Top Ten Tuesday: Authors of Short Stories

Happy Tuesday!! Since this week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is one that I’ve already done recently, I decided to go with a bit of different twist. Today I’ll be sharing ten of my favorite authors who have written excellent short stories. I don’t read short stories very often– mostly just when I’m assigned to read them for courses– but some short stories and collections in particular have really stuck out to me over time. In no particular order, here are ten authors whose short stories are definitely worth reading:

What authors are your favorite short story writers? What are some of your favorite short stories? What do you think of the authors on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!



38 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: Authors of Short Stories”

    1. Hawthorne has written some really great short stories (I read a lot of them before I picked up The Scarlet Letter). My favorites are “Young Goodman Brown” and “The Birth Mark.” 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much! Borges includes such fascinating elements of magical realism in his stories that make you have to reread it again and again to figure out what is real and what is in the characters’ heads. I definitely recommend his stories!

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  1. I’ve really been wanting to try reading more short stories. I’ve read Kate Chopin’s The Awakening and really enjoyed it. Edgar Allan Poe is another one that I’ve read and enjoyed, although I read more of his poetry than his short stories. I had no idea that B.J. Novak was a writer!

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    1. I’m currently in the middle of reading B.J. Novak’s short story collected called One More Thing and it’s fantastic! I love his sense of humor on The Office and it translates really well to the written page.

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    1. I feel the same way! This year I’ve been reading more short stories than I usually would, but it’s mostly because they’re assigned for the classes I’m currently taking. I’d love to read more over the summer as well.


    1. That’s usually my problem with short stories as well. As much as I can enjoy them and think they’re captivating and entertaining and thought-provoking, I think that deep down I’ll always enjoy reading novels more.

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    1. Ooooh one of my friends read a Ray Bradbury short story collection once and LOVED it. I completely forgot that he even wrote short stories, but I think Fahrenheit 451 is brilliant so I’ll definitely have to check more of his writing out. Thanks so much for the recommendation! 🙂


  2. In no particular order — 1) George Saunders, 2) Junot Diaz, 3) Alice Munro, 4) Raymond Carver, 5) Tobias Wolff, 6) Flannery O’Connor, 7) Edwidge Danticat, 8) Anton Chekhov, 9) John Cheever, 10) John Updike, 11) Anne Carson, 12) PG Wodehouse, 13) Ernest Hemingway, 14) Katherine Anne Porter, and 15) Joy Williams


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