Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Some of My Favorite Short Story Collections & Novellas

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blog meme now hosted by Jana over at The Artsy Reader Girl!

This week's topic is: Favorite Novellas/Short Stories

I have apparently read more short stories/novellas than I imagined, so I did my best to narrow it down. :) I am hoping to read more short stories in the future, so let me know if you would recommend any!

  The Last Wish 
Gilded Ashes  by Rosamund Hodge
Sometimes I think I recommend this one too often, but it's just this incredibly dark and wonderful Cinderella retelling novella. I really love it.
Buy the novella: Amazon (ebook only--but it's cheap!)

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
This novella is quintessential Murakami to me--something strange, but still compelling. 
Buy the novella: Amazon | Book Depository

The Last Wish (Saga o Wiedźminie #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski
This is the first of two collections of short stories from The Witcher series! I really enjoy this series and love these short stories, and it's recommended to read these before reading The Witcher books. 
Buy the short story collection: Amazon | Book Depository

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
This is an incredibly short story graphic novel collection and the stories are so creepy. I love the illustrations and color scheme used throughout this book.
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo
I love how magical these short stories were and how much they made me fall back in love with the Grishaverse setting.
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
Murakami is one of my favorite authors and his short stories are just as wonderful as his full length novels.
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
This such a great look at death and for a seemingly simple premise, it is surprisingly compelling
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman
This is a collection of short stories featuring various magical and unnatural creatures selected by Neil Gaiman. It's a ton of fun!
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
This collection doesn't have all of my favorites, but I love this edition and "The Little Mermaid" and "The Emperor's New Clothes" are both featured and those are some of my favorites!
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

In the Night Garden (The Orphan's Tales #1) by Catherynne M. Valente
This is a bit of a stretch since all of the stories are interconnected, but I still consider it somewhat of a bunch of short stories all woven together into one large story. It's so beautiful.
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

Have you read any of these books? What are some of your favorite short stories/novellas?

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  1. Through the Woods sounds like my sort of book. I'm reading a short story of weird tales called The Sea Was A Fair Master by Calvin Delmer. They're all pretty wonderful too which is a rarity (for me at least) to find in such a collection.

    1. I can't recommend Through the Woods enough! And weird tales is pretty much what I love, so I'm definitely looking up the one you're reading--thanks for sharing it! So glad you're enjoying all of them!

  2. I was surprised to find that I had read more of these than I realized too! The Language of Throns sounds awesome, I love how magical the stories in that one sound, and Unnatural creatures sounds like it would be great too.

    1. It's always a great feeling! Unnatural Creatures is really a lot of fun.

  3. Awesome list!! I've gotta take a look at the short story collections I've read.

  4. Great list! I love Through The Woods. It’s so pretty!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. It's stunning, sometimes I just flip through it to admire the illustrations and colors.

  5. I loved The Language of Thorns!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/top-ten-tuesday-168/