Games with All Lit Up – Golf

Welcome to another late entry.

We credit the sport of golf with a lot: wearing multiple, differing prints at once; our first summer jobs shilling drinks to thirsty golfers; and driving in tiny cars instead of walking. We’ll also give it the hole-in-one, a thing that almost never happens in real golf (we think?) but nonetheless symbolizes doing something amazing on your first try. Give us a mulligan on our deplorable golf knowledge and check out these incredible collections of short fiction that have all been recognized … for some hole-in-one storytelling. —All Lit Up

I have never been much of a reader of short stories. Not because I don’t like them, but because I never thought to read them. It wasn’t until I started working at B&G and read the work of the wonderful Julie Paul that I understood the pull of the short story. Now I get it. Since that first time I’ve read two more collections and I eagerly await my monthly newsletter from Little Fiction (if you haven’t visited before, you definitely should).

So, without further ado, the three short story collections I’ve read (all of which have been hole-in-one, as you can see by their astounding reviews):

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One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

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Not at all what I had expected, but if I had a nickel for every time I said that… (inside joke for those smarties who have read the book). Very clever—entertaining with a few teaching moments thrown in.

ps. click on the cover to see the amazing book trailer starring Mindy Kaling.

No. 1 on my challenge. One of the many.

Bookish Alphabet

This seemed like fun, so I stole it from HiddenStaircase. It’s rather self explanatory.

Author You’ve Read The Most Books From
Either Janet Evanovich or Sandra Brown. Don’t judge me. I am a voracious reader of all sorts.

Best Sequel Ever
A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs. Though technically not a sequel, it was the second book of his that I read about his family, and it is amazing. The portrait he paints of his father is chilling. And yet, I read Look Me in the Eye by his older brother John Elder Robison and, according to him, their father is totally sane. Nonetheless, they’re both great books.

Currently Reading
Unabrow: Misadventures of a Late Bloomer by Una LaMarche. It’s absolutely hilarious. Also: a manuscript for work, Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt, and The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, though I admit I haven’t picked up either of the last two in a while.

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