Top 10 Tuesday: Short Story Collections by Women


This week I’ve put together my favourite collections of short stories! Short story collections are great for when your attention span is short, like mine is right now, because you can finish off a short story and put the book down, then pick it up again and not have to remember what has already happened. They are also a great way to get to know an author without having to invest in a long novel. In no particular order, here’s 10 collections + 2 bonus ones!

  1. Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr (AKA Alice Sheldon)
  2. Dear Life by Alice Munro
  3. At the Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson
  4. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
  5. Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia Butler
  6. Four Ways to Forgiveness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  7. The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  8. Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood
  9. A Guide to Being Born by Ramona Ausubel
  10. Kabu-Kabu by Nnedi Okorafor
  11. What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
  12. Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russel



  1. This is a great collection! At least the ones that I already know are all wonderful reads, and I’ll look into the ones I don’t know yet!
    Have you ever read anything by the Japanese author Banana Yoshimoto? She has several good short story collections, but my favorite by far is “Karada wa zenbu shitte iru” (My Body Knows Everything), which mostly centers around different female experiences in Japan.

  2. I loved Dear Life – I tend to love everything by Alice Munro!
    I’ve read some stories from The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories and they were great. I really liked how Angela Carter’s retell these stories without altering the mood. Her choice of words is particularly impressive.

    The Thing Around Your Neck is on my wish list and I’ve been looking forward to reading it for quite a while.
    Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies is also a much praised collection. It won the Pulitzer Prize and the Hemingway/Pen Award. I thought it was perfect.

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