Sunday, November 16, 2014

2015 Gothic Challenge and Read-a-longs

So, I heard from A Novel Challenge that Books Under the Bed is hosting a Gothic Reading Challenge in 2015.  And being a reading-challenge-a-holic, naturally I had to go see what this was all about.  (The button up there, which I made from the graphic on the sign-up page with a little resizing and blood-red lettering at PicMonkey, goes directly to the sign-up page at the host blog.)

Below are the list of read-a-longs for the year, to give you an idea of the type of books, stories, etc that will be included:

January: Castle Otranto, Walpole, 1764 (where it all began)
February: ‘The Old Nurse’s Story’, Elizabeth Gaskell
March: Rebecca, Daphne du |Maurier
April: Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake (POC writer/YA)
May: A Street Car Named Desire, Tennesse Williams (Play/Southern Gothic)
June: Author Focus: Edgar Allen Poe (poems, short stories or novels)
July: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith (Parody)
August: Bitten, Kelley Armstrong (some light holiday reading)
September: My Sword Hand is Singing, Marcus Sedwick (YA)
October: Let the Right One In, John Ajvide Lindqvist (Sweeden/GLBT)
November: Lady Audley’s Secret, Mary Elizabeth Braddon
December: Graphic Novels in the gothic genre

There are three levels for the basic challenge, as well as challenge enhancements aimed at enriching your reading experience.  If you are a fan of gothic literature, this is a tailor-made challenge for you!

I'm signing up for level 3 (that's 20 books +) and my list starts:


(to be continued....)


  1. This is quite an interesting challenge. If I'm still unemployed next year(which I really hope not!), I'll join in (:

    - Love, Felicia
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    1. I'll be the one to say it, Felicia. I hope you are employed /and/ doing the challenge (or maybe one or more of the read-a-longs would be a possibility for you). Go for it all! :O)

  2. I look forward to seeing your list, I need to start compiling my own as well soon. Thanks for joining in.