Thursday, January 10, 2013

2013 Horror Reading Challenge

Wrap-Up near end of post


2013 Horror Reading Challenge, hosted by Midnyte Reader.  Click the link or image above to sign up.

•This challenge will run from January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013.
•Books must be read and reviewed in 2013.
•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 2013 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. 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.
•Yes! Prizes will be given!

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 Wag The FoxDarkeva's Dark Delights (I call them the Horror Gurus) and the Horror Writers Association for recommendations. You can also visit The Undead Rat. Although the blog has not been active for a while there is still a lot of information to be found. Also, check out this great list of YA Horror from Kelly at Stacked along with a few other Horror links.

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.
•The page to link your reviews is HERE.

(All details were taken directly from the challenge host's site)

I love horror, in case anyone wasn't aware, so this one's a no-brainer.  My first horror book of the year will probably be The Shining, as I'm participating in a read-a-long in February.


1. The Shining, Stephen King
2. Joyland, Stephen King
3. Stoker's Manuscript, Royce Prouty
4. The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty
5. The Stand, Stephen King

I did not review all of these so here's a link to my Goodreads "read in 2013" list


1 comment:

  1. Michelle, thanks for joining the Horror Reading Challenge. I hope you have fun. I'm looking forward to your readathon in the spring.


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