Monthly Explorations: July Meets Short Stories

I can’t say I will do these every month, but every once in awhile I get the urge to devote the month to a theme, whether its an author, a series, or a genre. I’ve been toying with this month’s theme for a while. I feel like I have tried some real stinkers in the short story category because otherwise it’s to admit short stories might not be for me. I don’t know. If A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle counts as a short story, then the latter can’t be true, because I really liked that one. So to put the old adage “try try again” to use, July will be devoted to some short stories. Right now I have a few that I can get my hands on without going to the bookstore or library so we’ll go with those. Thanks to my obsession with library book sales and the subscription service Oyster, I have more than enough to get me started.

  •  The Best American Short Stories 2013 (Oyster)

  • Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman (Oyster)

  • The Lottery and Stories by Shirley Jackson (print)

  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (both print and Oyster)

  • Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage  by Alice Munro (Print)

  • The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie (Oyster)

  • Me Talk Pretty One Day/Naked/When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (print) – Not sure which one to start with here. Thinking Me Talk Pretty One Day.

Any other suggestions once I get through these?

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