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Published 2018
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Garrison Kelly
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
In her debut book, Hannah Lee Kidder’s stories are short, sweet, and to the point, but they pack the most powerful punches in their tiny spaces. Even stories that are only a sentence long are capable of tugging at the reader’s heartstrings with oftentimes brutal force. The subjects she touches on include rape, suicide, breakups, and elderly dementia to name a few. These topics aren’t there just to shock the reader; they have a purpose beyond that. You will be so in love with this book that you’l ...more
Jill Keller
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Back in college, I loved to write and read short stories. I had a passion for them. And then suddenly...I didn't. They were replaced by "I only want to read novels. Not novellas, not shorts, but full-length novels." I forgot why I ever loved them in the first place.
Little Birds grabbed me from the very first story, Dear Emma, and dragged me back to that time where I absolutely loved short stories. The journey through this book awoke that passion in me again and I found myself not being able to s
Jess Kinslow
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually give five star ratings unless a book touched me in a profound way. This collection of short stories was amazing and deserving of every single one of those stars. From the moment I read the first line of the first story to reading the last line, I was hooked. Every story had it's own way of making you think, no matter the length of the work, which is exactly what I strive to find when reading any book. I found myself re-reading some of the stories even before moving on to the next ...more
Jack Stark
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
I wouldn’t say these are bad stories, but I only found one in the collection that I enjoyed. They are technically proficient, but most of the stories didn’t reflect any experiences I’ve had and therefore I struggled to get invested in them. Some stories are very short, and could have done with being a little longer to spend a bit more time developing the message they were trying to give. A couple stories also felt like they were more of an exercise piece rather than trying to say anything of sub ...more
Lexi Biondi
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-indie
I have to admit, I don’t usually read a lot of short stories, but I did enjoy Little Birds very much. The stories Hannah told were gripping, realistic and moving. Even if they were small, the stories in Little Birds were like a punch to the gut, a string tugging at my heart. This is a wonderful short story collection and I can’t wait to see what else Hannah has to write.
Louise Willingham
Jun 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dark, grim, dramatic. I love this little connection and the messy, damaged characters within the book. It's not a light read, but I enjoyed sitting in the sun and getting lost for a few minutes in the moments and stories. ...more
A.P. Mobley
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not usually one for contemporary works, nor am I usually one who reads short stories/short story collections. So believe me when I say that even if this isn't usually your jam, it's still definitely worth picking up.

It's clear that there was a lot of thought put into the placement of each story, and in their pictures, which are beautiful. Each story left me feeling in a way that's hard to explain. It was almost like I was being taken back in time to many of the times I felt similarly/had si
Steven Partridge
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. That being said, I bought a copy anyway, because I liked it that much.

Little birds is an anthology; a collection of short stories, poems, and proverbs. I follow the author on YouTube, which is how I originally found out it was a thing. I had applied for an ARC, and after reading the first few pages, I realized this was not my usual read at all. It's a contemporary slice-of-life sort of book, with the premier feature being very
Krista | The Bookish HedgeMom
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first anthology read, and I gotta say I really liked the short story format! For someone with limited time (such as I) or someone who wants a break from the norm, small chunks of different stories is a nice choice.

Some stories had more of an impact than others. The shorter stories at the beginning of the collection did a better job of eliciting an emotional response in me than the longer stories. Some of the stories seemed to have little to no point to them and fell flat. It was a mi
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a huge short story person. I like exposition, chapters full of backstory, multiple plot lines all co-mingling in a giant pot of plot spaghetti. I like certain endings, perfect packages of story all wrapped up neatly. I like epilogues that go on for pages and pages. These are not things you normally get with short stories, but this book is full of such wonderful little slices of life that I couldn't help but love it. Wolverine Frogs was probably my favorite story because it's just a bit t ...more
Unwanted_Book _Club
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Usually I'm not big on short stories but these impressed me. The writing style was so descriptive yet simplistic. The characters known for only a short while meant to create an impact did just that. Simple things that are normally overlooked were meant to draw attention not just for worldbuilding but to relate to the character's situation and psyche. Something as simple as an empty and dark room to point out how forlorn they feel. Or wolverine frog facts intermittent in revealing how animalistic ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was lunch

