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Subject: 2011 reading challenge
Date Posted: 12/28/2010 8:24 PM ET
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Reading about lots of other genres doing challenges made me wish we had a horror challenge.  Maybe if we put our heads together we can come up with some ideas.  I'll head over to look at their challenges and see if I can get some ideas.  OK-Here?s what I stole from the other forums.  Anyone have any ideas to add? Or changes to mine? Updates as I read books will be in Green.

1.     Read More Books in 2011 than 2010: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18, 19,20,21,22,23

2.     Read a book that is written by an author you've never read before-Vegan Revolution with zombies- David Argranoff

3.     Read a book that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.

Catamount- a north country thriller by Rick Davidson.  Set in Northern NH.

4.     Read a new release for 2011

5.     Read a book that takes place at a locale NOT on the North American continent. Autumn - David Moody set in UK.  Very disappointed in this book.  I enjoyed Hater.  But this one had nothing special.  Slow and no great characters.

6.     Blood - Death - Dark(or night):  Read a book that has one of these words in the title Dark Winter- William Dietrich- was a little slow but had a good plot that you wanted to find out what happened

7.     Read a Classic: whether fiction or non-fiction 

8.     Read a western horror or thriller and not one just set in the west!

9.     Read a book that centers around a holiday or celebration 

10.   Read a book that talks about heaven or hell- Dead End- Anthony Giangregorio-this may be a stretch but they talk about hell quite a few times and has a crazy minister.

11.   Read a Legal/Political Horror or Thriller- this could include terrorist, biological weapons, government cover up Plaque of the Dead- morning star strain- ZA Recht- now reading part two thunder and ashes

12.   Read a horror book that centers on the medical field

13.   Read a Prophecy/End Times/Apocalyptic     married with Zombies- Jesse Petersen

14.   Read a zombie book-Dying to Live- Life Sentence, Kim Paffenroth- I really enjoyed the truman story, but found the zoey story a little boring.  I have not read the first in this series- didn't realize it was the second book until I was already into it.

15.   Read a horror book where the main character is military, police, fireman. Rise Again- Ben Tripp- Really good zombie book- I would consider it in my top 5.  Main character is the female sheriff ex military.

16.   Read a horror comedy and brighten your day-Can you survive the zombie apocalypse- max brallier- it is a choose your own adventure zombie story.  It is a riot.  I have never smiled so much as I read a zombie book.  Lots of fun.

17.   Read a vampire book

18.  Start or complete series (minimum 3 to make a series)- Read Lockdown- escape from furnace by alexander gordon smith.  This is a teen book but it was really good.  Well written fast paced, can't wait for the second - and then hopefully there will be a third to qualify for a series!

19.   Read a book that was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award

20.   Read a book over 400 pages

21.   Read the 5 Books that have been on your TBR for the Longest.  

22.   Read a book that has been made into a movie

23.   Read an anthology

24.   Read a novella, short story, comic book, or graphic novel: the last zombie #3 Brian Keene, The rising- Deliverence Brian Keene, Last Zombie #4- Brian Keene last zombie #5

25. Read a book in a day.

26. Read 5 books by the same author.

27. Read 2 Christopher Pike or R.L. Stine Fear Street books.

28. Read a book with 666 pages or more.

29. Read a non-horror book (fiction or non-fiction) written by a horror author.

30. Read a short story collection.

Other books- not horror: Rebecca's reward-lauraine snelling, Love finds you in Bethlehem NH-lauralee Bliss, Lauraine Snelling- A measure of mercy and no distance to far, Lauraine Snelling Heart for home, Free to a good home- eve marie mont, Ruby - Lauraine Snellng, Breathless- Dean Koontz

 



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Date Posted: 1/11/2011 2:29 PM ET
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25. Read a book in a day.

26. Read 5 books by the same author.

27. Read 2 Christopher Pike or R.L. Stine Fear Street books.

28. Read a book with 666 pages or more.

29. Read a non-horror book (fiction or non-fiction) written by a horror author.

30. Read a short story collection.

Date Posted: 1/11/2011 2:33 PM ET
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And I think I'll join this challenge too!

