Don’t feel like reading long books? Try these 21 Short Stories and Novellas!

Hello everyone! Today I am bringing you some amazing short stories and novellas. During these difficult times, I found it really hard to focus on a book sometimes. I realised that this stopped me from reading at all because I couldn’t stick to one book. This is when I turned towards short stories and novellas. I really loved them because they were short, they were intriguing and they were successful in keeping my attention.

So keeping on my brand, I thought to make a recommendation post so that you all can read these awesome books or bookmark it for later when you’ll need a break from heavy or long books! I have read some of these while the others are on my TBR as well! always has some of the best short stories and novellas so you should definitely check those out too!

The Tensorate Series- J.Y.Yang

JY Yang’s Tensorate Series is a lush, vivid silkpunk fantasy series in a world where elementalist mages contend with revolutionary machinists, while dinosaurs battle sky-spanning naga.

JY Yang's Tensorate series is a sweeping, experimental blend of ...

A Dead Djinn in Cairo- P.Djeli Clark

Egypt, 1912. In an alternate Cairo infused with the otherworldly, the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities investigate disturbances between the mortal and the (possibly) divine. What starts off as an odd suicide case for Special Investigator Fatma el-Sha’arawi leads her through the city’s underbelly as she encounters rampaging ghouls, saucy assassins, clockwork angels, and plot that could unravel time itself.

A Dead Djinn in Cairo

The Terracota Bride-Zen Cho

A tale of first love, bad theology and robot reincarnation in the Chinese afterlife.

The Terracotta Bride

Waiting on a Bright Moon-JY Yang

Xin is an ansible, using her song magic to connect the originworld of the Imperial Authority and its far-flung colonies— a role that is forced upon magically-gifted women “of a certain closeness”. When a dead body comes through her portal at a time of growing rebellion, Xin is drawn deep into a station-wide conspiracy along with Ouyang Suqing, one of the station’s mysterious, high-ranking starmages.

Waiting on a Bright Moon

In the Vanisher’s Palace- Aliette De Bodard

In a ruined, devastated world, where the earth is poisoned and beings of nightmares roam the land…A woman, betrayed, terrified, sold into indenture to pay her village’s debts and struggling to survive in a spirit world. A dragon, among the last of her kind, cold and aloof but desperately trying to make a difference.

In the Vanishers’ Palace

The Black God’s Drums- P.Djeli Clark

Creeper, a scrappy young teen, is done living on the streets of New Orleans. Instead, she wants to soar, and her sights are set on securing passage aboard the smuggler airship Midnight Robber. Her ticket: earning Captain Ann-Marie’s trust using a secret about a kidnapped Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums. But Creeper keeps another secret close to heart–Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, who speaks inside her head and grants her divine powers. And Oya has her own priorities concerning Creeper and Ann-Marie.

The Black God's Drums

All Systems Red – Martha Wells

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety. But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)

Binti- Nnedi Okorafor

Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself – but first she has to make it there, alive.

Binti (Binti, #1)

Kitchen-Banana Yoshimoto 

 Kitchen is an enchantingly original and deeply affecting book about mothers, love, tragedy, and the power of the kitchen and home in the lives of a pair of free-spirited young women in contemporary Japan.


Convenience Store Woman-Sayako Murata

Sayaka Murata brilliantly captures the atmosphere of the familiar convenience store that is so much part of life in Japan. With some laugh-out-loud moments prompted by the disconnect between Keiko’s thoughts and those of the people around her, she provides a sharp look at Japanese society and the pressure to conform, as well as penetrating insights into the female mind.

Convenience Store Woman

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again- Zen Cho 

A hapless imugi is determined to attain the form of a full-fledged dragon and gain entry to the gates of heaven. For a long time, things don’t go well. Then, it meets a girl.

If at First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try Again

Dwellers -Eliza Victoria 

Two young men with the power to take over another body inhabit the bodies and lives of brothers Jonah and Louis. The takeover leads to a car crash, injuring Jonah’s legs and forcing them to stay in the brothers’ house for the time being. The street is quiet. The neighbors aren’t nosy. Everything is okay. They are safe, for now. Until they find a dead body in the basement.


And now his lordship is laughing by Shiv Ramdas 

This book is one of the Hugo nominees and is set in pre-independent India. It is highly suggested by my dear friend Sahi and you should definitely be reading it.

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His footsteps , through darkness and light- Mimi Mondal 

An act of compassion puts a trapeze artist in India on a collision course with a terrifying supernatural power in His Footsteps, Through Darkness and Light: a Original from Dalit writer Mimi Mondal.

His Footsteps, Through Darkness and Light

The Deep- Rivers Solomon 

The water-breathing descendants of African slave women tossed overboard have built their own underwater societyand must reclaim the memories of their past to shape their future in this brilliantly imaginative novella inspired by the Hugo Award nominated song The Deep from Daveed Diggs rap group Clipping.

The Deep

The Haunting of Tram Car 015- P.Djeli Clark 

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 returns to the alternate Cairo of Clark’s short fiction, where humans live and work alongside otherworldly beings; the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities handles the issues that can arise between the magical and the mundane.

The Haunting of Tram Car 015

This is How You Lose the Time War-Amal El Mohtar and Max Gladstone 

Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading. . Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future.

This Is How You Lose the Time War

The Empress of Salt and Fortune- Nghi Vo

With the heart of an Atwood tale and the visuals of a classic Asian period drama The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a tightly and lushly written narrative about empire, storytelling, and the anger of women.

The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle #1)

Short Story Collections

These are short story collections you can read as well ans they have some amazing and varied stories which will definitely make you want to read more!

Exhalation: Stories-Ted Chiang 

From an award-winning science fiction writer (whose short story “The Story of Your Life” was the basis for the Academy Award-nominated movie Arrival), the long-awaited new collection of stunningly original, humane, and already celebrated short stories.

Exhalation: Stories

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories- Ken Liu 

Bestselling author Ken Liu selects his award-winning science fiction and fantasy tales for a groundbreaking collection including a brand-new piece exclusive to this volume.

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories

The Hidden Girl and Other Stories-Ken Liu 

Ken Liu is one of the most lauded short story writers of our time. This collection includes a selection of his science fiction and fantasy stories from the last five years sixteen of his best plus a new novelette.

The Hidden Girl and Other Stories

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Have you read any of these books?

Do you have any short stories and novellas to recommend? Tell me about it!

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23 thoughts on “Don’t feel like reading long books? Try these 21 Short Stories and Novellas!

  1. this is such a great list. i’ve found some new addition to my never ending tbr 😂. i’ve been reading binti and the deep for a while now, but i haven’t finished them. thanks for creating this list 💗

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      1. I really went on a short fiction spree in April huh 😂😂😂 glad I could be of help though because I’ve truly realized that sometimes, short fiction is perfect 😊😊


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