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  1. December 21, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I’m in! I might have even stopped tinkering with my list.😉
    http://katenread.wordpress.com/2015-challenges/

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    • Jay said,

      December 22, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      Glad you’ll be joining us again this year!

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  2. Jay said,

    December 21, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I posted my own roster a few days ago: https://bibliophilica.wordpress.com/2014/12/16/my-deal-me-in-2015-roster/. Happy reading to all!

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  3. Cedar Station said,

    December 21, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Can’t wait!

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  4. Randall said,

    December 21, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    I’m in! My list is not finalized yet, because I’ve put a twist (of course) into the planning process. But there IS a giveaway involved.

    http://timeenuf.blogspot.com/2014/12/plans-for-deal-me-in-2015-and-giveaway.html

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    • Jay said,

      December 22, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      I love your twist and wish I’d thought of it first.🙂

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  5. December 22, 2014 at 9:16 am

    I”m in. I’ll be looking for connections again this round and probably posting at the fortnight rate rather than the weekly rate.

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    • Jay said,

      December 22, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      I look forward to following along with your story pairs again this year, James. Thanks for signing up again!

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  6. jenvolk5 said,

    December 22, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I’m in for 2015! http://wisepursuits.wordpress.com

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    • Jay said,

      December 22, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Glad you will be joining us this year! Hope you enjoy DMI as much as I do.🙂

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  7. Saari said,

    December 22, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I was going to see if I could tweak it a bit since I know I can’t read a short story a week. But you’ve got some options up for 2015 and I like ’em! I’ll most likely go for the fortnightly option. Just need to pick out the stories!

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    • Jay said,

      December 23, 2014 at 8:18 am

      Glad you’re throwing your hat into the ring again, Dale. I think you and Katherine deserve some special recognition for posting about every single story (if I’m not mistaken) in 2014. I missed a few myself, but posted about a higher percentage than ever before.

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  8. Christine said,

    December 23, 2014 at 1:02 am

    I’m in! My sign up/roster is here: http://thedwsblog.com/2014/12/17/deal-fantastic-tales-edition/

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    • Jay said,

      December 23, 2014 at 8:27 am

      Glad you’re joining us, and thanks from bringing some added variety with your fantastical tales focus. I look forward to reading about them.🙂

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  9. kentuckygal50 said,

    December 25, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Deal me in, Jay! :O)

    http://backporchervations.blogspot.com/2014/12/2015-deal-me-in-short-stories-reading.html

    I’ve got 39 titles plus a catch all category (using the American Lit short story of the day). This one took some thought, but I like it! :O)

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    • Jay said,

      December 26, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Welcome to Deal Me In 2015! I’m happy that you are joining us this year and am off to check out your story roster now…🙂

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    • Jay said,

      December 26, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Happy to have you in the challenge, Becky!

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  10. tracybham said,

    December 26, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I am interested, one of my goals in 2015 is to read more short stories. But I am a little worried about the time it will take me to come up with a list and write it all up. Is there a “too late to join” date?

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    • Jay said,

      December 26, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Hi Tracy,
      Nope, there’s no real deadline (we had several late-joiners last year) and the “rules” for this challenge are pretty informal.🙂 So, take your time and come up with a good list of wherever size option you choose. Good luck!
      -Jay

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      • tracybham said,

        December 27, 2014 at 2:05 am

        Thanks so much for responding, Jay. I will definitely join in, and it probably won’t take me too long to decide on a strategy. And I love the informal approach.

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  11. December 27, 2014 at 12:50 am

    I’ll post my 52 story choices on January 1st & look forward to participating!

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    • Jay said,

      December 27, 2014 at 6:30 am

      Happy you’ll be joining us! I hope you will enjoy doing the challenge as much as I do.

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  12. John-Paul said,

    December 28, 2014 at 4:56 am

    Thanks to James Reads Books I will be doing this challenge too, but with essays and journalism rather than short stories. My success rate is very low with reading challenges, but I am always ready to fail again (that’s the spirit). I have my list up at readerregards.blogspot.co.nz

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    • Jay said,

      December 28, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      Hi John-Paul,

      Essays & journalism? I’ve got no problem with that.🙂
      I struggle sometimes to complete challenges as well – maybe that’s why I don’t do many any more, except this one.

