Anthologies really do get the short end of the sticks from which they are made. There are some really great anthologies out there! A lot of my favorite short stories come from anthologies. If you have a favorite genre, the chances are pretty high that some authors you like have come together and written short stories fitting one theme or sharing characters. You might even find several new authors you'll enjoy!
The great thing about anthologies is that they require less commitment than full books do. I love full books, but sometimes not being able to put a story down can be a bad thing when it's 3 o'clock in the morning and you have an 8 a.m. class. Short stories are like cookies. Having one is really good. Getting a package with a dozen inside is even better because you can have some now and save the rest for later!
Here are some anthologies I personally recommend:
This book can be categorized as Young Adult and Romance. I love the way all of the stories come together. Some of the characters run into each other from the other stories. I love stuff like that.
I recently checked this out from my university's library for my honors thesis on the evolution of fairies. I probably won't be using it, but it has great stories!
Are there any anthologies you enjoy?