November is National Novel Writing Month, a time for aspiring (and established writers) to use their creativity and enthusiasm to craft a 50,000 word novel in one month.
Don’t have time to write a novel in one month? Try reading one of these books written during a past National Novel Writing Month instead.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This giant bestseller has it all: romance, magic, beautiful language, and a unique setting. Two lovers battle against each other in a contest of magical talent at a mysterious circus.
Cinder by Melissa Meyer
A a great reimagining of the Cinderella story and the start of an excellent series of fairytale retellings. Cinder is a cyborg mechanic in a futuristic New Beijing who becomes involved in intergovernmental intrigue.
The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo
A heartfelt funny novel about family secrets and forgiveness. A young woman who is constantly screwing things up, returns to her mother’s hometown of Grundy, Oklahoma and uncovers the truth about her mother and grandmother.
Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
Take Jane Austen and add magic and the result is this historical fantasy. Two sisters search for love in Regency period Britain.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Fan fiction mixed with an emotional coming-of-age story. The novel covers the first year of college for Cath, in which she experiences first love, creates a separate identity apart from her twin sister, and develops her voice as a writer.