As a book lover I understand how difficult it can be to juggle working life and still making sure you have time to read. I have found that in the last year in particular short stories offer the perfect solution. If you have had a really hectic day you can just read a short 10-20 pages story and still feel like you have fitted in some reading. If you are feeling a little more ambitious you can take on a couple of stories in one night.
So how do you select short stories?
There are quite a few things to consider when picking a collection to suit you. First of all, if you are new to short stories it may be a good idea to start off with picking a collection by an author you are already a big fan of. Plenty of well-known authors have written their own collections such as Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver and Angela Carter to name but a few!
Writers who write short stories are often well established in the literary world and short stories themselves are generally very well written. Short stories also lend themselves well to being re-read. They can also be a good introduction to an author if you are not sure whether or not you like their style.
So take a risk and start your first collection today!