The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Short Story Challenge

Last year, I read Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and I got immediately curious about the short stories mentioned at the beginning of each chapter. Since I have embarked on a short story appreciation journey, I will maximize my  experience by reading all of the 13 short stories mentioned in The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (except for one which I’ve already read last year.)

As if I don’t have enough self-imposed reading challenges to add to my stress (and as if I don’t have any life at all outside my books, heh:P), I have decided to embark on another challenge, but I am not complaining. In fact, I think this is the challenge that I can easily finish this year because 1) the stories are easily available online, and 2) these are short stories and, therefore, very quick reads. So, ladies and gentlemen, here is an additional reading goal for me this year: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Short Story Challenge.

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Listed below are the stories that I am going to read this year. I’ll be updating the list each time I finish one and I hope I’ll also be able to come up (promptly) with reviews for each story.



  1. Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl (1953)
  2. The  Diamond As Big As The Ritz by F.S. Fitzgerald (1922)
  3. The Luck of the Roaring Camp by Bret Harte (1868)
  4. What Feels Like The World by Richard Bausch (1985)
  5. A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Flannery O’Connor (1953)
  6. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain (1865)
  7. The Girls In Their Summer Dresses by Irwin Shaw (1939)


  1. A Conversation With My Father by Grace Paley (1972)
  2. A Perfect Day for Bananafish by JD Salinger (1948)
  3. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe (1843)
  4. Ironhead by Aimee Bender (2005)
  5. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver (1980)
  6. The Bookseller by Roald Dahl (1986)


Cheer me on, please? Or better yet, join me? 🙂

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