Every month I announce a new reading challenge for my followers to consider. Participation is optional. From time to time we all can suffer from a reading slump. This is a five alarm crisis for book lovers! 🙂 So in the spirit of reviving your reading mojo, I propose a new genre, format, or author to read near the start of each month. November’s challenge is…
SHORT STORIES. I think they get a bad rap and I am guilty of passing them over in the past. I used to think that I wanted more of a commitment, a big chewy novel with interesting characters to whom I could commit and cheer for. I was wrong about short stories. All that juicy action happens in them too, but on a condensed timeline, in a snapshot of their life story. Short stories are really quite satisfying, especially at bedtime, because you can start AND finish an entire story before you turn in for the night!
Below are several titles I’ve enjoyed immensely, along with a few that have been recommended to me. Have you read any short stories? Share your recommendations with us in the comments!
What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
How to Love a Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs
Florida by Lauren Groff
You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld
Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez
Ayiti by Roxane Gay