I lead a busy life. I often don’t have the time to sit down and read several chapters of a novel, and it might be weeks before I pick up the book again. For me short stories are great, because I can read one story, and don’t have to worry about remembering which character did what the next time I have a few minutes to read. I also love using short story anthologies to find new authors without committing to a whole novel.
The books on this list are all over the place, from 1940’s “women’s fiction” to modern fairy tales, science fiction and surrealism.