Adventureathon Recs | Poetry and Short Stories

Here are some poetry collections and short story collections with a bit of a fantasy twist for you!



The Princess Saves Herself In This One | Amanda Lovelace

A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you.

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The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One | Amanda Lovelace

The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. 

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The Mermaid’s Voice Returns In This One | Amanda Lovelace

The mermaid is known for her siren song, luring bedroom-eyed sailors to their demise. However, beneath these misguided myths are tales of escapism and healing, which Lovelace weaves throughout this empowering collection of poetry, taking you on a journey from the sea to the stars.

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Snow White Learns Witchcraft | Theodora Goss

In these eight stories and twenty-three poems, World Fantasy Award winner Theodora Goss retells and recasts fairy tales by Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and Oscar Wilde.

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Short Stories

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Kissing The Witch | Emma Donoghue

Thirteen tales are unspun from the deeply familiar, and woven anew into a collection of fairy tales that wind back through time. 

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Smoke and Mirrors | Neil Gaiman

In Gaiman's first book of short stories, his imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible wonders - a place where an old woman can purchase the Holy Grail at a thrift store, and assassins advertise their services in the Yellow Pages under "Pest Control.”

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The Language of Thorns | Leigh Bardugo

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

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Fragile Things | Neil Gaiman

A second work of short stories by Neil Gaiman.

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A Thousand Beginnings and Endings | Collected

Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate.

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Let me know what you think of these recommendations, and what you choose to read for the readathon!