Am I the only one who never gets around to reading short stories and anthologies?
I mean logically I should be more excited to read them cause they are shorter than novels so I can get instant gratification. On the other hand I’m not a huge fan of anthologies. Often I get bored by half the stories in an anthology but end up liking the others, leaving me very conflicted with what my rating for the overall book should be. I also tend to jump too quickly from one story to the other and then no particular story ends up having an impact on me. Is this just a me problem?
And then there’s accesibility. I can’t speak for everyone living in India because maybe I haven’t been looking hard enough but it’s so damn difficult to find short stories and novellas! They usually are available in e-book prices but they tend to have higher prices. Even if I find physical copies they often tend to be pricey as well, maybe because they’re imported. All these factors lead to me getting through my short stories and anthology TBR much more sluggishly. So I thought I should probably make a post on my TBR for the same, reminding me to get to these books before the end of time, lol.
8 Anthologies, Novellas and Short Stories on My TBR
Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate The Magic of Reading & Writing YA
I’ve been screaming about this book ever since I heard it was set to release! I mean it’s edited by two of my favourite authors: Nova Ren Suma and Emily X.R. Pan and the idea is so different and appealing. A lot of my friends have given this book high ratings, I’m just waiting for a good deal for the book on Amazon so that I can grab this book and just start reading 🙂
Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love
Yes I know, I’m very late to the party. I feel like everyone has read and loved this anthology so far and I’ve heard such raving reviews! And it honestly seems amazing with stories from a host of authors like Sangu Mandanna, Rin Chupeco and Sandhya Menon whose works I love. It’s just that I’m waiting for the right time to read it, if that makes sense. Hopefully a point when I’m surrounded by good food because god knows this book is going to make my mouth water.
Color Outside the Lines
Umm an anthology with stories that explore the beauty of interracial and LGBTQ+ relationships??? ME WANTS! And seriously, the authors for this book are so incredible and Sangu Mandanna edited this?? This just feels like a book that’s going to make me smile as I cry buckets of tears and I’m all here for that! Just need to find a reasonable price for this book that I can afford… sigh.
The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays
I have had this book on my TBR since ages. It’s been so long that I’ve forgotten who recommended it to me but I’m super excited for this! I am studying psychology as a major and Schizophrenia is a disorder that I’m very much interested in so hopefully I can find a copy of this book that won’t make a huge dent in my bank account soon…
Nonet is a collection of 9 short stories written by a friend of mine, Sonali whom you can find on Youtube and Instagram at themelodramaticbookworm. I absolutely love the content Sonali produces so I’m really excited to read her book. I keep meaning to get it on Kindle but I always keep putting it off for no reason so I’m just going to pause writing this post and go order it.
Tessa and Weston: The Best Christmas Ever
Oh my god I am so freaking excited for this! In case you don’t know, I loved 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons and I raved about this. Tessa and Weston are the two mcs of that book and this is a sort of companion short story which promises you all the fluff and feels and emotions and oof I’ll read anything that the author writes at this point.
Related Post: Interview with Author Abbie Emmons
Steel and Flowers
I feel like this is the third time Sangu Mandanna’s name has come up in this post and what can I say? I’m obsessed with her writing. Steel and Flowers is a short story set in the A Spark of White Fire Universe, which if you don’t know is a space opera inspired by Mahabharata. It’s also the book series that will win your heart and then crush it into a billion pieces. Emotional trauma. Therapy. That’s what I’m talking about!
Their Troublesome Crush
This was a novella that I recently came across and I love the idea behind it! It’s a queer polyamorous m/f romance novella where Ernest and Nora are planning their partner’s birthday party and develop a crush on each other? Too cute! And omg the representation in this book? Be still my beating heart.
What are some of the short stories, novellas or anthologies on your TBR?
Do you face accesability issues when it comes to such books as well or is it just me?
Have you read any of the stories or books I mentioned? If yes, what are your thoughts on them?