A novella idea…

Well the new year is underway and it's another year of excellent reading ahead!

But if you're struggling to get back into the rhythm of reading, or if the idea of a thick tome after weeks of recreation has you daunted, then I've got an idea for you; why not try a novella or two!?

A novella is a mid-length story that fits somewhere between a short story and a full blown novel. Many great authors have produced great works through this medium (some of them feature in this list!) and it's a format worth celebrating, so here's a list of stories in...

The Mid-Length Form List created by DevilStateDan

Not quite a novel but longer than a short story; here's a list of great reads in the shorter form of a novella and ranging from all over the world, across many genres and eras. There's some big names (authors) in this list and a great way to read some classics without committing to a hefty tome! From Voltaire and Kafka, to Jack London and John Gardner - there's something here for all tastes and all easily knocked over in one or two sessions.

A dark and violent story of witchcraft, witch-hunting, and human frailty. A stunning read by a great writer! It's 165 pages will transport you back to the brutal times in 1600's Lancashire

A group of men decide to create a society for the forensic appreciation of 7" vinyl records, each taking turns to share their chosen song in silence. That is until a newcomer has different ideas as to how the society should work - are the originals open to change!?! Very humourous and insightful book by one of my new favourite authors. 182 pages.

A sailor with the mother of all hangovers tries to reassemble the happenings of the previous night. He's now locked up and on a murder charge so things must've gotten out of hand. Amazingly dark and vivid descriptive writing from a Man Booker Prize shortlisted author. Just over 100 pages for this character to grasp some metaphoric life-raft of decency.

A dreamlike discussion between an elderly man and his grandson outlines the confusing and heartrending circumstances of dementia. 76 pages of introspection and warmth.

The classic and one of my all time favourite books. If you haven't read this yet then do so now, it's beautifully written and explores ideas of humanity, life, death, and more - all in under 130 pages!

Published in the 1890's, this is about the abject poverty and desperation in he life of a young writer struggling to stay alive in the freezing streets of Oslo. Absolutely stunning writing and descriptive writing and a hidden classic that should be held in much higher regard than it is! This one's a bit bigger at 232 pages, but well worth the extra time.

A group of young wasters in NYC drift about doing not much else except try to find themselves and discover who they are. He's a good writer and this is one of his best imho. Only 110 pages but crammed with quality.

The Greek Gods are a troublesome lot and two of their order have a bet about the nature of "intelligence", so they bestow self-realisation upon fifteen dogs due to be destroyed. What happens after is shocking, funny, violent, heart-wrenching, and amazing. Great book at 170 or so pages.

Classic horror right here with a young man drawn to the dark arts of witchcraft in Rhode Island. His dabbles with Hell become increasingly dangerous and with he himself becoming more deranged by the day. What's going on behind his closed door at night and what are those strange lights...?!?! 127 pages will leave you freaked by the evil that men do!

The Beowulf Tale but told from the perpective of the monster... but what if you had a deeper understanding of Grendel, about his feelings, his motivations - is he still so monstrous or are the monsters elsewhere!?!? This is an outstanding book beautifully written. So much in it for only 123 pages!

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You'll get through those in no time! So you might also want to check out Joyce's list of tiny books.

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