How are you today? I feel like I haven’t asked that in ages! Today I am doing another Top Reads post and this time it is all about my Top Anthologies. As you all probably know, I love a good anthology. I really enjoy them. I find that they are a really good way to experience new authors and hopefully fall in love with some. And so today I am sharing my favourites with you, to help spread the anthology joy. Let’s do this.
Beware The Little White Rabbit
This is an Alice In Wonderland themed anthology and it is brilliant. Containing 13 stories by authors including Liam Hogan, Holly Odell, Jessica Bayliss and many more. Each story is so different from the last. There is a space themed story, a steam-punky one, a post-apocalyptic wonderland with cyborgs, and so many other amazing stories. This whole collection is brilliant. The stories are imaginative and interesting, they are fun and whimsical and very dark at times. I really like this anthology.
I loved this anthology. Winter Magic is a collection of a dozen or so short stories all set during the winter time and all based around magic, in all different shapes and forms. This book has it all. There are adventures, retellings of classic fairy tales, spins on true events and even a murder mystery. There is a story for everyone in this collection. Although this is a winter themed anthology, several of the stories are set at Christmas time, and most of them have a magical, Christmassy feeling to them. you cannot help but feel festive after reading this book.
Slasher Girls and Monster Boys (Edited by April Genevieve Tucholke)
This collection of 14 short stories will really get you into the Halloween spirit. Each little story is by a different YA author and all of them are spooky/scary/horror stories. The stories range from a zombie apocalypse to a game with Death, a ghost in ww2 to an internet serial killer. Plus, this book has works form some seriously incredible authors, Leigh Bardugo, Carrie Ryan, Marie Lu, Jay Kristoff and many more. This whole book will leave you super unnerved.
Summer Days and Summer Nights (Edited by Stephanie Perkins)
This isn’t a actually a novel, this book is a collection of 12 short stories, by 12 different authors. Some of the authors include, Cassandra Claire, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth and Jenifer E Smith among others. All of these stories are summer romances and they are brilliant. You will fall in love over and over again. Each and every story is just incredible. If you don’t have a lot of time to read or just want something very easy, this is the book for you. Also, the Christmas version, My True Love Gave To Me, is just as good. I just didn’t want to put both on one list.
Because You Love To Hate Me
This anthology centres around villain retellings. Some are Disney villains others literary one and other just plain old Death himself. This is a bit of a strange one though. There are a few incredible stories in this collection that you need to read, but a lot that aren’t the best. The brilliant ones are Shirley & Jim by Susan Dennard, The Sea Witch by Marissa Meyer, Death Knell by Victoria Schwab, Marigold by Samantha Shannon and Julian Breaks Every Rule by Andrew Smith. It is worth reading this book just for those stories, but I will admit that most of the other stories were a bit disappointing and the booktubers prompts weren’t needed.
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
This festive anthology is the perfect book for the season. Explore 14 short stories and poems, each written by a different UK, YA author. Every tale in this book explores the theme of ‘home’ and what it means to different people. Each story is set at Christmas, and most have a secondary theme, crisis. Not only will this anthology put you in the festive spirit, but it will help a good cause. At least £1 from every sale of this book goes to the charity CRISIS. This is such a wonderful book with stories from Non Pratt, Holly Bourne, Juno Dawson and many more. It is the perfect book for the season, particularly if you don’t have the spare time to dedicate to full book.
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
Have you ever wondered about Magnus Bane’s life? Then this is the book for you. This is a novella bind up anthology centred around him. every story is from his point of view and it is amazing. You get so many little glimpses into his past, from meeting the formation of the accords to his first date with Alec. this book has it all. This is a must read for any fan of the Shadowhunter world. This is a very specific one, but I couldn’t make this list and not include it. Be thankful I didn’t put Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy, on this list as well.
And there we go. Those are some of the best anthologies that I have read so far. I do have a load more on my TBR pile at the moment, so I might make an updated list in the future. what do you think of anthologies? Love them or hate them? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.