7 SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS THAT WILL MAKE YOU FALL BACK IN LOVE WITH READING AGAIN

Looking to pick up reading again after a dry spell? Look no further! We have carefully curated a selection of short stories that will have you fall back in love with reading all over again. Bonus--since these are short, it's easier to work reading them into your daily routine! 

1. HER BODY & OTHER PARTIES: STORIES by Carmen Maria Machado

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: 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.

 

2. SKIN FOLK: STORIES by Nalo Hopkinson

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: In Skin folk, with fifteen works ranging from science fiction to Caribbean folklore, passionate love to chilling horror, Nalo Hopkinson is at her award-winning best spinning tales like "Precious," in which the narrator spews valuable coins and gems from her mouth whenever she attempts to talk or sing. In "A Habit of Waste," a self-conscious woman undergoes elective surgery to alter her appearance; days later she's shocked to see her former body climbing onto a public bus. In "The Glass Bottle Trick," the young protagonist ignores her intuition regarding her new husband's superstitions--to horrifying consequences.

 

3. OCTAVIA'S BROOD: SCIENCE FICTION STORIES FROM SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENTS

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: These visionary tales span genres--sci-fi, fantasy, horror, magical realism--but all are united by an attempt to inject a healthy dose of imagination and innovation into our political practice and to try on new ways of understanding ourselves, the world around us, and all the selves and worlds that could be.

 

4. ESCAPE POD: THE SCIENCE-FICTION ANTHOLOGY

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of cutting-edge science fiction from the hit podcast, Escape Pod. Escape Pod has been bringing the finest short fiction to millions of ears all over the world, at the forefront of a new fiction revolution. This anthology gathers together fifteen stories, including new and exclusive work from writers such as from Cory Doctorow, Ken Liu, Mary Robinette Kowal, T. Kingfisher and more. From editors Mur Laffterty and S.B. Divya comes the science fiction collection of the year, bringing together bestselling authors in celebration of the publishing phenomenon that is, Escape Pod.

 

5. WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY: STORIES by Lesley Nneka Arimah

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A dazzlingly accomplished debut collection explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home.

 

6. MIDNIGHT & INDIGO VOL 5 - Celebrating Black Women Writers

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: midnight & indigo is a literary journal dedicated to short stories and narrative essays by Black women writers.

 

7. A THOUSAND BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS: ANTHOLOGY

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: 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. This young adult novel is an excellent choice for accelerated tween readers in grades 7 to 8, especially during homeschooling. It's a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.

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