Time for the next category in the  RWC 2017 Reading Challenge.

Category #11: A collection of short stories

Oh, how I love short stories! Even better if I can pick up a nice anthology. This post is well-timed as I almost always have a short story collection open and I just finished my last one.

The strict interpretation of this theme is to read a book with a bunch of short stories, whether they’re by the same author or a collection of various authors. But you do what works for you!

Some short story collections on my shelves include:

London Stories (Jerry White)

Jerry White curated this collection of stories written about London. It’s been on my shelf for awhile but I haven’t read it yet. This book is part of the Everyman’s Library Pocket Classic Series, which includes a variety of collections, including New York Stories (which I’ve read), Cat Stories, Love Stories, Ghost Stories, Bedtime Stories, and about a dozen more. The New York collection was ordered chronologically, which was a nice touch.

The Lottery and Other Stories (Shirley Jackson)

If you’re familiar with only one work by Shirley Jackson, it’s probably her terrifying short story, The Lottery, from 1948. It’s a favorite in high school English courses everywhere. But this is only one of her many bizarre works. This book includes two dozen of her short stories and I may pluck it off my shelf as my next collection to read.

Ghostly (Audrey Niffenegger)

Or maybe this will be my next short story collection. Audrey Niffenegger is best known for writing The Time Traveler’s Wife. Here, she’s included one of her own stories among works by authors such as Edgar Allen Poe, Edith Wharton, and Neil Gaiman. She’s also created an illustration for each. I have high hopes for this collection!


Cat is Art Spelled Wrong (Caroline Casey, Chris Fischbach, Sarah Schultz)

Here’s something I rarely do – I bought this book based entirely on the cover. The result of a Kickstarter campaign, this book addresses why the internet is so fascinated with felines. It includes pieces by 15 authors, including the amazing David Carr of the New York Times. How can you go wrong?

Almost Famous Women (Megan Mayhew Bergman)

This is the only collection I’m including that I’ve already read. It’s Bergman’s second set of short stories and I adored it. She takes historical characters and writes stories about the women in their lives, those just out of the spotlight. It’s comical, heart-warming, and at times heart-breaking. I highly recommend it.

What will you read to complete this category? Leave a comment below with your thoughts about these or any I may have missed.

If you have suggestions for books that fit in future categories, let me know. I’ll include your name (and a link, if you like) when I share those suggestions.