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Sunday, January 19, 2014

2014 Horror Reading Challenge

This challenge is being hosted by Midnyte Reader.

Here are the details copied Midnyte Reader's blog:
2014 Horror Reading Challenge

•This challenge will run from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.
•Books must be read and reviewed in 2014.
•You can choose fiction or non-fiction.
•Audio books are fine.
•Short stories are fine as long as you leave a thoughtful review.
•Books can cross with other challenges.
•You can join at anytime during the year.  Any books you have read in 2014 can be added.
•Anyone can participate (not just book bloggers). If you don't have a blog: You can link to Goodreads, Amazon, Shelfari, etc.  If you are using one of these platforms, the easiest way may be to make a seperate shelf for this Challenge or a post.
•Links back to the Challenge are appreciated and will help others if they would like more information.
•If you are using Facebook for this challenge, please write a post (you can just use a few sentences) about the Challenge.
•Links back to the Challenge are appreciated and will help others if they would like more information.
•When you review a book or short story, please do not write a sentence or two. Please write a full review, even if it is just a few few paragraphs.

Horror is described on the Bing Dictionary site as:
"...Literature grotesque and terrifying: describes a genre of motion picture or literature intended to thrill viewers or readers by provoking fear or revulsion through the portrayal of grotesque, violent, or supernatural events."

Horror can be subjective. The events of one experience may be horrific to one person and not to another.   But for the purposes of this Challenge let's be a little selective.  Think terror, dread, and fear.  I would really love this Challenge to be a meaningful exploration into the Horror genre.  Just because a vampire could be scary does not mean that every book that includes one is right for this challenge.  We don't necessarily have to go for the gore, but let's go for the throat and get our scare on!

If you are hard pressed to find some unique Horror books, check out the following blogs:
Wag The Fox,
Darkeva's Dark Delights
Horror Writers Association

 If anyone has any suggestions for this challenge or would like to host a mini-challenge let me know!

•Write a post about this challenge with a link back to this post.
•If you want to make a list of books you wish to read you can, but it's not mandatory.
•Your list is not set in stone. You can change, add or subtract books
•Sign up on the designated Mr. Linky below.  PLEASE DO NOT sign up without a post.  It is not fair to others who have written a post.
•The page to link your reviews is HERE.

1-5 Horror Books - Running Scared.
6-10 Horror Books - Brave Reader.
11-15 Horror Books - Fearless.
16 + Horror Books - Horror Hound.
If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

I am aiming for "RUNNING SCARED" LEVEL (read 1-5 horror books)!


I will keep track of my progress below (here are some horror books on my TBR pile):
  1. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 
  2. Ten by Gretchen McNeil
  3. Velveteen by Daniel Marks
  4. This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers
  5. The Turning by Francine Prose
  6. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
  7. Miss Peregrine's Home for Unusual Children by Ransom Riggs
  8. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
  9. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  10. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
  11. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  12. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  13. The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
  14. Hollowland by Amanda Hocking
  15. Fighting to Survive by Rhiannon Frater
  16. Siege by Rhiannon Frater
  17. Ghost Story by Peter Straub
  18. The Passage by Justin Cronin


  1. Thanks SO much for joining! I've read the following: Ten, The Replacement (loved), Miss Peregrine's (liked a lot), Rot & Ruin (loved), Dracula, Frankenstein, Forest of Hands & Teeth and I'm reading The Passage now. I'm going to check out some of the others on your list. Ghost Story has been in my sights for a while as well.

  2. Great list! Of course, I'm doing this one too.

    How have you been, Darlene? It has been awhile. Are you going to join us for Winter's Respite? I missed you at FrightFall. Hope you are well.


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