I’ve been catching up…

… with some more short stories for the 100 Shots of Short Challenge!!

26th shot of short: Uncle Richard’s New Year’s Dinner by Lucy Maud Montgomery

It is a cute story about a little girl whose father has cut off his ties with his brother after a dispute over a piece of property. She overhears that her Uncle Richard would be eating a cold dinner alone on the eve of New Year, and decides to sneak in and cook his dinner for him. Though it is quite predictable, it is a nice, feel-good, entertaining read.

The story is available online here.


27th shot of short: A Typical Irish Christmas by Maeve Binchy

Another Christmas-time story, this one is also a feel-good story. It is about a man who recently lost his beloved wife to sickness, and decides to go off to Ireland alone to spend the holidays, in an attempt to avoid invitations from friends and colleagues out of pity. How he ends up spending a typical Irish Christmas makes up the story.

I read this story from the book This Year It Will Be Different. Couldn’t find this one online.


28th shot of short: Narcissa by Hillary Mantel

This is a story that sounds weird at first, but is pretty philosophical on deeper thinking. It is about a princess with no name, who is too vain – nothing, absolutely nothing, is good enough for her. It is a modern-day fairy tale, with a beautiful lesson.

Available online here

Link courtesy: Veens



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5 responses to “I’ve been catching up…

  1. Hey Priya!!

    Sorry I’ve been out of touch but had some career changes pre-occupying my mind.

    What a lovely set of stories you have posted so far. I had forgotten how much I enjoy the occasional short story and this seems to be a good repertory. Thanks for the last few posts and the list Priya πŸ™‚

  2. priyaiyer


    good to see you back here πŸ™‚

    glad you liked the stories… occasional short stories are a great source of entertainment πŸ™‚ a break from reading huge books.. why don’t you take up the challenge as well? would be fun to share links..

  3. hmmm.. I have stopped the competition thing LOL!

  4. This seems like a wonderful way to get back to reading some of our old favourites.
    I haven’t been able to check most of the links, but are all these stories on classic reader.com. Or do you recommend any other sites?
    This is something I am thinking of taking up soon. πŸ˜€

  5. priyaiyer


    I have to thank you for the wonderful stories that you have suggested on your blog. Having fun checking them out! πŸ™‚

    @chennai ramblings

    hey! welcome back! πŸ™‚
    yes, this challenge is proving to be great fun! glad to know you are interested too! do join the club! πŸ™‚
    classicreader.com is an excellent site for online reading. It is what i use most of the time. googling for ‘short stories’ also gives some interesting results! πŸ™‚

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