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2015 Favorites

This short story thing went from something fun in 2014 to a borderline obsession in 2015. I read so much so fast that I started working six months ahead. Soon it was more like a year. Stories I’m reading now are being scheduled to post on the blog in 2018. It’s a little bit crazy but mostly awesome. I can’t believe I didn’t know short stories were this good until last year.

It’s been so much fun, and I’m so grateful to everyone who checks in on the website every now and then. It’s been a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to keep it going in the new year. Thanks so much for reading this year, and a very happy 2016 to you.

And because I’ve always been someone who likes a good and pointless list, I’m going to count down (it’s really more of a count-up) the stories I’ve read in 2015 ordered strictly by my own enjoyment – and possibly for my own enjoyment. Enjoy!

  1. ‘The Dead’ by James Joyce
  2. ‘The Semplica Girl Diaries’ by George Saunders
  3. ‘Bullet In The Brain’ by Tobias Wolff
  4. ‘Wash’ by William Faulkner
  5. ‘A Rose For Emily’ by William Faulkner
  6. ‘Reunion’ by John Cheever
  7. ‘How I Met My Husband’ by Alice Munro
  8. ‘Big Boy Leaves Home’ by Richard Wright
  9. ‘The Crime Wave At Blandings’ by P.G. Wodehouse
  10. ‘The Bishop’ by Anton Chekhov
  11. ‘Araby’ by James Joyce
  12. ‘Eveline’ by James Joyce
  13. ‘The Kiss’ by Anton Chekhov
  14. ‘A Silver Dish’ by Saul Bellow
  15. ‘Dry In September’ by William Faulkner
  16. ‘Paper Lantern’ by Stuart Dybek
  17. ‘Adams’ by George Saunders
  18. ‘The Beauties’ by Anton Chekhov
  19. ‘Shingles For The Lord’ by William Faulkner
  20. ‘The Horse Dealer’s Daughter’ by D.H. Lawrence
  21. ‘Don’t Look Now’ by Daphne du Maurier
  22. ‘The Cask Of Amontillado’ by Edgar Allan Poe
  23. ‘Kneel To The Rising Sun’ by Erskine Caldwell
  24. ‘A Conversation With My Father’ by Grace Paley
  25. ‘Death In The Woods’ by Sherwood Anderson
  26. ‘The Shawl’ by Cynthia Ozick
  27. ‘Love’ by William Maxwell
  28. ‘The Doll’s House’ by Katherine Mansfield
  29. ‘Bardon Bus’ by Alice Munro
  30. ‘The Open Boat’ by Stephen Crane
  31. ‘If I Vanish’ by Stuart Dybek
  32. ‘Medal From Jerusalem’ by Irwin Shaw
  33. ‘Counterparts’ by James Joyce
  34. ‘The Wind And The Snow Of Winter’ by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
  35. ‘The Drunkard’ by Frank O’Connor
  36. ‘Christmas Morning’ by Frank O’Connor
  37. ‘Boys And Girls’ by Alice Munro
  38. ‘Death Of A Traveling Salesman’ by Eudora Welty
  39. ‘The Warm Fuzzies’ by Chris Adrian
  40. ‘Walk In The Moon Shadows’ by Jesse Stuart
  41. ‘Why Don’t You Dance?’ by Raymond Carver
  42. ‘Hills Like White Elephants’ by Ernest Hemingway
  43. ‘The Snows Of Kilimanjaro’ by Ernest Hemingway
  44. ‘The Boarding House’ by James Joyce
  45. ‘A Little Cloud’ by James Joyce
  46. ‘Leiningen Versus The Ants’ by Carl Stephenson
  47. ‘The Bath’ by Raymond Carver
  48. ‘The Frozen Fields’ by Paul Bowles
  49. ‘Kid MacArthur’ by Stephanie Vaughn
  50. ‘Neighbors’ by Diane Oliver
  51. ‘The Masque Of The Red Death’ by Edgar Allan Poe
  52. ‘One Ordinary Day, With Peanuts’ by Shirley Jackson
  53. ‘The Baby In The Icebox’ by James M. Cain
  54. ‘Revelation’ by Flannery O’Connor
