Erin's 2018 Reading - Paranormal Legends
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My 2016 Challenge was Here (theme: TBR Mountain Climb):
My 2017 Challenge was Here (Carnival)
This year will be one of my favorite themes - paranormal. I will read a lot of genres and themes not related to paranormal, but the theme will be legends and creatures.
Starting in the cornfield with the Scarecrow guide, you'll find signposts leading the way.
• Cauldron: New Releases (Released in 2018)
• Haunted Library: Tracking Books Read Per Month (Total Count)
• Dragons: Fantasy and Urban Fantasy
• Ghost Ship: Re-Reads
• Hogwarts: Young Adult
• Necromancy: Classics
• Forest Fog: Isolated Individual or Group Theme
• Lycanthropes: Shapeshifter Fiction
• Castles: Gothics
• Van Helsing: Detective Mysteries and Hard Case Crime
• Witches: Cozy Mysteries
• Toys Alive: Children
• Mummy Tomb: Drama
• Transylvania and Dracula's Castle: Horror
• Psychic and Telepathic Powers: Superheroes
• Potion: Contemporary Romance
• Potion: Historical Romance
• Scientist's Laboratory: Non-fiction
• Fairies: Bucket List
• Mermaids: Maritime
• Wendigo: Russian Literature
• Zombies: The Outcasts and Random Leftover Books
• Aliens: Science Fiction
• Fairy Tales & Retellings
NEW RELEASES (seeing what's new and brewing in the book world)
1. The Necromancer's Reckoning
2. Dragon's Lair
3. Breaker of Chains
4. The Tracker
5. Dark Queen
7. Lord of the Pies
8. The Necromancer's Smile
9. Sinister Hunger
10. The Pack
11 Don't Rush Me by Jackie May
12 His Cocky Valet
13 Shadow Kissed
14 Finding the Fire Within
15 Finding Anna by CC Masters
16 Taken by Werewolves
18 Don't Cheat Me
19 Splintered Nights
20 Finding the Power Within
21 Born of Embers
22 The Perfect Mother
24 House of Draken
TRACKING BOOKS READ PER MONTH
6 Month Tally:
Yearly Number (Total Announced Dec 31)
A Dragon is a legendary creature, typically scaled or fire-spewing and with serpentine, reptilian or avian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures around world.
1. January - A Storm of Swords ★★★★☆
This is my main genre draw. I usually read much more of this than any other. I try to vary but keep getting drawn back in. This covers Urban Fantasy (my favorite), Paranormal Romance (that I don't care for much but there are exceptions) and similar. Some of these may overlap with other genres.
Since the list gets so long, will combine months
January, February -
Dead Things, The Magpie Lord, Before the devil knows you're dead, The Devil is a gentleman, Skinwalker, Blood Cross, Mercy Blade, Raven Cursed, Death's Rival, Blood Trade, Black Arts, Broken Soul, Dark Heir, Shadow Rites, Cold Reign,
March, April -
Midnight Crossroad, A Case of Possession, A Rush of Wings, Fear the Drowning Deep, Blood in her veins,
May - June -
Dark Queen ,
July, August -
September, October -
November, December -
RE-READS (Reliving what's already experienced)
Ghost Ships are mysteries where the crew has vanished. There are famous legends like The Flying Dutchmen. Sometimes stories have the crew as ghosts or condemned spirits on-board, and other times they are just missing with no explanation.
1. January - Spectr: Volume 1 ★★★★★
2. January - Spectr: Volume 2 ★★★★★
3 January - The Magpie Lord ★★★★★
4. January - Dance with the devil ★★★★
5. January - Dance in the Dark ★★★★★
6. January - The Howling II ★★★
Schools of Magic were popular before and after Harry Potter, but Hogwarts is what people think of first now thanks to the fame of J.K. Rowling's epic series. In Schools of Magic, people who are paranormally inclined become students. There are also other schools catered around types, such as Vampire Academy. This is the perfect category to choose for Young Adult.I have a ton to read - my friend loans me a lot of them, and I had some I was interested in myself. I never end up reading as many as I figure of them so they just sit.
