Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite novellas

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite novellas

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl


I have a terrible memory, and I find it even easier to forget short stories and novellas. They’re much shorter, so they take a lot less time to read and don’t cement themselves in my mind. It was quite hard to think of ten for this topic, but I managed to get there in the end.

10) The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

I’m not the biggest Twilight fan, but there was something special about The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. I can remember preordering it and eagerly anticipating its release, and it’s one of the only books which I’ve preordered and read the day that it arrived.

9) Say Something by Jennifer Brown

Say Something by Jennifer Brown

If you’ve read Hate List and felt as though there was something missing, that’s because you haven’t read Say Something. It perfectly finishes off the story, although it doesn’t work well as a standalone which is why I’ve put it so low on this list.

8) The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read The Yellow Wallpaper. It’s a lovely way to introduce yourself to the genre of gothic fiction.

7) Icicles Like Kindling by Sara Raasch

Icicles Like Kindling by Sara Raasch

Icicles Like Kindlings and Flames Like Vines are both great novellas, but Sara Raasch’s introduction to the world of the Snow Like Ashes trilogy is just that little bit more enjoyable. I didn’t read it until after I read Snow Like Ashes, but it was great to learn a bit more about the characters and their back stories.

6) The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

I read The Lottery for my creative writing course at university, and it was definitely the best short story that we studied. Shirley Jackson has an impeccable skill for building tension.

5) Second Best Friend by Non Pratt

Second Best Friend by Non Pratt

I’ve adored both of Non Pratt’s collaborations with Barrington Stoke, and I read Second Best Friend twice at the start of the year because I thought it was so fun!

4) Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell

It feels odd to put Animal Farm on this list, because it’s such a classic story, but it’s short enough to technically classify as a novella so I couldn’t resist featuring it.

3) Unboxed by Non Pratt

Unboxed by Non Pratt

…and here’s Non Pratt’s first Barrington Stoke collaboration! Be warned: Unboxed might be short, but it packs an emotional punch.

2) Midnights by Rainbow Rowell

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell is featured in two short story collections: My True Love Gave To Me and Almost Midnight (which shows it bound up with her World Book Day short story, Kindred Spirits). I’ve only read Midnights once, but it’s cinematic and impossible to forget.

1A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith

Summer Days and Summer Nights

Top of the list had to be Jennifer E. Smith’s contribution to Summer Days and Summer Nights, because the story reminds me so much of me and my boyfriend. I read it very early along in our relationship and I automatically thought of how similar the characters were to the two of us: I hope they’re still as happy as we are.


Are you a fan of reading short stories? If so, which is your favourite and why?