Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Short Story Collections for Valentine's Day

proud, meet cute, slasher girls and monster boys

Valentine's day is fast approaching us and although it's not something I personally celebrate, I love any reason to do a themed blog post, so here we are with my suggestions of short story collections for Valentine's Day! I've tried not to make this a typical love themed selection though and hoping to cover the bases for everyone.

The collection for the romantic type - Meet Cute

If you haven't heard of a meet cute before, it's essentially where two people are destined to meet and fall in love pretty much instantly. It's soppy, sweet, sometimes a bit sickly but also totally adorable. Meet Cute is full of short stories of this nature by some incredible well known authors like Nicola Yoon, Dhonielle Clayton and Julie Murphy.
My personal favourite in this collection was Print Shop, a story set in an old fashioned print shop where everything is still done by hand (romantic setting right there) as the main character is trying to deal with a disgruntled customer on social media. This is a f/f love interest too and honestly, I wish I could've had more of this story.
Did I mention this book is super inclusive too? Yep, not just your typical male / female romances here, although it includes them too! This collection is so good for when you want to feel the love.

The collection for everyone - Proud

I have been waxing lyrical about Proud since receiving it, but for those of you who haven't heard about it yet, it is a collection of short stories, poems and illustrations about LGBTQ+ characters by fantastic LGBTQ+ authors. There is also a very touching foreword by Juno Dawson who compiled this collection which very nearly had me in tears!
So how does this fit in to my valentines post if it's not all about love? Well, love comes in many different forms, not just in a romantic relationship and this book is full of that message, from loving your friends, to the super important message of loving yourself, it's all very heartwarming.
And there is a story about penguins too, seriously, who can resist penguins! 

The anti-valentines one - Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

Not into reading about romance? That's cool. What is the opposite of romance? Horror. OK that might be bit of a reach, but honestly I love horror and I will write about it whenever I can and this collection has some of my absolute fave authors in it, including Leigh Bardugo, Jay Kristoff and Marie Lu!
As this is a YA selection it's not super full on so great for those new to the genre, but some tales are definitely more chilling than others and ranges from more realistic thrillers that will leave you checking your bedroom windows, to horror with creatures that go bump in the night.

So quite a short wrap up of short stories, but Valentine's day is only one day! I have no idea what I am trying to say anymore other than I thoroughly love all of these collections and you should read them regardless or not of if it's Valentine's day. Do you have any short story collections you would recommend? And hope you all have a lovely Valentine's day!


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6 comments

  1. These sound like really good reads, I've seen the 'Proud' book around a lot and have wanted to read it for a while now! Imogen x www.imogenchloe.co.uk

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  2. Ooh great list :) I thought Meet Cute was such a cute collection, I loved the varied voices. I'm very excited for Proud to come out so I can read it.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk

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  3. I love horror books, one of my favourite genres to read! :D

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip

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  4. I don't think I've ever read any short story collections before, these sound great though!

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  5. I'd definitely be reaching for Slasher Girls & Monster Boys! I don't celebrate Valentine's Day and I don't like Romance either. So Horror or anything weird is right up my street!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  6. I enjoy reading short stories rather than thick novels. These sound good, I should grab them for a night time read.

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