If you’re an avid reader, you probably have at least a couple books going at any given time. A stack on your nightstand. One in your purse. A tattered paperback in the car to pull out when you’re stuck waiting for someone (my dad taught me that trick—it’s a good one). I love reading big books, but sometimes I only have time for a quick fix. A ten-minute subway ride. A grab-and-go lunch. My son’s half-hour swim lesson. In such moments, short stories are a life saver.
While some people read short story collections cover to cover, I prefer a grazing approach. Since I lack any self-control when it comes to reading (just one more chapter!), short stories allow me to experience the satisfaction of a full story arc in only a handful of pages. This comes in handy when I absolutely must go to sleep at a reasonable hour. Perfect for readers on the run, these thirty short story collections will satisfy your craving for literature in a fraction of the time it takes to read a novel.
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