The Deal Me In Short Stories Reading Challenge for 2020

Deal Me In Challenge 2020

I just heard of The Deal Me In Short Stories Reading Challenge for the first time at Cleo’s blog Classical Carousel. She posted about it this week and it sounded quite fun! So I hopped on over to the blog Bibliophilopolis to read more about this challenge. The idea is that you choose 52 short stories and assign each one a card from a standard deck of cards. Each week throughout the year, you draw a card from the deck and that is the short story you read for that week.

This past week, I bought a really nice hardback edition of American short stories that was on sale. I thought I would try to read through it over the course of the year. So this book is perfect for this reading challenge! I know, I know….so much for my idea of not participating in any challenges this year. Ha! It seems I am now joining in on a couple of reading challenges. BUT…each of these really aren’t the average type reading challenges where you are given specific categories. They are much more flexible; and this particular challenge…well…I was already planning to read the book anyway so why not join in on the reading challenge. Right?

Great American Short Stories

Pictured above is the hardback anthology of American short stories that I bought. Now, it only contains 50 short stories so that means I have to add two more short stories to my list. I decided to add “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant and “The Overcoat” (also known as “The Cloak”) by Nikolai Gogol. I have simply made a list of all the short stories and their authors that are in the book and added the two additional short stories to it as well. And then I assigned a card to each one. Here is my list:

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A – “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving

2 – “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving

3 – “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

4 – “The Minister’s Black Veil” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

5 – “The May-Pole of Merry Mount” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

6 – “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allen Poe

7 – “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allen Poe

8 – “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe

9 – “The Purloined Letter” by Edgar Allen Poe

10 – “Bartleby the Scrivener” by Herman Melville

J – “The Man Without a Country” by Edward Everett Hale

Q – “My Contraband” by Louisa May Alcott

K – “The Lady, or the Tiger?” by Frank R. Stockton

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A♠ – “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain

2♠ – “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg” by Mark Twain

3♠ – “The Luck of Roaring Camp” by Bret Harte

4♠ – “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” by Bret Harte

5♠ – “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce

6♠ – “The Middle Toe of the Right Foot” by Ambrose Bierce

7♠ – “The Aspern Papers” by Henry James

8♠ – “The Beast in the Jungle” by Henry James

9♠ – “’Sieur George” by George Washington Cable

10♠ – “A White Heron” by Sarah Orne Jewett

J♠ – “The Failure of David Berry” by Sarah Orne Jewett

Q♠ – “Désirée’s Baby” by Kate Chopin

K♠ – “Athénaïse” by Kate Chopin

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A – “The Revolt of ‘Mother’” by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

2 – “A New England Nun” by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

3 – “The Wife of His Youth” by Charles W. Chesnutt

4 – “The Yellow Wall-Paper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

5 – “Up the Coolly” by Hamlin Garland

6 – “The Other Two” by Edith Wharton

7 – “Autre Temps” by Edith Wharton

8 – “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry

9 – “A Retrieved Reformation” by O. Henry

10 – “The Ransom of Red Chief” by O. Henry

J – “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane

Q – “The Blue Hotel” by Stephen Crane

K – “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” by Stephen Crane

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A♣ – “To Build a Fire” by Jack London

2♣ – “Paul’s Case” by Willa Cather

3♣ – “The Sculptor’s Funeral” by Willa Cather

4♣ – “Alibi Ike” by Ring Lardner

5♣ – “Sophistication” by Sherwood Anderson

6♣ – “The Egg” by Sherwood Anderson

7♣ – “The Outsider” by H. P. Lovecraft

8♣ – “The Colour out of Space” by H. P. Lovecraft

9♣ – “Bernice Bobs her Hair” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

10♣ – “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

J♣ – “Winter Dreams” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Q♣ – “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant

K♣ – “The Overcoat” (Also known as “The Cloak”) by Nikolai Gogol

And there ya have it! My short stories list for 2020. I’m pretty excited to get started!

If you’d like to join in with us for this reading challenge, head on over to Ray’s blog Bibliophilopolis to read all the particulars and to sign up.

6 thoughts on “The Deal Me In Short Stories Reading Challenge for 2020

    • As I was writing all the titles down for the list, there were some authors that I didn’t realize wrote short stories like Wharton and Alcott. And I’ve read some of the short stories in the anthology but I will just read those again. 🙂

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  1. This sounds like so much fun! I think I have that same book, but different cover. I found the stories I plan to read online and included mostly American (I’ve read some on your list and I know you’ll enjoy them!) but also some Russian, French, and my favorite English author, Anthony Trollope. So glad I saw your blog post! I wasn’t going to participate in any reading challenge this year since I failed so miserably the last two! But this one I think I can pull off successfully! Thanks for sharing!


    • Hey Linda! Yes, I thought this challenge sounded fun too! Are you going to do a blog post sharing what short stories you plan to read?


  2. Oh, reading these titles makes me so nostalgic for them! Bernice Bobs Her Hair, The Gift of The Magi, The Tell-Tale Heart…all read at least ten years ago, and I will never forget them. I may have to consider joining Ray’s challenge again.


    • I have read several of the short stories already as well. But it’s been a long time so I’m going to re-read those again. 🙂


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