I’m back at it. Stayed tuned for TBRs and reviews. We’ve also made the leap to Booktube – actually, there’s history there, as my first ever video was the inaugural 2013 #NovNov book haul. But don’t watch that, watch Rick, and new recruit Shawn the Book Maniac, as they drag Novellas in November into the late 2010s:
Please join us in whatever capacity and medium you prefer. Novellas tend to be weird and wonderful, in my extensive #NovNov experience. Plus, I’m not the only one who needs to boost my Goodreads challenge this time of year, am I?