Penguin Random House – Season of Stories

Making time to read can be challenge. I rarely have the pleasure of long, uninterrupted hours of recreational reading. Usually, I’m able to sneak in a chapter here and there. More often than not, I’m consuming novels as audio books that I listen to while I’m driving, taking a shower, preparing dinner, or running the vacuum. (And – yes – listening to audio books counts as reading.)

In addition to novels, I also love to find bite-sized stories that I can enjoy in the even smaller pockets of reading time that crop up in my day. When my daughter was younger, I often used the time waiting in the pick-up line at school to catch up on a little reading. These days, I get my “micro” reads in while I’m boiling water for a cup of tea or waiting to pick up my lunch order.

I’ve already shared some fun “quickie” reading apps, including tapas and wattpad. I’ve also recently discovered a budding appreciation for comics by experimenting with an Amazon-related site and app called Comixology. But, sometimes I crave a more traditional (but still bite-sized) kind of literature. That’s where I think Season of Stories might just fit the bill.

Here’s how the publisher describes their email event:

For a limited time in the fall and winter of 2016, we emailed eleven fiction tales directly to readers, all written in the first person. Readers could dive into a great story when a quick escape from daily stress was needed. Our mission was to make your inbox a better place with great stories.

Every week, a different Penguin Random House author took over the newsletter, including award-winning and bestselling authors like Anthony Marra, Elizabeth McCracken, and Adam Johnson.

The stories were told serially, a piece of a story was sent out each day until the full narrative wrapped up just in time for the weekend. The stories are free and will only be in the emails (you won’t be able to get them anywhere else!).

This storytelling event has ended but a special one-week long edition has begun.  Sign up below to start receiving the latest story and to stay informed as we ramp up for another full Season of Stories:


I don’t know about you, but I could definitely use some good news in my inbox; and what better than some quality literature? I’ve already signed up, and invite you to do the same. Can’t wait for the first installment!


Jamie Lee Wallace Hi. I’m Jamie. I am a content writer and branding consultant, columnist, sometime feature writer, prolific blogger, and aspiring fiction writer. I’m a mom, a student of equestrian arts, and a nature lover. I believe in small kindnesses, daily chocolate, and happy endings. In addition to my bi-weekly weekday posts, you can also check out my Saturday Edition and Sunday Shareworthy archives. Off the blog, please introduce yourself on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. I don’t bite … usually.

This post originally appeared on the Live to Write – Write to Live blog.

2 thoughts on “Penguin Random House – Season of Stories

  1. Sounds like a great idea! There are never enough hours in the day to get some serious reading done, as there always seems to be something in the way. I like the sound of the stories being solely first-person, too, as I find that form easier to dive right in to whenever I need an escape. I’ll sign up if I ever learn to pay attention to my emails!

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