“Deal Me In” – 2012 Short Story Selections

Here are the 52 short stories I plan to read in 2012 (I reserve the right to read as many more as I want!).  I assigned the stories to a deck of cards, each card representing a story.  Each Saturday in 2012 I will draw a new card from the deck and that will be my ‘randomness generator’ that decides which story I read.  The suits roughly, though not always, represent the following:

Hearts: Favorite Authors

Clubs: Famous Authors I may or may not have read

Diamonds: Female Authors

Spades: Ghost, Scary or Sci-Fi Stories

Here’s the List:


  1. Nancy said,

    January 25, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Hi! I’m going to read some of those diamonds and clubs. I did a post on O. Henry. His works are great. I will be reading more of his literary pieces. I’m now reading “A Passion in the Desert”.


  2. Jay said,

    January 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Hi Nancy,
    Thanks for visiting. I hope you enjoy A Passion in the Desert. It is one of my favorites that I’ve read in the past couple years.

    I have an old book of O’Henry’s short stories that is practically falling apart, but the ones I’ve scheduled to read this year are not among the ones I’ve read before.



  3. Nan said,

    January 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    This is one of the coolest things ever! I am so impressed.


  4. Jay said,

    January 30, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Thanks, Nan! You should give it a try. The planning of putting a list together is almost more fun than the actual execution, ha ha. I’m already a story behind.

    I just realized too that I forgot to include “wild cards” this year (last year, deuces were wild and when I drew them from the deck I could read any story I wanted).



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