Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A Library Haul

(Linking up with The Captive Reader's Library Loot event.)

I got a fantastic haul at the library!  This morning I decided I was going to the library and not leaving until I found at least a few books that I would actually read and enjoy.  After sulking through the fiction section and feeling sorry for myself because I couldn't find anything, I went to the nonfiction section on a whim, namely, the literature section.  And that was where I fell upon short stories and a bunch of other fascinating stuff.

I have always blown off short stories for some strange reason, but I have remedied that now.  Here's my list from this week:

1.) Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird, Compiled by Mary McDonagh Murphy

2.) The Best American Essays from 2011, edited by Edwidge Danticat

3.) The Oxford book of American Short Stories, edited by Joyce Carol Oates

4.) The Pen/O. Henry Prize Stories from 2012, edited by Laura Furman

5.) The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms, compiled by Mark Strand and Eavan Boland-Just looked fascinating

6.) The Best American Humorous Short Stories, edited by Alexander Jessup

7.) 1491: New Revelations of the Americans Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann-Just a book that looked fascinating.

Whew!  So this month is officially short story month for me.  I'll be posting reviews of some favorite specific short stories, as well as the books that they come from throughout the month of June.  I'm really looking forward to it!


8 comments:

  1. Going for the shorts! I've never delved into the genre much, so it would be interesting to read a whole lot all at once. I'll be interested to learn about your experience.

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    1. I'm excited to hear what you think about reading shorts as well!

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  2. I love some good short stories! Enjoy your loot.

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    1. Thanks! I'm already enjoying delving in. :)

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  3. I'm excited to see whether you find some good authors by reading shorts!! I'm not a big fan, myself -- I've picked up a few collections at the library before and sent them back unread. Am currently slogging through Margaret Atwood's recent collection of shorts.

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    1. Oh, is her collection of shorts good? I'm going to have to keep my eye out for it.

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  4. I tend to enjoy short stories and short novels too. Enjoy your loot!

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