Recommendations | Novellas


If you’d been following my reading progress for the month of December you’ll know that I’ve completely ditched my December TBR and have instead opted to read a ton of novellas I have stashed on my kindle. It’s been FUN! My brain hasn’t been able to process a full sized book since November so novellas have been a great escape.

I think that novellas often get a negative rap and people consider them not really reading, but when you find a good one, that is far from the truth. I’ve read a few in the last month that read like a full length novel without the extra 200 or so pages and I’ve been enjoying getting to sample some different writing styles, as well.

Today I’m going to be sharing some of the novellas I’ve read and enjoyed recently! I don’t review novellas on my blog, but I wanted to make a little compilation post to recommend some if you, like me, are feeling a little to overwhelmed to start a full length novel!

A Kiss for Midwinter

4 Stars

My first Courtney Milan read, A Kiss for Midwinter was devoured in one sitting. It’s approximately 91 pages long (Kindle edition!) and while it started out slow, I really enjoyed the middle and end of the book. I’ve heard a lot about how her books are both great and at the same time very slow, and I can see why people feel that way. I definitely loved her characters and her writing, but even this novella felt like it dragged a bit in the beginning stages. But it had a wonderful ending and it kept me glued to the pages for a whole evening!

The Earl of Christmas Past

5 Stars

I. Loved. This. Book. Seriously. I couldn’t put it down. Now, the hero of this story is a ghost and at first I was skeptical as paranormal romances aren’t usually my go-to or a genre I frequently read, but hot damn that was one hot ghost. Yes, I feel strange typing that, but tis true. There is so much chemistry in this, a little mystery, a lot of sexiness, and an abundance of heart. I was worried about how this would end considering, ya know, the hero is a ghost, but this wraps up VERY nicely (if not a bit… odd). Read this, seriously.

The Promise of a Kiss

5 Stars

This gave me the absolute biggest book hangover, oh my LAWD. If you’ve been following me a while you’d know that an Egypt setting in a historical romance is my catnip and this book not only had that but there was action, adventure, wit, humor, heart, and literally everything in between. The hero in this had me laughing out loud and I loved loved loved the childhood friends/enemies to lovers trope happening here. I will say this book was a little sweet for my taste and lacked that more… explicit sex scenes I like, but nonetheless this was one of the best books I read in 2020.

When She Was Naughty

4 Stars

Believe it or not, this was my first Tessa Dare novel! This was short and incredibly sweet! While this is on the shorter side of a novella with just around 40 pages, this story does have a lot of depth. I was very pleasantly surprised with the progression of the story and the complexities of the characters and relationships, and I think you will be, too! This is definitely perfect for a one-sitting sweet read if you want a palate cleanser or something light if you’re not in the mood for a full novel, which is why I picked this up in the first place!


Novellas were very good to me in December and I’m so happy to be able to share some of my favorites with you all! I don’t review novellas here but after I gather up some more recommendations and favorites I’ll be sure to do another post like this one!

What are your favorite novellas? I need some recommendations myself!


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