TTT: Top 10 favourite novellas/short stories


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Favourite Novellas/Short Stories

I don’t read a lot of short stories, however, when I came to check my books I had more than I thought – here are the ten I chose which are either novellas or collections of short stories:

  1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – I love this story and have read it many times.
  2. Monstrous Little Voices – this is a wonderful collection of stories based on the works of Shakespeare.  You definitely don’t have to be an expert in the field, in my opinion, as I certainly am not – but the stories are all written by different authors and all the stories connect.  Such a good book.
  3. I am Legend by Richard Matheson – I don’t even need to say anything about this book surely?
  4. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson – this is a fantastic story.  Brilliant.
  5. In Calabria by Peter S Beagle – ‘a unicorn fable for the modern age’
  6. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – I adore this book – I don’t know why I haven’t read the rest yet – I’m obviously a maniac and afraid to be happy.
  7. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer – creepy as hell.
  8. In the Company of Thieves by Kage Baker – A wonderful collection of stories from Baker’s Company series.  Not to be missed.
  9. Road Brothers by Mark Lawrence – if you loved the Broken Empire then don’t be shy.  You need this book in your life.
  10. Poison/Charm/Beauty by Sarah Pinsborough – three books – each one connected, that include a bunch of fairy tales for grown ups.  Wonderful reading.

28 Responses to “TTT: Top 10 favourite novellas/short stories”

  1. Holly

    Annihilation looks really good… not sure I’m in the mood for all of that creepiness, though!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, stay clear if you’re not in the mood for creepy – better wait until you have a need for fear.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Nice list. The second book of the Wayward Children made my list as it’s my favorite of the three that are already out. In fact, quite a few McGuire books made my list this week.

  3. hope.s

    Seems like everyone is including We Have Always Lived in the Castle for this TTT! Also, didn’t even think to include Annihilation — such a fantastic book for this category!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved We Have Always Lived in the Castle, such a good book.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    It’s surprising when you realize you’ve actually read lots of novellas, right? I’m really interested in checking out the Sarah Pinborough series😊

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved the Pinborough fairytale retellings. And, yes, I was surprised at how many novellas I’ve read. Methinks I protest too much.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Erin

    Annihilation is on my TBR – glad to see you enjoyed it! I really must give it a read before (finally) watching the movie.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I always feel like I should read the book first too.
      Lynn 😀

  6. sjhigbee

    What a good list! I need to think of all my favourite short story collections and novellas – I’ve read quite a number over the years. I’ll second your sentiments about Annihiliation – and I MUST get hold of that Kage Baker collections, given that one of my alltime favourite reads is part of the Company series. Thank you for this, Lynn:)

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved the Kage Baker collection – in fact I haven’t read The Company series but it’s something I do want to get to.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Oh, it’s worth it. Particularly the early books – to be honest the last two were a bit daft, but I really didn’t care. She was an extraordinary writer and taken from us far too soon:(.

      • @lynnsbooks

        It’s very sad isn’t it – I followed (still follow) her sister’s blog although I don’t recall seeing any notifications for a long time.
        Lynn 😀

  7. Lisa

    We Have Always Lived in the Castle really is brilliant — and the audiobook is super creepy. I love Every Heart a Doorway, and the 2nd book is amazing too. I didn’t love the 3rd one, but I think I’m going to read it again and see if I feel differently the 2nd time around.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I need to catch up with the McGuire books. I only read the first one and I think I saw that a few other bloggers felt similarly to yourself about the third. I do like the author though so will still read these eventually.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    In Calabria was such a sweet one. I featured it on my top ten novellas list last year, and I’m so glad to see it here!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I actually had quite a few short stories – considering they’re not my thing. I really enjoyed In Calabria – even more so after travelling through Calabria last year – I couldn’t help but recall this story.
      Lynn 😀

  9. imyril

    I really need to pick up Monstrous Little Voices. I hear such great things and somehow haven’t quite got round to it!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I just really enjoyed it – and it was such a surprise because as a rule I don’t like short stories. Five tales from five really good authors and they all connect.
      Lynn 😀

  10. mervih

    Great list! I’ve only read handful of these. Both Annihilation and I Am Legend were great!
    Monstrous Little Voices seems really interesting.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I absolutely loved Monstrous Little Voices. When I came to realise I questioned why I’d requested it because I don’t like short stories normally, but the way this is written, it’s five different authors and 5 separate Shakespeare retellings that all link together. I loved it. Of course, I’m not an expert of Shakespeare so I have no idea if terrible liberties were taken but I highly recommend. I’d be interested to see what you make of this one if you get a chance to give it a whirl.
      Lynn 😀

  11. Danya @ Fine Print

    Oooo yes, Shirley Jackson! Her work is absolutely incredible, and so unbelievably spooky too. I read The Lottery in uni and loved it…looks like I’ve gotta check out We Have Always Lived in the Castle now, too!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think you would love We Have Always Lived in the Castle. If you read it drop me your link so I don’t miss it.
      Lynn 😀

  12. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, I have the wonderful A Christmas Carol and Monstrous Little Voices on my list too! I also thought of the brilliant We Have Always Lived in the Castle but it didn’t make my list as I wasn’t sure if it counted as a novella.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s good to know we share all these books Jessica 😀 Not sure if We Have Always Lived in the Castle counts but I like to cheat every now and again.
      Lynn 😀

  13. indiefan20

    I’ve been meaning to read ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’ for literally years and I have my own copy but for some reason I haven’t committed the time to actually read it (which is ridiculous, since it’s obviously super-short.) I loved ‘Every Heart a Doorway’ and I’ve read all the books in the series so far- ‘In an Absent Dream’ and ‘Down Among the Sticks and Bones’ were amazing but ‘Beneath the Sugar Sky’ was just okay IMO. Cool list! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – well, if I can persuade you to read We Have Always Lived in the Castle I would consider my work here complete. Truly, it’s a great book and I can’t recommend it highly enough, and just in case it doesn’t work for you (which I think it will :D) it’s not a lengthy book after all. I really love it
      Lynn 😀

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