Authors Anthologies Made Me Want to Read

If you’re like me then you LOVE anthologies! I love getting to see a bunch of authors come togehter and see their take on a single topic. Anthologies are also a great way to discover new authors who you might’ve missed! So here are 5 authors I want to read because I loved their stories in an anthology.

The author pool for this list is really only from 2 anthologies, Feral Youth and Three Sides of a Heart, both fabulous anthologies that I highly recommend. I’ve read other anthologies but I’d either already read books by the authors whose stories I loved, or I didn’t get a spark with a new author that made me want to read more from them.

Justina Ireland 

Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1)

Justina actually had stories in both Feral Youth and Three Sides of a Heart. “Jackie’s Story” from Feral Youth was one of my favorites and “Dread South” from Three Sides of a Heart really made me excited for Dread Nation and I know I’ll get a chance to read it very soon because I have an eARC!

Shaun David Hutchinson 

We Are the Ants

Shaun was actually the editor for Feral Youth and I really loved Gio as an unreliable narrator who pulled so many different characters together. This, along with some beautiful edits on tumblr, made me positive I need to read more from him, specifically We Are the Ants. 

Lamar Giles 

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I was so incredibly wowed by “The Historian, the Garrison, and the Cantankerous Catwoman” in Three Sides of a Heart. There was such amazing intricacy and layered characters that I fell in love. I don’t even have a specific book in mind I want to pick up, but I’m definitely on the look out for anything with his name attached.

Brenna Yovanoff 

Places No One Knows

“Vega” from Three Sides of a Heart was such an amazingly atmospheric and whisical read that gripepd me emotionally that I need to read something else from her ASAP.

Bethany Hagen 

Bethany Hagen packed a tear-inducing, heart-gripping story into such a tiny package in “Unus, Duos, Tres” in Three Sides of a Heart and I fell in love. The character work was stunning and as someone who’s a character-driven reader, it made the anthology end on a high note! Honestly, her other books don’t particularly interest me but I will definitely be on the lookout for her future work.

I have 2 Honorable Mentions where I’ve read a full-length novel by them, but after reading their anthology stories I want to pick up more of their books!

Finding Yvonne

Brandy Colbert

Brandy also had stories in both Feral Youth and Three Sides of a Heart. “Self-Portrait” in Feral Youth was my other favorite from that book. I read Little & Lion (review) and really enjoyed the family relationship in the story, though I have had a bit of a consistent problem with emotional cheating from her. I’m excited to see more from her!

Renée AhdiehThe Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

I read Flame in the Mist (review) and actually enjoyed it more than I expected after the mediocre reviews I saw. But I genuinley fell in lvoe with Renée’s writing in “La Revancha del Tango” from Three Sides of a Heart. The writign was so exceptional and immerseive that I definitely want to check out The Wrath and the Dawn soon.

There are some exciting anthologies coming out later this year that I’m really excited for

A Thousand Beginnings and EndingsOur Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in AmericaFresh Ink: An Anthology

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh | East and South Asia mythology stories!!!! By East and South Asian authors !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our Stories, Our Voices edited by Amy Reed | All about growing up female in American and how that intersects with race, religion, ethnicity. AND THERE ARE SO MANY AMAZING AUTHORS CONTRIBUTING!!!!!!!

Fresh Ink edited by Lamar Giles | So this was an obvious pick up because I loved Giles’ story in Three Sides of a Heart, but also Jason Reynolds is in this. That is all.

What are some of your favorite anthologies? (PLEASE GIVE ME MORE ANTHOLOGIES TO READ – i will love you forever) What upcoming anthologies are you most excited for? Which authors do you want to read more from after reading them in an anthology? Share below!


11 thoughts on “Authors Anthologies Made Me Want to Read

  1. auroralibrialis says:

    This is an amazing idea for a post! I discovered my favorite short story writer, Kelly Link, in My True Love Gave to Me. I love reading stories about witches, so I really like Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron and can’t wait for Toil & Trouble to come out!

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