Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature by That Artsy Girl. Each week has a new theme and you can participate however often you choose!
This week’s theme is favorite novellas and short stories. As I’ve written about this before, I was particularly excited for this week’s theme. While I am reigniting my appreciation for longer works (dutifully working through the Russian novels I’ve avoided – and loving it), I have a special place in my heart for novellas and short stories.
These crisp, clean works require skillful prose and laser-point focus in order to be successful. The five novellas and five short stories I have listed today all are brilliantly written, compulsive examples of the diversity of short fiction.
I always have a long list of books to read, whether they are books on my bookshelf already or one of the dozens of books recommended by friends, family, professors, random people on the street… the list seems to go on and on.
And choosing which books to read and when is not always an easy decision. Do I want to read something short or long? Fiction or non-fiction? Old or new? There are so many options it can be a task in itself to choose just one.
This act of choosing which books to read also means that there have been many books that have been left unread. Books that as a self-professed reader and lover of books and especially as an English major pursuing a Masters in publishing, I’m embarrassed to admit I have not read.
Now, this year I have made some headway towards correcting these oversights. I finally read Lolita and Rebecca; Atlas Shrugged and Outliers: The Story of Success; The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead and Americana by Don DeLillo.
However, for every book that I check off my list, I’m left with dozens more still to go. So, now that we are over halfway through the year and as I am assessing my reading goal and beginning to plan out books for the remainder of the year, here is a list of 17 books (in honor of today’s date) that I am embarrassed to admit I haven’t yet read!
17 Books I’m Embarrassed I Haven’t Read