I Need More Novellas in My Life

Novellas and novelettes. Short novels. (Because, yes, “a short novel” is what “novella” literally means.) My life needs more of those short and sweet reads. Even short ones that aren’t sweet, you know?

Oh, I realize that some readers give novellas as wide a berth as possible, saying novellas are too short to be any good. Hey. To each their own, seriously. 🙂

As for my view, the difference between a novella and a novel is like the difference between a cupcake and a tiered cake.

Oftentimes when I’m in the mood for cake, I don’t need big stacks of it to get the job done. Give me a rich chocolate or red velvet cupcake with buttercream or cream cheese filling and tasty sprinkles sprinkled atop the creamy, swirled frosting, and I’ll be quite satisfied.

The physical size of the cake doesn’t determine its quality or flavor. The skill of the baker who’s using the ingredients determines that.

Heh heh heh, if you’ve tried novella cupcakes that somehow didn’t have as complete a flavor as novel tiered cakes, then it means the novellas weren’t the authors’ best works, or the authors weren’t the best storytellers in general, or maybe those particular authors or stories just weren’t for you, or the authors might not have had a knack for writing novellas specifically.

Not all novelists, even good ones, are good novella writers. That doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with cupcakes—um…with novellas themselves as a form of literature.

Don’t get me wrong: I like long books too. Especially novels that are so well-paced and engrossing that I never once feel like they’re wasting my time with needless or weak content that only makes the stories longer, not better. 😀

Of course, what makes for a good read is a matter of subjectivity. If you personally just don’t feel satisfied unless a story takes a longer time to read, that’s fair. Still, books that can take me on a full, well-developed journey with an economy of length and language…

Yeah. I dig those shorter books. Even the more so nowadays, when my reading time is limited but I still want good stories.

To share some novellas and novelettes I’ve really enjoyed:

The Touch
A Christmas Carol

Wonders of His Love
Phoebe’s Christmas

The Midnight Show
Ace Carroway and the Great War

Of Mice and Men
The Lawyer’s Luck

The Christmas Matchmaker
Fit to Be French Fried

The Three Christmases of William Spencer
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding

Severed Signals
Ms. Ely’s Christmas Wish

Paper Snowflake Christmas
The Baron’s Blunder

Love at First Bark
Jazzy Girl

The Collins Case
Trial By Fire

Stopping Traffic


Gee, I’d need a separate blog post to include more books. I like writing novellas myself, by the way. Sometimes folks who read my shorter books say stuff like, “Wow, she sure packed a lot in there for a novella!” and “This novella has everything a novel has!”

Well. It could be because I believe cupcakes should have the full flavor of, you know—cake. 😉

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8 thoughts on “I Need More Novellas in My Life

  1. jeanannwilliams says:

    Hi Nadine, I have a novella for adults, “A Pocket Full of Memories”. Also, another is coming out this summer for the New Adult audience, “Season of the Fawns”. Would you be interested in reading them?


    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      I’m taking for granted that Kevin’s comment is meant for me rather than Jean Ann. 😀

      I checked out MOMO. I enjoy my share of thrillers: spy thrillers, political thrillers, military thrillers, crime thrillers, legal thrillers, historical thrillers, and techno-thrillers. MOMO appears to have more of a horror thriller vibe, which I can’t say is down my alley.

      But thank you for the heads-up! I do like to keep my eyes open for diverse ChristFic books and authors. There’s more info on the pages on my website menu. Feel free to look around if you like. 🙂


  2. lydiaschoch says:

    I love novellas, too! Most of the reviews I write are for novellas or short stories. There’s something so satisfying about finishing up a story in a few hours or days.

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      They certainly do! From flash fiction stories under 100 words to epic novels near or over 1,000 pages long—I’ve enjoyed ’em all. 🙂 Granted, I’m not exactly the fastest reader around, so I haven’t been able to commit to reading as many mega-thick tomes since I became an author. But sometimes it’s still fun to pick up and work my way through a big ol’ book that weighs more than I do. 😀 Eating up a tiered cake little by little…


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