Top Ten Short Story Collections

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is about favorite short stories and novellas.  I don’t read a lot of novellas, but I’ve really warmed in recent years to the genre of short stories. I love short story collections where the characters and settings connect across the stories.  The Settling Earth does this really well, but I think possibly the best writer of this type is Elizabeth Strout.  I loved her recent collection Anything Is Possible.

Here are some of my favorites.  I highly recommend these books if you want to…

Consider diverse perspectives:


Visit faraway places and times:


Appreciate what it means to serve:


Encounter the eerie:

Thinking about novellas, I’m not sure I know what’s a novella and what isn’t. Many novellas are just novels that are too short for me.  But some excellent ones I’ve read recently are All Systems Red, the Binti trilogy, and Slade House by David Mitchell. Animal Farm and Fahrenheit 451 may also be novellas, and they are two of my favorite books.

I feel like there’s a lot I missed!  What short story collections or novellas are your favorites?

  5 comments for “Top Ten Short Story Collections

  1. July 17, 2018 at 10:52 am

    My daughter had to read The Things They Carried for school and actually enjoyed it (she’s not much of a reader).

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

    • July 17, 2018 at 7:47 pm

      Thanks Aymee! I didn’t know if I’d like Things They Carried either, but I really did. I definitely recommend Redeployment.

  2. July 17, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    I’ve tried but I really can’t get into short stories. I know they are hugely popular but I always find them unsatisfying because I’ve just got into the characters and then it all ends

  3. July 18, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Great list! Elizabeth Strout is a really good writer. I’ve read a lot of her short stories. The Lottery and a story from The Things They Carried made my list too.

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