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Reading Challenge: R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril

Woman in green hue.I love horror.  Love love love it.  I know a lot of readers don’t.  They say it scares them too much or keeps them awake at night.  The thing is, I used to be one of those readers!  I used to avoid horror because when I was younger horror would absolutely petrify me for weeks on end.  I’d think every squeak my old house would make was the boogey-man coming to get me.  But then I decided, “Enough of this shit!  I’m letting my fears get in the way of an entire genre.”  So I dabbled my toes, then I jumped in, and now it’s one of my favorite genres.  Horror lets me get lost in a world where it’s ok to be scared and supernatural things occur and I basically get to watch car crashes repeatedly.  It’s awesome.  The whole genre.  I can’t believe how much I’d be missing if I’d continued to avoid it!  For instance: Zombies. Tree porn. Everything Stephen King ever wrote.  You get my point.

Anyway, so when I saw via Chris at Book-a-rama that Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting a mystery/suspense/thriller/dark fantasy/gothic/horror/supernatural reading challenge for the spooky fall months of September and October entitled R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril, I knew I wanted to sign up.  Not that I won’t be reading horror for these two months anyway, but I thought if I signed  up, it’d alert you guys to the challenge.  Maybe one of my lovely readers is tentative about one of those genres?  Well this is the perfect opportunity to stretch your boundaries!  Plus you’ll be in the company of a lovely bunch of people for a couple months to do it.

Of course, that’s my other reason for participating.  I want to virtually meet other book lovers who are reading horror!

Originally, in light of the fact that I try to keep my reading unstructured and fun, I was going to sign up for one of the lower levels of the challenge….then I saw how much of my TBR pile fits! Lol, so I’m signing up for the Peril the First level: read four books that fit into any of the genres I mentioned above.

My potential reads for the challenge (direct from my TBR pile) include:

I hope you’ll sign up and do the challenge with me!  Especially if you’re afraid of horror.  You can sign up for one of the lower levels and just dip your toe in. 🙂

Any votes for which four out of my list I should read?

  1. September 2, 2010 at 3:33 am

    I too only have The Dark Tower to read now, almost tempting to sign up just so I have some motivation to pick up that huge book! My vote would be for you to read The Day of the Triffids by Wyndham, great book, even big scaredy cat me got through that one haha.

    • September 2, 2010 at 9:37 am

      Oo, you should sign up for one of the lower levels! Then we can both read Dark Tower in the same general time-span. 😉

  2. September 2, 2010 at 7:31 am

    You point out one of the primary reasons I started this in the first place, which was to encourage people to go outside their comfort zones a bit and not assume that horror is something to avoid. Especially as there are so many types of books within the genre. I truly believe there is something for everyone, even those who are easily frightened.

    I’m so happy to have you in the challenge. Your list looks great and I hope you manage to get in a lot of great reading over the next two months. Looking forward to your thoughts on your RIP V reads.

    • September 2, 2010 at 9:38 am

      Thanks so much for hosting the challenge, Carl! (And for stopping by). I’m excited to participate in my first book blog reading challenge. 🙂

  3. September 2, 2010 at 7:53 am

    I will also be participating! I’ll probably put my post up on Saturday when I have some time. I did last year as well; Carl’s RIP challenge is a lot of fun so I’m very glad you discovered it.

    • September 2, 2010 at 9:39 am

      Oh yay!! I’ll be looking forward to your reviews. 🙂

  4. September 6, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    The R.I.P. challenge is a lot of fun! I hope you enjoy whatever you wind up reading!

    • September 7, 2010 at 2:55 pm

      Thanks! I’m excited for the community evident in reading challenges. It’ll be my first experience, and I think it’ll be quite fun!

  5. September 9, 2010 at 8:07 am

    This sounds cool. I really liked Fragment and Day of the Triffids. I’ve read some Bentley Little, but not that one and I never got into King’s Dark Tower series.

    • September 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm

      Well that makes two votes for Day of the Triffids. Guess it better be my challenge read #2! I’m already reading the final Dark Tower book for #1.

      Also, dude, you’re the second librarian today to tell me they never got into the Dark Tower series. I swear it gets better after the first book! Librarian’s honor! 😉

      • September 10, 2010 at 8:17 am

        I’ve heard that, but I also heard that book 3 or 4 is also a slog. I’m sure I’ll read this at some point, but I’ve got such a backlog right now. 🙂

      • September 10, 2010 at 8:56 am

        They had to have been talking about 4 (Wizard and Glass). That one is a slog, unless you like fantasy romance I suppose. Which I don’t. Blergh. Now 3, otoh, is awesome, but I won’t rant any further. I understand the backlog dude. You don’t even want to know how huge my tbr pile is right now….

  6. Amanda Ramsay McNeill
    September 4, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    May I make a recommendation? A few years ago I bought Trapped by Jack Kilborn. I was in the process of self-publishing my first book and I bought it as a reference, i.e. to study the cover. I’ve read Poe and a little Lovecraft, I don’t think that I’ve read any horror as horrifying as Trapped. However it was very well written and well-paced. If you liked having the breath taken away from you (as well as other bodily substances) read this.

    Another book I enjoyed was Waiting for Daybreak by Amanda McNeil. (one “L”)

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