June 2021 favorites

June 2021

The June stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘A Dedicated Man’ by Elizabeth Taylor
  2. ‘A Success Story’ by Margaret Drabble
  3. ‘Butcher’s Perfume’ by Sarah Hall
  4. ‘The Boots At The Holly-Tree Inn’ by Charles Dickens
  5. ‘An Abduction’ by Tessa Hadley
  6. ‘Crossing The Alps’ by Margaret Drabble
  7. ‘The Lumber-Room’ by Saki
  8. ‘Lappin And Lapinova’ by Virginia Woolf
  9. ‘Summer 1976’ by Chris Power
  10. ‘Mortmain’ by Graham Greene
  11. ‘The Spring Hat’ by H.E. Bates
  12. ‘A Day In The Life Of A Smiling Woman’ by Margaret Drabble
  13. ‘The Gifts Of War’ by Margaret Drabble
  14. ‘If It Keeps On Raining’ by Jon McGregor
  15. ‘She Said He Said’ by Hanif Kureishi
  16. ‘The Pier Falls’ by Mark Haddon
  17. ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ by Margaret Drabble
  18. ‘G-String’ by Nicola Barker
  19. ‘Louise’ by Somerset Maugham
  20. ‘Let Me Count The Times’ by Martin Amis
  21. ‘Wolf-Alice’ by Angela Carter
  22. ‘Nadine At Forty’ by Hilary Mantel

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May 2020 favorites

May 2020

The May stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘Debt Of Honor’ by V.S. Pritchett
  2. ‘The Adventure Of The Dancing Men’ by Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. ‘A Woman On The Roof’ by Doris Lessing
  4. ‘First Love, Last Rites’ by Ian McEwan
  5. ‘Mrs. Fortescue’ by Doris Lessing
  6. ‘To Room Nineteen’ by Doris Lessing
  7. ‘The Wheelbarrow’ by V.S. Pritchett
  8. ‘England Versus England’ by Doris Lessing
  9. ‘Hunted Down’ by Charles Dickens
  10. ‘Flesh And The Mirror’ by Angela Carter
  11. ‘The Interlopers’ by Saki
  12. ‘The Marvellous Girl’ by V.S. Pritchett
  13. ‘Second Best’ by D.H. Lawrence
  14. ‘How I Finally Lost My Heart’ by Doris Lessing
  15. ‘The Sunday Following Mother’s Day’ by Edward P. Jones
  16. ‘The Fall’ by V.S. Pritchett
  17. ‘The Fly In The Ointment’ by V.S. Pritchett
  18. ‘On Saturday Afternoon’ by Alan Sillitoe
  19. ‘La Sainte-Vierge’ by Daphne du Maurier

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October 2018 favorites

October 2018

The October stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘The Adventure Of The Speckled Band’ by Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. ‘St. Lucy’s Home For Girls Raised By Wolves’ by Karen Russell
  3. ‘The Landlady’ by Roald Dahl
  4. ‘Jesse’ by Rosemarie Robotham
  5. ‘Haunting Olivia’ by Karen Russell
  6. ‘ZZ’s Sleep-Away Camp For Disordered Dreamers’ by Karen Russell
  7. ‘Lady Yeti And The Palace Of Artificial Snows’ by Karen Russell
  8. ‘Sense Of Humor’ by Damon Runyon
  9. ‘The Music Teacher’ by John Cheever
  10. ‘Nausea 1979’ by Haruki Murakami
  11. ‘The Undertaker’ by Alexander Pushkin
  12. ‘The Colour Out Of Space’ by H.P. Lovecraft
  13. ‘The Rosary’ by Robert Kelly
  14. ‘A Haunted House’ by Charles Dickens
  15. ‘The Man Of Adamant’ by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  16. ‘Signal’ by John Lanchester
  17. ‘The Bog Girl’ by Karen Russell

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December 2017 favorites

December 2017

The December stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘Vanka’ by Anton Chekhov
  2. ‘Master Eustace’ by Henry James
  3. ‘Christmas Poem’ by John O’Hara
  4. ‘Brothers’ by Sherwood Anderson
  5. ‘Cat Person’ by Kristen Roupenian
  6. ‘Christmas Gift’ by Robert Penn Warren
  7. ‘Snow Angel’ by Stephanie Vaughn
  8. ‘The Last Night Of The World’ by Ray Bradbury
  9. ‘Uncle Raymond’ by Nelson Eubanks
  10. ‘Christmas Freud’ by David Rakoff
  11. ‘The Sunday After Christmas’ by Mavis Gallant
  12. ‘Where You’ll Find Me’ by Ann Beattie
  13. ‘Through The Tunnel’ by Doris Lessing
  14. ‘The Angel Of The Bridge’ by John Cheever
  15. ‘Nobody’s Story’ by Charles Dickens
  16. ‘A Different Kind Of Imperfection’ by Thomas Beller
  17. ‘Christmas By Injunction’ by O. Henry
  18. ‘The Errors Of Santa Claus’ by Stephen Leacock
  19. ‘The Feast Of Nemesis’ by Saki

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December 2016 favorites

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December 2016

The December stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘The Final Problem’ by Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. ‘A Worn Path’ by Eudora Welty
  3. ‘Domestic Life In America’ by John Updike
  4. ‘O Tannenbaum’ by Maile Meloy
  5. ‘Ben’ by Kay Boyle
  6. ‘The Poor Relation’s Story’ by Charles Dickens
  7. ‘The Christmas Masquerade’ by Mary Wilkins Freeman
  8. ‘The Centerpiece’ by Peter Matthiessen
  9. ‘Merry Christmas’ by Stephen Leacock
  10. ‘Bertie’s Christmas Eve’ by Saki
  11. ‘Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desire’ by Michael Tournier
  12. ‘The Christmas Story’ by Vladimir Nabokov
  13. ‘Christmas; Or, The Good Fairy’ by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  14. ‘Grandmother’s Christmas Story’ by Faith Wynne
  15. ‘The World In A Bowl Of Soup: A Christmas Story” by Annie Dillard

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