Short Stories: When You Have NO Time

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:

13: Thirteen Stories that Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen – featuring stories by authors like Meg Cabot, Alex Sanchez, James Howe, Todd Strasser, Ron Koertge, and Carolyn Mackler!
 
Does This Book Make Me Look Fat? – with stories by Megan McCafferty, Matt de la Peña, Margo Rabb, Barry Lyga, Ellen Hopkins, and Sara Zarr.
 
Firebirds Rising: An Anthology of Original Science Fiction and Fantasy – with stories from Tamora Pierce, Charles de Lint, Diana Wynne Jones, Francesca Lia Block, Tanith Lee, and more!
 
Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances – featuring John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle.
 
Owning It: Stories about Teens with Disabilities – read stories by David Lubar, Gail Giles, Chris Crutcher, and Alex Flinn!
 
This is PUSH: An Anthology of New Writing – check out these stories by several authors, including Eireann Corrigan, Markus Zusak, and Chris Wooding
 
Up All Night – with stories by Peter Abrahams, Libba Bray, David Levithan and Patricia McCormick.
 
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