There are so many short story collections I’ve seen recently which I STILL haven’t read! Some are already out, but others will be released soon. I am so excited about all of these because they are each very unique and interesting.
This year I’ve read only one short story collection which I fairly enjoyed, despite finding some flaws. I found out that I like compilations of short stories, but it’s also hard sometimes to stick with the book and continue reading it after finishing one of the stories. I usually like to take my time introducing myself to a new book, new characters, and new settings, so it becomes difficult with short stories that begin but then quickly end.
I personally struggle with reading several books in one day for, say, a read-a-thon, so I choose longer books that could take me the entire day. I enjoy getting accustomed to the writing style and the setting, and that is why I can only read one book a day. I don’t like jumping from story to story during the same 24-hour span. I need to feel like I have thoroughly absorbed the story. Once I finish exploring a full character ARC, I need to take my time analyzing and thinking about it.
Short stories force me to exercise exactly the opposite. I either have to continually adjust to new storylines or read one short narration each day, which is even worse of a deal because I’ll probably leave the book forgotten and never pick it up again.
However, there are many things that I really like about themed Short Story Collections. The bright side of this discussion is that I absolutely enjoy getting to read a large scope of narratives, find new authors and get a taste of their writing, as well as enjoying a diverse handful of unique stories. They have their Pros.
These are the reasons why I would LOVE to read more collections, especially the ones on this list.
Here are 9 books that have caught my attention and intrigued me with their original themes, prompts, and selection of authors!!!
About the Book: The anthology explores the myriad tragic, frustrating, humorous possibilities of the teen love triangle, and features 15 new stories by these authors.
Unpopular Opinion: I actually do like Love Triangles! There are many out there that are really frustrating and ridiculous, sometimes even exasperating for the readers. But there is nothing better than the satisfaction of experiencing a GREAT love triangle! This collection honestly sounds super exciting! I already see myself cracking up.
-A Thousand Beginnings and Endings
Authors: Renee Ahdieh, Sona Charaipotra, Preeti Chhibber, Roshani Chokshi, Aliette de Bodard, Melissa de la Cruz, Julie Kagawa, Rahul Kanakia, Lori M. Lee, E. C. Myers, Cindy Pon, Aisha Saeed, Shveta Thakrar, and Alyssa Wong.
About the Book: Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings. These are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries.
Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate.
A mountain loses her heart. Two sisters transform into birds to escape captivity. A young man learns the true meaning of sacrifice. A young woman takes up her mother’s mantle and leads the dead to their final resting place. From fantasy to science fiction to contemporary, from romance to tales of revenge, these stories will beguile readers from start to finish.
For fans of Neil Gaiman’s Unnatural Creatures and Ameriie’s New York Times–bestselling Because You Love to Hate Me.
Bring in the mythology and these FANTASTIC authors! I am super intrigued by this collection especially because of all the different nationalities and diversity! I’m a huge fan of folklore and legends. I need this in my hands right now!
-Her Body and Other Parties
Authors: Carmen Maria Machado
About the Book: In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women's lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.
A wife refuses her husband's entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store's prom dresses. One woman's surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest. And in the bravura novella Especially Heinous, Machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a show we naively assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgangers, ghosts, and girls with bells for eyes.
Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction.
-The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Authors: Arthur Conan Doyle
About the Book: Comprising the series of short stories that made the fortunes of the Strand, the magazine in which they were first published, this volume won, even more, popularity for Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Holmes is at the height of his powers in many of his most famous cases, including The Red-Headed League, The Speckled Band, and The Blue Carbuncle.
I’m really looking forward to devouring Sherlock’s Mysteries. I am already half-way through this, but I haven’t finished it yet. You can count on this getting read, though.
-Tales of Beedle the Bard
Authors: J.K. Rowling
About the Book: As familiar to many Hogwarts students as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty are to Muggle children, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of popular stories written for young wizards and witches.
Translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, they include fascinating additional notes from Professor Albus Dumbledore, with intriguing glimpses into his life at Hogwarts.
For wizarding and Muggle readers alike, this is a must-have edition, featuring fate-seeking witches, a hairy-hearted warlock and the tale of the three brothers who tried to cheat Death . . .
I don’t know if I should wait until finishing the series, read it before Deathly Hallows, or whatever. Tell me, should I read this BEFORE or AFTER the final installment? Either way, I really can’t wait!
-Tales of the Peculiar
Authors: Ransom Riggs
About the Book: Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales.
Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. The origins of the first ymbryne. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar—known to hide information about the peculiar world—first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.
Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar.
I bought this on a whim. I didn’t even like Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s, but I did like the folklore and tales talked about in the books. I decided to give this a shot, and I am intrigued. I think that this author’s peculiar writing style and the beautiful illustrations that are included will make a great collection of stories.
-Slasher Girls and Monster Boys
Authors: Stefan Bachmann, Leigh Bardugo, Kendare Blake, A. G. Howard, Jay Kristoff, Marie Lu, Jonathan Maberry, Danielle Paige, Carrie Ryan, Megan Shepherd, Nova Ren Suma, McCormick, Templeman, April Genevieve Tucholke, Cat Winters.
About the Book: For fans of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lois Duncan, and Daphne Du Maurier comes a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the best writers of YA thrillers and horror
A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’s April Genevieve Tucholke.
Each story draws from a classic tale or two—sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not—to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.
Fans of TV’s The Walking Dead, True Blood, and American Horror Story will tear through tales by these talented authors.
I’m feeling in the mood for some spooky stories, and I’ve already seen quite a number of people reading and enjoying it, especially because of its mysterious settings. Leigh Bardugo, Kendare Blake, Jay Kristoff, Marie Lu and Megan Shepherd are involved in it, so I DEFINITELY need to check it out.
-The Language of Thorns
Authors: Leigh Bardugo
About the Book: Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.
Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price.
Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.
Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.
This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.
-Because You Love to Hate Me
Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon
BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel).
About the Book: Leave it to the heroes to save the world--villains just want to rule the world.
In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains' points of view.
These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like "Medusa," Sherlock Holmes, and "Jack and the Beanstalk" provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains' acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage--and the pain, heart
break, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!
I already own this book! But I haven’t read it yet! CAN YOU TELL ME WHY I’M LIKE THIS? I don’t even know myself.