General Young Adult Books
1. January - Anna Dressed in Blood
2. Haven, Kansas
3. The Wicked Heart
4. Girl of Nightmares
5. The Madman's Daughter
6. Once Dead, Twice Shy
7. Anne of Avonlea
8. Blood Oath
10. Sinister Pride
11. The Pack
12. Little Monsters
13. Air Awakens
14. Wicked Luck
15. The Immortal Circus
16. Pretty Little Liars
17. On the Jellicoe Road
18. House of Draken
CLASSICS Reviving the good stuff
Necromancers are known to be resurrectors of the dead. In history they have been associated with zombies, but in modern times much is done with their lore to show them to be talented spellcasters who have little to do with zombies. There is a large variety that can be done with this underused magic type. This will list Classic fiction (resurrected from the past), not fiction with Necromancers (see fantasy section for those).
2. The Bad Seed
Isolation is a popular literature theme. It involves nature themes in many cases, such as survivor stories from being marooned on a deserted island, beating the odds after a plane crash in the wilderness or snow-driven forces, being trapped in the ocean on a raft, trapped spaceships (a.k.a. Ridley Scott's Alien), and other tragedies. In addition, the trapped group is popular in Mysteries such as the suspected murderers in Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None' or the isolated ship with 'Death on the Nile'.
This is a theme I want to focus on a lot more this year.
1. Alien Out of the shadows
LYCANTHROPES A werewolf or occasionally lycanthrope is a mythological or folkloric human with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf, either purposely or after being placed under a curse or affliction.
This year I plan to read some Lycanthrope fiction as normal, including Horror, Romance and Urban Fantasy.
1. The Howling II ★★☆☆☆
3 Blood Cross
4 Mercy Blade
5 Raven Cursed
6 Death's Rival
7 Blood Trade
8 Black Arts
9 Broken Soul
10 Dark Heir
11 Shadow Rites
12 Cold Reign
13 Half-Made girls
14 Murder of a werewolf
15 On the Prowl
16 Blood in her veins
17 My boss is a grumpy werewolf and I think he wants to eat me
18 My boss is a grumpy werewolf and I think he wants to marry me
19 Dark Queen
21 Blood Oath
22 Moon Tortured
24 Wild Pride
25 The Pack
26 Dont Rush Me
27 Don't Cheat Me
28 Finding Somewhere to Belong
29 Finding Anna by CC Masters
30 Finding the Fire Within
31 Taken by Werewolves
32 Finding My Pack
33 Splintered Nights
34 Midnight Shift
GOTHIC CASTLES have long been associated with hauntings, mysteries, legends, and doom. In many Gothic pieces of fiction paranormal elements are not actually involved, but there is a feeling of ominous mood.
Gothics are fun when the mood strikes, and I have a lot to read of these, but I can't read many in a row and never end up reading as many as I plan.
Barbara Michaels Re-Reads (This Theme is continuing for the third year in a row)
DETECTIVE, GOLDEN AGE, AND HARD CASE
Van Helsing is the immortal monster hunter who took down Dracula. In other stories he investigates other monsters. Sometimes he is a doctor, sometimes a scientist, sometimes just a pure hunter. Since he is associated with mysteries, I chose him for the detective.
Golden Age As I reach closer to reading all the Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christie (and her other detectives and standalones of course), I also plan to read other classics and focused general mysteries with the Golden Age.
1. Elephants can remember
2. Hallowe'en Party
Hard Case Crime - Classic, Noir detectives.. I always plan to read more of these than I end up getting to.
1. Dead Things
2. The Gutter and the Grave
Thrillers/Dark Mysteries- These are not Noir or classic detective and are combined with suspense but more on the mystery angle. Psychological mysteries go under this category.
1. January - Marnie
2. Stillhouse Lake
3. Defending Jacob
4. Little Monsters
6. The Good Daughter
7. Pretty Little Liars
8. The Perfect Mother
9. Killman Creek
10. Stir of Echoes
11. Sharp Objects
12. The Great Train Robbery
Witches, Wizards, Warlocks, and Mages are magic users, whether through ingrained ability in their DNA or else associated with regular humans playing around with spells.
Paranormal Themed Cozies -
See witches and other creatures of the night who flock to mysteries only (no UF or Horror Here) walk around for a brief parade of series for all newcomers to experience.
