Short Stories & Novellas | Top Ten Tuesday

img_2346This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt from Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl is on short stories and novellas I’ve read and loved. I don’t often read short stories. The bulk of my short story and novella reading happened when I was an undergrad studying English literature.

That was a long time ago.

Let’s get to the list of short stories I remember liking, shall we?

  1. “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin — this one is still my favorite of all time.
  2. “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  3. “A Painful Case” by James Joyce
  4. “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin
  5. “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gillman

And the few that I’ve enjoyed recently:

  1. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  2. “Am I Blue?” by Bruce Coville (In Am I Blue? edited by Marion Dane Bauer
  3. Love Will Tear Us Apart by Alaya Dawn Johnson (in Zombies vs. Unicorns edited by Justine Larbalastier and Holly Black)
  4. “Number 2” by Neal Shusterman (in Mindquakes and Other Stories) — I loved using this one with my students to teach inference and to model prosody.
  5. Destroy Me and Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi

What novellas and/or short stories have you read and loved? Leave me a link to your TTT so I can visit.



  1. Binti is on my TBR and I still… really… need to read it because I’ve heard so many good things! I don’t think I’ve read anything on your list (although I feel like I’ve forgotten the names of half the short stories I read in high school so maybe…)


    • Don’t pressure yourself though. My wife recommended it to me ages ago; it took me until a few months ago to get to it. I enjoyed it, but I enjoyed it more because I didn’t feel like I forced myself to read it. I hope you enjoy it when you do get to it. Happy reading!


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