There’s something I underappreciated for years and seriously regret overlooking for so long now — anthologies. I mean, they’re basically a book full of epic short stories by authors you already know and love, authors who are rumoured to actually be gods, and authors who you haven’t heard of but quickly become people you want to read more from. Anthologies are perfect in so many ways, and so this is just a little appreciation post for the books I so naively neglected for the majority of my life. Anthologies are awesome, y’all!
Anthologies introduce you to new authors.
Without question, all the anthologies I’ve read so far have introduced me to new authors — authors who I’m now desperate to read more from. And that’s probably my favourite thing about anthologies. We all have our favourite authors and our auto-buy authors, but anthologies are often the things that give me the extra nudge to give another author the go and seek out their previous work. I just have so much love for anthologies.
Anthologies are perfect for overcoming a reading slump.
You know when you’re just staring at your bookshelf but nothing seems to be drawing you in? When everything you pick up just seems either too daunting or too uninteresting? Anthologies eliminates a lot of what makes up a reading slump because they feed you short stories that draw you in quickly, and before you know it, you’ve read a whole twenty pages and are desperate for more. I just got over my most recent reading slump by picking up Toil and Trouble: it was glorious.
Anthologies allow you to gain insight into a specific theme or topic through multiple voices.
Usually when I get in the mood to read a certain type of book, I don’t just read one of them — I go right ahead and read about six in a row before I feel like I can move on. Most recently, I was feeling in the mood for books about internet fame. So I went right ahead and read Radio Silence, then I Was Born for This, then Eliza and Her Monsters… you get the point. But anthologies give you that same freedom to read more about a certain topic without having to dedicate the next two weeks to reading a specific type of book. They’re all just conveniently compressed into one novel!
Meet Me at the Intersection is one of my most recent anthology reads, and wow, it was absolutely phenomenal. I’d been eager to get my hands on a copy of this one ever since it was released, not only because some of my friends are contributing authors, but also because it’s such an important book. All the stories are written by #OwnVoices Aussie authors who share stories from a diverse array of life experiences — from people living with a disability, to those who are First Nations, people of colour, or are a part of the LGBTQIAP+ community. It was incredible to read from so many underrepresented voices and learn more about their individual experiences.
It’s so difficult to review anthologies because all of the stories are so different and yet are united by how they share the stories of these underrepresented voices. All of the stories are so powerful and necessary, and I loved how they were loosely classified into certain sections. But what was most important to realise was that no one can just be boxed into a category. Everyone is more that just a label they’re given by society — whether that be queer, or disabled, or person of colour. We are all such vibrant, three-dimensional people who deserve to be seen as such. I’m not here for tokenism.
Ultimately, Meet Me at the Intersection is such a powerful book full of a diverse range of stories from #OwnVoices authors. This is a book that we desperately needed, and I’m looking forward to seeing more anthologies like this one released in future. If you’re looking for a new anthology to add to your shelf and want to support marginalised #LoveOzYA authors, this is the book for you. I can’t wait to see what some of the contributing authors write next, and to hunt down some of their previous work!
Thanks to Fremantle Press for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!
Some other anthologies I’ve loved…
• So much #LoveOzYA goodness!
• COME FLAIL OVER ALL THESE TALENTED AUTHORS WITH ME
• Danielle Binks is the QUEEN of #LoveOzYA and this is proof!
• GOTTA CATCH THEM ALL (ALLLLL THE SIGNATURES FROM THESE AUTHORS)
• And that cover is glorious and I’ve just melted into a puddle of fangirl goo…
• OKAY BUT… MORE WITCHES!
• And a lot of them are queer and it’s glorious ajskncdksj
• ALL THE FEEEEEEELS SOMEONE HOLD ME
• NO ONE MOVE. THIS IS THE PERFECT READ FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON.
• Seriously, even if you don’t like the festive season, this book will transform you.
• And will make you consume way too many gingerbread lattes and candy canes #oops
• IT’S JUST PERFECT AND ATMOSPHERIC AND I LOVE IT TO PIECES
• This is literally the cutest thing I’ve ever laid eyes on.
• MEET-CUTES ARE LITERALLY MY LIFE?! Well not actually because I have the emotional capacity of a teaspoon but WHATEVER. LOVE!
• So much swoooooooon < 3
• When will someone look at me the way I look at my hardcovers???
Anthologies on my TBR…
Do you read many anthologies? What’s your favourite thing about them? Which ones have been your favourite, or what do you have on your TBR? I’d love to know!