  55. ‘The Darling’ by Anton Chekhov
  56. ‘An Encounter’ by James Joyce
  57. ‘A Painful Case’ by James Joyce
  58. ‘Tenth Of December’ by George Saunders
  59. ‘Drawing Names’ by Bobbie Ann Mason
  60. ‘Over The River And Through The Wood’ by John O’Hara
  61. ‘What You Pawn I Will Redeem’ by Sherman Alexie
  62. ‘Victory Lap’ by George Saunders
  63. ‘The Five-Forty-Eight’ by John Cheever
  64. ‘The Keyhole Eye’ by John Stewart Carter
  65. ‘Where I’m Calling From’ by Raymond Carver
  66. ‘The Enormous Radio’ by John Cheever
  67. ‘The Sisters’ by James Joyce
  68. ‘The View From Castle Rock’ by Alice Munro
  69. ‘One Off The Short List’ by Doris Lessing
  70. ‘The Living’ by Mary Lavin
  71. ‘To Build A Fire’ by Jack London
  72. ‘Cheap In August’ by Graham Greene
  73. ‘Flight’ by John O’Hara
  74. ‘The Only Traffic Signal On The Reservation Doesn’t Flash Red Anymore’ by Sherman Alexie
  75. ‘Debarking’ by Lorrie Moore
  76. ‘Spring In Fialta’ by Vladimir Nabokov
  77. ‘Able, Baker, Charlie, Dog’ by Stephanie Vaughn
  78. ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ by W.W. Jacobs
  79. ‘Strawberry Spring’ by Stephen King
  80. ‘Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?’ by Joyce Carol Oates
  81. ‘Christmas’ by Vladimir Nabokov
  82. ‘The Birds For Christmas’ by Mark Richard
  83. ‘Everyday Use’ by Alice Walker
  84. ‘I Bought A Little City’ by Donald Barthelme
  85. ‘The First Flower’ by Augusta Wallace Lyons
  86. ‘Pigeon Feathers’ by John Updike
  87. ‘Al Roosten’ by George Saunders
  88. ‘Puppy’ by George Saunders
  89. ‘The Skull’ by Philip K. Dick
  90. ‘Harvey’s Dream’ by Stephen King
  91. ‘The Juniper Tree’ by Lorrie Moore
  92. ‘Train’ by Alice Munro
  93. ‘Home’ by George Saunders
  94. ‘Feathers’ by Raymond Carver
  95. ‘Death Of A Right Fielder’ by Stuart Dybek
  96. ‘Health Card’ by Frank Yerby
  97. ‘Jeeves And The Song Of Songs’ by P.G. Wodehouse
  98. ‘A Complicated Nature’ by William Trevor
  99. ‘Two Pilgrims’ by Peter Taylor
  100. ‘Everything Stuck To Him’ by Raymond Carver
  101. ‘The Vertical Ladder’ by William Sansom
  102. ‘The Manhunt’ by Daniel Curley
  103. ‘Drenched In Light’ by Zora Neale Hurston
  104. ‘Ivy Day In The Committee Room’ by James Joyce
  105. ‘A Small, Good Thing’ by Raymond Carver
  106. ‘The Patented Gate And The Mean Hamburger’ by Robert Penn Warren
  107. ‘A Clean, Well-Lighted Place’ by Ernest Hemingway
  108. ‘The Most Dangerous Game’ by Richard Connell
  109. ‘We’re On TV In The Universe’ by Stephanie Vaughn
  110. ‘Miriam’ by Truman Capote
  111. ‘In The Red Room’ by Paul Bowles
  112. ‘The Black Cat’ by Edgar Allan Poe
  113. ‘Eli, The Fanatic’ by Philip Roth
  114. ‘The Gift Of The Prodigal’ by Peter Taylor
  115. ‘Going Ashore’ by Mavis Gallant
  116. ‘Two Gallants’ by James Joyce
  117. ‘Madame Zilensky And The King Of Finland’ by Carson McCullers
  118. ‘Yao’s Chick’ by Max Apple
  119. ‘The Battle Of Fallen Timbers’ by Stephanie Vaughn
  120. ‘Collectors’ by Daniel Alarcon
  121. ‘The Pedestrian’ by Ray Bradbury
  122. ‘Game’ by Donald Barthelme
  123. ‘The Standard Of Living’ by Dorothy Parker
  124. ‘The Artificial N—–’ by Flannery O’Connor
  125. ‘Referential’ by Lorrie Moore
  126. ‘Every Little Hurricane’ by Sherman Alexie
  127. ‘Silent Snow, Secret Snow’ by Conrad Aiken
  128. ‘Becky’ by Jean Toomer
