May is short story month, and before the month is over we wanted to share our favorite short story collections. I’m not a huge fan of short stories, but there are a few collections that I’ve really loved. I recently finished The Long Valley, which is a collection of John Steinbeck’s earliest stories. Short story month is promoted by Storyaday.org, which also celebrates writing, and offers daily prompts to encourage writers, reminding them “write everyday not someday”.
These are our favorite short story collections. If you haven’t read them – you should. The first one on this list is my absolute favorite. Perfect for to read this upcoming long weekend!
Junot Diaz – This Is How You Lose Her I love Junot Diaz, and this collection seems somewhat autobiographical. He details a series of relationships between a guy who keeps getting it wrong over and over again.
Stephen King – Nightmares and Dreamscapes If you know us at all, you know we love Stephen King. He has written so much, and has had many short stories published. Some of these stories are the scariest I’ve ever read.
Jhumpa Lahiri – Interpreter of Maladies For this collection Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize. I actually read The Namesake first, and absolutely loved it. I then decided to read this, and these unique stories were really touching.
James Joyce Dubliners – I first read this years ago in college, and have read it again since then. Some of the stories are incredibly sad. There is so much heartbreak in such short stories. The collection is not an easy one to get through – but it is so worth it!!
Stephen King The Bazaar of Bad Dreams – This is the latest of his short story collections. I read it last year when it came out and really enjoyed it. He never disappoints!
So, what to read next? What is Not Yours Is Not Yours, which is a brand new short story collection by Helen Oyeyemi.
Happy reading and enjoy!