Spring into Horror Readathon TBR

This is my sign-up and goals post for the Spring into Horror Readathon, which is hosted by Seasons of Reading. It is a two week long readathon taking place from April 17th to 30th, and the goal is to read at least one scary book during that time. It doesn’t have to be a horror book, if you aren’t into horror – you can also use thriller, gothic, mystery, etc.

I went through my owned books and picked up a few physical books, a couple of Kindle books, and added one library book to the pile. My goal is to read one or two of these books during the two weeks and, if possible, continue listening to a few chapters of the Dracula audiobook that I started all the way back in November! I will be mainly tweeting my progress @maijareads.

The TBR pile

The Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham – finished, 4/5 stars
Murder of Angels by Caitlín R. Kiernan

These are the physical books I own. Two of them are modern classics: Hangsaman is a book that I want to go in blind, so I don’t know anything about it, and The Midwich Cuckoos features that beloved horror staple: creepy kids. Murder of Angels, meanwhile, is a sequel to Caitlín R. Kiernan’s debut novel, Silk. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Silk, but since the sequel was written so many years later, I might like it better.

Experimental Film by Gemma Files
Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand
Musta kuu by Mia Vänskä

Two of these are ebooks that I’ve bought not that long ago. Experimental Film is a movie-themed horror novel, and Wylding Hall is about a band. I like horror books that tie into other artistic mediums. Musta kuu (translation: Black Moon) is a Finnish horror novel that I borrowed from the library. It’s about a varied group of people vacationing in some cabins near an ancient sacrificial ground, because of course. That’s just what you do.

Are you taking part? What sort of horror books do you like, or do you read horror at all? Let me know in the comments!


November TBR (2014)

My TBR shelf is currently overflowing, so in a desperate attempt to contain it, I’m only going to read books that I already own for November. No library books, no books from friends, and definitely not any new bought books! Here are the books that I’m hoping to tackle.
(The book covers take you to Goodreads.)

The Child Thief The Lies of Locke Lamora Leviathan Wakes The Killing Moon
The Child Thief by Brom
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch
Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey
The Killing Moon (Dreamblood #1) by N.K. Jemisin

Out of these, I’m most excited for my High Fantasy Challenge book that I challenged myself to read this year: The Lies of Locke Lamora. I’ve been wanting to start this series for such a long time, and I already own all the books out in the series so far. That’s a first for me; usually I don’t buy more books until I’ve read the first book in the series and know that I like it. I don’t know why I went with a different tactic with this series – except that it’s high fantasy with thieves and it’s calling my name!

I’m trying to read The Child Thief for this month’s Fairytale Retelling -themed #AYearAThon. The event is this week, from Nov 3rd to the 9th, and things aren’t looking good! I’ve only read the prologue so far! I think it wasn’t the greatest idea to pick this book, since I just finished reading NOS4R2 by Joe Hill, and both of the books are dark books with child kidnappings. A change of theme would have been a nice breather. But since this was the only fairytale retelling that I already own, I chose it. Let’s see if I can get into it!

The rest of the books are series or authors that I’ve been wanting to try for a while. I actually know more about The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin, but The Killing Moon was on sale and gave me a good initiative to try the author out.

What are you reading this week or month?

TBR: October 2014

In October I’m taking part in #SpookyBRB and #AYearAthon. The first challenge is the month-long October Spooky Reads Challenge over at the Booktube Reading Buddies group at Goodreads, and the second is the week-long King/Horror challenge over at the AYearAThon group at GoodReads.

I’m also doing a buddy read of Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler with Nicole from Nicole’s Adventures in SFF over at Youtube.

I don’t usually do TBR’s, but what with the challenges and buddy reads this month, there was a good reason to make one. Do you usually plan your reading ahead for the month?

My TBR Shelf

Let’s take a look into the books that I own but haven’t yet read! I have a page dedicated to that, Owned TBR, right here at this blog, and I try my best to keep it updated. You can always feel free to go there & comment & recommend me some books! I list both my unread ebooks as well as the physical ones there.

I also made a video where I go through all the physical books that are currently sitting on my shelves. The final count is 43 books.

September Stack of Five

Stack of Five is where I show you five books that have been sitting on my TBR shelf for ages, and you will tell me which one you want me to read and review! I chose a theme of YA speculative fiction for this month.

Stack of Five was created by Misty
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The books
(links go to GoodReads)

The Raven Boys – Fantasy in a modern school setting
Antigoddess – Greek gods in modern day
Little Brother – a teen takes on the DHS in police state San Francisco
Vicious – two college roommates get superpowers
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – vampires held in quarantine zones

Let me know in the comments which one you want me to read!