Thursday, December 25, 2014

2015 Deal Me In Short Stories Reading Challenge

The "Deal Me In Short Stories Challenge" is hosted by Jay at Bibliophilopolis.  Click above to go to the sign-up page!

The deal is to read 12, 13, 26 or 52 short stories during 2015.  That works out to 1 per month, 1 per moon cycle, bi-weekly or weekly, respectively.  You 'assign' a story to each card in a deck (for the weekly challenge), and then each week draw a card and read the corresponding story.  Cool!  Of course, that necessitates knowing your stories beforehand.

I'm going with 1)Swiss short stories (to honor my maternal heritage); 2) short stories from the links provided by Jay on the sign-up page; 3) Scottish short stories (because I have a serious thing for Scotland); and 4) Indian short stories because I 'met' a LOT of rockin' bloggers from India at this year's Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

(Links in the following roster will go directly to the short story until they are read.  Then I'll either add a link for the review post or change the color of the link or something like that.)

SPADES (Swiss short stories)
Ace -  How Jogelli Seeks a Wife by Jeremias Gotthelf
Two - The Broommaker of Rychiswyl by Jeremias Gotthelf
Three - Elsi, the Unusual Farm Maid by Jeremias Gotthelf
Four - The Swiss at Morgarten by Charles Morris
Five - William Tell and the Swiss Patriots by Charles Morris
Six - Moni the Goat Boy by Joanna Spyri
Seven - Toni, the Little Woodcarver by Joanna Spyri
Eight - What Sami Sings with the Birds by Joanna Spyri
Ten - The Banner of the Upright Seven - Gottfried Keller
Jack - The Singing Fir Tree - folk tale
Queen - The Black Spider by Jeremias Gotthelf

HEARTS (links)
whatever's up in Short Story of the Day at American Literature
Ace - (to be added)
Two - 
Four - 
Five - 
Six - 
Seven - 
Eight - 
Nine - 
Ten - 
Jack - 
Queen - 
King - 

DIAMONDS (Scottish short stories)
Ace - Better Dead by James Matthew Barrie
Two - The Courting of the T'nowhead's Bell by James Matthew Barrie
Three- The Inconsiderate Waiter by James Matthew Barrie
Four - Peter Pan in Kensington Garden by James Matthew Barrie
Five - The Body-Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson
Six - The Crime of the Brigadier by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Seven - The House of Eld by Robert Louis Stevenson
Eight - The Poor Thing by Robert Louis Stevenson
Nine - Something in It by Robert Louis Stevenson
Ten - The Song of the Morrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
Jack - The Touchstone by Robert Louis Stevenson
Queen - The Adventure of the Hansom Cabs by Robert Louis Stevenson
King - The Devil and the Innkeeper by Robert Louis Stevenson
Extras:  Gudrid by Linda Henderson
Creme de la Creme by Kate Blackadder

CLUBS (Indian short stories)
Ace - We Crown Thee King by Rabindranath Tagore
Two - The Babus of NayanJore by Rabindranath Tagore 
Three- Cabuliwallah (The Fruite Seller from Cabul) by Rabindranath Tagore
Four - The Devotee by Rabindranath Tagore
Five - The Homecoming by Rabindranath Tagore
Six - The Hungry Stones by Rabindranath Tagore
Seven - The Kingdom of Cards by Rabindranath Tagore
Eight - Living or Dead? by Rabindranath Tagore
Nine - My Lord, the Baby by Rabindranath Tagore
Ten - Once There was a King by Rabindranath Tagore
Jack -  The Renunciation by Rabindranath Tagore
Queen - The Victory by Rabindranath Tagore
King - Vision by Rabindranath Tagore

Holey moley, that took a while!  Noticeably the Scottish and Indian sections have one or two authors repeated an inordinate number of times, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know!


  1. I like your list and will particularly look forward to hearing about the Indian one's. One of our participants last year had a couple suits dedicated to African short stories, and I enjoyed learning of many new to me authors and stories there.

    It does take awhile to put together a good list, but in the years I've been doing this challenge I find that the planning is a big part of the fun too. I like that you're using the Story of the Week website too, I know they have some great stories there and I don't visit it nearly enough. (It's great that they're in the public domain too.)

  2. Thanks, Jay, I'd say a lot of thought went into the planning of this challenge, and you're right, I enjoyed coming up with the list. :O)