TTT #36| Favorite Novellas/Short Stories

We have been having fun with Top Ten Tuesday, so we decided we will do one every week. This bookish meme was hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and has been going since June 2010! Since last January Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is favorite Novellas/Short Stories. I had to think long and hard about this one! In the end, I was able to think of a list!

134198911. The Assassin and the Desert A list like this can’t exsist without at least one of the short stories Sarah J. Maas gave us in the Throne of Glass series. Celaena has to travel to the desert to train. She thinks this will be easy and she will be back home in no time. Celaena learned her lesson thinking that. I loved how you saw her change and take the training seriously. It wasn’t what she expected, but something she needed.

2. The Assassin and the Empire This novella is such an important part of this series. It still breaks my heart every time I read it. The Assassin 13565676and the Empire is the start of the series Throne of Glass. Without this moment, Celaena wouldn’t have been the character we know and love. Sarah J. Maas is such an amazing writer and I love how much of this story she already had planned out.

384920453. So Much More Alabama Summer by J. Daniels is one of my favorite romance series. All of the men are swoon-worthy and leave you wanting more. So Much more is a part of the anthology Eye Candy and it came out around Halloween. I can’t believe I waited so long to read this! All of the characters are going out for Halloween and we read from the men’s POV. The only thing I didn’t like was these little peeks into the characters’ lives again is that it made me want more. I don’t think I will ever have enough of them!

4. The End Zone This is a short story and a friend to lovers romance. I had never read anything by this author, but I want to read more now. 37770280As a fan of sports romances, I definitely recommend this book. There are plenty of sweet and romantic moments! The main female character is also a nerd, so it’s very easy to relate to her. I was kind of sad it was a short story that belonged in an anthology. These characters deserve a full book!

348482225. The Young Queens With Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne being favorites of mine, I was very excited that Kendare Blake would be releasing novellas. Three Dark Crowns starts with the sisters turning 16, so we missed a lot of backstory. The Young Queen kind of fills us in on how they grew up and the different things they experienced. I have to say after reading this, I understood the characters a bit better.

6. The Oracle Queen This is another novella in the Three Dark Crowns series, but this time about the last Oracle Queen. Stories said she was 35098022mad, but reading this makes you realize things didn’t go quite the way we think they did. Even though this was in the past, I have a feeling things we learned in this novella are going to be important in the next two books we are getting in this series.

334076107.The Bed Mate Kendall Ryan is a favorite of mine (which you will know, if you have followed the blog for awhile). Her Roommates series is really a lot of fun, so I had to read this novella. Once again, she didn’t disappoint! This novella takes place just after Christmas and the main character is a big fan of that holiday just like me. This friends to lovers romance is definitely one you need to read.

8. Shadows LUX is one of my favorite series. It gets close to Harry Potter and that says a lot, haha! Shadows is the novella before everything 13183957starts with Daemon and Katy. We find out what Dawson went through and what happens before he “disappears”. I think it’s a very important part of the story. I’m hoping to reread this series before the spinoff (The Darkest  Star) comes out later this year.

328839629. Bad Romeo Christmas I loved the Bad Romeo trilogy. Another set of books I couldn’t get enough of. The author was kind enough to give is three novellas set around Christmas. Seeing how I love Christmas and like to set my TBR up with nothing but Christmas books, this book came right on time. It’s fun seeing the characters dealing with the holidays, their relationships and parents.

10. The Proposal Cam and Avery were my favorite couple in Jennifer L. Armentrouts’s Wait for You series. At least, they are so farl. I still need 21491442to read a few of the books. I know it’s not always realistic, but I am a big fan of happily ever afters. The Proposal was a moment just like that. Reading this novella left me with a smile on my face!


I’m surprised I actually managed to make a list of 10, haha. What is your favorite short story/novella?


18 thoughts on “TTT #36| Favorite Novellas/Short Stories

  1. I’ve been excited to start reading Kendare Blake’s work since hearing her speak at Bookcon, but I hadn’t been aware she had novellas out as well. That’s good to know–I wouldn’t want to miss any of the additional content that came out between books!

    1. They are now bundled as Queens of Fennbirn and printed as a physical book. You won’t miss anything story wise for the first two books, but I definitely enjoyed them. I think some of this will come back in the next two books.

  2. I haven’t read Kendare’s books, but they’ve always sounded interesting. Perhaps someday I’ll pick up one of the novella’s as a way to seeing if they’d by a good fit. 🙂

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

    1. Thanks for visiting as well!
      I really enjoyed her books, but I know a few people who didn’t care for them. I hope if you pick them up that you enjoy the books ?

  3. It’s fantastic when an author expands on the world they’ve created in short stories! Putting together the list for this week I realised that most of the short stories I’ve read have been that kind of thing- backstories, prequels, epilogues, side stories… there’s so many different for an author to play around in their own universe and it’s really neat to see.

    Kelly @ Wandering Through Books recently posted…Favorite Novellas, Short Story Anthologies on My TBRMy Profile

    1. I really have to agree. I love reading them and realizing that an author plans out so much more than we realize! It’s in the little details! I love that!

    1. It helped me understand them more and even get where my least favorite character is coming from.

    1. Maybe you will find something interesting in these new titles ? Happy reading as well!

  4. I think the Young Queens and The Oracle Queen add so much to the TDC series, and The Oracle Queen in particular blew me away with how different things were from what is commonly accepted in the current era. Wow, I can’t wait to see some of those factors show up in later books. ?

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    1. Yes! I was so impressed with The Oracle Queen. I can’t wait to see how it plays out in the series either!

    1. Thanks for the tip! I have seen different Lauren Blakely books, but have never picked any up. I think that may have to change ?

    1. Mine as well! I have read this story more than one and it doesn’t get less painful!

    1. I think I will always miss Sam! Even though I love how the story is developing, I would’ve loved having more of him in the series.

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