Deal Me In Week 7 Wrap-Up


Greetings all! A great week of reading for me here, figuratively snowed in and not motivated too much to go out so it’s option B – stay home and read! Below are links to everyone’s stories that I found since our update last Sunday. Make sure to pop over to your fellow DMI participants’ blogs and see what they’ve shared with us this week.

Dale at Mirror With Clouds ( ) reads his 2nd Edith Wharton story in a row, “The House of the Dead Hand”

Two weeks, two Edith Wharton (below) stories for Dale.  That’s one per dog. 🙂


Returning Reader ( )drew the ace of hearts and read Liam O’Flaherty’s “The Sniper

Katherine at The Writerly Reader ( ) is taken away to Montana in Eric van Lustbader’s “The Singing Tree.” (Her post includes a great clip of a Penn & Teller “magic trick” too)

We also have a couple stories from Candiss at Read the Gamut (  –  Haruki Murakami’s “Samsa in Love” and Sherman Alexie’s “Saint Junior”

Hanne of Reading on Cloud 9 brings us her four of clubs, Lorrie Moore’s “Referential” – another story from the pages of The New Yorker.

For my part, I drew the Queen of Diamonds which led me to Glen Hirshberg’s creepy ghost story, “The Two Sams.”

And as a DMI ’extra’ I read Donald Hall’s short story “Argument and Persuasion” for a local discussion group. It presents an interesting question that I’ve shared with my readers. If you have time and would like to play along, it’s at

Happy reading & see you next week!

Deal Me In 2014 – Week 3 Wrap-Up


Below are links to the new “Deal Me In 2014” reading challenge posts that I’ve found since my last update. Most are story #3 but participants are “permitted”/expected to read at their own pace. If I’ve overlooked a post by you, please share a link in the comments, and I’ll update the body of the post later to include it, otherwise I’ll just include the link in next week’s wrap-up post.

I’ve enjoyed reading about everyone’s stories and in some cases the curious coincidence of which story the luck of the draw has led them too. This latter is a fun part of the challenge for me. 🙂 I’ve also loved seeing the unique playing card pics with some posts. Keep them coming! Lastly, I hope all the participants will take a few minutes to check on what others have read and leave a comment or “like” their posts as well.

Returning Reader write’s about Uwem Akpan’s “An Ex-Mas Feast”

Dale at Mirror with Clouds read Mark Twain’s “The Man Who Corrupted Hadleyburg”

James at Ready When You Are, C.B. wrote about two stories, Tobias Wolff’s “The Night in Question” and Will Shetterly’s “The Sages of Elsewhere” (in James’ variant of Deal Me In, he’s reading two stories at a time and then challenging himself to find a link or connection between the two – great idea!)

Hanne at Reading on Cloud 9 shares Isaac Babel’s “Guy de Maupassant”

Kate at The Writerly Reader posted about “The Magician of Karakosk” by Peter S. Beagle

Jay at Bibliophilopolis (that’s me!) read Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “The Christmas Tree and the Wedding”