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message 1: by Samantha, Cajun Literary Belle (last edited Nov 23, 2020 07:47AM) (new)

Samantha Matherne (cajunliterarybelle) | 2430 comments Mod
Short Story Schedule for 2021:

January -- The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield ~ 159 pages

February -- Ward No. 6 by Anton Chekhov ~ 72 pages AND The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol ~ 57 pages

March -- To Build a Fire and Other Stories by Jack London ~ 480 pages

April -- Death in Midsummer and Other Stories by Yukio Mishima ~ 192 pages

May -- The Circus in the Attic and Other Stories by Robert Penn Warren ~ 276 pages

June -- Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell ~ 257 pages

July -- The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories by Ernest Hemingway ~ 144 pages

August -- The Open Window and Other Short Stories by Saki ~ 223 pages

September -- Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim ~ 207 pages

October -- Malgudi Days by R.K. Narayan ~ 264 pages

November -- Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner ~ 222 pages

December -- The Horla by Guy de Maupassant ~ 79 pages AND... A Merry Christmas and Other Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott

Note: For scheduling, consideration was given for length of books and variety in diversity of authors. December will also feature a Christmas themed title with a poll coming soon!

For titles containing multiple short stories, please do not feel obligated to read the entire collection. If you want to participate by only reading the title story in the collection, that is perfectly fine! :)


(Planning that helped form schedule below.)
Welcome to old and new members and to any visitors! For those who may not recognize who I am, a little introduction. My name is Samantha, and I'm from southeastern Louisiana. Books are my first love, which is part of how I came to work in a public library last year in the spring. (Yes, I love my job. No, we do not read books all day, but how fun it would be if we could!) Throughout school and college I did not read as many classics as I would have liked, so in August of 2017 I found and joined NTLTRC.

In 2021 we will venture into short story classics. Sometimes maybe we want to read but don't have time or aren't in the mood for a long book. How about a short story instead that you could read in 1-3 sittings?

As pulled from the group's "fundamentals" page: Edgar Allan Poe described the proper length of a short story by saying it had to be something readable in a single sitting. To make things easier for NTLTRC anything under 250 pages we just call Short. Some will read it in a week, some just hours.

What short stories would you like to possibly read with the group next year? Now is the time to offer your suggestions as we plan for the new year. Genre short stories are welcome; however, please keep in mind those genre suggestions will be diverted to the respective genre moderator for consideration and may not stay as possible group reads for 2021 short story classics.

Reminder: Generally, reads for NTLTRC must be 50 years or older.

NOTE: PLEASE consider your suggestion wisely. ONLY ONE suggestion per genre / topic for each member will be considered. This will allow a wider variety of suggestions from all Members interested. The Member Wish List threads will close on October 30th.

Suggestions:
Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner -- Kathy. Second -- Samantha. Third -- Jennifer.

The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories by Ernest Hemingway -- Lesle. Second -- Kathy. Third -- Jacquie. Fourth -- Shaina.

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell -- Gilbert. Second -- Jacquie. Third -- Shaina. Fourth -- Lesle.

Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim -- Georgina. Second -- Jacquie.

Death in Midsummer and Other Stories by Yukio Mishima -- Jazzy. Second -- Jesus. Third -- Jacquie. Fourth -- Jennifer.

To Build a Fire and Other Stories by Jack London -- requested during experiment by multiple members. Seconded here by -- Jacquie & Georgina.

The Horla by Guy de Maupassant -- Rosemarie. Second -- Jazzy. Third -- Georgina. Fourth -- Jennifer.

The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield -- Piyangie. A solid choice! 6 people have voiced agreement with this book. Second -- Nidhi. Third -- Brenda. Fourth -- Shaina. Fifth -- Trisha. Sixth -- Jennifer.

The Circus in the Attic and Other Stories by Robert Penn Warren -- Samantha. Second -- Lesle.

Ward No. 6 by Anton Chekhov -- Jennifer. Second -- Samantha.

The Wolves of Cernogratz or The Open Window and Other Short Stories by Saki -- Bernard (suggested Saki). Second -- Kathy. Third -- Rosemarie (suggested titles).

Malgudi Days by R.K. Narayan -- Shaina. Second -- Samantha. Third -- Lesle.

The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol -- Trisha.



Holiday titles to vote for (might go to a poll):
A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale by Philip Van Doren Stern

The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol (NOT the traditional story most Americans and others grow up with!) Second -- Kathy.

A Merry Christmas and Other Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott Second -- Shaina.

