Short Story Collections – Settle in and Read

Right about now, I can’t think of anything more enjoyable than sitting outside in the spring sunshine, nibbling on strawberries, and reading. (For those in the southern hemisphere, just turn it around, and contemplate those cool, comfortable autumn days of hot cocoa and swirling leaves).

Short stories somehow complete the picture, and I wanted to share my 5-STAR reviews for 3 short story collections that I enjoyed over the winter. All beautifully written, all with a broad variety of stories, all wonderfully entertaining. I hope one or two or all three appeal to you.

Global links to Amazon are below the books, and if you want to connect with any of these three wonderful bloggers, click on their names. ❤

Ripples on the Pond

by Sebnem Sanders

Ripples on the Pond is a mesmerizing collection of short stories. I was swept into Sanders’ imagination from the very first selection, Through the Wings of Time, and it ended up being a favorite. But that was only the beginning of this generous collection of 71 stories, all different, all exceptional reads and beautifully edited. The stories wade through numerous genres and topics including the whimsey of magic, the pain of loss, the marvel of friendship, and the cost of crime, to name a scant few. Sander’s range is remarkable and no two stories are alike, a feat considering the size of this collection.

Sanders is a native of Istanbul, Turkey, who now lives on the Southern Aegean, thus many of the stories have an international flavor that I enjoyed (and also made we want to travel). I love literature that transports me to different settings and cultures where the wide range of human experience and emotion feels so familiar – just another reason among many to dive into this read. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a wide variety of wonderfully crafted short stories.

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The Storyteller Speaks

by Annika Perry

Perry’s debut book is a beautiful read. The twenty-one selections in The Storyteller Speaks are primarily short stories, with a smattering of flash fiction and poems. The author states in the afterword that the thread binding the work together is “the belief that there is no such thing as an ordinary life,” and this insight is clearly borne out in her book. It’s what captivated me as I read.

The stories are all quite different, some dark and some lighthearted, though most are filled with the deep emotions of ordinary people as they navigate disappointment, loss, redemption, healing, and love. These are feelings that will strike a chord with most people, even if the circumstances aren’t quite the same. Most of the tales felt “quiet” to me, personal, as if I was looking beneath the outer appearances of a person into the rich pathos of their inner lives.

I tried to pick favorites as I read, but had to give up; there were too many. I recommend this book to anyone who loves short stories and wants to feel moved by the strength and courage of the human spirit.

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What’s in a Name, Vol. 2

by Sally Cronin

I read the first volume of What’s in a Name and was eager to give the second a try. Volume 2 is a collection of short stories that picks up when the first ended, covering names starting with K through Z (Kenneth through Zoe). Cronin includes a bonus short story for a collection coming out later in 2018.

This is a quick read that I breezed through in a few hours, sitting outside in the spring sunshine. Many of the stories have older characters, covering a range of topics from heartwarming reunions, grief and loss, recovered dignity, and romantic love beyond the grave. There’s also a bit of happily ever after and match-making, as well as some swindling, and a taste of well-deserved murder! The variety is highly entertaining and kept me engaged throughout.

Cronin is a master storyteller and I recommend this collection (both volumes) to readers of all ages.

(You can read my review of What’s in a Name, Vol. 1 here.)

Happy Reading!

116 thoughts on “Short Story Collections – Settle in and Read

  1. YES – excellent reviews of short stories by excellent writers. Thanks, Diana.

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  2. Teri Polen says:

    Wonderful reviews, Diana. All three covers are lovely – I breathe easier just looking at them.

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  3. Marvelous, Diana. Congrats to Sebnem, Annika, and Sally for these lovely reviews. Hugs all around!

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  4. Good reviews, Diana. These books all sound interesting. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  5. Great reviews, Diana! I’m slowly working through Annika’s (so much to do, so little time…sigh) I’ll have to add the others to my TBR.

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    • If you like short stories, Julie, these are all excellent. I know that reading time is golden… I seem to add two books to my kindle for every one I read! Happy Hump Day. You must be gearing up for your writer’s conference. 😀

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  6. I have read of these three books and they were amazing. I will have to investigate Sebnem’s book.

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  7. Thanks for a wonderful selection. Loving all the three of them!

