Sunday, January 2, 2022

I Read Horror Year-Round - Last quarter check-in and wrap-up for 2021

Well, the first year of I Read Horror YR is a wrap. So how did you do? I don't think I quite completed the category I set out for, but let me list the categories below and see how I stacked up...
  • Winter theme, or winter appearance on the cover (snow, ice, etc.) - The Ascent, Ronald Malfi
  • Ghosts or spirits - Come With Me, Ronald Malfi
  • Psychological - Behind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough
  • Monster or monsters
  • A body of water (featured in story, on cover, or in title) - Cradle Lake, Ronald Malfi
  • Really scary book cover
  • Woman on cover - Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Written by a woman - The Witch's Trinity, Erika Mailman
  • Written by a best-selling horror author - 
  • Written by an indie author - August's Eyes, Glenn Rolfe
  • Historical horror - The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova
  • Folk horror - Bone White, Ronald Malfi
Not bad at all! I was going for the Chilling level which is 12 books in a year. Only two shy so I'll take it.

How about you? Share your wrap-up in the comments, or link to a wrap-up post on your blog (or social media, shelf on Goodreads, etc.).

In case you missed it, sign up for I Read Horror YR 2022 is open. Here's the link to the post.
I hope you will join me again!

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Friday, December 17, 2021

2022 I Read Horror Year-Round Reading Challenge

We're back for a second year! Since horror has taken the forefront of my reading life, this is now my favorite challenge. How about you?

Once again, there are 12 categories and 4 levels of participation.

Here are the categories, or themes:

Spooky: Read 6 books from 6 categories
Chilling: Read 12 Books from all 12 categories
Frightful: Read 2 books from each category for a total of 24 books
Horrifying: Read 3 books from each category for a total of 36 books

Challenge runs from January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022. Cross overs with other challenges count. Short stories are allowed if you're reading an entire collection or anthology. Books must be over 100 pages. You do not have to pick your books ahead of time, but you can if you want.
Hashtag for social media: #IReadHorror

That's it! I hope you will join the challenge.

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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Blessed Samhain...Happy Halloween

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

The Blood Countess Read-Along - Discussion Two (finally!)

I'm afraid I have to admit that the disconnect between the modern story and Elizabeth's part, the historical story, is not really jiving for me. It's funny because Elizabeth is showing early on that she's pretty evil, but I dislike Drake even more than her. I mean, what in the hell was up with him having sex with Eva, who is pretty much in a conscious, but vegetative state? That is rape. Yuck. I knew Drake was a pervert and a degenerate, but that was really too much. The only reason I want to keep reading is because of Elizabeth's story, though I expect that part is only going to get worse as regards to the horrific moments. 

On to Elizabeth. She is obsessed. With her looks, her developing body. She is still not very old, but I know things were much different in those days. Children had to grow up a lot faster than they do in the present day. Women also had so many challenges facing them. This passage from Pastor Ponikenuz's point of view says it all, 
"Women, Ponikenuz knew, had only one-third of a soul, just enough to power their devotion to children. But even this small portion had to be monitored and shaped, or it would degenerate into a lusty swamp that the devil's favorite dwelling place." 
As if. No wonder Elizabeth feels the need to assert her authority in the future, though she certainly could have gone about it in a different way.  

Looking forward to reading more of Elizabeth's story. I'm interested to find out how this story differs from other fictional accounts I have read, or watched in movies. 

What do you think about the reading so far?

Share your thoughts on this section in the comments, or leave a link to a post. We'll be back next week for the next section. If you need the reading schedule, find it here.

I will be out of town next week, so as per the reading schedule, our next discussion will be on (around) October 24. 

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