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Armchair BEA Day 3: Novellas/Short Stories

author_dahlArmchair BEA Day 3 Question: “Now it is time to give a little love to those little stories in your life. Share your love for your favorite shorts of any form. What is a short story or novella that doesn’t get the attention that it deserves? Recommend to readers what shorts you would recommend they start with. How about listing some short story anthologies based upon genres or authors? “

Short Stories

Roald Dahl is best known for his children’s books. However, before he became a children’s author, he wrote adult short stories for such journals as Playboy and the Saturday Evening Post. After serving as a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War II, Roald Dahl worked in the British embassy in the United States where he published his first short story called A Piece of Cake. While in the Mediterranean, he had been shot down by a German plane; a journalist at the embassy asked Dahl to send him a detailed account of the event. Surprisingly, the first draft of the story was accepted and published in the Saturday Evening Post without any revisions.

Roald Dahl is a master of dark humor. Nowhere is this more evident than in his short stories. My 4 favorite stories are listed below.

Lamb to the Slaughter – Arguably the greatest short story Dahl ever wrote. It was adapted for television by Alfred Hitchcock.

Man from the South

Parson’s Pleasure

And for anyone who is fearful for the future of publishing, The Great Automatic Grammatizator is a must-read.


As for anthologies, I recommend getting The Umbrella Man and Other Stories (1996) and Skin and Other Stories (2000).

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Armchair BEA 2014 – Introductory Post

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Until today, I didn’t know what BEA 2014 was. This morning, though, I noticed that many bloggers were writing introductory posts for an event called Armchair BEA. I found the website for the Book Expo America, and I learned more about the conference. After much consideration, I decided to sign up for Armchair BEA (the event for bloggers who can’t attend the expo). It seems like a great opportunity to meet new bloggers, and I’m all for meeting new bloggers. 🙂

For the introductory post, I have to answer 5 of 10 questions posted on the Armchair BEA homepage. My responses are below:

1. Please tell us a little about yourself. Who are you? How long have your been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from?

My name is Fariba and this is my blog, Exploring Classics. I started learning French when I was 6 years old, but I realized at the end of last year that upon graduation from university, I would never again take a French course. One of the reasons I started book blogging was to continue reading and analyzing French works. I also enjoyed reading classics in general, but before I started blogging, I didn’t know of any classics books clubs. The Classics Club has introduced me to many bloggers who, like me, enjoy reading classics.

Exploring Classics hails from the United States and explores English and French literary classics. I occasionally read recently published works as well. I try to read all French classics in the original language. If the work is in old French (before 1350), I read a version that has been translated into modern French. I also enjoy reading children’s literature; I am currently reading my way through the Newbery Medal winning books.

4.  What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year?

Favorite book this year: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Favorite book read last year: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

6. What is your favorite blogging resource?

My favorite blogging resource is the Classics Club blog. I love participating in the challenges. I also like Goodreads because I can rate books and join book clubs. 🙂

7. Spread the love by naming your favorite blogs/bloggers (doesn’t necessarily have to be book blogs/bloggers).

A few of my favorite bloggers:

Cleo @ Classical Carousel

Ruth @ A Great Book Study

Fleur @ Fleur in Her World

Brittany @ Quoth The Wordsmith

Fanda @ Fanda Classiclit

Jean @ Howling Frog Books

O @ Behold the Stars

8. Share your favorite book or reading related quote.

“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men” – Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator