“Deal Me In” – 2011 short story selections

*Diamonds* (mostly recommended by others)

1. Thomas Hardy – The Three Strangers (finished 9/26/11)

2. Wild Card

3. Leo Tolstoy – Master and Man (finished 2/2/11)

4. Raymond Carver – What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (finished 11/12/11)

5. Haruki Murakami – The Seventh Man (finished 5/7/11)

6. Tobias Wolff – Hunters in the Snow (finished 1/15/11)

7. Sherman Alexie – War Dances (finished 10/2/11)

8. Ernest Hemingwayy – Soldier’s Home (finished 11/11/11)

9. Charlotte Perkins Gilman – The Yellow Wallpaper (finished 11/12/11)

10. Raymond Carver – Are These Actual Miles (finished 1/22/11)

J. Sarah Orne Jewett – A White Heron (finished 11/11/11)

Q. Henry James – The Middle Years (finished 10/31/11)

K. Haruki Murakami – Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (finished 2/5/11)

*Clubs* (miscellaneous)

1. James Joyce – The Dead (finished 10/1/11)

2. Wild Card: Ambrose Bierce – The Middle Toe of the Right Foot (finished 10/10/11)

3. Agatha Christie – The Red Signal (finished 11/19/11)

4. Charles Dickens – The Signalman (finished 5/17/11)

5. Wilkie Collins – A Terribly Strange Bed (finished 9/26/11)

6. William Faulkner – A Rose for Emily (finished 4/17/11)

7. Richard Wright – The Man Who Was Almost a Man (finished 4/8/11)

8. Anton Chekhov – The Darling (finished 11/26/11)

9. F. Scott Fitzgerald – Babylon Revisited (finished 11/12/11)

10. Franz Kafka – in the Penal Colony (finished 9/25/11)

J. Leo Tolstoy – The Three Hermits (finished 10/30/11)

Q. Albert Camus – The Guest (finished 10/10/11)

K. Ernest Hemingway – A Clean, Well-Lighted Place (finished 3/16/11)

*Hearts* (mostly favorites)

1. Rebecca West – Parthenope

2. Wild Card: Nathaniel Hawthorne – Young Goodman Brown (finished 10/1/11)

3. Rudyard Kipling – The Brushwood Boy (finished 12/4/11)

4. A.M. Burrage – Smee (finished 4/13/11)

5. Wasington Irving – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (finished 3/12/11)

6. Kurt Vonnegut – The Euphio Question (finished 3/27/11)

7. Oscar Wilde – The Selfish Giant (finished 4/23/11)

8. Amy Tan – Two Kinds (finished 9/25/11)

9. Anton Chekhov – The Black Monk (finished 9/26/11)

10. James Thurber – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (finished 2/20/11)

J. William Trevor – After Rain (finished 2/26/11)

Q. Joyce Carol Oates – The Skull: A Love Story (finished 10/10/11)

K. Mark Twain – The Man Who Corrupted Hadleyburg (finished 4/3/11)

*Spades* (mostly ghost or horror stories)

1. Stephen King – Fair Extension (finished 1/8/11)

2. Wild Card

3. Stephen King – A Good Marriage

4. M. R. James – The Ash Tree (finished 9/26/11)

5. Oscar Wilde – The Canterville Ghost (finished 10/10/11)

6. S. Baring-Gould – H.P. (finished 11/11/11)

7. Stephen King – Big Driver  (finished 1/2/11)

8. Arthur Conan Doyle – The Speckled Band (finished 10/2/11)

9. Ambrose Bierce – The Moonlit Road (finished 10/10/11)

10. Henry James – The Romance of Certain Old Clothes (fi ished 10/30/11)

J. Howard Pyle – The Cock Lane Ghost (finished 11/10/11)

Q. Jack London – The Chinago

K. A.C. Benson – The Slype House (finished 2/12/11)

Wildcard possibilities/additional recommendations

Edith Wharton – The Recovery

Alice Munro – The Moons of Jupiter

Robertson Davies – The Ghost Who Vanished by Degrees

Kurt Vonnegut – 2BR02B

9 Comments

  1. Prongs said,

    January 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Fantastic choices!!! Excited to see a lot of these reviews, especially of Carver. Can’t wait to follow your progress, make sure to keep us updated so we can show others!

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  2. Jay said,

    January 9, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Thanks Prongs! And thank YOU again for posting about this idea in the first place. I always like to have at least one personal reading project a year, but I was really ambivalent about all the options I’d come up with on my own. Then you came along and “saved” me. 🙂
    -Jay

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  3. Jay said,

    January 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    About 90% of these I already own (in coming up with this list, I was surprised by how many short story anthologies I had “lying around the house”), but I am going to have to buy a few new ones – or the collections they’re a part of anyway. About 25% of them I’ve read once before, but many of these were when I was much younger and probably less astute a reader. We’ll see…

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  4. February 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    […] favorites” suit – stories that I had read before and enjoyed. So, I went to look up what short story I had attached to that card. Lo and behold, it was James Thurber’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I’ve read this […]

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  5. April 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    […] 4/2/11) On Saturday, March 26th, I drew the King of Hearts for my “Deal Me In” Short Story Reading Project for 2011.  Hearts is the suit where the short stories are supposed favorites of mine that I’d like to […]

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  6. May 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    […] for this short story, which I was unaware of until I “discovered” it as part of my 2011 short story reading project, “deal me […]

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  7. October 3, 2011 at 8:00 am

    […] my ongoing effort to catch up on my 2011 reading project, I’ve read six more short stories in the past few days. They […]

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  8. Grace said,

    January 11, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    That’s such a neat way of choosing what to read next!

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    • Jay said,

      January 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      I agree, and as I said above, I actually stole this idea from fellow bloggers, Padfoot & Prongs… 🙂

      -Jay

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