Short story collections are perfect for reluctant readers and bookworms alike: you can pick and choose the kind and length of story you want, and you’ll always have something new to come back to. These anthologies can appeal to young adult readers, as well as adults, and introduce them to genres and writing styles they may not have explored before.
Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant.
Science fiction and fantasy make for extremely engaging short stories, and Monstrous Affections proves how delightful they can be. Link and Grant have gathered a wide range of writers, and everything from krakens to vampires to Pacific Island myths are present in this collection’s pages. I especially loved “Moriabe’s Children” by Paolo Bacigalupi and “Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They Are Terrifying” by Alice Sola Kim–they kept me awake and wondering long after my bedtime.
Buy. You’ll want to reread your favourites until the pages have frayed.
How They Met and Other Stories by David Levithan
YA fans will recognize Levithan from his previous books Boy Meets Boy and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (co-written with John Green), but it’s this thin volume of love stories that charmed me best. The stories are about love, but don’t always end happily, and feature cisgender, queer, and questioning characters in a variety of situations. I’ve returned to “Miss Lucy Had a Steamboat” a few times to take it apart and study the craft that went into it. “The Number of People Who Meet on Airplanes” is a gorgeous piece of romance likely to please readers. That said, there are some stories that could have benefitted from a little more page time.
Borrow. It’s a good introduction to the genre and will ease fickle readers in.
Homesick by Roshi Fernando
Immigrant stories are beautifully varied, and Fernando’s collection is a testament and tribute to the different people and experiences that make up a country. She centers the book around a community of immigrants from Sri Lanka, all different ages and with lives that are unique and compelling. They dart in and out of each other’s stories, showing the ways we affect and influence the people around us, as we return to main character Preethi, who knows and learns from them all.
Buy. You’ll think about how you connect to your home, family, and friends in new ways.