Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2017 Deal Me In Short Stories Reading Challenge

Welcome to the Short Story Reading Challenge, “Deal Me In 2017!”


Hosted by Bibliophilopolis
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(Deal Me In logo above created by Mannomoi at Dilettante Artiste)

What is the goal of the challenge?

To read 52 short stories in 2017 (that’s only one per week – versions with a lesser story requirement are noted below)
What do I need?
1) Access to at least fifty-two short stories (don’t own any short story collections or anthologies? See links to online resources below)
2) A deck of cards
3) An average of perhaps just thirty minutes of reading time each week

Will edit with my list of stories. Some of these I have already read but it has been many many years since I've read them.

Hearts

Ace: Bernice Bobs Her Hair by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Queen: What Stumped the Bluejays by Mark Twain
King: A Haunted House by Virginia Woolf
Jack: There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury
10: Stone Mattress by Margret Atwood
9: A Dark Brown Dog by Stephen Crane
8: The Offshore Pirate by F. Scott Fitzgerald
7: The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs
6: The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe
5: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
4: The Split Cherry Tree by Jesse Stuart
3: The School by Donald Barthelme
2: Wants by Grace Paley

Diamonds

Ace: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain
Queen: The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
King: The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe
Jack: The Looking-Glass by Anton Chekhov
10:  The Last Night of the World by Ray Bradbury
9: A Clean, Well Light Place by Ernest Hemingway
8: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber
7:  How to Become a Writer by Lorrie Moore
6: Brownies by ZZ Packer
5: A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Conner
4: Winter Dreams by F. Scott Fitzgerald
3: Cathedral by Raymond Carver
2: Sea Oak by George Saunders

Clubs


Ace: Never Bet the Devil Your Head by Edgar Allen Poe
Queen: Eve's Diary by Mark Twain
King: The Unicorn in the Garden by James Thurber
Jack: Bullet in the Brain by Tobias Wolff
10: Why Don't You Dance by Raymond Carver
9: Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates
8: The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
7: Hills Like White Elephants By Ernest Hemingway
6: All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury
5: Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut
4: The Lady of the Lake by Bernard Malamud
3: Everyday Use by Alice Walker
2: The Ice Palace  by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Spades

Ace: The Californian's Tale by Mark Twain
Queen: A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury
King: A Couple of Hamburgers by James Thurber
Jack: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
10: Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl
9: Girl by Jamaica Kincaid
8: The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
7: The Nose by Nikolai V. Gogol
6: The Swimmer by John Cheever
5: Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
4: To Build a Fire by Jack London
3: A Tiny Feast by Chris Adrian
2: The Zero Meter Diving Team by Jim Shepard


4 comments:

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    1. Thank you! I'm very much looking forward to this challenge.

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  2. A lot of these stories were on my list last year! I also love that you included plenty of Ray Bradbury. Looking forward to checking back and reading your thoughts on them.

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  3. This is a great roster of stories. I think I've read more on your list than anybody else participating this year. So many great ones! I've seen Stone Mattress on a few lists this year. Also "Story of an Hour" won my unofficial award for favorite Deal Me In story for me one year. You have a great year of reading ahead of you! :-)

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