I read a lot of short stories for my workshop classes as a Creative Writing major. However, I’ve started adding short story collections to my TBR. Here are some favorite collections from the past few years as well as a few I’m looking forward to reading soon!
short story collections to add to your tbr right now
Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy edited by Amerie
“In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.”
A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood
“Join an impressive sisterhood of today’s most talented YA writers for a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They’re making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals, ghosts and goddesses. And they all have a story to tell.”
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That Way Madness Lies edited by Dahlia Adler
“Contemporary audiences have always craved reimaginings of Shakespeare’s most beloved works. Now, some of today’s best writers for teens take on the Bard in these 15 whip-smart and original retellings!”
Meet Cute by Jennifer L. Armentrout et al.
“Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. Now readers can indulge in their love of meet-cute moments with a YA short story collection from some of today’s most popular YA authors.”
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Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins
“Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake.”
The Radical Element edited by Jessica Spotswood
“Twelve of the most talented writers working in young adult literature today tell the stories of girls of all colors and creeds standing up for themselves and their beliefs — whether that means secretly learning Hebrew in early Savannah, using the family magic to pass as white in 1920s Hollywood, or singing in a feminist punk band in 1980s Boston. And they’re asking you to join them.”
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Once Upon an Eid edited by S. K. Ali and Aisha Saeed
“Once Upon an Eid is a collection of short stories that showcases the most brilliant Muslim voices writing today, all about the most joyful holiday of the year: Eid!”
My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins
“Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or Kwanzaa, there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.”
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Hungry Hearts edited by Catherine Tung Richmond and Elsie Chapman
“Told in interconnected short stories, Hungry Hearts explores the many meanings food can take on beyond mere nourishment. It can symbolize love and despair, family and culture, belonging and home.”
19 Love Songs by David Levithan
“Born from Levithan’s tradition of writing a story for his friends each Valentine’s Day, this collection brings all of them to his readers for the first time. With fiction, nonfiction, and a story in verse, there’s something for every reader here.”
Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
“In this book, the impact of wildfire, a wayward priest, or a mysterious disappearance ricochet across communities, threading through stories. Here, ordinary actions such as ice skating or going to church reveal hidden truths.”
The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans
“With The Office of Historical Corrections, Evans zooms in on particular moments and relationships in her characters’ lives in a way that allows them to speak to larger issues of race, culture, and history.”
What short story collections would you add to this list?
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