Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sundry Short Stories

While I don't think I'd enjoy reading a full-length novel online, I've enjoyed reading short stories online recently. Short fiction is perfect when you're pressed for time, or wish to sample the work of an author. Or, you may simply enjoy reading shorter works. Here is a list of links to short stories from various book blogs that I visit on a regular basis.


A Doctor's Visit (1898) by Anton Chekhov on Mel's blog, The Reading Life

A Golden Wedding (1909-1922) by Lucy Maud Montgomery on Veens' blog, Giving Reading a Chance!!!

A Perfect Day for Bananafish (1948) by J.D. Salinger on Amanda's Blog, The Zen Leaf, and Veens' blog, Giving Reading a Chance!!!

A Respectable Woman (1894) by Kate Chopin on Mel's blog, The Reading Life

Black Death (1928) by Zora Neale Hurston on Mel's blog, The Reading Life

Death by Scrabble (2005) by Charlie Fish on Priya's blog, uniquely priya

Ghosts (2008) by Edwidge Danticat on Mel's blog, The Reading Life

Harrison Bergeron (1961) by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on Mel's blog, The Reading Life

Kew Gardens (1919) by Virginia Woolf from The Literature Network

Metropolis (2006) by Crystal Gail Shangkuan Koo on Mel's blog, The Reading Life

Monday or Tuesday (1921) by Virginia Woolf (for more short stories by Woolf, and the author's thoughts on short fiction, visit this post)
Visit The Reading Life Virginia Woolf Project for reviews and links to many other short stories by this author.

My Dear Miss Fairfax (early 1990's) by Nicola Slade on Veens' blog, Giving Reading a Chance!!!

On seeing the 100% perfect girl one beautiful April morning (1981) by Haruki Murakami on Mee's blog, Bookie Mee

Quail Seed (1911) by Saki on Mel's blog, The Reading Life

Snow, Glass, Apples (1994) by Neil Gaiman on Amanda's blog, The Zen Leaf

The Artist of the Beautiful (1844) by Nathaniel Hawthorne on Mel's blog, The Reading Life

The Bet (1889) by Anton Chekhov on Mel's blog, The Reading Life

The Confession (1887) by Guy de Maupassant on Mel's blog, The Reading Life

The Garden Party (1922) by Katherine Mansfield on Mel's blog, The Reading Life
Visit The Reading Life Katherine Mansfield Project for reviews and links to many other short stories by this author.

The Gift of the Magi (1906) by O. Henry on Mel's blog, The Reading Life

The Little Match Girl (1845) by Hans Christian Andersen on Veens' blog, Giving Reading a Chance!!!

The Metamorphosis (1915) by Franz Kafka on Mel's blog, The Reading Life

The Monkey's Paw (1902) by W. W. Jacobs on Mel's blog, The Reading Life

The Open Window (1870-1916) by Saki on Mel's blog, The Reading Life

The Philanthropist and the Happy Cat (1911) by Saki on Mel's blog, The Reading Life

The Shot (1831) by Alexander Pushkin on Mel's blog, The Reading Life

The Tell-Tale Heart (1843) by Edgar Allan Poe on Naida's blog, the bookworm

The Tower Room (early 1990's) by Nicola Slade on Veens' blog, Giving Reading a Chance!!!

The Withered Arm (1888) by Thomas Hardy on Mel's blog, The Reading Life, and Mrs. B's blog, The Literary Stew

Tony Takitani (2002) by Haruki Murakami on Michelle's blog, su(shu) a girl finds comfort in her books


Please feel free to add links to other short stories in the comments, which I'll add to this post. I may also add other short story links every so often. Thanks for reading!


  1. The cover of this collection is lovely. I want a copy of this edition LOL

  2. Hm, I don't know what's up with the link to Bananafish. Grr.

    The only other story I know online is the Snow Glass Apples one I posted about the other day. I know Eva from A Striped Armchair and Ana from Things Mean a Lot have a couple short story links on their blogs.

  3. You might be interested in the short story challenge I've put together for spring. It starts March 20. Check out the details and links on my blog!

  4. Diane, it is a gorgeous cover. You can read all 8 of the stories in this collection online (right now, anyway).

    Amanda, I will look for your link to Snow Glass Apples.

    LuAnn, your springtime short story challenge sounds interesting. I'll head over to your blog soon.

  5. Gosh, it's taken me forever to get my latest post straightened out. Words were missing and blogs mixed up for the people I was passing the award on to. Of course, you are on the list and I hope you'll stop by and pick up your award when you get the chance. Also, I'm glad you joined the challenge!

  6. LuAnn, thank you! I'll display my newest award proudly on my blog (maybe I should display all Feb. awards? Not sure). I need to stop by your place for my award, and for a button for your short story challenge. If you have any good short story links, LuAnn, please bring them over! :)

  7. Thank you for sharing! I've never read any of these! I'll have to find some free time!

    XOXO~ Renee

  8. Wow! I have bookmarked atleast 2-3 stories I need to read!
    Thank You Suko, for linking to my blog as well :)

  9. Like you I am ok reading a short story on line but do not like to read longer works that way-

    The best short story I know of about The Reading Life is Anton Chekhov's The Bet
    It is a only a few pages long.

  10. hey, came here from veens' blog...thanks a lot for the short story links.. i love reading them every now and then..

    i am reading short stories for a challenge, and these links would help quite a bit.. maybe you'd like to join in too?

  11. I am not good with short stories, but I am tempted by these. Especially the Virginia Woolf one as it would be a good introduction to her books.

  12. Renee, I think you'd enjoy reading some of these--they are short and absorbing (but addictive!).

    Veens, thank you. It was your last short story post that gave me the idea to gather them together and present them in one place.

    Mel, I just read The Bet. It's truly remarkable, on many levels (and so perfect for The Reading Life). I'll definitely add your link to the collection. Thanks so much!

    Priva, thanks for stopping by; maybe I will join the challenge you mention. I just joined one by Reading Frenzy, Spring into Short Stories, which is open to participants.

    Vivienne, I hope you will read a short story by Virginia Woolf. There are many readily available online.

  13. Although I enjoy the Kindle app on my iTouch, I've yet to be able to get into reading fiction online. I'm much less patient when on the computer and tend to scan instead of savor. I know I'm probably missing out as a result...

  14. I like that book cover! Most of the short stories i've read are either EA Poe or Stephen King. They are great when you just want a quick fix :)

  15. I haven't read a short story in what seems like ages, but I linked your list and think I will be looking up a few of these. Thanks so much for putting this list together. Hopefully I will have more time for short fiction in the near future!

  16. K.M., I don't know if I could read an entire novel online. And I enjoy the size, shape, and warmth of paper books.

    Naida, I remember you mentioned a short story by Poe a while ago, The Tell-Tale Heart, which was quite riveting. I'm not sure if it's still available online.

    Zibilee, on some days, short stories are the extent of my reading. But I do enjoy short fiction a great deal. Thanks very much for your comment.

  17. Thank you Suko for adding the new ones as well.

    This is very nice of you to link to my reviews as well.

    Which is the short story challenge you talked about to Priya?! I would love to join it as well, if it is do-able :)

  18. I found the challenge! I will join you guys too. Thank You :)


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