The weather cools. The leaves turn brilliant orange, red, and yellow. Football starts, brunswick stew is cooked and consumed with glee (a particular precursor of autumn around here) and it’s that time. Time to bring out the spooky, the creepy, the absolutely, most terrifying reading I can stand!! My most favorite Reading Challenge in the whole wide world is about to begin!! Woot! And now begins the hard process of 1) picking which challenge to do and 2) which books to read!!
I can already answer number 1. I’m going to really challenge myself and try to read 4 books.
Number 2, isn’t quite so easy. I already know one. I’ve been wanting to reread Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian ever since I read it the first time. I will definitely be reading that one. But what else to read? It is a great, profound question; one which I don’t have any answer to. All I have is a handy list of books to choose from. So let’s see, will it be:
I could finish 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill or read his Heart-Shaped Box. I could read Duma Key by his father. I’m thinking of ordering The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, because it looks so good! I also had no idea Megan Chance had a new novel out, so I may be picking up The Spiritualist as well! I still have A Game of Thrones and The Name of the Wind that I got for my birthday. I got Fangland by John Marks ages ago! Speaking of vampires, I still have Colleen Gleason’s new book, When Twilight Burns somewhere on my shelves. And I’ve already preordered PC and Kristin Cast’s new book in the House of Night Series, which I am reasonably sure I’ll read. Let’s not forget Angelica by Arthur Phillips, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, The Last Witchfinder by James Morrow, and The Ghost Writer by John Harwood. And, could this be the year I finally make it through Dracula??? Not to mention the sudden temptation to reread The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly, as I’m seeing it on several lists! This is all off the top of my head of course, I know I have other books lurking in the shadows of my vast shelves. I just can’t wait to begin!