|Stories for the Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory
Publish Date: July 26, 2011
My Source: NetGalley
My Thoughts: I have never really been one for reading short stories…until now. Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day is a book full of tiny little stories that left me longing for just a little more. In a book of about forty stories, there were some happy, some sad, some scary, and some that were just plain…strange. On more than one occasion, I read stores over again immediately after finishing them because they were just that great.
One of my favorites is the story of an octopus that leaves the ocean and lives among people in the city. After a visit from a couple of members of his family, he rethinks his decision to move away from the ocean. Another favorite is the a story of a duck who falls deeply in love with a rock despite being ridiculed by each of his fellow ducks. I read both of these stories out loud to my husband with a huge smile. When I got to the UFO love story, however, I read out loud with actual joy, and at some points, with actual laughter.
I’d love to say, too, that I love the cover of this book. In fact, I chose to read this book initially because of the great cover. There is something so intriguing about a cover that boasts both a sea creature and a UFO at the same time.
This book is wonderful for those times when you have a few minutes to read a few pages, because each of these stories is but a few pages in length. Each of them are so different and so great. If you are open to reading short stories, I highly recommend you grab this book and add it to your collection. If you are like I was and are not particularly a fan of short stories, perhaps this is a great place for you to start. I enjoyed every word of this book and cannot wait to read each of these stories again.
*A review copy was generously provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts. Thank you, Penguin!