Top 10 Best Books to Read in Short Stories & Anthologies - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Short Stories & Anthologies. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Lost Soul of the City (Nameless: Season Two Book 1)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Short Stories & Anthologies - August 2021

A gun. A mission. No memories. Nameless is back to hunt down an architect of chaos in #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz’s return to a landscape of hard-won justice. In a forgotten Cold War bunker, a cold-blooded arms dealer counts his cash and watches from a distance as cities collapse into violence. Pledged to stop him is a man without a past, guided by a teenage boy through the tunnels under the corrupted port city. With each stealthy move toward their target, the path ahead grows ever darker. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz comes The Lost Soul of the City , part 1 of Season 2 of Nameless , a gripping collection of stories about a man in search of the truth, the past, and those who owe a debt of blood. Follow him through each story, which can be read or listened to in a single sitting.

  • Author: Dean Koontz
  • Publisher: Amazon Original Stories (June 10, 2021)
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers & Suspense

                 

2. Cause of Death


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Short Stories & Anthologies - August 2021

New York Times bestselling master of suspense Jeffery Deaver unveils the secrets of a marriage when a husband decides to investigate his wife’s death in this gripping short story. Jon Talbot is a history professor who makes sense of the past by examining facts. He also knows how to speculate about the what-ifs. Jon’s doing both following the death of his wife, Pax. Driving home late from a volunteer assignment, she plunged off a mountain highway and died. The police find nothing suspicious about the facts: a deer in the road, a blown tire, a broken neck. But the what-ifs are leading Jon down a twisting trail of secrets. After five years of marriage, he is finally getting to know his wife.

  • Author: Jeffery Deaver
  • Publisher: Amazon Original Stories (July 29, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

3. Kaleidoscope (Nameless: Season Two Book 3)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Short Stories & Anthologies - August 2021

Nameless is wrestling with more violent visions of the future when his next mission comes with the assurance, This one will be easy . It’s a promise that leaves Nameless dangerously unprepared. It seems straightforward enough: Get a foot in the door by posing as a potential investor in a lucrative underground business—then bring the place down from the inside. There’s more here than meets the eye. What it triggers in Nameless is uncontrollable rage and brutal retribution. What it reveals is a clue to his forgotten past. Is it a breach on his handler’s part? Or a test? Either way, something’s not right. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz comes Kaleidoscope , part 3 of Season 2 of Nameless , a gripping collection of stories about a man in search of the truth, the past, and those who owe a debt of blood. Follow him through each story, which can be read or listened to in a single sitting.

  • Author: Dean Koontz
  • Publisher: Amazon Original Stories (June 10, 2021)
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers & Suspense

                 

4. Three to Tango


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Short Stories & Anthologies - August 2021

Sex is best when it's one-on-one...plus one. Four of erotic fiction's most talented authors carry readers away with all-new tales of ecstasy that prove that the most delectable things in life come in threes.

  • Author: Emma Holly
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1st edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

5. Light Has Weight, but Darkness Does Not (Nameless: Season Two Book 4)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Short Stories & Anthologies - August 2021

Instinct and violent visions compel Nameless to embark on an unplanned mission to help a desperate mother and daughter on the run. Why is this rescue so strangely familiar to a man with no memories? Evie and her daughter, Asteria, are fleeing an abusive cult when they meet a stranger in an abandoned Arizona shopping mall. Fate hasn’t set Nameless on their trail. It’s a premonition, and a chance to make reparations for a failure from his past he can’t even remember. This time, Nameless must do everything in his power not to fail those who trust him with their lives. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz comes Light Has Weight, but Darkness Does Not , part 4 of Season 2 of Nameless , a gripping collection of stories about a man in search of the truth, the past, and those who owe a debt of blood. Follow him through each story, which can be read or listened to in a single sitting.

  • Author: Dean Koontz
  • Publisher: Amazon Original Stories (June 10, 2021)
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers & Suspense

                 



6. The House on Mango Street


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Short Stories & Anthologies - August 2021

Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.

