Being back in school it always feels like there’s never enough time to read for fun!! Or, put another way, when we actually have free time, sometimes curling up with a fiction book is not always a priority (I mean, come on, we could be going out to the movies, watching hour after hour of pointless YouTube videos, redesigning our MySpace profiles, playing a video game, getting a Grande soy Chai latte with a shot of espresso at Starbucks…). Enter: the short story.
Short stories are pretty awesome for a number of reasons. First, they’re short. Second, short stories sometimes come in collections featuring multiple authors; they could be some of your favorite authors or you might learn about a new author. Third, you can re-visit characters you’ve read about in other books and meet new characters. Fourth, if you don’t like an author or a particular story, you can just flip to the next one. Fifth, there isn’t any pressure to read the whole book, cover to cover. Sixth…I don’t know, they’re just pretty cool.
Mer’s Short Story Picks:
Up All Night
– with stories by Peter Abrahams, Libba Bray, David Levithan and Patricia McCormick.