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  9. Wonderful reviews, Diana! I´ve already read Annika´s anthology and am now looking forward to read the others as well! Enjoy reading and nibbling on strawberries while you do! 😉 ❤

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  10. Wow ! Thank you ! Diana, these all sound marvellous. I will be looking further into these. I haven’t read short stories in quite awhile 🙂 and it is something I definitely need to do ! Have a fantastic week ahead 🙂 .

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    • They’re all worth the read, Lynne, so if you get a hankering pick up any one of them. Short stories are great for dipping into when you need something right before bed or while waiting for an appointment, etc…. 😀 Have a lovely week, my friend.

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  11. Great recommendations, Diana–and terrific reviews. I’ll have to look into reading some short stories very soon. 🙂

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  12. Well done, Diana. Three great reviews of books in my Kindle. 💜

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  13. rijanjks says:

    So many wonderful short stories to choose from! And short stories are the “in” thing these days. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Diana.

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  14. Reblogged this on sebnemsanders and commented:
    A wonderful blog post from author Diana Wallace Peach and a lovely review of Ripples on the Pond. Thank you, very much Diana. 🙂

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  15. Thank you so much, Diana, for the the blog post and your wonderful review. I’m most grateful for your support. I’ll re-blog this if I may. 🙂

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  16. I love the sound of all three and hope to tackle my TBR pile to get to them before too long. 🙂

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  17. Thanks for the review..these books sound very nice. Let me 🏃🏃to look for one

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  18. Solitaire says:

    nice collection 😊

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  19. delphini510 says:

    Diana, you have done a wonderful show case of three superb Short Story collections. I love when they are written so clear and with such depth as yours.
    I have already read and reviewed The Storyteller Speaks by Annika Perry and agree wholeheartedly with every word. The depth of the charachters, how close you get to them. Wonderful read.

    You have now given me two more to add to my reading list. They both sound fantastic in your clear and inspiring review.
    miriam

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    • Thanks for the lovely comment, Miriam. Wasn’t Annika’s book wonderful? The other two are equally polished and have a great variety of tales so you’ll never get bored. I’m glad they’re on your list. Happy Reading, my friend. ❤

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  20. dgkaye says:

    Fantastic reviews Diana. I love all Sally’s stories that manage to touch the heart. Annika’s book is still awaiting me, and thanks for the heads up on Ripples on the Pond. I do enjoy short stories books too. ❤

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  21. As usual, Sally, you hit exactly what I love about short stories–‘settle in to read’. They’re quick enough I can do them in a lunch hour. I’ve read Annika’s collection and yours but not the third. I’ll check it out!

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  22. Thanks for the recommendations. I loved Annika’s book, and the other two sound terrific.

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  23. I do love a collection of good short stories, Dianna. Great reviews. I haven’t read Annika’s so thanks r the heads -up.x

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  24. I love short story collections as they are so easy to pick up and put down (sometimes put down, at least!) in my busy schedule! These ones sounds very inspiring and perfect for some lovely Spring weather!! ….now, all I need is the weather!

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    • I agree on both points – the ease of picking up a short story for a quick read, AND what’s up with the weather already? It’s April. Where’s the sun? Have a great weekend and I hop the sun pops out for you. 🙂

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  25. Jennie says:

    Wonderful reviews, Diana.

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  26. acflory says:

    Great reviews, Diana and very tempting books. I’m always on the look out for new authors. 🙂

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  27. Annika Perry says:

    Wow!! 😀 Diana, thank you so much for your wonderful review of my book and it’s fantastic to be included with these other superb collections! I am over the moon that your were captivated by the stories and touched by your description The Storyteller Speaks and particularly that it was ‘as if I was looking beneath the outer appearances of a person into the rich pathos of their inner lives’. I hope the warm sunshine and nibbling strawberries whilst reading away is soon a reality for you … the snow is slowly melting here and I’m having lots of blissful quiet reading time (and half-way through Catlings Bane-stunning!) hugs, my friend. Happy Writing … and Reading. Xx ❤️

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    • Hi Annika, I figured you’d stumble on this post when you got back from your holiday. I was so thrilled to read your book after following you for a couple years and pestering you to publish. Wonderful writing, my friend. We’re in the middle of a rain/wind storm so no strawberry nibbling for me, but maybe for someone else who picks up your book! And thanks for the note on Catling’s Bane. I’m so honored that you’re reading it. 🙂 Hugs ❤

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      • Annika Perry says:

        Not back just yet, Diana, but a blogger told me about your post so I charged over to your blog … which involves trailing my iPad at unwieldy angles across the land trying to find that thread of 3G, halting at precisely the right moment and being very patient whilst it loads! Oh, memories of those slow dial up days! 😀

        Thank you so much for pestering me to publish … it definitely worked! As for Catlings Bane I’m loving it and envisage someone writing a thesis paper on it one day … it works brilliantly on so many levels!