  • Author: Sandra Cisneros
  • Publisher: Vintage (April 3, 1991)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0679734772
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.98 inches

                 

7. The Mercy of Snakes (Nameless: Season One Book 5)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Short Stories & Anthologies - August 2021

A series of suspicious deaths in a retirement home draws Nameless into the confidence of a terrified former resident—and into the dark heart of a shocking conspiracy. In part five of the Nameless series, it’s time to hunt. Oakshore Park is Michigan’s most exclusive assisted-living community. Presided over by two killer angels of mercy, it’s also the go-to facility in assisted dying. For a cut, they make impatient heirs happy. Nameless must concoct a scheme just as cunning. But righteous retribution stirs disquiet in the avenger as light starts to shine on the black hole of his past. Should he welcome it or keep running? From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz comes The Mercy of Snakes , part of Nameless , a riveting collection of short stories about a vigilante nomad, stripped of his memories and commissioned to kill. Follow him in each story, which can be read or listened to in a single sitting.

  • Author: Dean Koontz
  • Publisher: Amazon Original Stories (November 12, 2019)
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers & Suspense

                 

8. Photographing the Dead (Nameless: Season One Book 2)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Short Stories & Anthologies - August 2021

A self-styled artist is getting away with murder in Death Valley. If all goes well, so will Nameless. In part two of the Nameless series, the relentless avenger is haunted by nightmares of the past and visions of what’s to come. Palmer Oxenwald’s hunting ground is the Mojave wasteland. His victims are random tourists and hikers. His trophies are cherished photographs of the damage he’s done. His greatest threat is Nameless. Two men with one thing in common: memories of the dead. For a psychopath like Palmer, they’re a clear rush in black and white. For Nameless, they’re visions of violence buried and erased. But for how long? From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz comes Photographing the Dead , part of Nameless , a riveting collection of short stories about a vigilante nomad, stripped of his memories and commissioned to kill. Follow him in each story, which can be read or listened to in a single sitting.

  • Author: Dean Koontz
  • Publisher: Amazon Original Stories (November 12, 2019)
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers & Suspense

                 

9. The Things They Carried


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Short Stories & Anthologies - August 2021

A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling.    The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three.   Taught everywhere—from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing—it has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing.

  • Author: Tim O'Brien
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (January 1, 2009)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0544309760
  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches

                 

10. The Summer Escape (Cannon Beach Series Book 1)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Short Stories & Anthologies - August 2021

*** Amazon #1 Best Selling Author *** A mysterious inheritance, a huge mansion, and a family filled with secrets. Struggling with the untimely death of her late husband and unsure what to do with her life, when Maggie Walkers receives a strange letter from her enigmatic and wealthy in-laws, she never could have expected what she’d discover. Her husband left an old mansion, nestled in the quiet town of Cannon Beach, in Maggie’s name. Reeling from the shock revelation, Maggie and her best friend Leanne leave behind their busy lives to visit the mansion… and they’re quickly sucked into the small town’s charm. And after Maggie stumbles upon her handy – and exceedingly handsome – neighbor William, she’s faced with an impossible choice: to sell the mansion and return to her old life, or to dive into the unknown and see where this new opportunity will take her. As Maggie digs deeper into her husband’s secretive past, she’ll uncover the strange story behind the elusive Haystack Society her husband was involved with – along with the mystery behind Cannon Beach and her alluring neighbor William. Can Maggie find happiness when everything she’s ever known is called into question? Or will the pain of being lied to sabotage her second chance at love? Perfect for fans of sweet and wholesome romance tales with a beautiful backdrop and all the cozy charm of a quiet seaside town, the Cannon Beach Series is a fun read for anyone looking to lose themselves in a picturesque adventure. Scroll up and grab your copy now! This is Book 1 of 6 in the series.

  • Author: Grace Meyers
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Religion & Spirituality