Thursday, January 28, 2016
Gothic Fiction Reading Challenge 2016
Diana at Book of Secrets shared a couple of weeks ago that she had searched for a Gothic Fiction Reading Challenge all over and was not successful in finding one. There is a seasonal R.I.P. challenge that she and many of us enjoy, but she wanted one that would last all year. So she began her own. She's using it mainly to keep track of the books she reads this year that fit her idea of 'gothic'. If you'd like to take a look at her post, go here. She has some great links provided for definitions of 'gothic' and also links to lists of 'gothic' books - modern, haunted houses, southern, Gothic romances, ghosts - everything you might need to find a book considered to be 'gothic'.
I told her that I wasn't doing any challenges this year, but I got to thinking - I read a lot of books that by their very nature and by my personal definition are 'gothic' fiction. And as I've been considering my 'favorites from my keeper shelf', I've been tempted to reread many older books in that vein. So, I've decided to use this post as a place to keep track of just how many books I do read in 2016 that would fit the category. I'll have the badge on my sidebar and you can just click it at any time and see my list, with any reviews I write linked.
What do I consider 'gothic' fiction? Well, I'd include anything that includes spooky, foggy, haunted, ghostly, horror-like, castle or house on a cliff or in a swamp or perched above the sea, an asylum, a graveyard, secrets, diaries - get the picture? I know it when I read it. Personally, I think 'gothic' is what the reader says it is.
Feel free to join in. And may the 'gothic' reading begin....
1. The Gates Of Evangeline by Hester Young
2. The Mediator #1 - Shadowland by Meg Cabot (audio)
3. The Mediator #2 - Ninth Key by Meg Cabot (audio)
4. The Whispering Hollows (3 novellas - The Whispers, The Burning Girl, The Three Sisters) by Lisa Unger (audio)
5. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (audio)