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    Deal Me In Short Story Challenge 2018

    Hosted by Bibliophilica

    Have I ever been this excited about a reading challenge? No, I have not. I have the longest of lists of short stories that I want to read by a bunch of Classic and Modern Classic writers and this challenge is going to force them higher up my reading list. From Edgar Allen Poe to Shirley Jackson to John Keats to Yūko Tsushima… I could go on and on. I want to read them all. Insert excited squee here. The aim is to read 52 short stories in 52 weeks and I kinda want to beat that number but I don’t want to get too ahead of myself just yet.
    1. Cockcrow by Guy de Maupassant
    If there was ever a big euphemism for sex in fiction it would be this short story.

    2. Femme Fatale by Guy de Maupassant
    How the poor and fragile male can’t handle female sexuality.

    3. Hautot & Son by Guy de Maupassant
    This one left me a little unsettled – not because anything untoward or bad happened. But the circumstances and the allusions Maupassant makes. A son carrying on in his fathers footsteps.

    Are there any short stories that you’re dying to read or have recently read that you can’t enough of? Let me know in the comments below.

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    Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2018

    Hosted by Escape with Dollycas

    Last years attempt at completing the Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge was an absolute fail. I repeated a lot of letters and missed out a hefty amount. You can view last years attempt here. My promise to write a review for each of those books that I read plummeted to its death pretty early on, only managing to write four. Yikes. I’ll try to be better this year but I’m a bit lazy when it comes to reviewing.

    My personal goal whilst doing this challenge is to ensure that I read at least 5 of each of the following: Classics, Thrillers, YA Fantasy and Plays.

    A recap of the rules

    Read one book that has its title starting with a letter of the alphabet. That’s 26 books. A’s and The’s can be dropped from the beginning of titles. The first main word needs to be the letter you are counting, except for Q, X AND Z titles then the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title. Like last year, I have decided to exclude any short stories or pieces of poetry that I read from this challenge.

    Children of Ambition by J.J. McAvoy, read January 2018, rated 4 stars.
    Dark in Death by J.D. Robb, read February 2018, rated 5 stars

    Do you think you can read a book for each letter of the alphabet? Try it out. Create your own blog post or if you don’t own a blog, create a shelf on your goodreads account. 52 weeks. 26 books.

    You’ve got this.

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    Bowed, Bent, Broken.

    Have you ever felt so broken from the world that you wanted to crawl into a corner and hide?
    Her body shook with it — the pain that had clawed its way into her heart. Her mind slowly suffocating under the thoughts that marched, violent and relentless.
    You are nothing. Ignored and forgotten, you are not worthy of being loved. You will always be alone. They will always leave and you will remain here, in this hell, crawling on your knees like vermin begging them to come back. Begging them to just take notice and see you but you are nothing and no one. Ignored and forgotten. Worthless.
    She cried out in agony, doubling over on herself, her fingers tightening into fists. Let this be the end. Let her miserable existence end. Her fists connected with the floor again and again and again. A scream ripped through her, but no one came. No one cared enough to look. She gasped, choking on the air trying to find its way in.
    She was dwindling on the edge, trapped in this hell looking for the light. Looking for a way out. But there was no escape. Dead end, after dead end.
    She yearned for it. Yearned for someone to reach out, pull her close and bring her into the light. She wanted to believe that someone would save her with every essence of her being but that was the thing about hope. It was just as broken as she was.
    Perhaps they were right. Perhaps she was always meant to be alone.

    Thank you for reading.
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