May 13, 2012

What to read when you don’t have time to read

Filed under: Uncategorized — nascentnovelist @ 11:17 pm
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Short answer: short fiction.

The last three weeks I’ve delved into short fiction again and I must say I love it. You can pack so much punch into thirty pages, and for those of us who’re crunching* right now, it’s much easier to pick up a short story than to make it through a whole novel. Besides, with the bloom of indie publishing, a lot of new, interesting short fiction is propping up. I suggest A Light To Starve By, by Axel Taiari if you like horror/alternate reality fiction.

I’m currently reading Alice Munro’s collection of short stories Too Much Happiness. Every page is blowing my mind, and the best part: I can read a story a day. (Although I devoured three this afternoon. Seriously, check her out!)

So for those of you who want to read but who keep putting books down or losing the plot, let me suggest short fiction. Less demanding = more rewarding when you’re short on time.

*the preferred term for working massive overtime to finish a project on time.



  1. Also, for the super-duper time-deficient: poetry! I took Rumi on my commute in winter and a poem a day was refreshing. Plus I get motion sickness easily, so 1 part reading to 3 parts contemplating was ideal.

    Comment by Tanya Short — May 13, 2012 @ 11:42 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for the recommendation! I do enjoy short stories, though I haven’t read them in a while. Trying to work my way through a pile of library books. πŸ™‚

    Comment by Kourtney Heintz — May 14, 2012 @ 12:39 am | Reply

    • Me too, but I had to throw in the towel and choose something shorter. I figure the novels will wait for me. πŸ˜‰

      Comment by nascentnovelist — May 14, 2012 @ 8:09 am | Reply

  3. Thanks for the tip, I’ll place it on my reading list. I, too, love short story collections. You can check my recommendations here:

    They’re a collection of gems πŸ™‚

    Comment by Samir — May 14, 2012 @ 2:28 am | Reply

  4. Short stories are still my favorite narrative form and technique. Audio short stories are also great. They are quick listens and can pass the time when doing something else (grocery shopping or doing the dishes), and there are lots of great free fiction podcasts out there (a great way to sample other writers).

    Comment by scrivnomancer — May 14, 2012 @ 10:41 am | Reply

    • So true. I used to love novels. Short stories weren’t my thing. I just got to know a character only to leave him/her forever. But now, I’m more willing to let people go, I guess.

      Comment by nascentnovelist — May 14, 2012 @ 2:27 pm | Reply

  5. Thanks for the great idea and recommendations. Sometimes it’s also good just to mix up the reading list, even if we’re not crunched. πŸ™‚

    Comment by jmmcdowell — May 14, 2012 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

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