      Good luck with your selections and happy reading!

      -Jay

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  13. Jim Black said,

    December 29, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Count me in. I am working on my roster of stories and hope to have it posted soon.

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    • Jay said,

      December 29, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Welcome, Jim! I look forward to seeing your story roster.
      -Jay

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  14. Marianne said,

    December 30, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I gently listed some poetry & stories inspired by this challenge over at my place today, but I don’t think I’ll have time to actually participate. I want to read them but likely won’t have time to journal about them. I just wanted to thank you for inspiring/reminding me to make time for shorter works. I like the draw a card approach. I’ve got mine split into lists of poetry & short stories. Cheers!🙂

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    • Jay said,

      December 31, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Thanks for commenting Marianne. I’m glad Deal Me In served as a reminder for you to read shorter works. It’s become such a habit for me now to read one story a week, I’ll probably keep it up the rest of my life.

      PS I didnt realize until I visited your site that I “know” you from the early days of my blogging. Glad to connect again and I will bookmark your new location.🙂

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      • Marianne said,

        December 31, 2014 at 8:52 am

        I was wondering if you’d remember me.🙂 It’s good to “see” you! Happy New Year.🙂

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  15. December 31, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I’m happy to be taking on this challenge this year; it looks like so much fun! I’ve adjusted it a little and added poems, essays and children’s classics to the short story format, so hopefully that’s okay.

    Here’s my post: http://cleoclassical.blogspot.ca/2014/12/deal-me-in-challenge-2015.html and I’ll get my list up in the next couple of days.

    Thanks for hosting, Jay!

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    • Jay said,

      January 1, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Glad you’ll be joining us, Cleo! I will look forward to seeing your roster of stories when you have it up. Good luck with the challenge!
      -Jay

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  16. Alex said,

    January 2, 2015 at 6:10 am

    I have think I have enough short-story books in my TBR to pull this off! I think what I’ll do is read them bit by bit (as luck guides me) throughout the year. By end-2015 I should have read several complete books.

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    • Jay said,

      January 2, 2015 at 8:01 am

      I’m up to maybe two shelves of just short story collections – both one author and anthologies – that I’ve proabbly only read about 30% of the stories in. “Deal Me In” became a good habit-forming challenge for me.🙂

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  17. January 2, 2015 at 10:33 am

    […] The Deal Me In Short Story Challenge – For this challenge, you pick 52 short stories and assign each to a playing card in a regular deck of cards. Then once a week you randomly draw a card and that is the story you read! […]

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  18. January 2, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    I am REALLY excited to be participating this year. I spotted the 2014 sign up post mid-year and knew I had to take part in 2015! Here’s my sign up post – http://deadbookdarling.com/2015/01/novel-challenges-of-2015.html – and list of stories here – http://deadbookdarling.com/deal-me-in-2015

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    • Jay said,

      January 2, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      Happy to have you join us, Kay! I hope you enjoy the Deal Me In challenge as much as I have come to.🙂
      -Jay

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  19. Lana B said,

    January 2, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    I’m going for the full moon fever version and plan to read 12 short stories from “The Weird”. Thanks!

    Lana

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    • Jay said,

      January 2, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Hoorah! Lana’s in! Can Jane be far behind….? 🙂 “The Weird” is a great anthology! I think one could do two full years of deal me in with all the stories in there.

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  20. fingermonkey said,

    January 3, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Hereis my list. All the stories come from The Best American Short Stories of the Century. http://booksareportablemagic.blogspot.com/p/2015-deal-me-in-reading-challenge.html

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    • Jay said,

      January 3, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks for joining us. That collection is a great source of great stories. Hope you enjoy the challenge!

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  21. 1066jq said,

    January 3, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Count me in. I read a LOT, but have never been a big reader of short stories, so this will be a challenge to me.

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    • Jay said,

      January 3, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Welcome to the Deal Me In challenge, 1066jq! Do you have a website?

