Reading short stories challenge 2016

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Reading short stories challenge 2016

Postby Serpent » Sat Jan 02, 2016 6:09 pm

Welcome to yet another reading challenge!
The idea is very simple: just read one short story per week when possible. You don't have to do it every week. The minimal goal is to read just 5 stories :D This also means that you can sign up any time until November.

You can simply say "I'm in", but the following kinds of infromation are welcome (all optional)

Languages and levels:
Goal:
Books you plan to read:
A link to your profile/shelf on Goodreads, LibraryThing etc:

You can always read in a different language if your plans change :)
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Re: Reading short stories challenge 2016

Postby Serpent » Sat Jan 02, 2016 6:12 pm

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Re: Reading short stories challenge 2016

Postby Serpent » Sat Jan 02, 2016 6:29 pm

Languages and levels: all of mine, but I currently own short story collections in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Finnish, Belarusian, Czech, Ukrainian, Serbian and Swedish. I understand them well, apart from Swedish.
Goal: read a story every week and finish 3-5 of the books
Goodreads shelf: "slow collections etc", which includes some books I won't count, like poetry or multi-chapter stories.

Books you plan to read:
Racconti italiani
Antonio Tabucchi - Piccoli equivoci senza importanza
Sicilia fantastica +
Amor di Roma (stories about Rome)
Cuentos fantásticos modernistas de Hispanoamérica
Las fuerzas extrañas; Cuentos fatales
Adolfo Bioy Casares - Historias fantásticas
Jutter Caine - Pesadelos
Johanna Sinisalo - Kädettömät kuninkaat ja muita häiritseviä tarinoita
Verenhimo: suomalaisia vampyyritarinoita
Den röda vanten och andra deckare
Mellan Stockholm och Åbo +
Svenska konstsagor
120 сторінок содому. Сучасна світова лесбі/ ґей/ бі література. Квір-антологія (LGBT stories in Ukrainian)
Српске приче и баjке (tales)
Karel Čapek - Povídky z jedné kapsy (Ilya Frank's method)
Ivan Shamiakin - Collected works

more to be added :)
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Re: Reading short stories challenge 2016

Postby Teango » Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:32 pm

I really like this idea, Serpent; 5 short stories per year is a much less daunting prospect than, say, completing 100 novels for the Super Challenge, especially for learners at the intermediate level! I also think it's a good way to get into the habit of reading more, especially in a language that's quite demanding and difficult to source like Hawaiian. I don't mind tackling some children's books or easy readers at my current level, for example, but novels like "Ka Hopita" (The Hobbit) are still well out of my league. Do you have any ground rules in mind for how short a story should be for this challenge?
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Re: Reading short stories challenge 2016

Postby lusan » Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:47 pm

I am in.
I will read at the minimum a Polish story per month.

I found this site with a bunch of them. I plan to export them into Readlang

http://horror.com.pl/opowiadania/opowiadanie.php?id=323

I am very excited about reading Polish Stories. :P
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Re: Reading short stories challenge 2016

Postby gsbod » Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:56 pm

I'm in!

This is just the excuse I needed to pick up some books currently collecting dust on the shelf.

Languages and levels: German (around B1), Japanese (a rusty N2)
Goal: 8 stories in each language
Books you plan to read:
Penguin Parallel Text German Short Stories 1
New Penguin Parallel Text Short Stories in Japanese
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Re: Reading short stories challenge 2016

Postby Elenia » Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:59 pm

Languages and levels: English, Swedish, French, German
Goal: ???
Books you plan to read:
    English
  • The Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem
    Swedish
  • Resa med lätt bagage by Tove Jansson
A link to your profile/shelf on Goodreads, LibraryThing etc: My goodreads profile.

Is it also possible to read in L1? Because I have a new book of short stories in English :3

READ
English

  1. 'Prince Ferrix and the Princess Crystal', Stanislaw Lem, The Cyberiad
    J'ai adoré ce recueil. Il y avait une jouissance de langage qui rendait ma lecture vraiment agréable. J'ai trouvé que les histoires étaient de temps en temps un peu demodé dans leurs idées. Cette hisoire en particulière traitait l'amour du Prince Ferrix pour la Princess Crystal. Ils sont tous les deux robots, comme tous les autres 'personnages' dans le recueil, mais la princesse a s'interessé dans les êtres-humaines et a annoncé qu'elle ne se marier qu'avec un humaine. Donc le prince doit se transformer en humain pour elle...
Swedish
  1. 'Åttiåringsdag', Tove Jansson, Resa med lätt bagage
  2. 'Sommarbarnet', Tove Jansson, Resa med lätt bagage
  3. 'Främmande stad', Tove Jansson, Resa med lätt bagage
  4. 'Kvinnan som lånade minnen', Tove Janssom, Resa med lätt bagage
  5. 'Resa med lätt bagage', Tove Jansson, Resa med lätt bagage
  6. 'Lustgården', Tove Jansson, Resa med lätt bagage
  7. 'Måsarna', Tove Jansson, Resa med lätt bagage
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Re: Reading short stories challenge 2016

Postby WingSuet » Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:18 pm

I'm also in! But I am also curious as to what counts as a short story. I have a small collection of short stories, but the only book I have access to now is Grimms Märchens, and the stories are usually only about 10 pages long, sometimes only 4 pages! So not sure if that counts as a short story... But maybe I could read a few at the time. Anyway, info:

Language: German (C1)
Goal: 1 short story (or the equivalent) every two weeks
Books I plan to read: Grimms Märchen, Liebe Schmerz und das ganze verdammte Zeug, Sommerhaus später, das Urteil und andere Erzählungen, Der Tod in Venedig und andere Erzählungen
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Re: Reading short stories challenge 2016

Postby Serpent » Sun Jan 03, 2016 12:22 am

WingSuet wrote:I'm also in! But I am also curious as to what counts as a short story. I have a small collection of short stories, but the only book I have access to now is Grimms Märchens, and the stories are usually only about 10 pages long, sometimes only 4 pages! So not sure if that counts as a short story...

This definitely counts! Some things I'll be reading are pretty short too :D
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Re: Reading short stories challenge 2016

Postby tomgosse » Sun Jan 03, 2016 12:33 am

My information:

Languages and levels: English (native), French (A1)
Goal: One short story per week.
Books you plan to read: Short story collections by Marc Thil, Guy de Maupassant, Gustave Flaubert.
A link to your profile/shelf on Goodreads: Thomas Gosse
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