HarperCollins new Reading Challenge: Summer is Short, Read A Story

Deanna at HarperCollins had alerted me to this great new Reading Challenge – Summer is Short, Read A Story.

These are the details:

**Taken from the Savvy Reader **

Over the course of the summer, we’re reading, writing about, promoting and discussing the short story. HarperPerennial in the US came up with this amazing campaign (based on the above saying coined by Ann Patchett), and I fell a little bit in love with it. Over the next few months you’ll be able to read a new short story on our own Perennial web site (currently it’s Francis Itani’s “Bolero”), and starting June 1st, we’ll have another exciting announcement. So, without further ado, here’s your Summer is Short: Read a Story challenge:

1. Any one of these Classic Shorts: Tolstoy, Cather, Wilde, Melville, Crane, Dostoyevsky

2. Any one of these collections:

Forms of Devotion by Diane Schoemperlen
A Hard Witching by Jacqueline Baker
Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing by Lydia Peelle
Leaning, Leaning Over Water by Francis Itani
Dust to Dust by Timothy Findley
Natasha and Other Stories by David Bezmozgis
The Roaring Girl by Greg Hollingshead
Some Rain Must Fall by Michel Faber
Last Notes and Other Stories by Tamas Dobozy
The Turning by Tim Winton
We So Seldom Look on Love by Barbara Gowdy
Casino and Other Stories by Bonnie Burnard
Lucky Girls by Nell Freudenberger
Coronado by Dennis Lehane
My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead edited by Jeffrey Eugenides
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
Wild Nights by Joyce Carol Oates
Gates of Eden by Ethan Coen
Ugly Man by Dennis Cooper

Not so hard to read two books of short stories over the summer!

Let’s see how many you can read over the summer, I have my two that I will be reading, how about you ?


5 thoughts on “HarperCollins new Reading Challenge: Summer is Short, Read A Story

  1. It's a very nice idea for summer. I've technically fulfilled it by having read a bit from here and a bit from there but I'll see if perhaps I can't go out of my way to read more short stories this summer.

  2. I’ve read quite a few of these but must recommend the Schoemperlen especially. It is amazing. The Baker & Itani were also enjoyable reads for me. Hope you have fun!

  3. I ended up choosing – Neil Gaiman’s Fragile Things and Tolstoy. And I wasn’t the only one that choose those ones either, I’ll see if my library has the ones you mentioned. And TY for the recommendations!

  4. Pingback: Fragile Things – A Short Story Collection by Neil Gaiman « Serendipitous Readings

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