Monday, December 19, 2011

2012 Challenges: Short Story Reading Challenge

I am signing up for the 2012 Short Story Reading Challenge hosted by Library of Clean Reads. I am signing up for 'Tell Me a Story' which is 1 to 3 books.

1. Firewatch. Connie Willis. 1985. Bantam Books. 271 pages.
2. Jane Austen Made Me Do It. Edited By Laurel Ann Nattress. 2011. Random House. 464 pages.
3. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
4. Lin McLean by Owen Wister
5. Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie
6. Dead Witness, edited by Michael Sims
7. After Dark by Wilkie Collins
8. Stories by Ray Bradbury
9. The Tuesday Club Murders by Agatha Christie
10. Star Trek Reader by James Blish
11. Christmas on Deery Street. Steven Roberts. 2006. 100 pages.
12.  While Shepherds Watched: Stories of Christmas Miracles and Mysteries by Steven Roberts. 2007. 165 pages.

I am not all that good at finishing short story collections.  There are a few that look really great--really fun. It will just be sticking with the book from start to finish.

These are a list of potential possibilities:

The Stories of Ray Bradbury
Miss Marple the Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie
Lord Peter: A collection of all the Lord Peter Wimsey short Stories by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories by Agatha Christie
The Under Dog and Other Stories by Agatha Christie
The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories by Connie Willis
The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Life On Mars edited by Jonathan Strahan
Straw House, Wood House, Brick House by Daniel Nayeri
Brave New Worlds edited by John Joseph Adams
Steampunk edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
The Best Short Stories of Mark Twain
The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Oxford Book of English Short Stories
The Monster's Corner edited by Christopher Golden
The Oxford Book of Scottish Short Stories
The Best Short Stories of O. Henry
Patricia Highsmith: Selected Novels and Short Stories
The Doll: The Lost Short Stories by Daphne du Maurier
The Sunny Side: Short Stories and Poems for Proper Grown-ups by A.a. Milne
Shine edited by Jetse de Vries
The end of the world edited by Martin H. Greenberg
The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Vol. 1
The Dreaming Sex edited by Mike Ashley

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Laura Fabiani 5:41 PM  

Hi Becky,
Thanks for joining me on this challenge! I look forward to reading your reviews.

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I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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