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Even though my reading record this year has been appalling – I’ve only just limped into double figures having experienced the longest and most intense reading slump EVER – I’ve decided to sign up for the Sci-fi Experience as hosted by Carl over at Stainless Steel Droppings.
It’s a gentle challenge in that there are no targets to aim for, it’s just about enjoying as much or as little science fiction in any format that you can. As such I think it’s a nice thing to help me start 2017 with some structure to my reading without the pressure of more traditional challenges.
As well as going to see Rogue One as soon as I can after it’s released, I already have the following books in the stacks from which I can pick and choose:
- Way Down Dark
- The Princess Diarist
- My Day by Jones
- Ancillary Justice
- Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
There’s also the finale of Westworld this week so I may have something to say about that also. Should all be fun.
I had such fun taking part in the 2015 version of this challenge (I wrote my wrap-up post only the other day – you can find it here if you are interested) that I decided to take part again this year.
I’m going to stretch myself a little bit more this time around, and aim for the Fearless category, which means I have to read 11-15 horror books and if I succeed I will get a nifty badge.
I’m not doing a reading list for this as such, BUT because I’m planning to read along with and hopefully attend meetings of the Horror Book Club, I already have some books picked out which will fit in with this challenge, and these are:
- January – The Troop
- February – The House of Leaves (a re-read)
- March – Anno Dracula (a re-read)
- April – My Work is Not Yet Done
- May – The Heart Shaped Box (a re-read)
If I succeed with these I’ll be well on my way to meeting my goal, and I have a couple of unread Stephen King novels I can throw into the mix if I need to; should be good!
As I said in my sign up post, I am aiming to be a Brave Reader, which means reading 6-10 books during the course of the year. My first quarterly update can be found here, the second one is here, and the third one is here.
How did I do?
My reading slump lasted almost until the end of the year, which was a real shame, but I did manage to read another three horror novels (two of which I haven’t reviewed as yet):
- The Uninvited by Liz Jensen (light horror but creepy as hell)
- Slade House by David Mitchell
- The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King.
That brings my horror total for the year to 16 which is well above my goal of Brave Reader, so very pleased with that.
My membership of The Horror Book Club means I already have four horror titles slated for 2016 reading 😀
Once again, for good reasons, I’ve missed the first month of the Sci-fi experience (which runs from 1 December to 31 January) but I am going to make a point of reading and watching sci-fi in the time left.
Although, now that I think of it, I will be starting in December because the next book I’m planning to read on my Kindle app is The Three Body Problem, and I think I can get away with describing the new Star Wars movie as science fiction 🙂
But other than those I’m not making any reading lists except to say that what I will read will be stuff I already own at midnight on 31 December in line with challenges I’m taking part in in parallel (and which have sign-up posts of their own!)
May even get around to Flowers for Algernon like I said I was going to last time *cough*
As is traditional at this time of year I have decided to sign up for what is almost certainly the last TBR Double Dog Dare. For those new to the concept, start reading here:
The TBR Triple Dog Dare works like this….
For the first three months of 2016 read only the books that were already in your TBR stack as of midnight December 31, 2015.
You can modify this any way you like, but I’m going to be a bit purist and stick to the principle as described, but with the added burden of buying no new books in the same three month period. It worked really well for me when I tried it out this year, although I will admit there was a bit of a spending spree on 1 April.
I’m running this alongside the Clean Your Reader Challenge, and so for TBR it will only be physical books that I’ll count towards my goal. I’m also not making any projected lists because, hey, where would I start?
Last year I said that if nothing else I would finally read Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates. I didn’t. Will this be the year….
I took part in this challenge earlier this year where I think it lasted only a month, and had great fun (and cleared a load of books from my e-reader. This time around it lasts for 3 months but with very much the same goals – read as many of those “I don’t remember buying this” volumes on your reader as you can in the period.
I like making lists but I’m not going to for this one, simply because I have so many ebooks that just looking at them is a bit overwhelming, and trying to decide which ones I’m going to read will probably fry my brain and I have too much to do at this time of year to allow myself to become a dribbling wreck.
But I’m going to add an extra dimension by including the comics on my Comixology app – clearing some of them out would also be a good idea. So, as many as I can before 31 March, running concurrently with the TBR Dare which I’ll blog about separately.
By the end of this weekend I had aimed to write and publish reviews of the following; progress is noted alongside.
Over on Bride of the Screen God:
- The Guest – DONE
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – umm…..
- Star Wars: The Revenge of the Sith – sorry, did you say something?
- Senna – la la la can’t hear you
Here on Bride of the Book God
- The Shining by Stephen King – DONE
I also intend to have written a post for this week’s Sunday Salon – sort of done in that I didn’t write on my own blog but posted a message on the Facebook page. Shameful 🙂
The Write On Review-a-Thon is a challenge hosted by Book Bumblings. From Friday through Sunday, we all band together and write as many reviews as possible. It’s a weekend for you to either catch up on reviews or get ahead on upcoming ones. It doesn’t matter if you write one review or 10 – if you write a review, you’re in 🙂
Join this month’s challenge here.
By the end of this weekend I aim to have reviewed the following:
Over on Bride of the Screen God:
- The Guest
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
- Star Wars: The Revenge of the Sith
Here on Bride of the Book God
- The Shining by Stephen King
I also intend to have written a post for this week’s Sunday Salon.
How am I doing?
I hit a real reading slump in early August and I’m not out of the woods yet. That means I only managed to read one horror novel, but it was a classic being Stephen King’s The Shining (which I haven’t written the review for yet but will soon).
I started but just couldn’t get on with I Am Legend this time around; like The Shining it was a re-read.
But it’s nearly October and I’m on holiday for 3 weeks and expecting/hoping to get lots more reading done, which means more scary books!
How am I doing?
Not too bad considering that I’ve been struggling with health issues and my reading has been patchy to say the least. My blog has been on hiatus and I’m still deciding how I’m going to handle reviewing the books I have read since late May, but where I have already reviewed I’ve provided a link.
- The Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge – shortlisted for the first James Herbert Award
- Day Four by Sarah Lotz – a sequel to The Three which was a favourite read from last year
- The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker – astonished I had never read this before given that it’s a bit of a classic
- The Rhesus Chart by Charles Stross – the fifth in The Laundry Files series – vampires!
I’ve still got a few horror novels on my TBR list so fairly confident I’m going to exceed my target for this challenge 🙂