Top Ten Tuesday: Quick Reads

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A photo of a water-damaged, possibly mold-encrusted book lying opened up to the world on a flat grey stone outdoors. It appears to me that someone did this in order to help the pages dry, and they are drying stiffly and with some pages sticking straight up. Looking at this makes me wonder if the book will be readable again! What a great topic idea, Jennifer @ and Angela @ Reading Frenzy. 

I love short stories, novellas, and other short reads! They always seem to float to the top of my TBR list and comprise most of what I review on this blog because I don’t think they always get as much attention as they should have.

My first few answers will be of some of my recent reviews and the rest will be of older short works that I thought were well done.

Whenever possible, I have included a link to the full text stories I’m discussing here so that you can all enjoy them, too.

1. Is Neurocide the Same As Genocide? And Other Dangerous Ideas (Spiral Worlds) by Alexandra Almeida

What I Liked About It: The ethical dilemma it introduced was interesting and did not have any easy answers. If only the brain mapping technology described in this tale actually existed.


2. The Girls in Red by BB Wrenne (My review for this one is scheduled for February 15)

What I Liked About It:  It retold a classic fairy tale that I have seen very few recent retellings of. It’s always nice when that happens.


3. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

What I Liked About It:  The main character was sympathetic and the message is something modern audiences still need to take heed of.


4. The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin

What I Liked About It: The surprise at the end. Some of you may already be aware of why Omelas is such a peaceful city, but anyone who does not will be in for quite the read. I still daydream about this tale sometimes and wonder what happened to the main character after the final scene.


5. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

What I Liked About It: Goodness, how do I describe this one without giving away spoilers? Let’s just say that it’s not quite the idyllic setting it might first appear to be and it can be excellent fodder for a spirited discussion after you finish it if you like that sort of thing.


6. Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

What I Liked About It: There was a strong sense of justice woven into the main character, and I admired his willingness to help others even when it put his own reputation and livelihood on the line.


7. A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

What I Liked About It: Someday I will stop gushing about the Monk & Robot series, but today is not that day. I adore how peaceful it is and how well most of the people in this universe get along not with each other but with nature and animals as well. Wouldn’t it be incredible to create such a harmonious society in real life?


8. Foster by Claire Keegan

What I Liked About It: The realism and honesty of it all. This read like it could be been based on real events that were written down by the main character many decades after her experience living with childless relatives for a few months while her mother recovered from giving birth. I didn’t want this one to end.


9. A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

What I Liked About It: This picture book (which reads more like a short story) was so encouraging and kind. I’d love to read a novel about these characters a few decades later when the little girl is grown up.


10. Ramona’s World by Beverly Cleary

What I Liked About It: I read some of the books in this series as a kid but outgrew them before the last ones came out. It was wonderful to finally go back and finish it a couple of years ago. Ramona was as creative and impulsive as ever!

I can’t wait to see everyone else’s answers.


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72 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Quick Reads

  1. The only one I’ve read from this list is Foster – but it’s on my list this week too, and I agree with your thoughts on it. It was small, but had. Abig impact. It has stuck with me in a way I did not expect. I have The Yellow Wallpaper and A Psalm for the Wild Built on my TBR as well, as I have heard very good things about both. Great list!

  2. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    I remember reading The Lottery in school many years ago. Not easy to forget!

  3. The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas is such a thought provoking one. It really sticks with you.

  4. I loved Psalm for the Wild-Built. I can’t wait to continue the rest of the series! A couple of others on here sound interesting too so I’ll be sure to check them out more! Great list 🙂

  5. Athena

    This is a good list, I need to check out Becky Chambers sometime soon. Thanks for dropping by my post!

  6. How fun to go back and read a Ramona book! I haven’t read these since my childhood, but I have such fond memories. I’ve read #3-7 on your list and thought they were all fantastic. The Omelas story gave me shivers.

  7. Joanne

    Small Things Like These has been a popular choice this week! My daughter has just read The Yellow Wallpaper.

  8. I’ve never heard pf any of these before but they certainly sound interesting. I can see why you enjoyed them. I may have to add some of these to my TBR.

  9. Shirley Jackson is such a fabulous author. Great list this week!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  10. I loved that you also shared what you liked about them. That makes your list even more fun.

  11. I never did read the Ramona books (don’t know why!), but the movie, which I rewatched just for fun recently sure is a cute flick. All that creativity in Ramona or any character is always fun to see. Thanks so much for visiting my website today!

  12. I’ve only read the Becky Chambers book, and I loved it! But the others all sound really good too!

  13. Nice!
    I have seen Chamber on many lists. I really need to try this book soon

  14. I love that you put why you liked these books. I never think to do that.

  15. The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas is one of my favorite short stories. I often use it to discuss with my students. It’s controversial and thought provoking and great to promote discussion in a group.

  16. I’m going to check out A Chair for My Mother! Glad to see Chambers too 🙂

  17. I am loving these posts! Adding some many things to my TBR. I do love the Ramona books.

  18. Great list! I really want to re-read The Lottery and The Yellow Wallpaper. I remember really enjoying the experience when I read them initially in high school.

    Today is not the say I stop gushing about the Monk & Robot series, either. I’m still hoping we get another book (or three) in the series.

    Happy reading! My TTT:

  19. I love those two Keegan stories! And I also wanted more from Foster!

  20. Might have to check out The Girls in Red

  21. I haven’t read any of these authors, but it’s a great way to discover new writers since the time commitment is minimal.

  22. Oh! I LOVE A Chair for My Mother!! Good list–I’ve enjoyed a few of them.

  23. I always see good reviews of Shirley Jackson but I haven’t read it yet, I hope to do so this year, maybe in autumn

  24. I want to read The Yellow Wallpaper and The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas, they both seem like very deep reads.

  25. I’ve always wanted to read The Yellow Wallpaper, and I love The Lottery. Fun list!

  26. I completely forgot about The Yellow Wallpaper. I remember reading that story decades ago in high school and being furious… after a quick re-read, I’m still mad.

    I’ll have to check out some of the others on your list as well. They sound great!

  27. Excellent picks, esp. The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas!

  28. I’ve read, of course A Chair for My Mother and the Ramona book, and I, too, am a fan of the Monk and Robot series (I do hope Chambers is writing more of these). I’d like to look for The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas. I’ve read very little of Ursula LeGuin, sadly.

  29. I know that I’ve read The Lottery in high school, but I have absolutely no recollection of the story, haha.

  30. It’s been years since I read The Lottery, but that twist remains very vivid in my head. Great list!

  31. Great list! I’ve been meaning to read The Lottery for some time, and to refresh myself on The Yellow Wallpaper. And I’ve heard nothing but great things about A Psalm for the Wild-Built, so I guess it’s time to finally add it to my TBR.

  32. I loved the Ramona books when I was little!

    Thanks for stopping by my Top Ten Tuesday

  33. Gosh, The Lottery made such an impact on me when I first read it in school. It opened my eyes to all the possibilities in writing.

  34. THE YELLOW WALLPAPER has been on my TBR for sometime! I also just picked up THE LOTTERY – looking forward to finally reading that one.

  35. vidya

    love Ramona! And also The Yellow Wallpaper and The Lottery!! Want to look for Claire Keegan now (already saw her twice today)

  36. I haven’t read a lot of these, but they sound really interesting! The Monk & Robot series is already on my TBR, and I hope I can get to it this year!

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