Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s prompt was to list ten favorite novellas, but 99% of the list would have just been Seanan McGuire titles, so… *ahem*
Anyways! I decided to list 10 anthologies still on my TBR that I’m very excited to read.
As you guys know, I am a HUGE fan of anthologies. I think they’re an amazing opportunity to meet new authors, discover new favorites, and they can be amazing for kicking a slump!
I primarily read fantasy and horror anthologies, but occasionally dabble in sci-fi and contemporary ones as well. ♥ Some of my favorites are composed of multiple genres, which you’ll see a couple of examples for on this list!
And now, on to this week’s list!
1. Worlds Seen in Passing — edited by Irene Gallo
GENRE(S): sci-fi & fantasy
This is a collection of some of the best short stories Tor.Com has published in the ten years they’ve been an imprint, and Tor.Com is one of my absolute favorite imprints ever, so I think this collection is gonna be a real winner. Plus, it’s a ton of bang for your buck, because it’s got, like, forty stories?
(releasing September 4th, 2018)
2. Hark! The Herald Angels Scream — edited by Christopher Golden
The entire theme of this wintry horror anthology is so bizarre in the best way. I am a lifelong horror addict, and I have a shameless adoration for hilarious, weird horror, so when I saw this, I had to have it. Plus it has a Seanan McGuire story. ?
(releases October 23rd, 2018)
3. Dear Heartbreak — edited by Heather Demetrios
Heather Demetrios got readers to email/mail in stories about their negative experiences with relationships, and then a bunch of YA authors joined up to write stories about them. Yes, please. I talked a bit about my past in my review for Heather’s book Bad Romance (review here), but all I can say is that I need this and I think it will be tremendously cathartic.
(releases December 18th, 2018)
4. What the #@&% is That? — edited by John Joseph Adams & Douglas Cohen
I was sold on this monster-themed horror collection the moment I saw it on BookOutlet, but also, like… I would have happily paid the $3 I spent on this just for the fact that it has a Seanan McGuire story in it. Are you seeing a theme here?
5. Summer Days and Summer Nights — edited by Stephanie Perkins
I read the winter version of this, My True Love Gave to Me, shortly before I started blogging, and I liked it well enough, but I hear the summer installment is a lot better!
6. The Starlit Wood — edited by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe
GENRE(S): fantasy, sci-fi, western, horror
This is a collection fully made up of fairytale retellings (check), with multiple genres (check), and stories from some authors I already love (check – Seanan McGuire, Naomi Novik, and Garth Nix, to name a few!).
7. The Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 8 — edited by Ellen Datlow
I read a horror anthology edited by Ellen earlier this year (The Devil & The Deep, review here) and enjoyed it tremendously, plus this has stories from some authors I already love (Carmen Maria Machado, for example), as well as lots of authors I’ve been meaning to read work from (Adam Nevill, Tamsyn Muir, etc.).
8. The New Voices of Fantasy — edited by Peter S. Beagle & Jacob Weisman
I just saw Alyssa Wong’s name and 1-clicked this, but in hindsight, it has a ton of other great names, including my favorite story of Carmen Maria Machado’s. ♥
9. Because You Love to Hate Me — edited by Ameriie
I know this got mixed reviews when it came out, and I do have some issues with how the collection was created – I think there’s a lot of discussion to be had RE: publishers favoring “influencers” over hard-working, talented young writers with smaller platforms and lesser privileges – but when I met Victoria Schwab, she said that it was one of her favorite things she’s ever made, so…
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I’m intrigued!
10. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams — written & edited by Stephen King
GENRE(S): horror, fantasy
This is the only same-author anthology I’ve included, and it has been on my shelf for a while, but I’m hoping to pick it up this fall. If you’re not much of a horror reader but want to try out King’s work, I’m told that this collection leans more on the fantasy side.
Do you read anthologies? If so, what anthology is the highest on your TBR right now?