Top Ten Tuesday: Top Novellas and Short Stories (It is like this theme was made for me)

So if you are new to my blog, you might not know that I love mythology, folktales, legends, as well as their modern counterparts of short stories and novellas. If you want more short stories you can check out my TTT post about my favorite Myths, Legends, and Folktales.


The Assassin and The Princess by SJM

What is it about: Celena and Nehemia go dress shopping. The origins of that red dress.

This is a my favorite TOG novella as it reminds me so much of my best friend and I.


The Crimson Cloak by Cindy Pon (A story from A Thousand Beginnings and Endings)

What is it about: A feminist retelling of The Cowherd and The Weaver Girl.

I hadn’t read the original version before I had read this one so it will be hard to go back from this. The narration and writing are fabulous!

I am going to cheat and use another story from this collection because they are all so amazing!

The Land of the Morning Calm by E. C. Myers

What is it about: A young girl rediscovers an old game that she and her mother used to play before her mother passed but there is now a new feature to the game.

This story had so much too it in such a small package. I loved how it combined Korean tales with the modern game to make the story. I wish that there was more!


Taproot by Keezy Young

What is it about: An adorable romance between a Gardener and a Ghost.

I love this story!!! It is so cute and I totally ship them!


LadyCastle by Delilah Dawson and Ashley Woods

What is it about: When all of the men in the land are killed in battle, the women of the castle must rule the kingdom.

This was a really fun fantasy comic. I do see some issues with it (how do you just forget that the Queen exists) but if you don’t go into it to deep then it is really enjoyable.


Amaya and The Thorn Wood by Leigh Bardugo (Found in The Language of Thorns)

What is it about:A young girl is sent to the forest to appease the Monster that lives there.

I loved the atmosphere of this tale and just the story itself. Though I expect nothing less from Bardugo.


The Madien Thief by Mellissa Marr

What is it about: A creepy retelling of Bluebeard. (Okay, the tone is creepier but the story is basically the same expect the ending is so much better.)

I had not completely heard the story of Bluebeard before I had read this and I do love how Marr changed the end and what that did to the story.


Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor

What is it about: Zuzanna and Mik have their first date.

THIS BOOK GAVE ME UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS ON DATING!!!! But no seriously, I love this story and the treasure hunt and the date on the boat. GAH it was adorable!


Blossom of Ash by Kennedy Vega

What is it about: A fabulous retelling of Hades and Persephone.

If you read my Myths/Legends/Fairytales gush post (linked above), then you will know that I FREAKING LOVE THIS COUPLE!!! They are so cute and I love reading the retellings about them! This is also becoming a full-length novel so cue the fangirling!!


Life After Legend by Marie Lu

What is it about: Set a few years after the events of Champion, and Day’s life. (I am sorry this is such a bad description but I don’t want to give spoilers.)

Lu ripped open my heart with this one and the nostalgia that it brought. To see June and Day again, it was definitely a fangirl moment. But I did hate that it felt like Lu was preparing for another book but no word yet if that is the case.

So I absolutely love short stories but the worst part about them is that they are short so when the story is good; there is no more when it is over.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme by The Broke and The Bookish and is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.


33 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Novellas and Short Stories (It is like this theme was made for me)

    1. All of them are amazing!! I need to catch up with the TDC series so I can read the novellas! I can’t wait to read The Young Queens. Reading about their childhood was one of my favorite parts of the first book.


  1. I finally read Life after Legend last week… totally worth the $.50 a page I paid for it (because I already owned Warcross in hardback so the only reason why I bought the book again in paperback was for this story). I read it twice in one day! I love those two so much (and I can prove it with all the Day/June fanfiction I write, LOL).

    I haven’t read the other stories on your list, but this week’s TTT topic is making me interested in reading more short stories.


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