Friday, January 4, 2013

2013 Horror Reading Challenge

Are you scared? 

You will be. 

That is, if you join this challenge and start reading some spine tingling, flesh crawling, gore ridden books. 

•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 Fox, Darkeva'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.

Here is my stack of books I plan to read in 2013.

Grab the Button!


Sign up on the linky below.  Please put the link in for your post not directly to your blog. Otherwise it will be removed.

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Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

Awesome!! I'm totally doing this, and my pile will include The Twelve, sequel to The Passage, but it's a loooooooong audio, so I probably won't start it until next month.

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

It took me a whole summer to read the Passage. For me, it was more mystery than horror, but I like it. But, I haven't read The Twelve, yet.

With the way you eat up horrors, I'm sure you will be able to get your pile read quickly! LOL

Happy New Year, Pam!

TP said...

I like the look of this - are there levels, or do you just make a list with any number of books you want to read.

Tanya Patrice

Logan E. Turner said...

The Passage! I've been wanting to read that one. And I love your button. Tempting...

Midnyte Reader said...

@Kate-Awesome. I'll try to make this as fun as I can!

@Missie-Maybe The Passage won't count then for this Challenge. I'll have to see after I finish it if I think it is Challenge worthy.

@Tanya-I sent you an e-mail.

@Logan-Come on aboard! You know I'm pretty casual with my Challenges...: )

Unknown said...

This challenge is great. I love horror novels! I plan on reading 10 this year, including "Ash" by James Herbert, and hopefully a lot of others!

Midnyte Reader said...

@Majanka-Awesome! Welcome aboard.

Read Write Reviews said...

I've been looking for a Horror challenge and your's sounds perfect! I've joined! Thank you!

Midnyte Reader said...

Awesome Annabelle! Thanks for joining!

Darlene said...

I'm so glad that someone is hosting the horror challenge this year! Mary @ Sweeping Me hosted last year, but she didn't think she'd be able to do it this year.

I want to read The Passage as well!

Lost of the few books that I ever gave a 1-star rating! I hated it!

Thanks for hosting!

Midnyte Reader said...

@Darlene-I haven't heard of that blog. I was actually looking for someone who was hosting this challenge. Usually Book Chick City does, but she wasn't this year. I scoured the net and asked on Twitter and finally decided to do one. I'm so sad about Lost Souls. Maybe I'll push that one off for a while.

Darlene said...

@Midnyte Reader: I'm glad your hosting this horror challenge. I didn't find another either for 2013!

About Lost Souls...I found it very offensive. Multiple incidents of incest that I just found too disturbing. I consider myself very open-minded but that crosses the line for me.

You can read more about it in my review if you like:

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

I read The Passage in October. Great book! Thanks for hosting. You know I love my horror!

Midnyte Reader said...

@Michelle-Looking forward to The Passage. Yay for Horror!

Topcho said...

I'm signing up too! I had fun last year with the same challenge Darlene mentioned and I was searching for a new one. So glad I found!

Midnyte Reader said...

@Topcho-Thanks for joining us!

Bark At The Ghouls said...

You don't see many horror challenges so sign me up!

Midnyte Reader said...

@barkless-Great! Happy to have you!

Lynn @ Books on the Bay said...

This is such a great idea, I'm so excited to get started. I'm going to go check out some of those blogs though because I'm going to need some serious inspiration about what to read!

Midnyte Reader said...

@Lyn-Thank you for joining!

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

This is one challenge I actually completed. Not surprising, I bet. My wrap-up is at the bottom of the original post here:

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