Updates look like this.

 

1.     Read More Books in 2011 than 2010 (28/14)

2.     Read a book that is written by an author you've never read before (Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist) (Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry) (Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan)

3.     Read a book that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.

4.     Read a new release for 2011

5.     Read a book that takes place at a locale NOT on the North American continent. (Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist, Blackeberg, Sweden)

6.     Blood - Death - Dark(or night):  Read a book that has one of these words in the title (Tunnels of Blood by Darren Shan) (Trials Of Death by Darren Shan) (Allies of the Night by Darren Shan) (What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz)

7.     Read a Classic: whether fiction or non-fiction 

8.     Read a western horror or thriller and not one just set in the west!

9.     Read a book that centers around a holiday or celebration 

10.   Read a book that talks about heaven or hell (What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz)

11.   Read a Legal/Political Horror or Thriller- this could include terrorist, biological weapons, government cover up

12.   Read a horror book that centers on the medical field

13.   Read a Prophecy/End Times/Apocalyptic  (Lost Souls: Frankenstein #4 by Dean Koontz)

14.   Read a zombie book (Apeshit by Carlton Mellick III)

15.   Read a horror book where the main character is military, police, fireman. (Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry) (The Walking Dead Book. 1) (Lost Souls: Frankenstein #4 by Dean Koontz) (What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz)

16.   Read a horror comedy and brighten your day

17.   Read a vampire book (Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist) (Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan)

18.  Start or complete series (minimum 3 to make a series)- (Dean Koontz Frankenstein) (Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan)

19.   Read a book that was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award

20.   Read a book over 400 pages (Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist, p. 472) (What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz, p. 442)

21.   Read the 5 Books that have been on your TBR for the Longest.  

22.   Read a book that has been made into a movie (Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist) (Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan)

23.   Read an anthology

24.   Read a novella, short story, comic book, or graphic novel. (Comic Book - Night & Fog #1) (The Walking Dead Book. 1)

25. Read a book in a day.

26. Read 5 books by the same author. (Cirque Du Freak Books 1-12 by Darren Shan)

27. Read 2 Christopher Pike or R.L. Stine Fear Street books.

28. Read a book with 666 pages or more.

29. Read a non-horror book (fiction or non-fiction) written by a horror author.

30. Read a short story collection.

 

Non-Horror: (The Melancholy Death Of Oyster Boy by Tim Burton) (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller) (Ghost Rider Vol. 1: Hell Bent and Heaven Bound by Jason Aaron) (The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly) (The Adderall Diaries by Stephen Elliot) (Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer) (The Max by Ken Bruen & Jason Starr) (Miracle In The Andes by Nando Parrado)



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Date Posted: 1/12/2011 8:35 PM ET
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Hey Rickey!

I really like your number 29.  I've added yours to my list.  But I don't know if I can read a book in a day- unless it is really short.  Right now I'm reading a book that takes place in your state- I even know the author!!!  He takes cabin pictures at the summer camp I work at.

Date Posted: 1/13/2011 10:53 AM ET
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That's really cool! Who is the author?

I threw in read a book in a day only because I have a few freinds that do more often than I would care to even attempt. But I'm getting a Carlton Mellick book in and that make may be a one day read. Lol..at 192 pages it's almost a novella.

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 8:02 PM ET
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His name is Rick Davidson.  The book was Catamount.  About a mountain lion loose in northern nh woods.  It was pretty good.  I didn't really love his characters(except for the dog) but it held my attention and had a high body count!!- isn't that awful of me.

Date Posted: 2/4/2011 7:48 PM ET
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Hey Rickey;

Is Carlton Mellick good?  I have not read him yet, but see his name a lot.

Date Posted: 2/15/2011 1:19 AM ET
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His take on horror is... interesting. I can see where one would call it garbage. But at the same time it was a sort of intellectual stupidity to it. Apeshit read like an 80s slasher movie. With his own spin on characters, scenery, plots, and sub plots. He's someone you would want to read and form your own opinions of. I would definitely say check out a book by him. You may want to read a few more. I know I might.