Anthologies

January 19, 2015 at 4:15 pm

How do you feel about anthologies? Anthologies are books that are a compilation of novellas (or something else) put together, usually with a common theme, to form one book.

Recently a few author friends of mine were involved in a special anthology called Tied in Pink. It’s a collection of romance novellas with the proceeds from the sales going to support breast cancer research. It’s a fantastic cause and although I’m not really a novella girl, I bought it to see what it was like.

The stories in the book were all different, both in style, setting, genre and other characteristics. The only common denominator was the romance angle and the mention of a little pink bow to bring the reader’s attention back to the driving force behind these stories. It was a poignant reminder, especially as some of the novellas covered cancer themselves. Some were particularly moving, some more lighthearted. I think there was something for everyone in there. I found myself pulled in, even though the stories were shorter than I like. I enjoy a story that takes me away to a different world for as long as possible, but these were still enjoyable, even in their brevity. Maybe I should try reading anthologies more often!

If, like me, you’re not a novella person, you might still find a story in there to like. I’ll put the link here in case you would like to check it out. If nothing else, you’ll be supporting a worthy cause.

Do you enjoy compilations? Are they something you’d normally read or do you find you prefer a longer book by one author? Let me know in the comments section below.