The object of the challenge is to read 52 short stories over the course of the year. As I already had several anthologies of short stories that have been languishing on my bookshelves for a while now, I hoped that signing up would give me the impetus I needed to actually sit down and read them!
I started with ‘The Mistletoe Murders And Other Stories’ by PD James, then my local library had another crime anthology (‘Mystery Tour’, by the Crime Writers’ Association), which took me to a solid 31 books. I remembered that I bought a copy of ‘Rainbow Romances’, a charity anthology to benefit the National AIDS Trust at Pride last year, and together with all the short stories collected in ‘Fresh Ink’ from my local library I was sitting at exactly 52.
(This was after forgetting how many cards are in a standard deck of cards and going on to add some extra short stories from Cecilia Ahern’s ‘Roar’ to my list before realising. Oops.)
I assigned them all a suit and number so now I’ll just pick a card at random and try a new story!
I like the idea of getting to randomise what I’m reading a little bit as it’s nice to think I might try something new. I will say that I might have inadvertently spoiled that, a bit, by having all my stories come from a relatively small number of anthologies with what looks like quite a lot of murder. I will see how it goes and I wanted to read these anthologies anyway because I thought I would be interested in these stories, but even before I begin I’m wondering if maybe I should have spread my net a little wider and made my list include some different genres or different time periods.
Anyway! Without further ado, my list of short stories:
- The Mistletoe Murder by PD James
- A Very Commonplace Murder by PD James
- The Boxdale Inheritance by PD James
- The Twelve Clues of Christmas by PD James
- The Queen of Mystery by Ann Cleeves
- Return To The Lake by Anna Mazzola
- You’ll Be Dead By Dawn by C L Taylor
- The Last Supper by Carol Anne Davis
- The White Goddess by Cath Staincliff
- High Flyer by Chris Simms
- Accounting For Murder by Christine Poulson
- Travel Is Dangerous by Ed James
- Take The Money and Run? By Gordon Brown
- No Way Back by J M Hewitt
- Mystery Tour by Judith Cutler
- Wife On Tour by Julia Crouch
- The Naked Lady of Prague by Kate Ellis
- Snowbird by Kate Rhodes
- The Repentance Wood by Martin Edwards
- A Mouthful of Restaurant by Martine Bailey
- Cruising For A Killing by Maxim Jakubowski
- Three On A Trail by Michael Stanley
- The Riddle of The Humming Bee by Paul Charles
- Writer’s Block by Paul Gitsham
- Lady Luck by Peter Lovesey
- A Postcard From Iceland by Ragnar Jónasson
- A Clever Evil by Sarah Rayne
- The Prodigy by Shawn Reilly Simmons
- A Slight Change of Plan by Susi Holliday
- Bombay Brigadoon by Vaseem Khan
- Matricide and Ice Cream by William Burton McCormick
- The Spoils by William Ryan
- Eraser Tattoo by Jason Reynolds
- Meet Cute by Malinda Lo
- Don’t Pass Me By by Eric Gansworth
- Be Cool For Once by Aminah Mae Safi
- Tags by Walter Dean Myers
- Why I Learned To Cook by Sara Farizan
- A Stranger At The Bochinche by Daniel José Older
- A Boy’s Duty by Sharon G. Flake
- One Voice: A Something In Between Story by Melissa De La Cruz
- Paladin/Samurai by Gene Luen Yang
- Catch, Pull, Drive by Schuyler Bailar
- Super Human by Nicola Yoon
- Stripped Bare by G.R. Lyons
- Broken Defences by G. R. Lyons
- Online Casanova by Michael Ferrante
- Far Water by Amir Lane
- Something To Hold On To by Carmilla Voiez
- Bedsitter Christmas by Melanie Quinlan
- Until my Dying Day by Sarah Beth James
- Selia by Marolyn Krasner
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3 thoughts on “2020 Reading Challenge: Deal Me In”
Wow! I haven’t read very many if the authors on your list. But I do have a few mysteries (or at least Agatha Christie stories) in my roster this year as well – in fact my first card drawn was one of them. 52 cards/52 weeks in the year is a happy coincidence. I hope you enjoy this challenge as much as I have come to over the years.
Truth be told, all but two of them are new to me as well – and one of them I only know because she wrote the Descendants books for the Disney movies in the same series. I work with kids so I end up watching a lot of children’s TV!
I love a good mystery but I hardly ever read short mystery stories, so I wanted to challenge myself. I normally like the human side to crime but there’s something really satisfying about a puzzle where all the pieces slot into neatly place that short stories can do very well, so I hope to find some gems!
Thank you! I’m having a lot of fun so far! 🙂
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P.S. I love the pic of all the cards!