Short story reviews

Hi Everyone,

I spent some time organizing my short story reviews and converting the old ones to the new block format (whew!). From now on, I’ll add them to the page that I also created, which you can find at the top of my site. I have read some excellent short stories and recommend all them all. I found them in these collections and anthologies. I’ve been carrying around a couple of these books since college!

These short story collections are also excellent:

Do you like reading short stories? What do you recommend?

Thanks for visiting – come back soon!

31 thoughts on “Short story reviews

  1. It’s funny, not ha ha funny but more coincidence funny that you posted this. During pandemic I was putting anything even vaguely interesting on my TBR. The other day I realized I had 358 books on it. So I’ve been culling it down (the goal is to keep it at 50 books) last week I got rid of things I know are not top of my list. Yesterday I ditched short story collections because short stories are never high on my list

    1. Ah yes, the long TBR list – I don’t even keep an active one because it would make me too anxious. I think it’s smart to cull it down and if you’re not into short stories, then take them off! Thanks for reading.

    1. Thanks – I was thinking it might be hard to find each other – mine is different too! I’ll connect with you tonight – I have to look my username up or I’d give it to you now! 😀

  2. Barb, wow! That was a huge undertaking to convert all these reviews and now I’ve got so many more books I want to read! I hadn’t realised short stories was one of Margaret Attwood’s genres and look forward to checking this out. So many others that stand out for me as well! Awww … a smile to see my book included here and to reread your lovely and thoughtful review. Thank you!

    Good luck with NaNoWriMo… I loved the photo of you on Twitter after Day 1!😀

    1. Hi Annika – thank you for stopping by. Yes, converting to block format was an experience. You definitely have to be in the mood to do that – it’s very tedious. I’m glad you like this collection of short stories and of course I would include your own excellent one! Hope you are doing well and having a nice fall!

  3. I love reading short stories, but haven’t read many recently. I enjoyed Annika Perry’s collection. I would also recommend Florida by Lauren Groff (Riverhead Books, 2018).

    1. Hi Rosaliene. I wish I could dedicate unlimited time to reading short stories. Thanks for recommending Florida – I’ll check it out! Thank you for visiting 🙂

  4. Hi Barbara, I don’t read that many stories, but I recently read The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, my goodness what a scary read. I’ve also read Poe’s short stories and poems. I have a lot of short stories to read this month and next as Nov/Dec are short story/poetry months for me. PS I started For Whom the Bell Tolls today – what a great beginning.

    1. Hi Robbie – I’ll have to look up The Yellow Wallpaper. Thanks for telling me about it. So much to read. I’m about 30% finished with For Whom the Bell Tolls – it’s excellent – are you still enjoing it?

  5. I really like short stories because even if they are 50 pages long, they’re usually shorter than a book. Thanks for collecting all these, many familiar to me. You are awesome, Barbara!

  6. I do enjoy short stories. I recently read The Jewish Book of Horror, an anthology edited by Josh Schlossberg. It was a very satisfying (and at times gruesome) read.

  7. I like a good short story. Margaret Atwood and Alice Munroe are my favourites. I am reading a collection of short stories right now by Roald Dahl. They are amazing. I have also enjoyed Hemingway’s short stories as he can pack a lot in with a few words. As a writer, I know how difficult it is to write an effective short story. Another good one is The Painted Door. It is often found in anthologies.

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