About Short Stories

3 min readFeb 18, 2019


People sitting around a bonfire and sharing short stories, Photo by Joris Voeten on Unsplash

With the start of this year, I decided to spend more time reading fiction. But, I always find it challenging to complete an entire Novel. I was wondering how to do it, then I stumbled upon this amazing post by N.A. Turner about short stories.

I absolutely loved what he says about short stories, and I was convinced that I will hardly read any Novel this year, and will instead use short stories to get better at absorbing and appreciating fiction.

“Short fiction seems more targeted — hand grenades of ideas, if you will. When they work, they hit, they explode, and you never forget them. Long fiction feels more like atmosphere: it’s a lot smokier and less defined.” ― Paolo Bacigalupi

It has been almost two months now, and I have compiled a list of books and resources to get my supply of short stories. But for now, it’s all in my head only. I wanted to write it down somewhere and then thought about sharing it on Medium.

Compared to a file in my computer or a page in my notebook, this post will be open to people to add their suggestions and maybe pick some as well.

Here’s the list:

  1. 50 Greatest Short Stories: I found this lying on the couch at my friend’s place. Upon going through the table of contents, I was sure that I wanted a copy for myself. As the name suggests, it is a collection of 50 short stories. The claim of them being the greatest is something I am neither sure nor concerned about. It is a collection of 50 well-known stories from some great authors. And if you have been reading short stories a lot, chances are you have already read most of them.
  2. Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? by Raymond Carver: This is a collection of some peculiar stories. I am still struggling to understand what the stories are about. I will add the link to the post that convinced me to get a hard copy of this at the end of this post.
  3. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri: Just Google ‘top ten short story books’ and this will be in almost all the list you will find. This is how I came to know about this book. It has some of the longest short-stories I have read, but you get too absorbed to mind it.
  4. Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger: This was suggested to me by Life and All The Other Mishaps in response to one of my posts. I am yet to start, but I loved Salinger’s work in The Catcher in the Rye. So, I’ll definitely give it a try.
  5. The ‘short story’ tag here on Medium.
  6. https://americanliterature.com/ this website. I have not gone there looking for one yet, but whenever I am trying to read more about a story I’ve read in the ’50 Greatest Short Story’ book, I found the story here as well.
  7. https://www.sparknotes.com/short-stories/ Spark Notes, not exactly to read stories, but to read a detailed analysis of the ones you have read. I guess I’ll find all the stories interpreted here on the site I mentioned in the last point.

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Please respond with what you think or with your favorite collection that I haven’t come across yet.

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