Last week, I was reading a novella and it brought the question to my mind, should I count it towards my reading goal? It was something I read, but not necessarily a book (as it was only 50 pages long, so pretty short). Novellas can go either way, if you want to count them towards your reading goals—go ahead. If not, then just don’t do it.
Ultimately I decided yes, to mark it on Goodreads and to add said novella to the books I read in 2017. Some people may see this as “cheating”, adding a 50 page short story to a yearlong reading goal, but I don’t find it to be cheating at all. But because I was conflicted over this earlier, I thought I would talk about when I think you should/shouldn’t count novellas towards your reading goals.
When You Should
If you are reading just one novella that’s not apart of a collection, then go ahead, add it to your reading goal. To me, this is totally okay. You read a novella, meaning you took the time to read a short story. It’s not like reading an article or a blog post—you read a shorter version of a novel. So really, this can still be considered a book. This is similar to reading a children’s picture book. Though it isn’t a novel and it’s pretty short, you were still reading a book.
When You Shouldn’t
This is totally just my opinion, but if you are reading a book that contains a collection of novellas/short stories, don’t add each individual one to your goal, just the entire book. Take books like The Assassin’s Blade or The Bane Chronicles. These are collections of novellas. However, all the novellas in these books have been published separately on their own. If you aren’t reading the book collection, then of course you can add them to your goal individually.
All in all, this is entirely your decision. I was just thinking about this earlier and I put some thought into it to basically come to the conclusion of what I outlined in this post, even though it was pretty short. To me, you should count a novella towards your goal if you are reading them individually and they aren’t a part of a published collection.In that case, I would only add the full collection to my goal, not each novella. Again, this is only my opinion on this topic and I know everyone feels differently about it.
Do you like reading novellas? When you do, do you count them towards your goals? What are your thoughts on this topic? Let me know down below!