So, Friday’s post about Fifth Business started out being about my being halfway through the Spring Reading Thing challenge. Today’s post also started out being about that and yet, lo and behold, I’ve decided to start my own reading challenge instead.
Summer of the Canadian Short Story!
Let me start by saying that I know nothing about hosting reading challenges. I’m too new to this blogging thing to really take on any real responsibility. But, summers are a time of super lengthy reads interspersed with quick reads for me, so I liked the idea of short stories and speculative fiction/fantasy (my Summer SpecFic list is not Canadian, but I’ll post it later if you want).
This started out being a challenge to myself because of 3 things I observed:
1. Write Reads doesn’t do short stories on the podcast.
2. Canada is renowned for its short story writers.
3. My dad has given me a lot of Canadian short story books.
If you’d like to join me, this is the basic premise for the SCSS, read closely as it’s quite complicated:
Read 1 or more short story books by any Canadian author between June 1, 2014 and September 1, 2014. That’s it….Okay, not quite. Linking back to Write Reads on your blog/facebook/twitter (and maybe even posting the little picture I made*) if you decide to post about your Canadian short story reading would be much appreciated.
If you’re not much a short story reader, or aren’t sure where to start, check out C.J.’s awesome guest post on the Armchair BEA site (it even mentions us!) on how to get into a short story adventure.
I decided to try reading one short story book per month. We’ll see how that goes. I’ve picked the 3, as you can see from my little picture, but if I’ve learned one thing from Spring Reading Thing, it’s that I don’t like to stick to strict reading lists. I will read the Margaret Laurence first as I’ve been wanting to read it for ages. With Laurence’s work, I only allow myself sporadic readings as she is my favourite author, and I want to be 50 and still be able to pick up a book of hers that I haven’t read. I’m curious as to whether anyone else does that with favourite authors who have already passed on? But I digress.
So, as of May 13, 2014 my choices are:
Friend Of My Youth by Alice Munro
A Bird in the House by Margaret Laurence
South of Elfrida by Holley Rubinsky.
If you’re looking for lists of great Canadian short stories, 49th Shelf just put up a list as, apparently, May is Short Story Month here in Canada – finding out about this is part of why I put the announcement out so early. I hope you’ll join me and maybe we can make this a yearly summer event, and I’ll become better at hosting such things and put out prizes and stuff. Or, maybe I’ll just remain lazy about it 🙂
* The little picture is courtesy of the advice of lovely and talented Leah at Books Speak Volumes, who told me about using picmonkey.com. It is still a sad picture as I’m not good at these things (yet), but trust me the one I was making without picmonkey was far more pitiful. I may post the original later and hold a competition for whoever can come up with the worst insult for it.