Booking Through Thursday: Short Stories vs. Novels

Which do you prefer? Short stories? Or full-length novels? I like both, but which I’m inclined to read depends on my mood.  I generally gravitate towards novels - because they take less time, if you can believe it.  By that, I mean that they’re usually divided into chapters, and in my experience, a short story is longer than a chapter of a novel.  So if I’m riding the bus and want to read, I’m more likely to finish a chapter than a whole short story.  But each has its place, and I think some of the best writing has been done in short stories.  Eudora Welty and Flannery O’Connor spring to mind, but there are many others as well.

What about you?

Kimberly Hirsh @kimberlyhirsh