I came across this book after discovering her YouTube channel, in which she promoted her it in some of her videos, as she should. I write short stories myself, and am always excited to find collections that are easily digestible. Little Birds definitely was that, as I consumed this book of shorties in one sitting — basically, almost, kinda... All in all, I really enjoyed the stories in Little Birds, especially when there’s simplicity and cadence throughout, even when talking a
Casey Gibson
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This collection of short stories is an introspective look at relationships - romantic, platonic, familial - and how once strong bonds can change, both over time and in an instant. I loved the melancholy emotion that seemed to permeate each story, causing me to look back at my own relationships and consider. If you've ever lost anybody, then this collection of short stories will resonate and stay with you. ...more
Krystal Dean
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is like a roller coaster ride in an abandoned park at night: sharp turns you don't see coming, steep climbs and breathtaking drops with no guarantee that the tracks continue on, and a large possibility it's gonna hurt a bit. It's raw and real and relatable in every sentence, with exceptional description and dialogue. I would not hesitate to get back in line for this ride. ...more
DeAnn Pohlman
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This collection of short stories seriously sucks you in. With relatable characters and real-life situations, Hannah hits on the heavy stuff in an almost poetic fashion. I honestly had goosebumps while reading this. It's a quick read and kind of a tear-jerker. I can't wait to read more of her work! ...more
Alexandria Prosperie
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pulling you in from the first page, Hannah Lee Kidder writes with such purpose you can’t help but be enthralled. Each story has a new gripping character who highlights the raw—sometimes ugly—side of humanity. She writes with a sincerity that’s unable to be replicated, and though the stories are short, the impact they have on the reader with be long-lived.
A quick, easy read, however most of the stories are easily forgettable and seem to rely on shock value. There's nothing spectacular about the writing, but it does the job it's supposed to do, which is tell stories. I like the varying lengths of the short stories, some being a couple pages, and others being merely a sentence. Not an altogether unpleasant collection though. ...more
Catherine Streeter
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hannah is so good at writing short stories that pack a reaaaal good emotional punch. Also I can never quite guess where her stories are headed which is my favorite. Anyway this book will make you feel a lot of things and it’s such a quick, easy read—I HIGHLY recommend it.
Sarah Calaway
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hannah is amazing at writing short pieces that leaving emotions lingering. Each piece in this collection packs a unique punch, and I didn’t want to stop reading. Her writing style is not only very addicting, but it’s very powerful. It’s a pretty quick read that you won’t regret.
I first heard of Hannah Lee Kidder’s collection of short stories from Jenna Moreci’s channel in 2018 and picked up this little collection and read them in about an hour. The lengths vary from two sentences to twenty pages, though most are just a couple of pages. They are all contemporary tales, and collected from various prompts and submissions dealing with various topics. While the writing styles do vary a bit, they aren’t too hard to read and almost all of them had a twist at the end, a good s ...more
Catherine Bowser
Jun 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
I’m expanding to explore some more short story collections and this one has been on my radar for a while. I was happy to finally give it a try.

The stories in here are all written well. I enjoyed the voice in each one and there were just enough details to catch my attention but not paint the picture for me. I find those to be the best kind of books.

I will say, I think a themed short story collection works best and I really couldn’t settle on a common theme amid these stories. Rather, it’s just a
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Worth the read

Edit: Okay, so, here's the truth. I bought the ebook because i lost the real copy lmao

But! It did force me to write a review after i read it on my kindle, so, there's that.

Little Birds is a collection of short stories, and you know what it did? It made me feel something. I have favorites, of course, and others that weren't favorites. But, anyway, it did its job all right. I freakin adored this book. I had no idea short stories could be as impactful as sort of inspired
Vinicius Morais de Souza
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Most of the stories are gut-punching, and it's the sweetest gut-beating you'll get. ...more
Marie Lipscomb
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a beautiful book! Poetic, dark, and incredibly addictive. I didn't intend to read the whole thing in one sitting, but once I started I couldn't put it down.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I said "oof" outloud probably 3 or 4 times reading this. This was my first proper dip into very short fiction as an adult reader, and it's left me wanting more. Each story felt less like I was reading and more like someone I know was telling their own story, so that was pretty cool to experience. ...more
Dahlia Burroughs
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review to come!
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I picked up this book to learn more about how to write short stories and it didn't disappoint. Each story kept me interested and I love the writing style.
Amanda Ebner
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A definite interesting read. I wasn’t too into it because I’m not much of a short story person, but it’s competently written and interesting. It’s not too long a read either.
Nathan Fehr
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm not one to read short stories or have much interest in short fiction, but this book certainly changed that. I really enjoyed the writing style and choices of words; the author's imagery is excellent. I even reread most stories three or four times because I'd get more out of it each time, going "ohhh" every few minutes. Highly recommend this book, I'll be keeping an eye out for her next release and pre-ordering if I can! ...more
Rowan Liddell
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kidder has a gift for crafting emotional journeys that take up less than a page. Haunting is one word I'd use for her shorts. Other words I'd use to describe her work: nostalgic, symbolic, timeless, and beautiful. I found myself gasping at each page. These are the types of stories students should be reading to learn from. As someone who needs about 20 pages to get to my desired point, this collection is intimidating and incredible. This kind of talent is #goals ...more
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