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.

First Reading Projects of 2020

I am anxiously awaiting for January 1st to arrive. Why? Because I have some really fun reading projects I can’t wait to start.

Japanese Literature Challenge

First up is a different type of challenge. One where you don’t have a certain number of books or certain titles you have to read. It’s the Japanese Literature Challenge hosted by Bellezza. I first came across this challenge at my friend Silvia’s blog and thought this would be a reading project I would like to join. You can read more about this challenge HERE.


Right now, I have several titles in mind for this:

  • The Makioka Sisters by Jun’Ichirō Tanizaki
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (a re-read)
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

My plan is to focus on just one title first. If I get around to the others then great! I decided on The Makioka Sisters as my first read. I have bought the book and it is waiting on the shelf for me. 🙂 However, it looks like there might be the possibility of a read-along for this in March. So, if that’s the case, I will start with a re-reading of The Remains of the Day by Ishiguro. I’ve been wanting to re-read this book so this is the perfect time to do that!

The Iliad Read-Along

Starting January 1st, Cleo at Classical Carousel is hosting a read-along for The Iliad by Homer. I have already read The Iliad and didn’t really care for it. Epic poetry is not a favorite genre of mine…..However, I am going to try to read it again with Cleo’s read-along but I’ll be reading a different translation this time. I hope that with a different translation and Cleo’s read-along that I will be able to get more out of The Iliad this time around. 🙂 You can check out the Introductory post HERE and the schedule for the read-along HERE.

And that’s the reading projects I’ll be starting off my 2020 reading year with. I am participating in another read-along in March hosted by my friend Silvia. But I’ll talk about that when we get closer to March. 🙂

Do you have any reading project plans for the first part of 2020?