30 Fantastic Short Story Collections

Pick them up, put them down, stash them around the house for a quick lit fix.

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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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About Guinevere de la Mare

Guinevere de la Mare

Guinevere de la Mare is a writer based in San Francisco and the founder of Silent Book Club, an international network of book lovers who host introvert happy hours in more than 40 cities. Her first book, I’d Rather be Reading (Chronicle Books), is a love letter to books and readers.

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