Reading Update: Horror Reading Challenge

Actually, this is just a general reading update.

First of all, I’m in a funky reading mood. I don’t think it’s a reading slump though. It started with me not knowing what to read next after completing my last book of last year, Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling. It then progressed to me feeling lethargic whenever I try to read the books I currently have on the go, The Witches by Stacy Schiff and Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed, and now it has made me indecisive about what I should read.

I can’t tell if I’m just not in the mood to read, or if the books I’m reading aren’t very interesting.

I kind of suspect that the book format I’m using may be to blame: e-books. The Witches is a nonfiction book and though it’s easy to read, it requires a lot of focus to keep the facts and people straight, which is difficult for me to do when reading an e-book. I spend so much time staring at screens throughout my day that when I try to read after a long day in the office or working at home, the last thing I want to do is experience a dense read on a device that strains my eyes. I guess that’s why I keep dozing off whenever I attempt to read either The Witches or Tiny Beautiful Things despite my interest in their content.

I’ve decided to rent the physical copies of these books from the library to see if that makes a difference. If it does, then I’m probably not in a funky mood after all. 🙂

The second update is to announce that I’ll be participating in the

2017 Horror Reading Challenge

When I made my 2017 reading plans post, I didn’t know the Horror Reading Challenge would be back for another year. I’m glad it is because it is a challenge for me to read horror books, though I haven’t yet read any that are truly scary.

This year the challenge will be co-hosted by Lilyn and GracieKat at Scifi and Scary. The challenge is from January 1 to December 31, 2017 and badges will be awarded for the number of horror novels readers have read and reviewed (books read and reviewed last week also count).

Like last year, I’ll shoot for a low number of horror novels to read. For the first badge, Neophyte of Coolthulhu’s Temple, readers must read and review 1-7 books this year, so I’ll shoot for 7 books (that’s 2 more than the total horror books I read last year).

As for what I plan to read, I’ll probably dive into these (the first 5 were included in my 2017 reading plans post):

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (illus.)

A horror graphic novel. Since receiving it, I’ve said every Halloween that I’ll read it, but I have yet to do so.

The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey

It’s the third book in Yancey’s YA horror series, The Monstrumologist. I loved the first book but the second wasn’t as great. I hope the third is better.

The Shining by Stephen King

I’m reading King’s books in order and this one is next.

Locke & Key, Vol. 2:Head Games by Joe Hill, illus. by Gabriel Rodríguez

I enjoyed the first volume so I’d like to continue with the story.

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

Loved the TV show and now I want to read the book.

Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt

The premise sounds interesting and creepy so I’d like to read it.

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

I started this last year and stopped reading it for some weird reason. I need to complete it.


25 thoughts on “Reading Update: Horror Reading Challenge

  1. I’ve never been really into horror but wanted to read more of it this year. Trying to diversify my reads a bit. I was in a historical fiction rut. I think I may take part in the challenge. It looks like a lot of fun! My first horror read of the year was 24690 by AA Dark and I found myself engrossed by it. I hope that happens with the other horror reads. Good luck!


  2. Hope those physical books will solve your reading problem! I don’t have an e-reader (except my phone, but that’s not something I’m going to start abusing) but I know for a fact that I’ll probably always prefer reading physical over ebooks… Until the feeling of having an e-reader and reading ebooks becomes impossible to resist somehow, I don’t think I’ll be changing my ways anytime soon.
    Your horror challenge sounds pretty good. Those are definitely some nice titles, although I don’t see any of those being able to “scare” you like you want them too. Maybe The Shining (unless you’ve already seen the movie or something). Then again, maybe the writing of King will do the trick, I have yet to try that book myself! 😀

    – Lashaan


    1. Oh I’m okay with not being scared. It’s too easy for me to have a nightmare. I just saw Split, the new M. Night Shyamalan movie, last night and my dreams definitely had a tinge of thriller to it, though with characters from the Supernatural TV show, which was weird.

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      1. Oh! I hope to see Shyamalan’s latest movie. The man went downhill since The Sixth Sense (especially Avatar… omg…), but he’s been coming back strong lately. Although Split has stirred some controversy among folks, I hear its a return to form by the director! Got to say that sounds like a funny dream though hahah 😀

        – Lashaan


        1. I was surprised it was good cause I agree that after the Sixth Sense everything sucked. I really hated that one with Mark Wahlberg in it. I think everyone in the theater hated it too and Avatar was such crap I vowed never to watch another of his films but the premise of Split was so intriguing that I had to. It wasn’t what I expected, but it was good n the actor dude did a good job. I was tempted to scream at the TV a couple of times tho.
          There’s controversy? I gotta go Google it then. I saw potential for controversy in it while watching.

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        2. James McAvoy does look phenomenal in that movie. Definitely has controversy around it. Especially around the whole depiction of the mental illness and the insensitivity on that regard. Probably other things about the movie made people react too. Haven’t checked out too much about it, in case I get accidentally spoiled because of my curiosity hahah

          – Lashaan


        3. Yea, I thought the backlash would be because of that. And yea, don’t go looking at spoilers. The twists are worth it.
          Lemme know what you think when you see it.
          Btw, after watching it, I’m now on a psychological thriller kick. Just watched The Machinist, with Christian Bale, yesterday. It was disturbing.

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  3. I feel the same about the ebooks. I’m studying online so reading and working on the laptop every day so I don’t feel so eager to grab my Kindle during my downtime.
    Good luck with the horror challenge, I wish I could take part but I’m a wimp, haha!


  4. Ooh Through the Woods and The Girl With All The Gifts are amazing 🙂 I’m also reading a Stephen King book at the mo – It. Still not sure what I think at the mo though, I find King’s books are always one extreme or the other.


    1. IT is the one I’m most afraid to read. I remember watching the movie when I was a kid and being so scared.
      I’ve only read 2 King books and so far he’s been hit or miss: Carrie was a miss but Salem’s Lot was a hit.


      1. I’m a massive Tim Curry fan but have never seen the film! Are you still going to read it do you think?
        Weirdly, I’ve found that the most popular ones are the ones I haven’t enjoyed! I didn’t like Carrie or Salem’s Lot, but I love Thinner, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon and Misery.


  5. Nice choices, they look awesome!! I’ve been in a weird reading mood lately too and have wanted to read more horror than my usual couple a year, so I’ll have to check out the challenge… If you end up getting through all of these and want more, try something Ania Ahlborn, she is currently my fav Horror Author 😉


    1. Yea, if you’re interested in horror, definitely check out the challenge and the Scifi and Scary blog. I think you’ll like both.
      And I’ll take a look at Ania Ahlborn’s books. Thanks for the rec.

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