This week for Novellas in November, it was novellas in translation. I ended up reading two novellas, one in translation and the other was our buddy read for the month. I was quite excited about both of these reads. One was a bit disappointing; the other was beautiful and lived up to my anticipation of a good read.
For novellas in translation, I had three options I was looking at: The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares, A Dog’s Heart by Bulgakov and The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery. I had been quite excited to read The Invention of Morel so it was my first pick. Unfortunately, it panned out to only be a 3 star read for me. I could see how this book might need a second reading and that second reading might be a better read. However, this first read was a bit disappointing. In the end it was just okay. You can read my full review of it HERE. I may still try to work in A Dog’s Heart by Bulgakov before the end of the month as it’s one that’s been on my classics TBR for quite some time.
After two back to back sadly disappointing reads for my novellas this month (you can see my review for the other one HERE), I decided that I would go ahead and pick up our buddy read for the month, Foster by Claire Keegan. I knew this one was likely to be a good read as I really liked Keegan’s book Small Things Like These which I read last year. I had read Cathy’s review of it for Novellas in November last year and knew I wanted to read it. Anyway, Foster did not disappoint. The story is powerful and moving. It is about love, loss, compassion, kindness and simplicity and how the warmth and tenderness of a couple impact the life of a child. You can read my full review HERE. So thankfully, the second week of Novellas in November ended much better with a very compelling story that I didn’t want to put down.
I’m still slowly reading The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald. I am enjoying this one okay but it’s not unputdownable by any means. But I want to finish it and then watch the movie. 🙂
Next up, I am going to start Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington, Nugi Garimara. It is my top pick for non-fiction novellas. This is another book that I immediately ordered after reading Cathy’s review of it.
Happy Reading Friends!