You all know that I have major issues with finishing series – I often find myself way behind. But even those series that I’m on top of, I’ll sometimes realize when I hop over to Goodreads or see a review that I’ve missed something – the novellas.
It seems like more and more often lately, every series has novellas attached to them, but I very rarely read them. I used to – back when I had more time to read – but I find myself skipping them most of the time nowadays. Sometimes it’s because I didn’t pay enough attention and didn’t know they existed, but most of the time I just don’t find them that appealing.
Oddly, I’ve enjoyed the novellas that I have read. And there are some that REALLY add to plot and that I’m so glad I read. For instance, the novellas that went with Brigid Kemmerer’s Elemental series – at least one of them was almost completely necessary to read, in my opinion, and the others added a lot. Same with the UnStrung, the only novella in the Unwind series.
But how do I know if it’s really worth my time? Usually before I read a novella, I read a lot of reviews to see if it’s essential. I actually own a paperback copy of the novellas from The Selection series, but I haven’t read it and I probably won’t because the more reviews I’ve read about them, the less interested I am. Sigh.
(By the way, I’ve noticed that I’m more apt to read novellas if I can get them in paperback – weird, since I read lots of books on my Kindle!)