WELCOME TO DECEMBER PROJECT!
boilerplate mission statement intro:
for the past two years, i’ve set december’s project aside to do my own version of a short story advent calendar. it’s not a true advent calendar since i choose all the stories myself, but what it lacks in the ‘element of surprise’ department it more than makes up for in hassle, as i try to cram even MORE reading into a life already overcrammed with impossible personal goals (live up to your potential! find meaningful work! learn to knit!) merry merry wheee!
since i am already well behind in my *regular* reviewing, when it comes to these stories, whatever i poop out as far as reflections or impressions are going to be superficial and perfunctory at best. please do not weep for the great big hole my absented, much-vaunted critical insights are gonna leave in these daily review-spaces (and your hearts); i’ll try to drop shiny insights elsewhere in other reviews, and here, i will at least drop links to where you can read the stories yourselves for free, which – let’s be honest – is gonna serve you better anyway.
HAPPY READING, BOOKNERDS!
links to all stories read in previous years’ calendars can be found at the end of these reviews, in case you are a person who likes to read stories for free:
scroll down for links to this year’s stories which i will update as we go, and if you have any suggestions, send ’em my way! the only rules are: it must be available free online (links greatly appreciated), and it must be here on gr as its own thing so i can review it. thank you in advance!
From the outside, the true nature of A Boy for All Seasons was not clear. Nestled between a milliner and an academic bookshop, both aimed at those with outsize heads, the building appeared to be a rather dingy men’s clothing shop. The only unusual aspect was that the shop’s name was in a pale pink font with silvered edges: a colour combination designed to discourage gentlemen from entering. Occasionally a lady may enter looking for a snuffbox or pair of gloves for her husband, but most customers knew exactly what they wanted. And they always got it.
okay, i have made it through the month IN STORIES! this one is inspired by the dresden dolls song of the same name that you can get stuck in your head FOR DAYS TO COME by clicking this link:
from where i’m sitting, it’s a pretty loose inspiration/interpretation of the song, but it’s got great style and it’s a fluffy, froofy, flouncy way to end the year and that’s all i’m going to write because, c’mon, it’s new year’s eve and i got some celebrating to do! it’s been a month crammed full of short story reading and lazy reviewing because you try to properly review a short story a day and also live a life and keep a tidy house and you probably can and it’s just me who struggles, but i will get back to full-blown book reviews starting TOMORROW. for now, pass me a beer and HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Their weeks together were the most wonderful of Elodie’s life and she could not bear to think that it was almost over. Alas! To find such a perfect man, then to find that love is impossible!
read it for yourself here: