Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/ meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
Today’s topic is one I was super excited about, as I feel like I never talk about or here others discussing their favourite short stories or novellas. Although I don’t read them as much as I would like to, I am still a huge fan of short stories, as they are perfect to just quickly dive into and read.
This is also my last post before I go away to Cambodia for 4 weeks (eek!), and so after today I will not have access to the internet or anything for nearly a month. However, unlike back in June when I took three weeks completely off due to my exams, my blog will not be entirely bare during that time, as I do have posts scheduled and ready to go up whilst I am unable to do so. Therefore, this isn’t me disappearing on another hiatus, but rather just explaining that whilst posts will still be regularly going up, I myself will be unable to answer comments, read anyone else’s posts or be active on Instagram for a few weeks – so I am not just being rude!
So, here are five of my favourite short stories or novellas!
There was no way this novella set after the events of The Raven King wasn’t going to make my list. I adored having Opal as our narrator and watching Adam and Ronan and this world from her perspective, and whilst I am still eagerly anticipating the Ronan trilogy, this book still definitely helped to fill my ever-growing need for more from this world.
This is one of the first ever short stories I read, as it was featured at the very end of Noughts and Crosses, and yet even now I am still in love with this alternative reality story that explores what might have happened had Callum chosen differently. I am a huge fan of ‘what if’ scenarios anyway, so Malorie Blackman’s exploration into that is something I adored being able to read.
This is by far my favourite short story Let it Snow, and is one that I always make sure to reread every year in the run up to Christmas. I am just such a fan of the friendship and romance in this story, and I know that I can always really on it to get me into the Christmas spirit!
Given that David Levithan is one of my favourite and most read authors, it seemed impossible for me to not fall in love with some of the short stories of his in How They Met. This first one is a story that always sticks in my mind, as I love his take on the classic trope of people meeting on aeroplanes and later falling in love.
Similarly, I adore this unique story of two friends on the brink of something more. The way it is written is so different and provides such an interesting backdrop for this short story that I always love returning to and rereading again and again.
What are some of your favourite short stories or novellas? Are you typically a fan of short stories? Have you read any of these – what did you think?