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Wrap Up: Horror Reading Challenge 2016

g5790Horror is my favorite genre, but in the past I have not always taken time to indulge myself because of all the other reading I do for my professional responsibilities. Thankfully, Tracy of Cornerfolds and Lilyn G. of Sci-Fi and Scary hosted the 2016 Horror Reading Challenge to keep me reading more of what I love most.

My goal was to read 16 or more books, and I am happy to say that I surpassed it by reading 21 books! Thus, I earned myself a Horror Hound badge 😀

Here are the titles I read or listened to and the Goodreads ratings I gave each one:

5 Star Books

4 Star Books

3 Star Books

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 12/26/16

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.

Short and sweet edition due to the holidays. Hey, there’s no garbage pick up, mail, or banking today either 😉

Later this week I will do some end-of-year round-ups.

Last Week’s Books:

Note: Dead Man’s Song  counts for my Horror Reading Challenge 2016.

Currently Reading

On Deck: 

Surprise Me Challenge December ’16

In 2016, I am continuing to let random.org choose a book from my TBR list, to be read sometime during the month. I picked my random book a few days ago and lost the post-it with the exact random number and number of books that were on my TBR list at the time (it is since larger, of course). But I do, in fact, remember that I am supposed to be reading the following book. I also remember that a fellow middle school teacher who liked Ready Player One and is into gaming recommended it to me and my 14 year-old son.

Here is the Goodreads description for Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer:

Martin Banks is just a normal guy who has made an abnormal discovery: he can manipulate reality, thanks to reality being nothing more than a computer program. With every use of this ability, though, Martin finds his little “tweaks” have not escaped notice. Rather than face prosecution, he decides instead to travel back in time to the Middle Ages and pose as a wizard.

What could possibly go wrong?

An American hacker in King Arthur’s court, Martin must now train to become a full-fledged master of his powers, discover the truth behind the ancient wizard Merlin… and not, y’know, die or anything.

2016 Challenges: November Progress

  • Goodreads goal of 130 books: 7 this month, 128 total
  • 2016 Horror Reading Challenge  goal of 16+ books: One this month, 20 total – CHALLENGE COMPLETED!
  • Book Riot’s 2016 Read Harder Challenge (24 specific categories of books): None this month– 13 total – ABANDONED
  • Panels’ 2016 Read Harder Challenge (26 specific categories of books): None this month-seven total – ABANDONED
  • Surprise Me goal of one book per month: One this month, nine total (I still can’t find the Shakespeare/Big Lebowski book…and I am still listening to Dead Man’s Song )

It’s Monday-ish! What Are You Reading? 11/29/16

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.

So I could say that I was so busy Sunday and last night that I didn’t get a chance to write my post but the truth is that I just put the electric blanket on the loveseat and the cats and I zoned out and barely moved from that warm place. Still, I did some reading while I was seated there 😉

Last Week’s Books:

High School & up: The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch: Empire Decayed  by Daniel Kraus is a genre-buster of an epic tale that looks at life in the 21st century, told through the eyes of undead, forever-17 Zebulon Finch. In this final volume, readers experience the Vietnam War, Woodstock, a disturbing commune, and more in ways that will not soon be forgotten. Kraus is a magnificent storyteller who never ceases to disturb, but who also never ceases to provoke much thought. Older teens who are willing to put in the effort will find this a fascinating book. This book counts for my Horror Reading Challenge 2016–although it is a genre-buster, there are definitely horror elements.

Adult: Defending Jacob by William Landay is the story of a District Attorney  who finds his son accused of murder, and the ensuing defense of the troubled young man. It was an interesting read, but not as good as I expected it to be. This book counts for my Surprise Me! Challenge 2016.

Currently Reading/Listening To:

On Deck:

 

Surprise Me Challenge November ’16

In 2016, I am continuing to let random.org choose a book from my TBR list, to be read sometime during the month. My randomly generated number for November is 460 (out of 480 in my TBR list). SURPRISE!, I will be reading Dead Man’s Song by Jonathan Maberry. This is an adult title and is book two in the Pine Deep  trilogy, and I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook of the first book, so I plan to do that with this one, too. It would have been a great one for October, but I love horror any time.

 Here is the Goodreads description: 

Once an idyllic Pennsylvania village, Pine Deep awoke one morning to find itself bathed in a massive bloodletting. Twice in thirty years the townsfolk have endured the savage hungers of a murderous madman…but if the residents think the death of serial killer Karl Ruger put an end to the carnage, they’re dead wrong.

THE NIGHTMARE NEVER ENDS

Bodies mutilated beyond description, innocents driven to acts of vicious madness. A monstrous evil is preying on the living – and the dead – and turning the quiet little town into hell on earth. Their only hope is to find the source. But the secrets that lurk in the heart of Pine Deep are twisted into its very roots. This time the townspeople aren’t just fighting for their lives, but for their very souls…

2016 Challenges: October Progress

  • Goodreads goal of 130 books: 11 this month, 121 total
  • 2016 Horror Reading Challenge  goal of 16+ books: Three this month, 19 total – CHALLENGE COMPLETED!
  • Book Riot’s 2016 Read Harder Challenge (24 specific categories of books): None this month– 13 total – ABANDONED
  • Panels’ 2016 Read Harder Challenge (26 specific categories of books): None this month-seven total – ABANDONED
  • Surprise Me goal of one book per month: None this month, eight total (I am about to start October’s book, Defending Jacob)