Christmas at Thompson Hall and Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope

A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, & The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote

(Lesle seconds any Christmas story.)


message 2: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 945 comments Thank you for this, Samantha - it’s a great idea.


message 3: by Samantha, Cajun Literary Belle (new)

Samantha Matherne (cajunliterarybelle) | 2430 comments Mod
Thanks, Trisha, but I can’t take much credit. Lesle had the idea and I decided to run with it. Hopefully we get plenty short story suggestions for next year.


message 4: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 1216 comments I'd like to read Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner. It was published in 1926 and has 222 pages.


message 5: by Samantha, Cajun Literary Belle (new)

Samantha Matherne (cajunliterarybelle) | 2430 comments Mod
That sounds like an interesting story, Kathy! I’ll second it myself. I like stories of women finding their places in the world. Curious if anyone else is interested, too.


message 6: by Lesle, Appalachain Bibliophile (new)

Lesle | 5662 comments Mod
I would like to suggest The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Storiesby Ernest Hemingway 1936 (144 pages)


message 7: by Gilbert (new)

Gilbert | 806 comments How about Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell 1853 (194 pages)


message 8: by Georgina (new)

Georgina (georgiet29) | 234 comments Can I suggest Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim 1898 (207 pages)


message 9: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 1216 comments I’ll second The Snows of Kilimanjaro.


message 10: by Jacquie (new)

Jacquie | 98 comments I second The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories by Ernest Hemingway

Thank you! Great idea to add short stories!


message 11: by Jacquie (new)

Jacquie | 98 comments Oh, I'm too slow typing on this iPad! I will second Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell


message 12: by Shaina (new)

Shaina | 145 comments Yay! I happy to see short stories added to our reading. I will second Cranford and The Snows of Kilimanjaro.

I would like to recommend There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury.


message 13: by Jazzy (last edited Oct 08, 2020 05:45AM) (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) Death in Midsummer and Other Stories (1953) - Yukio Mishima

A book of remarkable stories 96pp. Or we could just read the first one.


message 14: by Jesus (new)

Jesus | 16 comments I second Death in Midsummer and Other Stories. I have already read some of Mishima's short stories and I really enjoyed them.


message 15: by Bernard (new)

Bernard Smith | 2111 comments I second the Bradbury. And some by Saki?


message 16: by Samantha, Cajun Literary Belle (new)

Samantha Matherne (cajunliterarybelle) | 2430 comments Mod
A lot of great suggestions already! With work and the coming hurricane, I've been busy this week but will organize all the suggestions and seconds hopefully later today. :)


message 17: by Lesle, Appalachain Bibliophile (last edited Oct 11, 2020 10:25AM) (new)

Lesle | 5662 comments Mod
A suggestion from the Experiment thread:
Jack London's To Build A Fire 1902 / 35 pages

or To Build a Fire and Other Stories


message 18: by Jacquie (new)

Jacquie | 98 comments I second Jack London To Build a Fire.

The full "and other stories" is 480 pages so not sure if it count or more than one short story but I definitely would read them all.


message 19: by Georgina (new)

Georgina (georgiet29) | 234 comments I’ll third Jack London


message 20: by Lesle, Appalachain Bibliophile (new)

Lesle | 5662 comments Mod
Jacquie wrote: "I second Jack London To Build a Fire.

The full "and other stories" is 480 pages so not sure if it count or more than one short story but I definitely would read them all."


It is so full of shorts that I thought it was worth mentioning.


message 21: by Jacquie (new)

Jacquie | 98 comments Lesle wrote: "Jacquie wrote: "I second Jack London To Build a Fire.

The full "and other stories" is 480 pages so not sure if it count or more than one short story but I definitely would read them all."

It is ..."



i agree! i will definitely read the full book. so glad you suggested it.


message 22: by Samantha, Cajun Literary Belle (new)

Samantha Matherne (cajunliterarybelle) | 2430 comments Mod
Georgina, Usually when I read a short story it tends to be a part of a collection of short stories by that author or an anthology by various authors. You’ll have the choice to read a book that contains a story we use and has several stories in it if you’d like, if but we will likely focus on what story. However, if a collection is what the group or a member personally reads, you are welcome to discuss other stories in the book as long as you refrain from using spoilers (or block them out).


message 23: by Samantha, Cajun Literary Belle (new)

Samantha Matherne (cajunliterarybelle) | 2430 comments Mod
As long as I don’t lose power, I’ll try to go through these suggestions today. Great contributions, everyone. Those who are new to the thread or just monitoring it, please feel free to give your own suggestion.


message 24: by Jazzy (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) Everything on here is American or British except the Mishima, would someone please nominate some more diverse titles?


message 25: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 1216 comments I’ll second Saki.


