Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Novellas/Short Stories

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010 and since 2018, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

 

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  1. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (1948)

 

This is a short story perfect for fans of dystopian fiction and horror, and I would also highly recommend Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House.

 

  1. The Red-Headed League by Arthur Conan Doyle (1891)

 

I love the Sherlock Holmes books, particularly the short stories, and this is one of my favourites- it’s funny, light-hearted and with an exciting conclusion.

 

  1. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling (2007)

 

I like all of these stories, particularly ‘The Warlock’s Hairy Heart’, both as context for the world of Harry Potter and for their dark Brothers Grimm-esque aesthetic.

 

  1. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (1915)

 

This is probably one of the most famous novellas ever published, and the ending made me feel very sad and angry.

 

  1. The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link (2014)

 

I read this story in My True Love Gave to Me, a Christmas themed YA short story anthology edited by Stephanie Perkins. I like all of the stories in this book, but Link’s story is my favourite.

 

  1. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell (2016)

 

This is one of my favourite stories exploring fandom and first love, and is a really well structured novella.

 

  1. Ouroboros Ouzo by Jonathan L. Howard (2014)

 

This is a short story in the Johannes Cabal series, and I love how it provides some insight into Cabal’s character in a way that the structure of the full-length novels wouldn’t allow for. It’s enigmatic and invites further thought, as well as being relatively self-contained.

 

  1. Horowitz Horror by Anthony Horowitz (1999)

 

I read this collection of short stories a very long time ago, and can’t remember exactly which one was my favourite, but I remember being very disturbed by them all.

 

  1. Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro (2009)

 

Again, I read this collection a while ago and remember liking their air of insight.

 

  1. The Neighborhood by Kelly Magee (2016)

 

This is a very well-written and disturbing short story that you can read here.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Novellas/Short Stories

  1. Great list! The Lady and the Fox was my favorite in My True Love Gave to Me too, it made me so curious about Kelly Link’s writing and now she’s my favorite. Anthologies are such a good way to discover new writers!

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