~Blogger Bits~ Novellas & Short Stories

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My blogging friends and I decided to discuss our favorite novellas and short stories for this edition of Blogger bits to help celebrate the shortest reading month of the year.

I found this topic to be quite challenging, as I am not a fan of short stories at all, and typically only pick up a novella when it is a part of a larger series or in an anthology.  Why, you ask?  Because I love spending as much time with my book characters as possible, and for me, that means the longer the book (in most cases) the better!  So my challenge was trying to find a few books that fit our topic that can be read as stand-alones.

Now, I do understand why readers can truly enjoy a short story or novella, especially if you are looking for a quick read.  They have a fabulous spot to fill for readers who may not have the time to commit to a 300 page novel or who are looking for a quick read in between finishing one book and waiting for the next release on your TBR list.  I think they are also a fabulous way to “try out” a new to you author.  It can be hard to take the leap both monetary and time wise for an author you have not yet experienced.

Short Stories

Short stories range anywhere from 1,500 to 30,000 words.  As I said above, I tend to shy away from these, but wanted to share two series of short stories that are definitely worth one clicking!

If you click on any of the book covers, you’ll be taken directly to Amazon.

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The Independents I and II by Aaron L. Speer are a phenomenal social commentary on the Indie writing community . . . and, from the author’s point of view, it isn’t all rainbows and unicorns!  Both of these books jam pack so much plot into less than 30 pages I was completely amazed.  They are also terrifying!  These are horror shorts and live up to their genre.

Here are links to my reviews:

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I found K.L. Donn’s Love Letters series to be pure joy!  They all revolve around military men who find the love of their life through writing pen pal letters while deployed.  These are guaranteed happy ever afters and pack a fantastic insta-love punch!    Dear Gage is my personal favorite!

Here are links to my reviews:

 

Novellas

I have a slightly easier time picking up a novella because of it’s length. Novellas run from 30,000 to 50,000 words.  Typically, when I snag a novella it is part of a series or larger story arc, but I’ve chosen a few to share today that can easily be read independently.

I wanted to start by giving a huge shout out to the 1001 Dark Nights series of novellas.  Inspired by the concept of Scheherazade telling her nightly tales to postpone execution by keeping her husband the King of Persia entertained night after night with a new story, 1001 Dark Nights has pulled together an amazing array of talent and includes stories of all genres of romance to keep readers entertained night after night!  I also love this series of books because it’s a fabulous way to get introduced to new authors and the larger series their novellas sometimes belong to.

Here are a few of my favorites!  All of these can be read as a stand-alone.

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Here are links to my reviews:

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Blind Faith by Teresa Gabelman was a super sweet second chance romance that was also extremely inspirational, as one of the main characters is learning to deal with blindness.

Here’s the link to my review:  Blind Faith.

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Double Down & Dirty by Samantha A. Cole is loosely related to her Trident Security Series, but easily stands on it’s own.  It’s a super hot look into the world of BDSM and menage, so if that’s not your thing, this novella isn’t for you.  If you enjoy this, you can also check out Entertaining Distraction.

Here’s the link to my review: Double Down & Dirty: A Doms of The Covenant Novella

That’s my take on short stories and novellas.  And, yes, I realize that even though I said I don’t “love” them, I had quite a few picks to share with you.  

Do you have any favorite short stories or novellas?  I want to know about them, so please leave me a comment shouting them out!

Happy Reading!

~Janine

 

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    1. I really need to take a month (or so) and just read through ALL of the 1001 Dark Nights books. I feel like these are really exceptions to my typical take on novellas because all of the authors are such strong writers and can pack such a punch in the shorter format.

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