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Reading Challenge Wrap-up: Reading Challenge: R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril (RIP) IX

October 30, 2014 3 comments

Banner for the RIP IX challenge.Hello my lovely readers!

Tomorrow marks the official end of Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings’ RIP Challenge, and since I know that I will not be finishing another read for the challenge, I decided to post my wrap-up today.

I got really into the reading challenge this year, as I’m sure you could tell from the influx of creepy books on my blog!  Most of the books I read over the last two months fit into the parameters of the challenge, which is to read something sufficiently creepy in any of the following genres to set the tone for Halloween:

Mystery.
Suspense.
Thriller.
Dark Fantasy.
Gothic.
Horror.
Supernatural.
Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.

I read a total of 10 books for the challenge.  I’ll break the list down by rating for you all.

5 star reads

4 star reads

3 star reads

2 star reads

Superlatives

Of these 10 reads, 3 were review copies and 3 fit into my Bottom of the TBR Pile Challenge.  As for format, 4 were print, 4 were ebooks, and 2 were audiobooks.  A nice distribution, I think!

The challenge really put me in the mood for Halloween.  It maybe did too good of a job!  I’m ready for some light-hearted romances now, people. Lol.  The focused selection of reading materials really helped me take a good chunk out of my TBR pile, which I appreciated.  Stay tuned in November for a return to the wide variety of reading you’ve come to expect here at Opinions of a Wolf!

Did you enjoy seeing me participate in the challenge?  Did you participate in the challenge too?  What was your favorite review I wrote for the challenge?

Reading Challenge: R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril (RIP) IX

September 4, 2014 4 comments

Banner for the RIP IX challenge.Hello my lovely readers!  Many book bloggers are already familiar with Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings’ RIP Challenge.  For those who aren’t familiar, it’s a reading challenge, covering the months of September and October, during which you read delightfully creepy / horror books to go along with the feelings of fall.  The books can be in any of the following genres:

Mystery.
Suspense.
Thriller.
Dark Fantasy.
Gothic.
Horror.
Supernatural.
Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.

There are multiple different ways to participate, including reading short stories and watching movies, plus there’s now a readalong you can participate in.  I’ve participated twice before purely in the book reading portion of the challenge, and that’s what I’m going to be doing again.  I’ll be doing Peril the First, for which you read four books that broadly fit in any of the categories above.

Books I already own that I could select for the challenge are listed below.  I’d love to hear from you in the comments if there’s one you’d particularly like to recommend to me from my list!

  • A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts by Ying Chang Compestine
  • Barely Breathing by Michael J. Kolinski
  • Beverly Hills Demon Slayer by Angie Fox
  • Brains: A Zombie Memoir by Robin Becker
  • Breed by Chase Novak
  • Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King
  • Deadtown by Nancy Holzner
  • Disclosure by Michael Crichton
  • From a Buick 8 by Stephen King
  • I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead by E. A. Aymar
  • The Keep by Paul F. Wilson
  • The Kitchen Witch by Annette Blair
  • Nightmare Fuel: Volume 1 by Bliss Morgan
  • The Shimmer by David Morrell
  • Smokin’ Six Shooter by B. J. Daniels
  • A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore
  • State of Decay by James Knapp
  • Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
  • The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
  • Tales of the Chtulhu Mythos by H. P. Lovecraft
  • Unshapely Things by Mark Del Franco
  • The Veiled Mirror: The Story of Prince Vlad Dracula’s Lost Love by Christine Frost
  • The Walking Dead, Volume 16 by Robert Kirkman
  • Wanted Woman by B. J. Daniels

I think I should be able to find four books from a list that large, don’t you?

PS If anyone is doing the short story challenge, I have two short stories published that fit within the parameters (and are free!).  Also, my published novel fits into the challenge too.  Check them all out on my publications page.

 

Reading Challenge: R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril (RIP) VI Wrap-up!

November 1, 2011 2 comments

Carl‘s RIPVI is officially over. Sadness!  I love celebrating the crisp, fall air with some deliciously frightening reads.  As I promised, I did much better this year!  I signed up for Peril the First for which I had to read four books.  I read:

  1. Hunt Beyond the Frozen Fire by Gabriel Hunt (review)
  2. The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler (review)
  3. My Life as A White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland (review)
  4. Symphony of Blood by Adam Pepper (review)
  5. Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge (review)
  6. Horns by Joe Hill (review)
  7. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey (review)

Wow!  Not only did I do better this year, but I almost doubled my goal!  Plus, every single one of those books came straight from my tbr pile, so the challenge really helped out with getting that smaller as well.  Of the books read for the challenge, I have to say that my favorite was The Monstrumologist.  It went straight to my keep forever bookshelf after I finished reading it.  I almost made it to eight books, but alas, I will be finishing Anne Rice’s The Mummy today. A bit late. 😉

I also really enjoyed visiting other blogs to check in on what people thought of various spooky books I’ve read over time.  I think the most controversial one was probably The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James.  People seem to either love or hate the ambiguity in that book.  Also, I didn’t count or anything, but a ton of people seem to have read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  It’s on my wishlist, so I didn’t visit the reviews, but it was fun to see a random spooky book get so many reads.  I’m sure that pleased the author and publishers as well.

RIP is everything that’s great about a reading challenge.  Loosely structured but with a theme and community and with multiple participation levels so everyone can get involved.  I can’t wait for next year!