Sunday, November 14, 2010

Gothic Challenge 2011

2011 is right around the corner so it's time to search out and join the upcoming challenges. Or in my case, just have them fall in my lap and tempt me. This one caught my eye when I found it on Senora G's Reading, Reading and Life site and though gothic books aren't my favorite, there are times that they just hit the spot. It has its own dedicated site at Gothic Reading Challenge so check it out and sign up. There is even a list of books to get you started if you need some help (I did)

I am choosing level:

A Maniacal Frenzy - Read 10 novels with Gothic elements.

10 doesn't seem so bad and it can cross over into the Off the Shelf Challenge which asks us to read books we own or have on our TBR so I think 10 is quite doable. Maybe. It does run all year...

Here is my intended list in no particular order:

1. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (2/26/11)
2. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (3/15/11)
3. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (4/11/11)
4. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (6/11/11)
5. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (5/5/11)
6. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (5/28/11)
7. Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker (3/23/11)
8. Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice (9/13/11)
9. Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen (8/15/11)
10. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (7/6/11)
11. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libby Bray (Off the Shelf too)
12. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Robert Maturin

Challenge Complete 9/13/11. Will probably read the other two as well--but I have fulfilled my commitment.


Birdie said...

\o/ for Something Wicked This Way Comes!!!! Let me know when you've polished off this one, and we'll chat about it. My lil' darlins actually came up with some good topics in their essays on it.

Bev Hankins said...

SWTWC will actually be a re-read for me. But it's been so-o-o-o long since I read it and I love Bradbury so that I couldn't resist having him on the list.

Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHAHA, had to do it didn't you? Great list but I read most of them or they are already on my list. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on We Have Always Lived in a Castle. I listened to it and found it quite confusing. Maybe it was just me. Good luck to both of us!!!

Irene Palfy said...

Hej, Bev may I ask you a question?
What makes a novel a "Gothic" novel? I'd like to participate - but I am not sure which books fit in.. :"/