2018 favorites

2018 Favorites

We’re back here knocking on the New Year’s door for the fifth straight year.

That means we’re halfway there – 10 years of magic tricks. Halfway home and feeling good.

We hit the 1,000 story mark in the middle of the year. I didn’t even realize it at the time, so I can’t even tell you what story earned that distinction. But it happened. I know that much.

So many short stories. So many magic tricks. So much gratitude on my part for those who stop by the website, read, and leave comments and recommendations.

Here is the annual list ranking the stories I read this year in order of my own enjoyment.

Have a wonderful new year!

  1. ‘The Adventure Of The Speckled Band’ by Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. ‘Brokeback Mountain’ by Annie Proulx
  3. ‘St. Lucy’s Home For Girls Raised By Wolves’ by Karen Russell
  4. ‘The Man Of The World’ by Frank O’Connor
  5. ‘Irish Revel’ by Edna O’Brien
  6. ‘The Displaced Person’ by Flannery O’Connor
  7. ‘Drown’ by Junot Díaz
  8. ‘I Can Say Many Nice Things’ by Ben Marcus
  9. ‘Then We’ll Set It Right’ by Robert Gorham Davis
  10. ‘Petrified Man’ by Eudora Welty
  11. ‘Where Is The Voice Coming From?’ by Eudora Welty
  12. ‘Hair’ by William Faulkner
  13. ‘Red From Green’ by Maile Meloy
  14. ‘Daisy’s Valentine’ by Mary Gaitskill
  15. ‘Clara’ by Roberto Bolaño
  16. ‘The Comforts Of Home’ by Flannery O’Connor
  17. ‘Shiloh’ by Bobbie Ann Mason
  18. ‘Sister Imelda’ by Edna O’Brien
  19. ‘ZZ’s Sleep-Away Camp For Disordered Dreamers’ by Karen Russell
  20. ‘Haunting Olivia’ by Karen Russell
  21. ‘Unlighted Lamps’ by Sherwood Anderson
  22. ‘Dogs Go Wolf’ by Lauren Groff
  23. ‘So Peaceful In The Country’ by Carl Ruthven Offord
  24. ‘Thirteen And A Half’ by Maile Meloy
  25. ‘Good Man, Bad Man’ by Jerome Weidman
  26. ‘Negocios’ by Junot Díaz
  27. ‘Attracta’ by William Trevor
  28. ‘Bartleby, The Scrivener’ by Herman Melville
  29. ‘Summer Voices’ by John Banville
  30. ‘An Attack Of Hunger’ by Maeve Brennan
  31. ‘Folie À Deux’ by William Trevor
  32. ‘A Temple Of The Holy Ghost’ by Flannery O’Connor
  33. ‘Probably Shakespeare’ by Jessamyn West
  34. ‘Counting Breaths’ by Rosemarie Robotham
  35. ‘The Short Happy Life Of Francis Macomber’ by Ernest Hemingway
  36. ‘Dido’s Lament’ by Tessa Hadley
  37. ‘A Pair Of Silk Stockings’ by Kate Chopin
  38. ‘Tiny Smiling Daddy’ by Mary Gaitskill
  39. ‘Jesse’ by Rosemarie Robotham
  40. ‘Lady Yeti And The Palace Of Artificial Snows’ by Karen Russell
  41. ‘The Wife’ by Jennifer Jordan
  42. ‘The Barber’ by Flannery O’Connor
  43. ‘Last Night’ by James Salter
  44. ‘The Woman Of The House’ by William Trevor
  45. ‘Ysrael’ by Junot Díaz
  46. ‘Villa Marta’ by Clare Boylan
  47. ‘The Wide Net’ by Eudora Welty
  48. ‘Fedora’ by Kate Chopin
  49. ‘The Midnight Zone’ by Lauren Groff
  50. ‘Flowers For Algernon’ by Daniel Keyes
  51. ‘Homecoming’ by William Maxwell
  52. ‘Lily Daw And The Three Ladies’ by Eudora Welty
  53. ‘God Bless America’ by John Oliver Killens
  54. ‘Blood-Burning Moon’ by Jean Toomer
  55. ‘On Trains’ by James Alan McPherson
  56. ‘Tome’ by Maile Meloy
  57. ‘The Doll’ by Edna O’Brien
  58. ‘The Landlady’ by Roald Dahl
  59. ‘Figures In The Distance’ by Jamaica Kincaid
  60. ‘Nausea 1979’ by Haruki Murakami
  61. ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank’ by Nathan Englander
  62. ‘Lobster Night’ by Russell Banks
  63. ‘How Old, How Young’ by John O’Hara
  64. ‘The Fight’ by Stephen Crane
  65. ‘The Christmas Miracle’ by Rebecca Curtis
  66. ‘Christmas Longings’ by Elizabeth Spencer
  67. ‘Muttsy’ by Zora Neale Hurston
  68. ‘Sanctuary’ by Nella Larsen
  69. ‘Miracle Polish’ by Steven Millhauser
  70. ‘The Music Teacher’ by John Cheever
