Must Read Short Stories

I’m not a very big fan of short stories. To be honest, I hate them, though I’ve hypocritically written a few, but I’ve always preferred long, ever-lasting series of novels. However, all my thoughts on short stories were completely shifted by this book, which you probably know what it is – Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling.

Harry Potter is one of my`favourite series of all time, no doubt. It was what got me into reading, and into series. But Harry Potter doesn’t end at Deathly Hallows. Going into this collection, I was skeptical because I didn’t want to ruin my view of J. K. Rowling as a great author, since I actually hated short stories. But I went into it anyway. And I was greatly shocked at how amazing this book was. Everything from the aesthetically pleasing page layout to the cute stories and the olden writing style made reading this book an amazing experience. I’ve never read something so wonderful and refreshing and pleasing in my life.

So Tales of Beedle the Bard is a compilation of short stories set in the wizarding world. It’s mentioned a few times in the book, but I never really deemed it worthy enough to read it. However, I got the boxed set of two more extras and went into this one first, and loved it. One of the stories is of course, the famous ‘Tale of Three Brothers’, after which the last book is named. I think that the stories are very well plotted and they really got me thinking, as a novice writer who has never delved into short stories before, how does one inaugurate so many plot points into such a short amount of pages? But that, alas is a question that I have yet to answer.

Thanks so much for reading guys. What do you think of short stories? Let me know down below! I’d love to hear your thoughts. Share this and that’s it for now. I’ll see you next time. Bye!


  • Megan

    I’m certified obsessed with Harry Potter, so I read this collection as soon as it came out. I’m glad you enjoyed them too! If your fantasy interest bleeds into sci-fi a little, Isaac Asimov has some incredible short stories, as well. They’re sort of mind-bending, but in the best way!

    • carleton

      Thanks! I was looking for good short stories to read, and you definitely gave me some. I will definitely dive right into Isaac Asimov.