List-O-Rama: Eight Quickies

List-O-Rama: Eight Quickies

Let’s celebrate National Short Story Week with a few quick reads, shall we?

Admittedly, some of these are novellas, but since I’m pretty sure there’s not a National Novella Week (oh, hell, there probably is—there’s a week or day for everything), I’m defining “short story” liberally. There’s something very satisfying about a shorter read—I know I pick them up a lot in the time between Thanksgiving and New Years, because it’s a nice way to get some reading in in shorter hits. 

Shannon Stacey's Slow Summer Kisses - List-O-Rama: Quickies on Clear Eyes, Full Shelvs

Shannon Stacey's Slow Summer Kisses - List-O-Rama: Quickies on Clear Eyes, Full Shelvs

Slow Summer Kisses by Shannon Stacey

This is one of my favorite of Shannon Stacey’s works (her other novellas, Mistletoe and Margaritas and Holiday Sparks are also super-fun), because while it’s short, it reads like a complete novel. It’s light, funny and very current in its themes—plus, it’s only a buck and a half right now. Check out my review here

AmazonGoodreads

Lynburn Legacy Short Stories - List-O-Rama: Quickies on Clear Eyes, Full Shelvs

Lynburn Legacy Short Stories - List-O-Rama: Quickies on Clear Eyes, Full Shelvs

Lynburn Legacy Short Stories by Sarah Rees Brennan

If you’re like me and freaking out over having to wait for Untold after reading Unspoken this year, these two short stories (free!) will help get you through these difficult times waiting for Untold’s release. I particularly liked The Spring Before I Met you, since it gives you a bit of insight into where Jared’s been. 

Download The Spring Before I Met You / The Summer Before I Met You / Goodreads

Livability: Stories by Jon Raymond - List-O-Rama: Quickies on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves

Livability: Stories by Jon Raymond - List-O-Rama: Quickies on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves

Livability: Stories by Jon Raymond

Try not to fall out of your chair, but there is some Very Serious Literature I enjoy, and Jon Raymond’s short stories about Portland are up there among some of my favorites. These stories are snapshots of Portland—where I live—and they’re sad and wistful and authentic. 

Amazon / Goodreads

Among the Nameless Stars by Diana Peterfreund - List-O-Rama: Quickies on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves

Among the Nameless Stars by Diana Peterfreund - List-O-Rama: Quickies on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves

Among the Nameless Stars by Diana Peterfreund

This free prequel to For Darkness Shows the Stars is a great tester if you’re curious about the main novel or is a nice treat for those of us who’ve already read the book. It tells the story of what happened to Kai after he left the North Estate and eventually becomes Captain Wentworth.

Direct Download / Amazon / Goodreads

Unsecure Connection by Alanna Blackett - List-O-Rama: Quickies on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves

Unsecure Connection by Alanna Blackett - List-O-Rama: Quickies on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves

Unsecure Connection by Alanna Blackett

We chatted with Alanna earlier this year when Unsecure Connection was first released and it’s a fun one-sitting read that should appeal to reader who normally avoid science fiction. The cyberpunk setting reminded me a lot of my favorite urban fantasy novels, only without paranormal creatures. 

Amazon / Goodreads

Under Her Skin by - List-O-Rama: Quickies on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves

Under Her Skin by - List-O-Rama: Quickies on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves

Under Her Skin by Jeaniene Frost, Meljean Brook and Ilona Andrews

All right, I’m going to be honest here: don’t read the Jeaniene Frost story. She’s good at her Buffy-esque vampire thing, but her werewolf story did not work for me. But, at $3, the other two stories are a steal because both Ilona Andrews’ and Meljean Brook’s stories are 100% badass. I particularly enjoyed Meljean’s contribution, which is about werewolf crime-fighters.

Amazon / Goodreads

When the Women Come Out to Dance: Stories by Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard has several collections of short stories, including one just of his Westerns—if that’s your thing, but this one is pretty awesome. If you’re familiar with Leonard’s work, you’ll be happy to find a number of his characters making appearances in this one, including Karen Sisco and Raylan Givens as well as minor characters from other books. If you haven’t read Elmore Leonard (!), this is a great sampler of is stuff too. 

Amazon / Goodreads

Unlocked by Courtney Milan - List-O-Rama: Eight Quickies on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves

Unlocked by Courtney Milan - List-O-Rama: Eight Quickies on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves

Unlocked by Courtney Milan

I am not a historical romance fan at all. But I have been urged by many, many people to read Courtney Milan’s Unlocked, and so I did. And while I’m not a convert to the sub-genre, I will say that this novella is remarkable in that it’s a complete story with very distinct character develop in a compact package—it’s absolutely impressive. I’m glad I gave it a shot and it’s pretty much no-risk at only a buck. (An aside, my “review” of this on Goodreads contains one of the more amusing comment threads on any of my Goodreads reviews.)

Amazon / Goodreads

Hit me with your best, uh, short!

What do you recommend for a quick reading hit during this busy season?

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