  71. ‘The Rain Horse’ by Ted Hughes
  72. ‘God Sees The Truth, But Waits’ by Leo Tolstoy
  73. ‘Of The Cloth’ by William Trevor
  74. ‘Boyfriend’ by Junot Díaz
  75. ‘A Rose In The Heart Of New York’ by Edna O’Brien
  76. ‘Aguantando’ by Junot Díaz
  77. ‘The Rookers’ by Bobbie Ann Mason
  78. ‘Nancy Culpepper’ by Bobbie Ann Mason
  79. ‘Cafeteria’ by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  80. ‘No Face’ by Junot Díaz
  81. ‘Rollingwood’ by Ben Marcus
  82. ‘Innocence’ by Sean O’Faolain
  83. ‘The Widow’ by Edna O’Brien
  84. ‘The Season Of Divorce’ by John Cheever
  85. ‘ – And The Moon Be Still As Bright’ by Ray Bradbury
  86. ‘Fiesta, 1980’ by Junot Díaz
  87. ‘The Ingrate’ by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  88. ‘The Lady, Or The Tiger?’ by Frank Stockton
  89. ‘Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment’ by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  90. ‘Everybody Knows Tobie’ by Daniel Garza
  91. ‘Why Do The Heathens Rage?’ by Flannery O’Connor
  92. ‘The Looking Glass’ by Anton Chekhov
  93. ‘Truant’ by Claude McKay
  94. ‘Landladies’ by Langston Hughes
  95. ‘Kiswana Browne’ by Gloria Naylor
  96. ‘Knowing He Was Not My Kind Yet I Followed’ by Barry Hannah
  97. ‘Simple On Military Integration’ by Langston Hughes
  98. ‘Condemned House’ by Lucille Boehm
  99. ‘The Homecoming’ by Frank Yerby
  100. ‘A Curtain Of Green’ by Eudora Welty
  101. ‘Aqua Boulevard’ by Maile Meloy
  102. ‘Sense Of Humor’ by Damon Runyon
  103. ‘Key To The City’ by Diane Oliver
  104. ‘The Undertaker’ by Alexander Pushkin
  105. ‘Concerning The Bodyguard’ by Donald Barthelme
  106. ‘Bullfighting’ by Roddy Doyle
  107. ‘Keela, The Outcast Indian Maiden’ by Eudora Welty
  108. ‘My Side Of The Matter’ by Truman Capote
  109. ‘Simple Prays A Prayer’ by Langston Hughes
  110. ‘Feet Live Their Own Life’ by Langston Hughes
  111. ‘Steady Going Up’ by Maya Angelou
  112. ‘Red’ by Maile Meloy
  113. ‘A Memory’ by Eudora Welty
  114. ‘Porte-Cochere’ by Peter Taylor
  115. ‘Wunderkind’ by Carson McCullers
  116. ‘Grammar Questions’ by Lydia Davis
  117. ‘Exodus’ by James Baldwin
  118. ‘Mother’ by Andrea Lee
  119. ‘The Confidence Man’ by George Garrett
  120. ‘Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie’ by Beryl Bainbridge
  121. ‘The Enchanted Bluff’ by Willa Cather
  122. ‘The Lynching Of Jube Benson’ by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  123. ‘After The Denim’ by Raymond Carver
  124. ‘Wild Plums’ by Grace Stone Coates
  125. ‘In The Reign Of Harad IV’ by Steven Millhauser
  126. ‘Enoch And The Gorilla’ by Flannery O’Connor
  127. ‘The Stout Gentleman’ by Washington Irving
  128. ‘Solo On The Drums’ by Ann Petry
  129. ‘Water Child’ by Edwidge Danticat
  130. ‘Crusader Rabbit’ by Jess Mowry
  131. ‘His New Mittens’ by Stephen Crane
  132. ‘A Haunted House’ by Charles Dickens
  133. ‘The Rosary’ by Robert Kelly
  134. ‘Mary Elizabeth’ by Jessie Faucet
  135. ‘A Meeting In Middle Age’ by William Trevor
  136. ‘The South’ by Jorge Luis Borges
  137. ‘The Lost Decade’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  138. ‘The Three Hermits’ by Leo Tolstoy
  139. ‘Jupiter Doke, Brigadier General’ by Ambrose Bierce
  140. ‘One Wicked Impulse!’ by Walt Whitman
  141. ‘Wisdom Of Children’ by Leo Tolstoy
  142. ‘The Road To The Shore’ by Michael McLaverty
  143. ‘Offerings’ by Bobbie Ann Mason
  144. ‘Deer Season’ by Kevin Barry
  145. ‘Anhedonia, Here I Come’ by Colin Barrett
  146. ‘Living’ by Grace Paley
  147. ‘Midair’ by Frank Conroy
  148. ‘New York Mining Disaster’ by Haruki Murakami
  149. ‘Christmas Song’ by Langston Hughes
  150. ‘Present For Joyce’ by Langston Hughes
