Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Black Friday Haul: Short Story Edition

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off all the books I’ve gotten recently. I went a little nuts on Black Friday. Here are the collections/anthologies I got:

My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories – Stephanie Perkins (editor)

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year's there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys – April Genevieve Tucholke (editor)

Each story draws from a classic tale or two—sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not—to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.

American Housewife: Stories – Helen Ellis

Meet the women of American Housewife: they wear lipstick, pearls, and sunscreen, even when it's cloudy. They casserole. They pinwheel. They pump the salad spinner like it's a CPR dummy. And then they kill a party crasher, carefully stepping around the body to pull cookies out of the oven. These twelve irresistible stories take us from a haunted prewar Manhattan apartment building to the set of a rigged reality television show, from the unique initiation ritual of a book club to the getaway car of a pageant princess on the lam, from the gallery opening of a tinfoil artist to the fitting room of a legendary lingerie shop. Vicious, fresh, and nutty as a poisoned Goo Goo Cluster, American Housewife is an uproarious, pointed commentary on womanhood.

I See Reality: Twelve Short Stories About Real Life – Grace Kendall (editor)

Through prose and comics alike, these heart-pounding short stories ask hard questions about a range of topics from sexuality and addiction to violence and immigration. Here is the perfect tool for starting tough discussions or simply as an introduction to realistic literary fiction. In turns funny, thought-provoking, and heartbreaking, I See Reality will resonate with today's teens long after the last page has been turned.

Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories – China MiĆ©ville

London awakes one morning to find itself besieged by a sky full of floating icebergs. Destroyed oil rigs, mysteriously reborn, clamber from the sea and onto the land, driven by an obscure but violent purpose. An anatomy student cuts open a cadaver to discover impossibly intricate designs carved into a corpse's bones—designs clearly present from birth, bearing mute testimony to . . . what?

Have you read any of these short story collections? What did you think?


  1. American Housewife is one i have had my eye on. Hope you enjoy it and the rest of them!

  2. Interesting selection! Looks like a great haul. I have to admit that I'm not familiar with any of them but I'm curious to check them out. I hope you enjoy your new books.

  3. Short Story Anthologys are good. I like reading them a lot when I want something quick to read. I hope you love all of your new books.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  4. I read Slasher Girls and Monster Boys. It wasn't as good as hoped, but I hope you enjoy it! Have a great week!

  5. The only one of these I've read is Slasher Girls and Monster Boys! It definitely wasn't as scary as I was hoping for but I still enjoyed it. Great haul :D

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

  6. I really appreciate when bloggers talk about short stories and short fiction in general. It's such an underapprecaited story format around the blogosphere! A lot of YA-only bloggers steer away from short stories for many reasons, but mainly because there aren't many to begin with in YA! I think My True Love Gave To Me is YA, so hopefully it finds its way into some YA bloggers' hands.

  7. I REALLY liked American Housewife! Three Moments of an Explosion sounds all kinds of amazing. Adding it to the list!

  8. I read and enjoyed My True Love Gave to Me last year. American Housewife looks like it could be interesting as well. Enjoy these!

  9. That's a lot of great books you got there! I hope you enjoy them!

    Here’s my Stacking the Shelves!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  10. I hear American Wife is a good one. Enjoy.

  11. I haven't read any of these, but I'm tempted to read the holiday stories. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  12. These all look fantastic! I've heard of Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, but not the others. Definitely going to check them out now!

    Erika @ Books and Stars

  13. I've really gotten into short story collections over the past few years, but especially to enjoy this time of year. I've read My True Love Gave To Me and really enjoyed it... I've seen there is a summer edition also. I'm intrigued by Slasher Girls and Monster Boys + I See Reality. I hope you enjoy your new reads!

  14. I really need to read Slasher Girls and Monster Boys! It sounds even cooler than I thought! Happy reading! :D