This past week it was classic novellas for Novellas in November. I had three different titles picked out for options and I went with The Time Machine by H. G. Wells first. And it’s the only one of the three options that I managed to finish reading this week. I am, though, almost halfway through The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald (one of my other options).
The Time Machine is about time travel, obviously. There’s more to it than that though; it also speculates about the state of humanity in the future. I suspect there’s more layers to this short novella; but honestly, I wasn’t impressed by it. It started out very promising and the writing was engaging. But then the story just didn’t hold my attention. Still, I decided to finish it out. I chose to go ahead and finish it by listening to the audiobook. I knew I could get through it faster with the audiobook. LOL Of course, if you know about my track record with fiction on audio, then you’ll know that I often miss things and have to continue to rewind or just decide to keep going. So I know I didn’t catch everything once I switched to the audio. However, in this case, that didn’t bother me because as I said, the story just wasn’t holding my attention.
In the end, I gave the book a 3 star rating mainly because the writing style was very good. My husband and I are planning to watch the more recent movie adaptation of it probably this coming weekend.
The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald, on the other hand, I am enjoying so far. I plan to spend some time reading it today and hopefully get closer to finishing it. If not, I know it will likely get less reading time this week as I switch my focus to the theme for the week which is novellas in translation. I’ve got The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares, The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery, and A Dog’s Heart by Bulgakov. I already know I’m starting with The Invention of Morel. I have been excited to give this one try! Since it’s on my Kindle and will be perfect for my nightly reading, I may also read A Dog’s Heart at the same time but during the day. We’ll see.
Happy Reading Friends!