Friday, October 29, 2010

CHALLENGE: Gothic Reading Challenge

Susan of Well-Mannered Frivolity is hosting her first challenge next year, the Gothic Reading Challenge , and has set up a new blog with lots of great information. Head on over to sign-up.

This challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2011
There are four levels of participation:
                                    A Little Madness - Read just 1 novel with Gothic elements.
The Darkness Within - Read 5 novels with Gothic elements.
A Maniacal Frenzy - Read 10 novels with Gothic elements.
Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know - Read 20 novels with Gothic elements.

I was going to just try for one book, but once I made pool of books from her Gothic books list and then checked out the library, I'll bet I can read at least 5 of these.

Pool of Books
Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier 
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

First Love: A Gothic Tale by Joyce Carol Oates (library, 87 pages)
Waiting for Gertrude: a graveyard gothic by Bill Richardson (library, 184 pages)
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
The Adventuress by Audrey Niffennager, (library, illustrated)
The Night Wanderer: a native gothic tale by Drew Hayden Taylor (library, 215 pages)
Oh My Goth! by Gena Showalter (school library)

Other books I've added to the list:
Affinity by Sarah Waters
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton (rec'd by Caribousmom)
something by Flannery O'Connor

Books I Would Suggest for Others
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (my favorite Austen)
A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Shining by Stephen King
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
The Sister by Poppy Adams

The Books I Actually Read:
1. The House at Riverton - Kate Morton
2. Waiting for Gertrude - Bill Richardson
3. Affinity - Sarah Waters
4. First Love - Joyce Carol Oates
5. The Night Wanderer - Drew Hayden Taylor
6. The Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl -
7. A Spell of Winter - Helen Dunmore
8. A Reliable Wife - Robert Goolrick
9. The Adventuress - Audrey Niffenegger
10. The Distant Hours - Kate Morton