5 New Short Story Collections To Read When You Don't Have Time To Finish A Whole Novel

Since 2013, May has been known by book-lovers by another name: Short Story Month. If you're ready to kick off this year's celebration the right way, make sure to pick up a short story collection to read over the weekend.

Modern life moves more than a mile a minute, so it never surprises me when I hear someone say things like they "don't have time" to read. Our schedules are jam-packed with so many hours of work, chores, family commitments, and social obligations, that there is barely any downtime to sit and relax with a long book. Without free time, how can anyone ever finish a whole novel?

One of the greatest things about short story collections is how easy they are to read. The very structure of the short story makes them ideal for reading in between all of your to-do list items. Even if your day is booked solid with appointments, meetings, classes, and errands, there is more than enough time to enjoy at least one piece of short fiction. Trust me, I've been there, and whenever I'm too busy to read a whole book, short stories always come to the rescue.

Are you too swamped to enjoy a novel this weekend, or just looking for a fun way to kick off May's Short Story Month? Then here are five short story collections under 300 pages you can finish before Monday comes.

'You Think It, I'll Say It' by Curtis Sittenfeld

Hardcover Page Count: 240

In one of the most talked about collections of the year, bestselling author of Prep Curtis Sittenfeld presents a mesmerizing array of short fiction about modern life. Featuring sharp and pointed stories about class, gender, relationships, and identity, all told with her signature wit and insight, You Think It, I'll Say It will leave you hungry for more from this master storyteller.

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'Heads of the Colored People' by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Hardcover Page Count: 224

In this searing work of short fiction about black identity in modern America's middle class, author Nafissa Thompson-Spires gives readers a collection of dazzling vignettes with unique characters you won't be able to stop thinking about. At turns humorous and affecting, Heads of the Colored People is a timely work that gets to the heart of race and identity politics, and the many ways the black body is still under attack today.

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'The Merry Spinster' by Daniel Mallory Ortberg

Paperback Page Count: 208

Based on the popular "Children's Stories Made Horrific" series, Daniel Mallory Ortberg's The Merry Spinster is a collection of dark, twisty, and wholly imaginative fairy tales like you've never before. Featuring a narrative about a Beauty who is herself a kind of beast, a haunting reimagining of The Velveteen Rabbit, and a IT-infused Bible retelling, this spectacular work of short fiction will change the way you see your favorite bedtime stories.

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'Bring Out the Dog' by Will Mackin

Hardcover Page Count: 192

Drawing from his many deployments with a special operations task force in Iraq and Afghanistan, debut author Will Mackin gives readers with a gut-wrenching glimpse into modern warfare. Featuring stories from his life at home and his unbelievable experiences abroad as a member of the U.S. Navy, Bring Our the Dog is a remarkable book about life, death, war, violence, heroism, and home.

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'All the Names They Use for God' by Sanjali Sachdeva

Paperback Page Count: 272

In this ingenious collection, Anjali Sachdeva takes readers along on incredible journeys through time and around the world to explore the notions of fate, destiny, faith, and logic. Powerfully bewitching stories told in beautiful and lyrical prose, All the Names They Use for God is a truly dazzling work of speculative fiction.

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