  129. ‘The Great Mountains’ by John Steinbeck
  130. ‘Seiche’ by Stuart Dybek
  131. ‘One Throw’ by W.C. Heinz
  132. ‘And The Rock Cried Out’ by Ray Bradbury
  133. ‘The Huntsman’ by Anton Chekhov
  134. ‘The Bridal Party’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  135. ‘Chapter Two’ by Antonya Nelson
  136. ‘Marjorie Daw’ by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  137. ‘The Angel In The Alcove’ by Tennessee Williams
  138. ‘The Rescue’ by V.S. Pritchett
  139. ‘Children Of The Sea’ by Edwidge Danticat
  140. ‘The Provincials’ by Daniel Alarcon
  141. ‘Eatonville Anthology’ by Zora Neale Hurston
  142. ‘Birdsong’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  143. ‘Last Day In The Field’ by Caroline Gordon
  144. ‘Ann Mary; Her Two Thanksgivings’ by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  145. ‘Clay’ by James Joyce
  146. ‘A Mother’ by James Joyce
  147. ‘One Gram Short’ by Etgar Keret
  148. ‘Sweet Talk’ by Stephanie Vaughn
  149. ‘Shall Not Perish’ by William Faulkner
  150. ‘Grace’ by James Joyce
  151. ‘Because My Father Said He Was The Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ At Woodstock by Sherman Alexie
  152. ‘Nikishka’s Secrets’ by Yury Kazakov
  153. ‘Death Drop’ by William Faulkner
  154. ‘The Pelican’s Shadow’ by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  155. ‘Weekend’ by Ann Beattie
  156. ‘This Is What It Means To Say Phoenix, Arizona’ by Sherman Alexie
  157. ‘The Letter Writers’ by Elizabeth Taylor
  158. ‘Winter In Yalta’ by Antonya Nelson
  159. ‘The Bowl’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  160. ‘Death Constant Beyond Love’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  161. ‘A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud’ by Carson McCullers
  162. ‘The Jungle’ by Elizabeth Bowen
  163. ‘Honeysuckle Cottage’ by P.G. Wodehouse
  164. ‘Roy Spivey’ by Miranda July
  165. ‘Escape From Spiderhead’ by George Saunders
  166. ‘Jon’ by George Saunders
  167. ‘Amusements’ by Sherman Alexie
  168. ‘The Pit And The Pendulum’ by Edgar Allan Poe
  169. ‘The Fall Of The House Of Usher’ by Edgar Allan Poe
  170. ‘The Use Of Force’ by William Carlos Williams
  171. ‘Christmas For Sassafrass, Cypress And Indigo’ by Ntozake Shange
  172. ‘Breaking And Entering’ by Sherman Alexie
  173. ‘The Sun, The Moon, The Stars’ by Junot Diaz
  174. ‘Flight Patterns’ by Sherman Alexie
  175. ‘Leave It To Jeeves’ by P.G. Wodehouse
  176. ‘The There There’ by Antonya Nelson
  177. ‘Talk To The Music’ by Arna Bontemps
  178. ‘Funny Once’ by Antonya Nelson
  179. ‘The New Order’ by Nancy Hale
  180. ‘Che Ti Dice La Patria?’ by Ernest Hemingway
  181. ‘Two Of A Kind’ by Sean O’Faolain
  182. ‘The Lawnmower Man’ by Stephen King
  183. ‘Family Christmas’ by Roxana Robinson
  184. ‘Creche’ by Richard Ford
  185. ‘Down To A Sunless Sea’ by Neil Gaiman
  186. ‘Blowing Shades’ by Stuart Dybek
  187. ‘After The Race’ by James Joyce
  188. ‘The Rookie’ by Eliot Asinof
  189. ‘Goodwood Comes Back’ by Robert Penn Warren
  190. ‘Theft’ by Katherine Anne Porter
  191. ‘The Contest For Aaron Gold’ by Philip Roth
  192. ‘Hop-Frog’ by Edgar Allan Poe
  193. ‘Zelig’ by Benjamin Rosenblatt
  194. ‘Business Talk’ by Max Apple
  195. ‘1408’ by Stephen King
  196. ‘Waiting’ by Stuart Dybek
