• mahabis lifestyle // feet up. book open.

  

Today's post takes a look at how short fiction might be the ideal way to relax this winter. With dark nights drawing in, temperatures dropping, and our lives getting constantly busier, what better way to switch off from it all than to get lost inside a fascinating fictional world.

The winter solstice falls on 21st December, coinciding perfectly with Nancy Christie’s Short Fiction Day. A short fiction author herself, Nancy hopes to promote short stories by encouraging a day spent enjoying easily digestible tales. And when it is a dark and gloomy winter day outside it's almost the perfect setting for such an event.

 

mahabis lifestyle // feet up. book open

 

Whilst a longer tome might be a daunting task to embark on, short fiction is ideal for our increasingly busy lives. Collections of short stories are becoming ever more popular as they can be enjoyed in short bursts, rather than dedicating a prolonged period of time to completing a full-length novel. And it isn't just that the length that is short, but also the fast paced action and lack of excess characters mean that you'll most likely have to try harder not to finish in one sitting.

Commutes to and from work, the odd hour in the evening or even a relaxing twenty minutes on your lunch break are the perfect times to peruse a couple of pages. 

Short stories aren’t the only way to stimulate your brain with a short period of light reading. Magazine articles and blog posts also fit the bill. Short, snappy and to-the-point articles are perfect for those who prefer fact to fiction but still like to read.

 mahabis lifestyle // feet up. book open.

 

Reading fiction has long been described as the perfect escapism, allowing our minds to wander to a complete different world where we can forget any stresses as we become absorbed with the story. Loosing yourself in a book or article can help to refresh, inspire and challenge your brain.

On December 21st, why not try dedicating an hour or so of your day to reading. Arm yourself with a collection of short stories, a favourite magazine or an arsenal of word-rich blogs and allow yourself to become consumed with the written word.

 

mahabis lifestyle // feet up. book open.

 

Wondering what to read? Here’s a little inspiration.

 

Treats, by Lara Williams

Treat yourself to the debut collection of short stories by Manchester-based author, Lara Williams, a witty and relatable collection of tales about contemporary life for twenty-to-thirty year olds, covering sex, love and friendships. With 21 stories squeezed into just 224 pages, you’ll find the separate tales quick and easy to read; perfect for your commute, although you’ll be left wanting to read more. 

 

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

The complete works of short fiction by Man Booker prize winner, Lydia Davis will provide you with hours of reading. With some tales only one sentence long, you’ll have something to read however long your break.

 

Carve magazine

One of the leading printed publications focused on short fiction, Carve magazine is dedicated to ‘honest fiction’. Read stories for free on their website or purchase their magazine if you prefer leafing through pages.

  

If you enjoyed reading our post, feel free to share with our ready-to-go tweet link.

 

photos: via pexels, unsplash

mahabis lifestyle // feet up. book open.

  

Today's post takes a look at how short fiction might be the ideal way to relax this winter. With dark nights drawing in, temperatures dropping, and our lives getting constantly busier, what better way to switch off from it all than to get lost inside a fascinating fictional world.

The winter solstice falls on 21st December, coinciding perfectly with Nancy Christie’s Short Fiction Day. A short fiction author herself, Nancy hopes to promote short stories by encouraging a day spent enjoying easily digestible tales. And when it is a dark and gloomy winter day outside it's almost the perfect setting for such an event.

 

mahabis lifestyle // feet up. book open

 

Whilst a longer tome might be a daunting task to embark on, short fiction is ideal for our increasingly busy lives. Collections of short stories are becoming ever more popular as they can be enjoyed in short bursts, rather than dedicating a prolonged period of time to completing a full-length novel. And it isn't just that the length that is short, but also the fast paced action and lack of excess characters mean that you'll most likely have to try harder not to finish in one sitting.

Commutes to and from work, the odd hour in the evening or even a relaxing twenty minutes on your lunch break are the perfect times to peruse a couple of pages. 

Short stories aren’t the only way to stimulate your brain with a short period of light reading. Magazine articles and blog posts also fit the bill. Short, snappy and to-the-point articles are perfect for those who prefer fact to fiction but still like to read.

 mahabis lifestyle // feet up. book open.

 

Reading fiction has long been described as the perfect escapism, allowing our minds to wander to a complete different world where we can forget any stresses as we become absorbed with the story. Loosing yourself in a book or article can help to refresh, inspire and challenge your brain.

On December 21st, why not try dedicating an hour or so of your day to reading. Arm yourself with a collection of short stories, a favourite magazine or an arsenal of word-rich blogs and allow yourself to become consumed with the written word.

 

mahabis lifestyle // feet up. book open.

 

Wondering what to read? Here’s a little inspiration.

 

Treats, by Lara Williams

Treat yourself to the debut collection of short stories by Manchester-based author, Lara Williams, a witty and relatable collection of tales about contemporary life for twenty-to-thirty year olds, covering sex, love and friendships. With 21 stories squeezed into just 224 pages, you’ll find the separate tales quick and easy to read; perfect for your commute, although you’ll be left wanting to read more. 

 

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

The complete works of short fiction by Man Booker prize winner, Lydia Davis will provide you with hours of reading. With some tales only one sentence long, you’ll have something to read however long your break.

 

Carve magazine

One of the leading printed publications focused on short fiction, Carve magazine is dedicated to ‘honest fiction’. Read stories for free on their website or purchase their magazine if you prefer leafing through pages.

  

If you enjoyed reading our post, feel free to share with our ready-to-go tweet link.

 

photos: via pexels, unsplash
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