Feels like I’m behind on everything this month – too many distractions! I only read nine books above, of which I’ve only managed to write reviews for two! While there were no duds in that pile at all, I’m finding it hard to decide what to say about the others, and you know me – I write something about everything I read (eventually!). I hope that I can pick up on some of the slack this month.
If you’re into challenges and reading weeks, November is the month when it’s all happening. I plan to concentrate on #NovNov – Novellas in November, now hosted now by Cathy and Rebecca. I’ve made two piles of novellas to your right and below (there are loads more on my shelves, for I do like novellas a lot).
In that pile are several non-fiction ones, which would fit in nicely with Nonfiction November too.
If it just so happens that any of those novellas fit in with any other reading challenges and themes, then all well and good, but I’m not formally planning to join in with any of the others, but if by happy coincidence it happens then that’s lovely.
So, if all goes to plan now we’re all in lockdown again, although I’ll still be in school, I’ll be reading more from my shelves and fewer review copies this month bar the new Jonathan Coe novel, Mr Wilder & Me (I’ll have to check, it’s not very long – it could just about be a novella?).
P.S. Announced this morning, the five-strong shortlist for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award in assoc with the Uni of Warwick
I’ve not read any of them, but hope to get my hands on copies of a couple. It’s a shame, but there doesn’t appear to be a Shadow Panel of bloggers this year. I hope that can be resurrected next year.
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Wow! Amazing piles of novellas! Ice jumps out at me – highly recommend! 😀
I have to read that one – it’s our December book group read. 😀
What glorious stacks! I really enjoyed Swallowing Mercury, and Academy Street is a just about perfect book. I’m going to be reviewing Rest and Be Thankful for an American outlet in December, but I have it as an e-book.
I’ll promote those three all up the list.
Great plans Annabel! Ice is fantastic and I love those early McEwans. I’d love to get my hands on I Am Soveriegn – I enjoy Nicola Barker’s writing.
I love Barker too. I am Sovereign is just over 200 pages in hardback – but there’s not much on a page, so I might stretch it to fit in…
I think I saw them announce a blogger shadow panel on Twitter for the young writers’ prize?
Found it! It wasn’t in the press release. Delighted to see Marina Sofia there – Yay!
There is a shadow panel! Marina Sofia is on it. The others are primarily Bookstagrammers.
Oops, our comments overlapped.
I spy Academy Street! Looking forward to adding lots of novellas to my TBR list.
I got that copy of Academy Street from a charity shop. It’s sat on the shelf ever since. As everyone loves it so much, I must read that one!
I’m looking to see if I can fit in at least one novella in November, but we’ll see, and ditto for non-fiction. (Says the man who has declared he is eschewing most events and challenges…)
A wonderful stack of novellas there. That’s the challenge I am concentrating on in November. I just started Surfacing by Margaret Atwood which ticks off MARM too.