  197. ‘The Lone Ranger And Tonto Fist Fight In Heaven’ by Sherman Alexie
  198. ‘Brooklyns Lose’ by William Heuman
  199. ‘The Fun House’ by Sherman Alexie
  200. ‘Thank You For Having Me’ by Lorrie Moore
  201. ‘Sticks’ by George Saunders
  202. ‘Foes’ by Lorrie Moore
  203. ‘The NRACP’ by George P. Elliott
  204. ‘The Other Foot’ by Ray Bradbury
  205. ‘The Old Army Game’ by George Garrett
  206. ‘Tosca’ by Stuart Dybek
  207. ‘The Hector Quesadilla Story’ by T. Coraghessan Boyle
  208. ‘Liquor Makes You Smart’ by Anita Loos
  209. ‘When The Light Gets Green’ by Robert Penn Warren
  210. ‘The Dead Fiddler’ by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  211. ‘La Belle Zoraide’ by Kate Chopin
  212. ‘The Unicorn In The Garden’ by James Thurber
  213. ‘Literally’ by Antonya Nelson
  214. ‘A Visit From Saint Nicholas (In The Ernest Hemingway Manner)’ by James Thurber
  215. ‘Quality Time’ by Richard Ford
  216. ‘The Gully’ by Russell Banks
  217. ‘Exhortation’ by George Saunders
  218. ‘Indian Education’ by Sherman Alexie
  219. ‘Alma’ by Junot Diaz
  220. ‘Tell Me A Riddle’ by Tillie Olsen
  221. ‘Three Million Yen’ by Yukio Mishima
  222. ‘The Supper’ by Tadeusz Borowski
  223. ‘The Man From Mars’ by Margaret Atwood
  224. ‘The Interior Castle’ by Jean Stafford
  225. ‘The Christmas Tree’ by Charles Dickens
  226. ‘A Simple Enquiry’ by Ernest Hemingway
  227. ‘Xmas’ by Thomas M. Disch
  228. ‘An Old-Time Christmas’ by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  229. ‘Janus’ by Ann Beattie
  230. ‘Family Portrait’ by Sherman Alexie
  231. ‘How I Contemplated The World From The Detroit House Of Correction And Began My Life Again’ by Joyce Carol Oates
  232. ‘Children Are Bored On Sunday’ by Jean Stafford
  233. ‘Alibi Ike’ by Ring W. Lardner
  234. ‘Smoke’ by Michael Chabon
  235. ‘The Jewbird’ by Bernard Malamud
  236. ‘The Boogeyman’ by Stephen King
  237. ‘Brothers And Sisters Around The World’ by Andrea Lee
  238. ‘The Kitchen Baby’ by Angela Carter
  239. ‘Aunt Agatha Takes The Count’ by P.G. Wodehouse
  240. ‘Northerners Can Be So Smug’ by Alice Childress
  241. ‘The Hedgehog’ by Saki
  242. ‘Here There Be Tygers’ by Stephen King
  243. ‘The Best Girlfriend You Never Had’ by Pam Houston
  244. ‘The Case Of Four And Twenty Blackbirds’ by Neil Gaiman
  245. ‘Jokester’ by Isaac Asimov
  246. ‘The Star’ by Arthur C. Clarke
  247. ‘Tony’s Wife’ by Alice Dunbar-Nelson
  248. ‘Champion’ by Ring Lardner
  249. ‘Reeling For The Empire’ by Karen Russell
  250. ‘Inventing Wampanoag, 1672’ by Ben Shattuck
  251. ‘The Pitcher And The Plutocrat’ by P.G. Wodehouse
  252. ‘The Hitchhiking Game’ by Milan Kundera
  253. ‘Cinnamon’ by Neil Gaiman
  254. ‘Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story’ by Paul Auster
  255. ‘A Long Day’s Dying’ by William Eastlake
  256. ‘To The Wilderness I Wander’ by Frank Butler
  257. ‘Mammon And The Archer’ by O. Henry
  258. ‘Christmas Every Day’ by William Dean Howells
  259. ‘A Kidnapped Santa Claus’ by L. Frank Baum
  260. ‘The End Of The World’ by Dino Buzzati
  261. ‘The Speech Of Polly Baker’ by Benjamin Franklin
  262. ‘The Man Who Saw Through Heaven’ by Wilbur Daniel Steele
  263. ‘Falalalalalalalala’ by Nikki Giovanni
  264. ‘Old Christmas’ by Stephen Merion
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