Anthologies and Short Story Collections On My TBR

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Hello my fellow book lovers! I always used to read the most right before I went to bed, but lately, I’ve been too tired to do so. As a result, I don’t read many of the books I actually own, but tend to listen to audiobooks instead during the day. Last month I discussed that I own more unread than read books – you can find that post here – so I’d really like to read more right before I go to sleep.

The best way to achieve that, I think, is to read a short story. That’s why I’m going to share with you a bunch of anthologies and short story collections I would like to read!

These are in no particular order. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page.

unbroken anthologyWhat is it about? Unbroken is a Young Adult anthology written by #OwnVoices disabled authors.

Do I own a copy? no

our stories, our voices

What is it about? Containing essays written by authors such as Nina LaCour and Aisha Saeed, Our Voices, Our Stories is a non-fiction anthology about their experiences growing up female in the United States.

Do I own a copy? no

fresh inkWhat is it about? I guess you can say Fresh Ink is the “sequel” to Flying Lessons and Other Stories, one of the first anthologies I have ever read, though this is Young Adult and not Middle Grade. It’s made in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, so that sounds amazing!

Do I own a copy? no

a thousand beginnings and endingsWhat is it about? The stories in A Thousand Beginnings and Endings are inspired by East and South Asian mythology and are written by #OwnVoices Asian authors.

Do I own a copy? yes

life inside my mindWhat is this about? In Life Inside My Mind, thirty-one authors share their experiences with mental illnesses. (Don’t) Call Me Crazy is a similar anthology, but considering it’s edited by Kelly Jensen, I still have my doubts whether I want to pick it up. She has been problematic numerous times and hasn’t really apologised, so I’d feel bad supporting her work.

Do I own a copy? no

what it means when a man falls from the skyWhat is it about? This is a magical realism short story collection written by Lesley Nneka Arimah. Though I often struggle with magical realism – it often goes over my head – I want to give this a chance because it has won many literary awards.

Do I own a copy? no

a tyranny of petticoats

What is it about? a Tyranny of Petticoats is a Young Adult historical fiction anthology starring bad-ass ladies. I read the sequel The Radical Element a while ago and quite enjoyed it, so I want to pick this one up as well.

Do I own a copy? no

all out queer anthology

What is it about? This historical fiction anthology is all about queer teens and I’ve been meaning to read it for ages! Sadly, I haven’t been able to purchase a copy yet.

Do I own a copy? no

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

What is it about? Slasher Girls & Monster Boys is a Young Adult thriller and horror anthology. It’s one of the first anthologies I ever heard about and I’m hoping to read it during this year’s spook-a-thon.

Do I own a copy? yes

toil and troubleWhat is it about? Toil & Trouble is this year’s spook-a-thon group read and I really wish I owned a copy! This anthology stars witches and is said to be diverse, so I hope I’ll be able to buy it soon!

Do I own a copy? no


What is it about? This fantasy anthology contains twenty-one stories and stars authors such as George R.R. Martin and Gillian Flynn. I’ve actually read The Grown-up by the latter and it was so spooky, so my expectations for Rogues are high!

Do I own a copy? yes (Kindle)

the bazaar of bad dreamsWhat is it about? Each short story in this collection is written by Stephen King. I have never read any of his work before, yet I have the feeling perhaps I shouldn’t read this right before I go to bed.

Do I own a copy? yes

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What is it about? Honestly, I’m not a fan of this cover, but that shouldn’t be my priority. Dear Heartbreak is described as a Young Adult anthology “about the dark side of love” and that’s sounds very intriguing, especially since fluffy romance is not my cup of tea.

Do I own a copy? no (release date: December 18th)

open mic.pngWhat is it about? Open Mic is a non-fiction anthology written by authors of colours. It was released in 2013, so I’m surprised I hadn’t heard about it until I was doing research for this post. I’m always looking for more intersectional anthologies to add to my TBR, so I’m glad I found out about Open Mic!

Do I own a copy? yes

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What is it about? Many feminist anthologies exist, but sadly, it’s more difficult to find intersectional ones. Can We All Be Feminists stars seventeen writers from different backgrounds, so I have more faith in this one.

Do I own a copy? no

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What is it about? The Language of Thorns is a short story collection set in Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse. I plan on reading it when I read the Shadow & Bone trilogy, whenever that will be.

Do I own a copy? yes

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What is it about? Last but not least, the Book of Swords is an adult fantasy anthology. I’ve only read George R.R. Martin’s work before, so hopefully, I’ll discover some new-to-me authors.

Do I own a copy? yes

So here are over fifteen anthologies or short story collections I would like to read! Which ones have you read? Do you recommend any others?


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4 thoughts on “Anthologies and Short Story Collections On My TBR

  1. TheReadersBay says:

    1. You have one of the most beautiful graphics I’ve seen around. Simple and yet, so aesthetic.

    2. Those are some amazing ass anthologies!!!! Also add Junot Diaz’s This is how you lose her to the collection. Great literature!👍🏻

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