  151. ‘Lost In The City’ by Edward P. Jones
  152. ‘Mama’s Missionary Money’ by Chester Himes
  153. ‘The Cold Outside’ by John Burnside
  154. ‘Bumblebees’ by Bobbie Ann Mason
  155. ‘The Man Who Disliked Cats’ by P.G. Wodehouse
  156. ‘The Sire de Maletroit’s Door’ by Robert Louis Stevenson
  157. ‘The Two Brothers And The Gold’ by Leo Tolstoy
  158. ‘Four Men In A Cave’ by Stephen Crane
  159. ‘The Snake’ by Stephen Crane
  160. ‘Long Distances’ by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  161. ‘The Colour Out Of Space’ by H.P. Lovecraft
  162. ‘The Man Of Adamant’ by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  163. ‘Signal’ by John Lanchester
  164. ‘The Bog Girl’ by Karen Russell
  165. ‘The Angel Of The Odd’ by Edgar Allan Poe
  166. ‘The Dream Of A Ridiculous Man’ by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  167. ‘The Prize Lodger’ by George Gissing
  168. ‘The Cat’ by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  169. ‘Leg’ by Stephen Polansky
  170. ‘Stuff’ by Joy Williams
  171. ‘The Coffee-House Of Surat’ by Leo Tolstoy
  172. ‘About Jessie Mae’ by James Purdy
  173. ‘Filial Sentiments Of A Parricide’ by Marcel Proust
  174. ‘The Dark Arts’ by Ben Marcus
  175. ‘Horatio’s Trick’ by Ann Beattie
  176. ‘The Night Of Chancellorsville’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  177. ‘Home For Christmas’ by Jeffrey Shaffer
  178. ‘Two Blue Birds’ by D.H. Lawrence
  179. ‘An Experiment In Misery’ by Stephen Crane
  180. ‘Simple On Indian Blood’ by Langston Hughes
  181. ‘Conversation On The Corner’ by Langston Hughes
  182. ‘The Diary Of An African Nun’ by Alice Walker
  183. ‘Vacation’ by Langston Hughes
  184. ‘A Mother’s Tale’ by James Agee
  185. ‘The Man With Two Left Feet’ by P.G. Wodehouse
  186. ‘The Knowers’ by Helen Phillips
  187. ‘Three Short Moments In A Long Life’ by John L’Heureux
  188. ‘My Mother’ by Andre Gide
  189. ‘Between The Halves’ by John O’Hara
  190. ‘Fable’ by Charles Yu
  191. ‘Nightfall’ by Daniel Corkery
  192. ‘Brother’ by Edna O’Brien
  193. ‘Solstice’ by Anne Enright
  194. ‘You Must Be This Happy To Enter’ by Elizabeth Crane
  195. ‘Diem Perdidi’ by Julie Otsuka
  196. ‘Watching Mysteries With My Mother’ by Ben Marcus
  197. ‘Blueprints For St. Louis’ by Ben Marcus
  198. ‘Storytellers, Liars, And Bores’ by Leonard Michaels
  199. ‘First Love’ by Ben Marcus
  200. ‘Spirituality; With Or Without A Prayer’ by Elmore Leonard
  201. ‘Twilight’ by Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont
  202. ‘Celebrations Of Thanksgiving: Cuban Seasonings’ by Ana Menéndez
  203. ‘The Burning Baby’ by Dylan Thomas

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December 2018 favorites

December 2018

The December stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘Unlighted Lamps’ by Sherwood Anderson
  2. ‘The Doll’ by Edna O’Brien
  3. ‘Flowers For Algernon’ by Daniel Keyes
  4. ‘Homecoming’ by William Maxwell
  5. ‘Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie’ by Beryl Bainbridge
  6. ‘The Christmas Miracle’ by Rebecca Curtis
  7. ‘Christmas Longings’ by Elizabeth Spencer
  8. ‘The Enchanted Bluff’ by Willa Cather
  9. ‘New York Mining Disaster’ by Haruki Murakami
  10. ‘Christmas Song’ by Langston Hughes
  11. ‘Present For Joyce’ by Langston Hughes
  12. ‘Lost In The City’ by Edward P. Jones
  13. ‘The Cat’ by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  14. ‘Leg’ by Stephen Polansky
  15. ‘The Cold Outside’ by John Burnside
  16. ‘Stuff’ by Joy Williams
  17. ‘Horatio’s Trick’ by Ann Beattie
  18. ‘The Night Of Chancellorsville’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  19. ‘Home For Christmas’ by Jeffrey Shaffer

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