2022 Reading Challenges

Tracking my progress with 2022 reading challenges. Books completed will be in blue.
(Links to all challenges with full details, and to sign-up, can be found in this post.)

Challenges listed below:
Book Challenge by Erin 16.0


Freebie: Other Fires by Lenore H. Gay

Read a book that you predict will bring you joy and happiness: 
The Modern Witch’s Guide to Magical Self-Care by Tenae Stewart 

Book set in Canada: Unless by Carol Shields

Book by an author of different race/religion: The Devil in Silver, Victor LaValle

Flower in the title or a picture of a flower on the cover: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

Book in the title: 
 The Modern Witchcraft Grimoire: Your Complete Guide to Creating Your Own Book of Shadows by Skye Alexander

Published the year of a significant event in your life: Once by James Herbert
 (2001 - the year I first became a mom…my most cherished accomplishment)

Discover on the "staff recommendations" shelf (Powell’s Staff Picks - Horror): 
 In the House in the Dark Woods by Laird Hunt

Includes a trip or a vacation/holiday: Ten by Gretchen McNeil

One of these five words in the title: earth, air, fire, water or space: 
Fire and Blood by George R.R. Martin

Freebie: In the House in the Dark of the Woods, Laird Hunt

Starts with “C”: Certain Dark Things,Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Published in 2020 or 2021: The Year of the Witching, Alexis Henderson

'You' in title: Thank You for the Flowers, Scott Nicholson

Set on an island: Ten, Gretchen McNeil

Indigenous/First Nations author: The Only Good Indians, Stephen Graham Jones

Read a biography: Poe: A Life Cut Short, Peter Ackroyd

Ace, King, Queen, Jack, or Joker in title: Queen Victoria and the Men who Loved Her, Robert Stephen Parry

Book of poetry: The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth, Robert Graves

Inspired by Jane Austen: Longbourn, Jo Baker

  1. The Vampire Armand, Anne Rice
  2. Merrick, Anne Rice
  3. Blood and Gold, Anne Rice
  4. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf
  5. Temples, Tombs & Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt, Barbara Mertz
  6. The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
  7. Red Queen, Victoria Avelard
  8. Fevre Dream, George R.R. Martin
  9. Other Fires, Lenore H. Gay
  10. Once, James Herbert
  11. The Death Pit, Tony Strong
  12. Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks
  1. Silas Marner, George Eliot
  2. Murder in the Cathedral, T.S. Eliot

Read 10 books for writers by the end of the year (or you can set a lower or higher goal). I'm going to attempt 10. Not sure which books yet, but The Vein of Gold by Julia Cameron will most likely be one of them.
  1. The Vein of Gold, Julia Cameron

I host this challenge at my sister (horror) blog, Castle Macabre.
Here are the prompts and levels.
  • Book by a BIPOC (female)
    Certain Dark Things, Silvia Moreno-Garcia - Read
  • Book by a BIPOC (male)
    The Only Good Indians, Stephen Graham Jones - Read
  • Folk Horror (Ideas: https://tinyurl.com/yy8jj56a or https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/83087.Folk_Horror_Mystery
  • A Gothic horror classic (published 50 or more years ago, published no later than 1972)
    The House on the Borderland, William Hope Hodgson
  • A modern Gothic tale (published within 50 years ago, published 1973 or later)
    Dracul, Dacre Stoker/J.D. Barker
  • Purple, orange, or green on the cover
    The Devil in Silver, Victor LaValle
  • Serial killer from the past - fiction or non-fiction (before 20th century) Examples: Jack the Ripper, H.H. Holmes, Burke and Hare (List of serial killers before 1900)
    The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
  • Short story collection/Anthology
    20th Century Ghosts, Joe Hill
  • Slasher
  • Vampires
  • Werewolves
  • Witches
    In the House in the Dark Woods, Laird Hunt

Spooky: Read 6 books from 6 catergories
Chilling: Read 12 Books from all 12 categories
Frightful: Read 2 books from each category for a total of 24 books
Horrifying: Read 3 books from each category for a total of 36 books

I'm doing the Chilling level. I've listed some of my planned reads above.

The Enthusiast: Read 1-3 books with movies/shows releasing in 2022
My list of potentials - 
The Black Phone, Joe Hill-from 20th Century Ghosts (June 24)
Death on the Nile, Agatha Christie (Feb 22)
The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah (Dec 23)
Blonde, Joyce Carol Oates (2022)
Fire and Blood, George R. R. Martin (House of the Dragon, 2022)
Kindred, Octavia E. Butler (2022 or 2023 estimated)
Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard (2022 potentially)

Not Ready to Let Go: read at least one (1) book made into a movie or series in 2021
My list of potentials - 
The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton (2021)
The Last Duel, Eric Jager (2021)
The Woman in the Window, A. J. Finn (2021)
The Eye of the World, Robert Jordan (2021)
All Things Cease to Appear, Elizabeth Brundage (2021) - Read

Living in the Past: read at least one (1) book made into a movie in previous years
Ten, Gretchen McNeil (2017)

The Movie Was Better (What?!): watch the movie(s) for the book(s) you read.

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