Thursday, 1 January 2015

Deal Me In Challenge List 2015

Happy New Year all!  My first post for the year is a list of Short Stories, Essays, Poems and Children's Books for my 2015 Deal Me In Challenge.


Clubs – Short Stories
A –  Cabbages and Kings - O’Henry
2 – The Runaway - Chekhov
4 – Le Horla – de Maupassant
5 – The Tell-Tale Heart - Poe
8 – A Little Woman - Kafka
9 –  A Haunted House - Woolf
10 – The Birds - Chekhov
J –  The Yellow Wallpaper - Gilman
Q – The Eyes - Wharton
K -   Signs and Symbols - Nabakov

Spades – Essays
A – Milton - Williams
3 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Chesterton
6 – Hamlet : The Prince or the Poem - Lewis
7 –  Monsters and the Middle Ages - Chesterton
8 – The World of Tomorrow – E.B. White
9 – Discipline and Hope, Means as Ends - Berry
10 – Sense - Lewis
J – Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community - Berry
Q – Different Tastes in Literature - Lewis
K – Vulgarity - Chesterton

Diamonds – Poetry
2 –  Gesang Der Geister Über Den Wassern - Goethe
3 – The Morning of Life - Hugo
5 – A Lover’s Complaint - Shakespeare
6 – Resolution and Independence – Wordsworth
8 – Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night - Thomas
9 – Ode to a Grecian Urn - Keats
10 – Tears, Idle Tears - Tennyson
K – Phoenix and the Turtle - Shakespeare

Hearts – Children’s Classic
2 – Three Greek Children - Church
3 – The Mysterious Benedict Society - Stewart
5 – Journey from Peppermint Street - deJong
6 – The Tanglewood’s Secret – St. John
7 – The Wolves of Willoughy Chase - Aiken
9 – Sprig of Broom - Willard
10 – Teddy’s Button - LeFeuvre
J – The Book of Three – Alexander
Q – Tales from Chaucer - Farjeon
K – Beyond the Desert Gate – Ray (2)


  1. Happy new year!

    This is so tempting.... I've seen this, but I wasn't so up for reading short stories, but essays on the other hand...... I'm going to have a think! I like this very much!

    1. It doesn't take long at all. Most of what I targeted were short poems, essays, etc., knowing that I wouldn't have much time. It took me 3 minutes to read my first poem yesterday. A very good time investment! I hope you do it! I'd love to see your list!

    2. I'm working on it now! :) Just on to my last section.

    3. Oh, good! **** rubs hands together gleefully ****

  2. Happy New Year! It sounds like you have a fun twist on the Deal Me In Challenge. I admit, I don't feel a strong compulsion to read short stories (not that I dislike them, I just am more interested in novels), but I like the concept. Have fun!

    1. Thanks, Amanda. I haven't read many short stories, so I want to make a new discovery. I am glad that I included the other categories too though ....

  3. Oh, I love how you categorized them by suite/genre! Chesterton's a great idea, too, since he wrote so many essays. I was determined not to join challenges this year, but this one is looks very doable (and tempting). :)

    1. Come on, Marian, join in! It's very doable as it doesn't take very much time. I'll be keeping an eye on your blog ....... ;-)

    2. Listen to

      I was toying with joining this one, but I decided it just isn't in my cards for this year. I have to concentrate elsewhere, I was thinking of picking one out two books of short stories/essays that equals 52 so I could mark them as finished for the year.

    3. Honestly, this challenge is so easy. It takes about 2-20 minutes to read a poem, essay or short story. The children's books may be a little longer but not much. It is actually quite inspiring. Not to try to tempt you, of course! ;-)

    4. I must be strong! I have enough unfinished loose ends from last year to keep me busy.

      Plus, it gives you plenty of time to talk me into something else, the year is very young yet.

  4. I think it's such a great idea to add children's classics to this list. Lots of fun picks! I'm seeing stories I wish I'd thought to add to my list as I check out everyone else's, which is a benefot of this challenge: it makes us remember all of those shorter works out there to read. Very best wishes with this, Cleo! Awesome list! :D

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    1. I know! Aren't everyone's lists fabulous? I almost want to do a double-challenge next year: fairy tales and then a compilation of works from the lists of other challenge participants.

      Thanks for the wishes, Marianne!

  6. I have to admit I can't remember when I've had so much fun as looking at everyone's DMI lists the past few days. And I LOVE how the challenge has taken on a life of its own with Essays, speeches, poems, plays, fairy tales, etc. Such imagination and fun!

    1. I'm happy to hear that you're fine with us massaging the rules a little. The lists have been extraordinary! Thanks for hosting this very fun and unique challenge!

  7. What a great list! I don't read enough essays and yours sound fantastic! Lewis, Chesterton, Berry - they will be very thought provoking, I'm sure.

    1. I must admit that I'm itching to get to Berry. He sounds very much like a kindred spirit!