Tuesday, January 2, 2024

2023 I Read Horror Year-Round Reading Challenge - Wrap-up

Year three of the challenge is complete! Once again, I tried for the Chilling level. Didn't quite make it, but only three books shy. Here's what I read:
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 2024 is open. Here's the link to the post.
I hope you will join me again!

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  1. I went for Chilling level and missed it by one! D'oh!

    Book by BIPOC author: Jackal by Erin E. Adams
    Title with Dead, Blood, or Bone: The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling
    Something by Poe: The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe
    Folk horror: Little Darlings by Melanie Golding
    Written by a woman: Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood
    Black, red, or white cover: #Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil
    Zombies, Witches, Vampires, or Werewolves: Such Sharp Teeth by Rachel Harrison
    Horrific cover: Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
    Winter theme or cover: The Ascent by Ronald Malfi
    Fairy Tale Retelling (Oops Poe retelling): What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher
    Debut horror: Together We Rot by Skyla Arndt

    I guess technically WMTD doesn't count because it was a Poe retelling and not a fairy tale retelling but oh well. Didn't even know that and had it slotted for that category all year! lol

    1. Not too shabby though! You know I'm not a huge stickler for rules so you're all good on the fairy tale category. :)

    2. 👍🏻 Thanks Michelle!

  2. Made it to chilling, but not quite frightful.

    Fairy Tale Retelling
    1. The Taking by Dean Koontz

    Zombies, Witches, Vampires, or Werewolves
    1. The Wolf’s Hour (Michael Gallatin #1) by Robert R. McCammon
    2. The Hunter from the Woods (Michael Gallatin #2) by Robert McCammon

    Book by BIPOC author
    1. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
    2. The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas
    3. Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    Title with Dead, Blood, or Bone
    1. Bag of Bones by Stephen King

    Something by Poe
    1. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

    Set in the past
    1. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson
    2. Different Seasons by Stephen King (three of the four stories are set in the narrator’s past)

    Horrific cover
    1. Bethany’s Sin by Robert McCammon
    2. The Tea Party by Charles L. Grant

    Folk horror
    1. Fairy Tale by Stephen King
    2. Fairie Tale by Raymond E. Feist
    3. The Summoning God by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear

    Winter theme or cover
    1. The Snow by Flint Maxwell
    2. December by Phil Rickman

    Black, red, or white cover
    1. The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles
    2, Black River Orchard by Chuck Wendig
    3. The Lodge by Jeremy Eads
    4. The Twelve by Justin Cronin

    Written by a woman
    1. The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley
    2. Craven Manor by Darcy Coates
    3. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

    Debut horror
    1. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

    1. Great job! I love Moreno-Garcia's books. Bag of Bones is one of my most favorite King novels...I've read it twice. Hoping to reread The Witching Hour this year. Glad to have you joining us again for 2024!

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