Welcomeeee back to this mess we call my blog! I hope that you’re ready for another fun filled post with too many commas. I know I am. I’ve been meaning to write this post for months but apparently 2019 is the year that I’m actually sticking to what I say I’m going to do? I mean I doubt it but January is going pretty well so we can pretend.
I’ve always known that I love anthologies and short story collections, they’re super easy to read and you can get so many different viewpoints and ideas in one book and it’s just honestly a ton of fun for me to read. Luckily 2018 was the year that I read so many amazing anthologies! I think all the ones I read last year were 4 or 5 star reads and one of them was even my second favourite book of the year. High praise. There’s also a few that I’ve read a few years ago that I loved as well so we’re just gonna talk about them. Because I want to. And I want someone to give me some recommendations for some new ones I need to read!
Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined To Meet edited by Jennifer L. Armentrout
This one my friends, this one. As the title suggests it was REALLY DAMN CUTE. I loved every single story because how could I not when it’s just a collections of stories of people meeting and being adorable? Some of these stories are contemporaries and some are fantasy and they are all so good. I managed to read this one really quickly when I was super sick because I just couldn’t put it down. Because cute. So cute. (My review is right here if you want more gushing)
A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood
I loved the premise of this one! Stories about teenage girls being amazing throughout history, and it’s told in chronological order. The stories don’t go together but they still have this amazing flow to them and reading it was so much fun because every time I finished one it was just like yes please tell me about another lady that’s being great. And then they did. And then they did again. It was so good and I’m very excited to read the next book in the collection.
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman
I saw so many people gushing about this collection since it had come out and so I knew it needed to happen. And my goodness did it ever live up to the hype. It’s a bunch of stories that are all by Asian authors and are all retellings or different takes on all sorts of different Asian mythology. All of the stories are so beautiful and so amazing and I just adored everything about this one. I want more like this one forever and ever thank you.
Slasher Girls and Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke
I read this one a few years ago and even though it wasn’t the best collection I’ve ever read but I still really really liked it! As I’m sure you can guess by the title it’s a collection of horror stories by a bunch of YA authors. Some are realistic and some are fantasy and they’re all really well done. I might reread this one soon because why not. But still, a very decent collection.
All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout History edited by Saundra Mitchell
I’ll admit right now that I’m not done with this one yet but I love what I’ve read so much so far. It’s literally just a collection of queer stories by queer authors and it’s beautiful. Some of these stories have made me cry because they’ve hit so close to home and the rest that I’ve read have just filled me with such hope and made me so happy. I can’t wait to finish this one.
Toil and Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft edited by Tess Sharpe and Jessica Spotswood
And this one was my second favourite book of 2018 and I can’t even get over how perfect it is. It’s just so many amazing and empowering stories with so many different women that are powerful in so many ways and I just can’t even express how much I loved reading this entire thing and how much it all meant to me. Some were quietly powerful and some were in your face but they were all amazing and I want to read this one again because yes. I’ve got a review here if you want more gushing.
Rags & Bones: New Twists On Timeless Tales edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt
This is another one that I read a few years ago and although I don’t remember all the specifics of it I do have a very fond feeling in my heart when I think about so we’re gonna take that and run with it. They’re all retellings of classics stories, most are ones that I hadn’t really heard of, but most were pretty dark and twisted and so damn good. They cover all genres and reading this one was just so much fun because I literally never knew what I was going to get.