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. Three to Tango

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

Sex is best when it's 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


2. 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


3. Randomize (Forward collection)

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

Audible narration by Janina Gavankar ( True Blood ) In the near future, if Vegas games are ingeniously scam-proof, then the heists have to be too, in this imaginative and whip-smart story by the New York Times bestselling author of The Martian . An IT whiz at the Babylon Casino is enlisted to upgrade security for the game of keno and its random-number generator. The new quantum computer system is foolproof. But someone on the inside is no fool. For once the odds may not favor the house—unless human ingenuity isn’t entirely a thing of the past. Andy Weir’s Randomize is part of Forward , a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.

  • Author: Andy Weir
  • Publisher: Amazon Original Stories (September 17, 2019)
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers & Suspense


4. The Egg and Other Stories

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

Collected for the first time anywhere, the nine tales in The Egg and Other Stories highlight Andy Weir's trademark wit and unexpected twists. For the few who have yet to experience The Martian , it's a perfect appetizer. For passionate Weir fans, it's a delicious dessert. Stories included in this audio-exclusive collection are: "Access" "Antihypoxiant" "Annie's Day" "The Real Deal" "Bored World" "The Midtown Butcher" "Meeting Sarah" "The Chef" "The Egg"

  • Author: Andy Weir
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Short Stories & Anthologies, Anthologies


5. The Pleasure Series: Complete Box Set (The Pleasures Series)

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

SALE! For the first time ever, you can get USA Today Bestselling Pleasure Series in a complete Box Set. Over 1000 pages of dark erotic romance. Every night, when I go to sleep, I wonder if I'm going to see them, hear them, feel them. For thirteen years, my life was hell and now I'm just trying to keep all the broken pieces together so I can have a somewhat normal life. Then I had to meet him and everything changed. Twenty-two year-old Jenna Lang is one of the best computer techs in Colorado, if not the country. Known for her eccentric appearance as much as for her intelligence, she keeps all of her secrets closely guarded, never letting anyone close. And no one has ever really tried. Not until twenty-eight year-old billionaire Rylan Archer decides to test the walls Jenna's put up, forcing her to wonder if maybe it's time to let someone in.

  • Author: M. S. Parker
  • Publisher: Belmonte Publishing, LLC (August 31, 2015)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction


6. Four Weddings and a Sixpence: An Anthology

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

Beloved authors Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie Sloane deliver the stories of four friends from Madame Rochambeaux's Gentle School for Girls who find an old sixpence in their bedchamber and decide that it will be the lucky coin for each of their weddings… "Something Old" Julia Quinn’s prologue introduces her heroine Beatrice Heywood and the premise for Four Weddings and a Sixpence . "Something New" In Stefanie Sloane's unforgettable story, an ever-vigilant guardian decrees that Anne Brabourne must marry by her twenty-first birthday. But love finds her in the most unexpected of ways. "Something Borrowed" Elizabeth Boyle tells the tale of Cordelia Padley, who has invented a betrothed to keep her family from pestering her to wed. Now she'll need to borrow one to convince them she's found her true love. "Something Blue" In Laura Lee Guhrke's story, unlucky Lady Elinor Daventry has her sixpence stolen from her and must convince the rake who pilfered the coin to return it in time for her own wedding. "... and a Sixpence in Her Shoe" Julia Quinn finishes with the story of Beatrice Heywood, who never believed that the sixpence was anything but a tarnished old coin—until it led all of her friends to true love. But her faith in the coin is tested when it keeps sending her to the wrong man!

