I love a good short story. I often read them when I’ve hit a reading slump or to just take a break from reading larger works.
So, this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is a blast from the past. I’m sharing some of my favorite short stories and short story collection on my TBR.
- The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
- The Yellow Wallpaper by Sarah Perkins Gilman
- In the Penal Colony by Franz Kafka
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
- The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe
As I was typing this list I noticed that they’re all so, so very dark. But the best part about it is I remember where I was and my reaction to all of them when I read them.
For example: I read The Lottery in Mrs. Scaringi’s high school English class. We started it in class and I finished it in study hall. You know study hall where nobody studies. Not even the nerds. And it scared the Sugar Honey Ice Tea out of me.
I recently reread In the Penal Colony and thought that since I’m some 20+ years older that it wouldn’t evoke the same visceral reaction. Well, bazinga! Jokes on you, Erica. I was still horrified and grossed out and had an insatiable urge to vomit.
Short story collections I want to read or kind of sort have read
- The Thing Around You Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Started)
- Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
- This is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
- Kiss Kiss by Roald Dahl
- The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Read)
- The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heave by Sherman Alexie (Started)
What are some of your favorite short stories or novellas?