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  22. tracybham said,

    January 3, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    I have a post listing my short stories now. Sign me up!
    http://bitterteaandmystery.blogspot.com/2015/01/deal-me-in-short-story-challenge-2015.html

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  23. Marian said,

    January 4, 2015 at 12:38 am

    This is the only challenge I’m signing up for this year – I just love short stories, and it’s an easy commitment. 🙂 Here is my list (includes some essays): http://tangle-wood.blogspot.com/2015/01/reading-challenge-deal-me-in.html

    Thanks for hosting this!

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    • Jay said,

      January 4, 2015 at 8:33 am

      Happy to have another short story lover join us, Marian! Off to check out your list of stories now…🙂

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  24. Teresa said,

    January 4, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    After reading James’s posts all year, I realized that I have an essay collection I’ve been longing to spend more time with, and it includes exactly 51 essayists! If I split one essayist into two cards, that’ll give me a full deck, so I’m in. I’m going to try to read one a week but will probably post less often. My list should be up later this week!

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    • Jay said,

      January 5, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      Happy to have you in the challenge, Teresa!

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  25. mannomoi said,

    January 5, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Hey! I know I didn’t do too well last year but I want to give it another shot this year! I have a question though, are podcasts of short stories acceptable? Because I’ve found a set of New Yorker podcasts of short stories and they seem very interesting.

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    • Jay said,

      January 5, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      Hello! Nice to hear from you.🙂 yes, absolutely, podcasts are acceptable. A lot of participants are customizing the challenge to fit their interests or available reading material. I say go for it!🙂

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  26. January 5, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    […] categories of the reading challenge I’d signed up for. I really tried to make things work for the Deal Me In challenge, but I failed due to my inconsistency issues. I will give it a chance this year though since I do […]

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  27. Elaine said,

    January 5, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Slighty tardy, but excited to join…http://series-ouslyaddicted.blogspot.com/2015/01/2015-short-stories-deal-me-in-challenge.html

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    • Jay said,

      January 5, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      No worries! We had people join up “throughout the year” in 2014. Welcome to Deal Me In! Off to check out your list now.🙂

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  28. Darcie said,

    January 10, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    I would love to join! Here is mt post
    http://readingderby.blogspot.com/2015/01/deal-me-in-short-stories.html

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  29. DebraB said,

    January 14, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    I just found your blog and this challenge. I’m a little late to the starting line, but I’d like to participate. I’ll get back to you when I have my list ready. 🙂

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    • Jay said,

      January 15, 2015 at 9:49 am

      Glad to have you with us, Debra B. I hope you enjoy the challenge as much as I do! 🙂

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      • DebraB said,

        January 15, 2015 at 11:01 pm

        I’m looking forward to the stories AND the blogging community.

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  30. DebraB said,

    February 18, 2015 at 11:52 am

    https://debrabooks.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/the-banality-of-postmodern-evil-george-saunderss-semplica-girl-diaries/
    Here is my post on George saunders. Not sure if I should be linking it to you blog here?

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    • Jay said,

      February 18, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      Hi Debra,
      As long as you link back to this, the sign-up page, in your post (which you did) I will see the pingback & know you have published a new Deal Me In-related post and will include it in my next weekly wrap up post (usually on mondays) where I link to all the new posts I’m aware of. Eventually, I hope to have a weekly “linky-thing” that participants can just add a link to each week, but I’m not there, technologically, yet.🙂

      Great post on Saunders. He’s impressed me with what I’ve read so far, which includes the title story from Tenth of December.

      -Jay

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  31. Jason said,

    February 23, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Hello, I only recently discovered this challenge. Would it be too late to join?

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    • Jay said,

      February 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      Not at all! We’d be happy to have you join us. (people joined last year half-way through the challenge) You can comment again here on this post when you come up with a ‘roster’ of stories and then I’ll include a link to your roster and/or any posts you write between now and then in the next weekly wrap-up on Monday.

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  32. January 12, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    […] Jay’s Deal Me In Challenge – one short-story per week the whole year. Also a good challenge, although I didn’t blog much about it. Two quick thoughts: 1) German classic short-stories are great and want to read more of them and 2) modern short-stories are obsessed with infidelity! […]

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