  • Author: Julia Quinn
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Short Stories & Anthologies, Anthologies


7. A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life

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

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the Booker Prize–winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo and Tenth of December comes a literary master class on what makes great stories work and what they can tell us about ourselves—and our world today. “One of the most accurate and beautiful depictions of what it is like to be inside the mind of a writer that I’ve ever read.”—Parul Sehgal,  The New York Times For the last twenty years, George Saunders has been teaching a class on the Russian short story to his MFA students at Syracuse University. In A Swim in a Pond in the Rain , he shares a version of that class with us, offering some of what he and his students have discovered together over the years. Paired with iconic short stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, the seven essays in this book are intended for anyone interested in how fiction works and why it’s more relevant than ever in these turbulent times. In his introduction, Saunders writes, “We’re going to enter seven fastidiously constructed scale models of the world, made for a specific purpose that our time maybe doesn’t fully endorse but that these writers accepted implicitly as the aim of art—namely, to ask the big questions, questions like, How are we supposed to be living down here? What were we put here to accomplish? What should we value? What is truth, anyway, and how might we recognize it?” He approaches the stories technically yet accessibly, and through them explains how narrative functions; why we stay immersed in a story and why we resist it; and the bedrock virtues a writer must foster. The process of writing, Saunders reminds us, is a technical craft, but also a way of training oneself to see the world with new openness and curiosity. A Swim in a Pond in the Rain is a deep exploration not just of how great writing works but of how the mind itself works while reading, and of how the reading and writing of stories make genuine connection possible.

  • Author: George Saunders
  • Publisher: Random House; First Edition, Later Printing (January 12, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 978-1984856029
  • Dimensions: 6.37 x 1.32 x 9.53 inches


8. Mr. Big Stuff (More Than Money)

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

Kiefer Marks. Rich Bad Boy Biker. Tattoo Artist. Chiseled Abs. My next-door neighbor for the last year. The hottest guy I’ve ever seen. That pretty much sums up the guy I'm in love with. And oh yeah, he’s also the guy I’ve barely spoken to. The thing is, I’m not his type. I’m the town librarian. I’m way too curvy—and much too shy. They call him Mr. Big Stuff around town and I’m pretty sure the nickname is all about what he’s packing in those gray sweatpants he rocks when he goes to the gym. (I go to the bakery across from the gym and eat a doughnut--while waiting for him to come out all sweaty and hot.) That’s why I watch him from a distance, daydreaming and putting his face in every fantasy that I can imagine. You would think that wouldn’t be very many for a virginal introvert who gets tongue-tied around the opposite sex, but I read a lot of romance books and trust me, Kiefer Marks is the star in some very hot dreams. It’s all harmless and never going anywhere. Until he kisses me and I start to believe in dreams....

  • Author: L. Nicole
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction


9. Hot Water: A BBW Small Town Romance (Lover's Lake)

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

♥She’s sweet as anything, sexy as hell and my best friend’s baby sister♥ ETHAN LOVELOCK When I inherit a rundown lakeside hotel from my grandad, I know my savings from soldiering won’t go far. I’m determined to build a new life by the lake and heal. The good news is, I have an investor, my best friend Baxter Burns. The bad news is, he wants me to hire his baby sister. Baxter says she’s off limits, but one look at Lexi and I know I can’t keep my hands to myself. She soothes my war battered soul and I’ll give up everything to make her mine. LEXI BURNS My big brother wants to help my career, so he sends me to the country to help his friend restore a hotel. One look at Ethan and I know I can’t do what my brother wants. Living and working at Eden Lake with the hot as sin ex-Army Ranger will only lead to one thing. Hot Water! Safe, sweet, extra steamy instalove short romance with a guaranteed HEA. It's summer, which means sunshine, sand and awkward tan lines. What our heroes aren't expecting? Love. Sometimes hot days turn into steamier nights as these men find love by the lake... Brought to you by nine of your favorite instalove authors, this series is the summer romance you've been waiting for.

  • Author: Fern Fraser
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction


10. Mr. Bad Influence

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

One year. That was how long it took to plan the wedding of my dreams, from the dress all the way down to the shoes. It wasn’t until the shoes went missing that I discovered the man I was supposed to marry in twenty-four hours wasn’t the man I thought he was. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always go according to plan. That’s why my mom told me to always have a backup. So I called off the wedding and flew to Vegas with my girls. It was supposed to be a weekend getaway to nurse my broken heart. Waking up married to hot billionaire, Cooper Sullivan, was definitely not part of the plan.

  • Author: M.A. Foster
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction