This year, I signed up to do robaroundbooks’ 100 Shots of Short challenge with a goal to read 100 short stories. This was an easy and an enjoyable task given that I love reading short stories. I read a combination of single stories, anthologies and collections:
- Seventy Thousand Assyrians by William Saroyan
- The Nose by Nicolai Gogol
- Mr. Beneset by Quim Monzò
- Honesty by Quim Monzò
- The Prefiguration of Lalo Cura by Roberto Bolano
- African Love Stories edited by Ama Ata Aidoo
- The Laws of Evening by Mary Yukari Waters
- The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Tropical Fish: Tales From Entebbe by Doreen Baingana
- Waiariki and Other Stories by Patricia Grace
- The Dream Sleepers and Other Stories by Patricia Grace
- Six Early Stories by Thomas Mann
- Electric City and Other Stories by Patricia Grace
The best anthology: well, I only read one 😮 . But I cannot recommend African Love Stories enough. It comprises a wonderful and a comprehensive set of stories dealing with all manner and types of love by some of the best African women writers around.
The best collection: It’s hard to choose just one so it’s a tie between Tropical Fish and The Laws of Evening.
Additional thoughts and comments: I want to read more works by Patrica Grace and Quim Monzò. The short story by Roberto Bolaño was really odd and I’m unsure whether Iwill read his longer works. Of course, Saroyan and Gogol are masters of short fiction.
Beyond 100 Shots of Short: For the rest of this year I will read more individual stories from online sources and try some speculative and fantasy shorts. The general plan is to have fun with shorts and flashes.