TBR Shelf February: Shorts Stories and Essays

As you know, I’m really fond of theme reading. It clears my bookshelves and helps me get some genres read that I’ve been meaning to try. This month I thought I’d jump on my short story and essay collections. I have been accumulating them apparently. I’m going to try for the ones I own and if I get through those I’ll reach out to what I have on Scribd and get some recommendations from you guys (throw them in the comments, I’ll try to get to them). I read 34 books in January and I don’t think I have that many essay/short story collections on my shelf so it’s possible. I’m not only reading these, since The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee is coming out tomorrow! (Side note: This took all my willpower not to capitalize all of that and add all the exclamation points.)

Here’s my physical shelf.

  • Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
  • Trigger Warning by Neil Gaimain
  • Nocturne by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  • Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
  • Naked by David Sedaris
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  • Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris
  • How to be a Heroine: Or What I’ve Learned by Reading Too Much by Samantha Ellis
  • Ghost Summer by TananariveDue (also my horror pick for my Read Harder Challenge)

On my digital shelf

  • Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions edited by Cami Ostman (my religion pick for #readharder)
  • Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker
  • A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin
  • Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine edited by Lisa Jervis (possibly my #readharder feminist pick)
  • Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
  • Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained by Maya Rodale

Do you have any recommendations for me? Read any of these? Any I should read sooner than the others? Talk to me, people!

Potential Read-a-thon Books

I scoured my TBR shelves and decided I had a wealth of books to choose from so that being said tomorrow is going to be an all print books all the time day. You know I love my ebooks, but my print books are starting to pile up so it’s time to make some room.  


I definitely won’t get to all of these, but I like to have a bit to choose from. I decided to go with short story and essay collections, as well as some historical fiction which usually are quick reads for me as long as I don’t fall down the rabbit hole of looking up the real people on wiki as I read. I threw in a YA book and a few just shot books. More bang for my buck really. 

From bottom left

  • Inferno by Dan Brown 
  • The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O’Melveny
  • Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
  • The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (hidden under Moore)
  • Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore
  • Henna House by Nomi Eve
  • Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans 
  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  • The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
  • The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud
  • Pearl of China by Anchee Min
  • When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
  • Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (hidden under Gaiman)
  • Honor by Elif Shafak
  • The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar
  • The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugenia Kim

Any recommendations for books off the piles that should get higher priority? Any that you are also wanting to read?