message 26: by Rosemarie, Northern Roaming Scholar (last edited Oct 09, 2020 08:07AM) (new)

Rosemarie | 8404 comments Mod
I will suggest The Horla by Guy de Maupassant. It's on the spooky side and I would enjoy reading it with the group.
I prefer it to his more famous The Necklace, which is so cynical.


message 27: by Georgina (last edited Oct 09, 2020 08:37AM) (new)

Georgina (georgiet29) | 234 comments Hi, no problem Samantha, I’m just going through my bookshelves and trying to fit ones I’d like to read into the categories. I’ll have another look :)


message 28: by Jazzy (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) Rosemarie wrote: "I will suggest The Horla by Guy de Maupassant. It's on the spooky side and I would enjoy reading it with the group.
I prefer it to his more famous The Necklace, which is..."


I'll second this.


message 29: by Georgina (new)

Georgina (georgiet29) | 234 comments And I’ll second The Horla, that sounds interesting


message 30: by Piyangie, Classical Princess (new)

Piyangie | 1041 comments Mod
Can I suggest The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield. I've never read her.


message 31: by Nidhi (new)

Nidhi Kumari | 113 comments The Garden Party is very nice. I have read some of her stories, they are mostly about women and about life.


message 32: by Brenda (new)

Brenda (gd2brivard) | 28 comments I'll second The Garden Party. I've also never read her and have wanted to. Thanks Piyangie for suggesting this!


message 33: by Piyangie, Classical Princess (new)

Piyangie | 1041 comments Mod
Brenda wrote: "I'll second The Garden Party. I've also never read her and have wanted to. Thanks Piyangie for suggesting this!"

Thanks for the second, Benda.


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message 35: by Rosemarie, Northern Roaming Scholar (new)

Rosemarie | 8404 comments Mod
Thanks for seconding, Jazzy and Georgina.


message 36: by Jazzy (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) You're most welcome! Wouldn't you like to 2nd/3rd Mashima~?


message 37: by Shaina (new)

Shaina | 145 comments I too second The Garden Party


message 38: by Samantha, Cajun Literary Belle (new)

Samantha Matherne (cajunliterarybelle) | 2430 comments Mod
Bernard wrote: "I second the Bradbury. And some by Saki?"

Bernard, is there a specific title by Saki you would like to suggest for the group?


message 39: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 945 comments Yes, I’d also like to read The Garden Party and Other Stories.


message 40: by Samantha, Cajun Literary Belle (new)

Samantha Matherne (cajunliterarybelle) | 2430 comments Mod
For my own suggestion I want to put forth The Circus in the Attic and Other Stories by Robert Penn Warren.

(DIsclaimer: I do have other authors that are not American with collections of short stories on my to-read shelf, but many of them fall under different genres or topics.)


message 41: by Piyangie, Classical Princess (new)

Piyangie | 1041 comments Mod
Thanks, Nidhi, Shaina, and Trisha.


message 42: by Lesle, Appalachain Bibliophile (new)

Lesle | 5662 comments Mod
Samantha wrote: "The Circus in the Attic and Other Stories by Robert Penn Warren...."

I will look into this after work today, I like the title!


message 44: by Lesle, Appalachain Bibliophile (new)

Lesle | 5662 comments Mod
Samantha wrote: "For my own suggestion I want to put forth The Circus in the Attic and Other Stories by Robert Penn Warren..."

I would like to second this suggestion!


message 45: by Samantha, Cajun Literary Belle (new)

Samantha Matherne (cajunliterarybelle) | 2430 comments Mod
Lesle wrote: "Samantha wrote: "For my own suggestion I want to put forth The Circus in the Attic and Other Stories by Robert Penn Warren..."

I would like to second this suggestion!"


Thanks for the second, Lesle!


message 46: by Shaina (new)

Shaina | 145 comments Samantha, as my suggestion has been moved to sci fi can I suggest something else?


message 47: by Samantha, Cajun Literary Belle (new)

Samantha Matherne (cajunliterarybelle) | 2430 comments Mod
Absolutely, Shaina! That’s very fair. Feel free to propose another title here.


message 48: by Shaina (new)

Shaina | 145 comments Thank you, Samantha. I would like to nominate A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor. First published in 1955.


message 49: by Jazzy (last edited Oct 12, 2020 01:14PM) (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) Jacquie wrote: "I will third Death in Midsummer and Other Stories by Yukio Mishima

Thank you Jacquie! A big hug :)


message 50: by Samantha, Cajun Literary Belle (new)

Samantha Matherne (cajunliterarybelle) | 2430 comments Mod
Updated as of 8pm CDT 10/12/2020.


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