Sunday, December 1, 2013

2014 Horror Reading Challenge

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Don't be scared, it's just a reading challenge.

Dive into spine tingling, flesh crawling, gore ridden books.

•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.

Personally, I am going to go for Brave Reader and try to read 6-10 Horror Books in 2014.

Grab the Button!  Add it to your post and/or sidebar!

2014 Horror button white photo horrorbutton2014.jpg

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

Please also leave a comment after you sign up!

If you have any questions, please let me know!


Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

I'm not planning on signing up for a lot of challenges this year, but I will definitely do this one!

kipha said...

This will be a very interesting challenge.

jmisgro said...

Did you add your challenge on here....

Nikki in Niagara said...

Am I missing something but is there a goal? 5 books? 10 books? Levels to complete, something like that? Or is it just whatever? I'm joining but do like goals LOL.

Midnyte Reader said...

Hi Nicola. I was trying to be way casual, but I liked the idea of goals, so I added some. Thanks for the nudge.

Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

I finally wrote my 2014 challenge post, although this and What's In A Name 7 are my only official challenges at the moment.

Anonymous said...

My first challenge in a year I wasn't really going to take part in any. Looking forward to it.

Anonymous said...

I'm new to doing book reviews and will be participating in the challenge on Good Reads.

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

Thanks for hosting again!

Veggiemomof2 said...

Are reviews mandatory?

Midnyte Reader said...

@Veggiemomof2 - Yes, please. As stated above "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." However, if you want to follow along in a casual way, that would be cool too!

Midnyte Reader said...

@Kate - Yay!!!

@Brideofthebookgod - I know what you mean. I cut way back on joining and hosting challenges this year. But thanks for participating!

@Meranda - Welcome! Thanks for joining!

@Michelle - YW. Thanks for joining again! : )

Darlene said...

Thanks for hosting this challenge, again!

Anonymous said...

Am I late too the party?
Just signed up, but it is what I do anyway, horror is my favourite genre, so this challenge is not a hardship.

Anonymous said...

NB. Sweetpressed is Urthwild, I need to sort out my ID

Midnyte Reader said...

Hello Sweetpressed, You may join the Challenge whenever you like, so welcome!

Tracy said...

So excited for this challenge (it's my first)!

Midnyte Reader said...

So glad you joined us Tracy!

Author Kat de Falla said...

In anyone is interested in helping out a new horror/dark fantasy author - I'd love for you to consider my new novel, The Seer's Lover from The Wild Rose Press for your Horror Reading Challenge. Here is the review of the book from HELL HORROR:

Thank you!! And happy reading to all!

Tracy said...

Just wanted to let you know I'm upping my commitment level to 6-10! Hurray!

Tracy @ Cornerfolds

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