What is #SixforSunday?
#SixforSunday was a little blog feature Steph @ A little but a lot started in June 2017 for herself. It’s a weekly blog post where you get to share 6 books which fill a certain prompt. Originally, #SixforSunday was a post Steph did that she never thought she would stick with! It was her place to share 6 bookish things under a given prompt. (If you want to see her first post, you can check it out here!) She started it thinking it would fizzle out and that she would run out of things to use as prompts: She never imagined that it would transform itself into something OTHER PEOPLE JOIN IN WITH every week. For further details of the rules and links to the prompts for this meme, please visit Steph’s blog here. (Don’t forget to follow and tag Steph alittlebutalot on Twitter and Instagram – @eenalol – if you join in! Also, I made this little banner for this prompt, using graphics from her blog. I hope Steph likes it!)
This week – November 14, 2021 – the topic was supposed to be “Books that Scared You” but I don’t read scary books. Instead, I’m going to break the rules and do my own topic: Novellas I read this year, before the beginning of Novellas in November!
I actually read six novellas (or what I consider to be novellas) between January and the end of October this year. That’s why I thought I would piggyback on Steph’s list meme for this post. I know I’m a little late with putting up a post about this for #NovellasinNovember, but better late than never, right? So, without any further ado…
6 – Antiquities by Cynthia Ozick, released in 2021, Adult, Historical Fiction – 192 pages. One of my favorite books of 2021 – I find Ozick to be one of the most interesting and innovative writers around today.
5 – Address Unknown by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor, released in 1938 (re-issued in 2021), Adult, Literary Fiction – 96 pages. Although some people might call this a short story or a novelette, it is on the long side for either of those, and because it squeaks by with over 90 pages, I’m calling it a novella
4 – Short Dog: Cab Driver Stories from the L.A. Streets by Dan Fante, released in 2021, Adult, Contemporary Fiction – 128 pages. Yes, this is a collection of short stories, but they’re all connected by all of the narrators/protagonists being taxi cab drivers in LA, so… it is almost a novella.
3 – Four Minutes by Nataliya Deleva (Translation by Izidora Angel), released in 2021, Adult, Literary Fiction – 160 pages. This was a bit difficult for me, and I was of two minds about it, but I liked both the writing and the idea, I’m just not sure it was the right book for me.
2 – A Single Rose by Muriel Barbery (Translation by Alison Anderson), released in 2021, Adult Literary Fiction, 160 pages. OMG, this is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. It is totally going on my “best of 2021” list!
1 – I, Gloria Grahame by Sky Gilbert, released in 2021, Adult Literary Fiction, 200 pages. One of the more unusual books I’ve read this year, and that he was able to write a dual timeline novella where I didn’t feel like either timeline was unnecessary, was genius, if you ask me!