It’s the 10th anniversary of Deal Me In! I’ve only been participating since 2014, but it’s one of my favorite challenges (even if I haven’t been blogging as diligently about the stories I’ve read).
What is the goal of the challenge?
To read 52 short stories in 2019
What is the purpose?
To have FUN and to be exposed to new authors and stories and maybe get in the habit of reading a short story a week. Isn’t that enough?
What do I need?
1) Access to at least fifty-two short stories
2) A deck of cards
3) An average of perhaps as little as just thirty minutes of reading time each week
How do I pick which stories to read?
The 52 stories themselves are totally up to you. Before you get started reading, come up with a roster of fifty-two stories (you can use any source) and assign each one to a playing card in a standard deck of cards. … Each “week,” (if you’re like me, you may occasionally fall a story or two behind – that’s okay) you draw a card at random from your deck and that is the story you will read.
The majority of my Deal Me In reading will be from three books:
- Sleight of Hand by Peter S. Beagle – A reread for me. The thirteen tales from Sleight of Hand will populate the Hearts.
- Angry Candy by Harlan Ellison – Also a reread. After a couple of “dud” anthologies in 2019, I decided I wanted to read some short stories that I was already familiar with. To be honest, though, it’s probably been close to 25 years since I’ve read many of the stories from Angry Candy. Maybe appropriately, Harlan Ellison gets Clubs.
- Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton – For Diamonds, I’m dipping into my Classics Club list with this Edith Wharton collection.
- The Diamond face cards and Spades will all be stories I’ve bookmarked on the internet. Some of these authors are new to me, some have been favorites for years.