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18 Best Short Stories Books of All Time

Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best Short Stories books (instead of one person's opinion).

    Our process:
  1. Search for "best short stories books" and study the top 5 articles.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (This took a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2023)

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  7. 9
  8. 10

    The Thing Around Your Neck

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  9. 12
  10. 13

    The Complete Stories

    Flannery O'Connor

  11. 14
  12. 15

    Objects of Desire


    Clare Sestanovich

  13. 16
  14. 17


  • How was this Short Stories books list created?

    We searched for "best Short Stories books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Short Stories books are in this list?

    There are 18 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Short Stories books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Short Stories books on the internet.

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