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  28. Well you convinced me to add all three to my wish list…. I just wish I had more time to read!! I may have to give up blogging 🙂

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    • Never enough reading time is a mantra around here, Pauline, and it’s hard to find a balance. These books are nice because you can just dip into them now and then for a quick story. Thanks for the visit and have a lovely Saturday!

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  29. iqra2095 says:

    Good Reviews:)
    keep it up:)

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  30. S.J. Coules says:

    Thanks for sharing these, D. I can’t get enough short story collections, so these have been added to the list.

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  31. Some good Reviews…like the covers as well! Thanks for sharing! ♥

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  32. These books all sound marvelous and I know if you give them a high ranking they are worth checking out. Adding them to my long list of books to read. Looking forward to a sunny warm day to read outside. It is snowing here tonight! I’m pretending it is Christmas Eve and I’m so happy about it! ❄️🎄

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  33. Outstanding reviews, Diana! 🙂 I’ve got two of these on my kindle and it’s a great time to open them up and start reading. I’m a short story lover too… ❤ Sharing…

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  34. Tina Frisco says:

    Wonderful reviews, Diana, and I’m so glad you shared. I have Annika’s and Sally’s books on my TBR, but I must add Sebnem’s. If you recommend it, I want to read it ❤

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  35. Joanne Sisco says:

    When one master storyteller sings the praises of other storytellers, it’s time to take notice!

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  36. Enjoyed reading these reviews Diana – you have the knack of pitching length and style perfectly. I came across a British newspaper review of a short story collection today ‘Property: A Collection’ by Lionel Shriver which is described as ‘crisp, conversational and convincing true to life’ – think I might pick up some writing tips from this! All the best. Eric.

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  37. Lovely reviews DWP. Thank you,

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  38. Sunshine and a good book, gotta love it! Nice selection here, Diana. Thanks for the recommends 🙂

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  39. Thank you so much for sharing Diana.. I am so pleased you enjoyed the stories. Your opinion means a great deal. Enjoy the weekend and I will press this for later. I am familiar with Annika’s book but had not see Ripples on the Pond.. thank you again.. hugs Sally

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  40. balroop2013 says:

    Thanks for sharing your reviews Diana. I have read Annika’s book, which is a brilliant debut book. Sally’s stories also have a wide range, I have read Volume – 1. After reading your review, Ripples on the Pond is creating ripples within me and I am eager to pick it up.

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  41. Still waiting for spring over the mountains here, but I do see a possible 70 on Monday followed by snow on Thursday! These all sound like great little stories to relax outside with, thank you for the reviews!

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  42. Bernadette says:

    Great choices but then I would not expect anything less coming from you.

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  43. Mae Clair says:

    Congrats to all the authors on such excellent reviews. I’ve read Annika’s book and really enjoyed it and Sally is on my TBR. I in writing mode write now (a looming deadline) but I hope to get back to chopping away at my colossal TBR soon!

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  44. Almost Iowa says:

    I can’t think of anything more enjoyable than sitting outside in the spring sunshine

    [grumble]

    It’s 5F with a 20 mph wind. Humph!

    On the other hand, short stories by the fire sounds like heaven. Thanks for the reviews.

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  45. Thanks for sharing these lovely reviews. I’ve been looking for an escape, and these books sound perfect. Spring has been elusive here so far.

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    • Spring has been pretty elusive here too, Mary. We’re still trying to buck winter. All three books are wonderfully written with a great deal of variety, so you can’t go wrong. Thanks for the visit and have a great weekend. 🙂

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  46. Great reviews! I loved Annika’s book. I’ll have to check out the others. Sally’s cover is gorgeous!

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