Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10… Novellas & Short Stories

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. If you love books and making lists, this is the meme for you! This week’s topic is:

Favourite Novellas/Short Stories

Now and again, I think we all crave a novella we can finish in one sitting or a short story collection that we can easily dip in and out of when time is tight. So here are ten of my favourite novellas and/or short stories:

  1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – The timeless, warm-hearted tale of the ghostly and redemptive journey one-night of the infamous miser Ebenezer Scrooge.
  2. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle – A gothic, atmospheric Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson mystery out on the foggy, lonely moors, in search of a diabolical hound.
  3. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell – A touching and charming tale that follows the lives of the women of Cranford, a small rural town in Victorian England.
  4. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James – The classic, gothic horror that follows a governess as she desperately fears the house is haunted or that she might be losing her mind!
  5. A Scandal in Bohemia by Arthur Conan Doyle – The first Sherlock Holmes short story, from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes collection, which also introduces the infamous Irene Adler,
  6. Best Left in the Shadows by Mark Gelineau and Joe King – A gripping, kick-ass opener to Gelineau’s and King’s crime noir thread of their epic fantasy series, Echo of the Ascended.
  7. The Birds by Daphne du Maurier – The atmospheric, gothic horror novelette about birds attacking humans, that went on to inspire Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film.
  8. High House by Rosy Thornton – One of my favourites from the sixteen short stories in Thornton’s gentle and magical Sandlands collection, that focuses on the creatures and people of the Suffolk landscape.
  9. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys – A short, modern masterpiece which introduces us to Antoinette Cosway, who will fatefully go on to be the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.
  10. Even in the Cannon’s Mouth by Adrian Tchaikovsky – My favourite from the five Shakespearian-inspired short stories in the fantastic Monstrous Little Voices collection, edited by David Thomas Moore.

What do you think of my choices? What are your favourite novellas and short stories? Also, please link in your post in the comments below if you have taken part in this week’s TTT topic too.

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20 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10… Novellas & Short Stories

  1. Any list with Conan Doyle, Dickens and du Maurier on it works for me! I hadn’t realised Wide Sargasso Sea was short – that makes me a little more enthusiastic about reading it…

    1. FF, you can’t go wrong when you have the 3 D’s can you?! 😀 If you read Wide Sargasso Sea I hope you will like it. I’m not sure it can be called an enjoyable read, but I did think it was very powerful.

    1. Hello Amy, thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always lovely to hear from a new face 🙂 And thank you for linking in your own post – I look forward to seeing what made it on to your list.

  2. Interesting list of which I’ve read a couple. It took me a while to get into Wide Sargasso Sea. One of my favourite novellas is The Awakening by Kate Chopin.

    1. Thank you Fran 😀 I am very pleased you like so many of my choices. Sadly I haven’t read Don’t Look Now and while I would really like too, I am very sad you would drop poor Even in the Cannon’s Mouth by Adrian Tchaikovsky. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it and the other four excellent stories in Monstrous Little Voices collection.

  3. Great choices, Jessica! I also love A Christmas Carol, Cranford and The Birds. I have one of Daphne du Maurier’s other short story collections (Don’t Look Now and Other Stories) on my 20 Books of Summer list and am looking forward to starting it.

  4. I enjoy short stories for exactly the reason you stated… they’re good for when life is busy.

    A Christmas Carol is one of the few books/stories I’ve read several times throughout my life. A pleasure each time!

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