Working on the List

I have a confession to make. I haven’t been reading all the time I’ve been the human hamster (ie walking on the treadmill). Last night I watched an episode of Alfred Hitchcock presents as well as the end of Morning Glory.

But I have read a few short stories the other three days. You’ll notice a theme I’m sure. Of course, I don’t officially stop celebrating Christmas for another 7 months so I figured they’re in keeping with my mindset.

Here’s what I’ve read so far (I might have to get a widget to keep track– so if you know of one that tracks books read let me know).

Must Love Santa by Nina Bruhns. A cute novella about an undercover cop staking out a veterinarian suspected of human trafficing. I loved that animals were in the book and there was good chemistry between the hero and heroine, plus a bit of mystery thrown it.

Time’s Holiday by Jennette Marie Powell. A lunchtime read which started with the heroine planning to kill herself and the hero giving her the gift of time-travel. I’m envious of the author’s ability to world build with so few words and she actually threw in a little bit of historical events to increase the tension. Well done!

Calling All Grammies by Flo Barnett. I downloaded this children’s book because my mom is called Gramme by my children (and her other grandchildren). This is cute and short and rhymes.

Why is it only children’s books get to rhyme? Anyone think it would be fun to write a rhyming horror story? Maybe just the cannibals could rhyme. “I’ll eat your face, while I’m in this place. You’ll scream and cry, but I’ll still bleed you dry.”

Back to our normally scheduled post.

A Christmas Gift for Baby by Nancy Radke. Very short but well developed story of a man who makes peace with his estranged parents for the sake of his pregnant wife. I love happy endings and in this one everyone wins.

Christmas Babies (Holiday Babies Series) by Mona Risk. A longer novella length story about a Doctor who learns what life is about when she’s faced with the end of everything she thought mattered. The heroine’s mom is funny and the hero is perfect for the story. Throw in orphan twins and this story is guaranteed to find something that pulls on your heartstrings.

So that’s my weeks worth of reading. Now, should I count each one as a full book or do I get partial credit given their length?

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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3 Responses to Working on the List

  1. danrshaw says:

    I think you have to put it into perspective on how you count your readings. I imagine most married with children and has a job daily reading consists of TV channel listings and the directions on the back of hamburger helper. So compared to that each book would equate to War and Peace.
    Then you have to consider no one can define exactly where a writing changes from novella to a novel in length, depth or scope.
    I also believe a lot of people equate novella with short story and don’t even realize a novellete would fall in between them, furher confuses the issue.
    On top of that you have lame writers who write books like Four Seasons and called each of the four stories in the book novellas further confusing the issue.
    You could also total the number of words in each novella, then divide that total with the length of a decent novel and consider that result on how many books read.
    In my own simplistic world I consider them each as a book read when you have to pay for each one individually. I remember calling reading a books like The Time Machine or Clockwork Orange and had to pay for them individually so based on lenth they are novellas but based on the fact each one had to be bought individually they are novels (books).
    So you could just count each one as books read and drop the novel vs novella headache.
    I hope that makes it all clear now. I’m so confused….

  2. okay I think I have a headache now. I think I agree with you as each had to be bought and downloaded separately they are books and count as one each.

  3. danrshaw says:

    Sorry for the headache. I read something in a novel last night that applies to me. My mind is a horrible place. It’s a place I don’t want to visit often and when I do, I don’t want to stay very long.

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