The Short Story

I’m pretty excited about the Short Story Challenge because I always complain about not reading short stories. Oddly enough, one of my favorite reads is the short story collection Strange Pilgrims by Gabriel Garcรญa Mรกrquez. Yet I have to wonder what stops me from reading more? I think it’s just that I prefer a longer length of narrative. I want to spend hours with the same characters and being carried away to another time or place.

Still, a good short story can be powerful indeed and with this challenge I hope to read more in the genre and learn to appreciate short stories better.

Kate has several options for the challenge and I’ve decided to go with Option 5 which is the custom option. I plan to read four short story collections plus six individual short stories throughout the year. I am not sure which individual stories I will pick so those I’ll add as I read them but they’ll probably come from one of the Best American Short Story books. As for the four short story collections, here they are:

Many thanks to Kate for hosting the challenge and good luck to everyone participating!

  1. January 5, 2008
  2. January 5, 2008
  3. January 5, 2008
  4. January 5, 2008
  5. January 5, 2008
  6. January 6, 2008
  7. January 6, 2008
  8. January 6, 2008
  9. January 6, 2008
  10. January 7, 2008
  11. January 7, 2008
  12. January 8, 2008
  13. January 8, 2008