Day 137 – Media Diet Roundup (PART 4)

70 days after the previous update on my 1000 days of media diet, here is a short story and poetry reading roundup. I posted updates on day 25, 48, 67 and now on 137. I’m unable to set a proper schedule for this because of the following reasons:

  • I’ve been spending most of my free time looking up the latest news on coronavirus.
  • I had been accepting ARCs from budding authors and tend to prioritize books from authors than any other books.
  • I’ve joined a handful of reading challenges this year and don’t want to leave them for the end of the year.

I will continue to post updates for the media diet on random days. Maybe I’ll put up a separate page with links to all the short stories and poems once I’ve read more. Let me know in the comments if this is something you would like.

Without further ado, these are the poems and short stories I read in the past 70 days:


I continued reading Robert Frost’s New Hampshire Collection. This can be read online here. On finishing this, I picked up Emily Dickinson’s Complete Three Series Collection. This has more than 400 poems, so my next update on poetry in these roundup posts will be after a year. Till I complete this book, I will be posting roundups of classic short stories only.

While this reduces the variety of classic poems I will be reading, it will reduce the time I spend choosing what to read and actually get to reading. You can read this collection online here.

Short Stories:

My classic short stories reading is decided by the Deal Me In Reading Challenge. The cards first instructed me to read Selected Stories of Rudyard Kipling, Charles Dickens and James Joyce. Here are the stories under each author’s collection with links to read them.

Selected Works by Rudyard Kipling:

  1. The Elephant’s Child
  2. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
  3. How the Leopard got His Spots
  4. Bread Upon the Waters
  5. The Finest Story in The World
  6. My Son’s Wife
  7. The City of Dreadful Night
  8. Swept and Garnished

Selected Works by Charles Dickens:

  1. A Child’s Dream of a Star
  2. The Signal-Man
  3. The Trial for Murder
  4. Hunted Down
  5. Doctor Marigold
  6. George Silverman’s Explanation
  7. The Poor Relation’s Story
  8. The Baron of Grogswig

Selected Works by James Joyce:

  1. After The Race
  2. The Boarding House
  3. Counterparts
  4. The Dead
  5. Grace
  6. Ivy Day in the Committee Room
  7. A Little Cloud
  8. Two Gallants

The next card drawn showed up Volume 5 & 6 of Guy De Maupassant’s Short Stories. The full collection can be read here. The next card (yup, its been so long since the last update that I’ve drawn the cards thrice) represented Selected Short Stories by O Henry, Oscar Wilde and Joseph Conrad. I’m posting this update after reading O Henry and Joseph Conrad.

Selected Works by O Henry:

  1. A Strange Story
  2. The Purple Dress
  3. The Princess and the Puma
  4. The Gift of the Magi
  5. The Cactus
  6. The Last Leaf
  7. The Furnished Room
  8. The Green Door
  9. An Unfinished Story
  10. The Trimmed Lamp
  11. Brickdust Row
  12. The Lotus and the Bottle
  13. A Newspaper Story
  14. After Twenty Years

Selected Works by Joseph Conrad:

  1. The Lagoon
  2. Amy Foster
  3. An Outpost of Progress
  4. The Secret Sharer
  5. Youth

Stories by Oscar Wilde and the next set of short stories chosen by the cards will be listed in the next update. I’m probably going to be reading books on plagues, viruses and immunity in the upcoming days, so the next update in this series will take at least a month.

Hope you and your loved ones are safe from the coronavirus. Please take the necessary precautions and stay home if you can.

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