1. Abby Cooper: Psychic Eye
2. Better Read than Dead
3. A Vision of Murder
4. Night of the Living Deed
5. The Ghost and Mrs. McClure
These aren't paranormal folks but they're crafty and creative cozies. Still a lot of fun to be had here, especially since most of the Non-Paranormal Cozies I read are related to coffee, tea, or food.
1. Mayhem at the Orient Express
2. Kale to the Queen
3. Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet
4. Lord of the Pies
5. If Fried Chicken Could Fly
6. Three Bedrooms, One Corpse
7. A Tale of Two Biddies
8. Better Off Read
Toys Alive is more common with dolls - whether possessed by evil spirits (Annabelle) or people (Chucky), created by magicians (Puppetmaster), created from people (Stuart Gordon's Dolls), there are many stories of these plastic people. While dolls are the most common, it is not limited to only this toy.
I have a lot of children books I want to read and then donate. Once these are gone, I doubt I'll keep reading them since...well, the age limit is too young in general.
2. The Blue Fairy Book
3. The Lost Hero
Mummies are commonly used as creepy lore for the explorer. A mummy is, especially in ancient Egypt, the body of a human being or animal that has been ceremonially preserved by removal of the internal organs, treatment with natron and resin, and wrapped in bandages.
1. The Bad Seed
3. The Perfect Mother
4. On the Jellicoe Road
5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
6. The White Queen
7. Anne of Avonlea
8. Water for Elephants
Transylvania is associated with Vampires from the classic legend of Dracula, but also used as a placesetting for other Universal creatures. Dracula's Castle is to stand for Vampires as well.
1. The Howling II
2. April Fool's Day
4. Cradle Lake
6. They Thirst
7. The Fear
8. The Tracker
9. Suicide Forest
10. Children of the Dark
Mental Powers and Telepathy covers the magic of psychics, telekinetic, psychokinetic, pyrokinetic, etc.
Superhero Themed Novels
Novels Inventory - Infinite Crisis, 52, The Death and Life of Superman, The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told, Xmen Codename Wolverine, Smallville 4: Whodunnit, Xmen Empire's End, Batmen Returns (movie novellization), Identity Crisis
Comic Series Inventory - Identity Crisis, Deadpool: The Complete Collection - Volume 1, Superman: Time and Time Again, Blackest Night, Blackest Night: Batman #1, The Flash: Blackest Night, Blackest Night: JSA 1, Blackest Night: Superman, Marvel Zombies (several), Aliens Tribes,
Love Potions have been used in gypsy and witch lore associated with causing someone to fall in love with someone else. When people think of potions, this may be the one most commonly regarded.
Contemporary romance includes paranormal and non-paranormal. Also includes Harlequins.
1. Dance with the devil
2. Dance in the dark
3. Spectr Vol 1
4. Spectr Vol 2
6. Sword of the King
7. Full Moon Rising
8. Dragon's Lair
9. A Case of Possession
10. A Rush of Wings
11. Breaker of Chains
12. Demon in Disguise
13. On the Prowl
15. The Necromancer's Smile
16. My Boss is a Grumpy Werewolf and I think he wants to eat me
17. My boss is a grumpy werewolf and I think he wants to marry me
18. Changeling (Incubus 2)
22 Wild Pride
23 The Pack by Kristin Coley
24 His Cocky Valet
25 Shadow Kissed
26 Finding somewhere to belong
27 Finding Anna
28 Finding the Fire Within
29 Taken by Werewolves
30 The Vixen's Lead
31 Finding my pack
32 Don't Cheat Me
33 Four Psychos
34 Three Trials
35 Wicked Luck
36 Finding the Power Within
38 Born of Embers
39 Midnight Shift
40 Rule Breaker
41 The Necromancer's Reckoning
43 Escape the Sea
44 House of Draken
Potions are used historically in witch legends, but also are popular for other magic users such as in Harry Potter with Potion class.
Historical Romance includes paranormal and non-paranormal.
1. The Magpie Lord
2. Beauty of the Beast
3. Sword of the King
4. A Case of Possession
5. The Solstice Prince
6. Kindred hearts
7. The Tutor
8. Flight of Magpies
Scientist's Laboratory - This is commonly associated with classics and mad scientists. Of course we think of Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, but the list definitely doesn't end there.
1. More Book Lust
2. Of Gods and Monsters
3. The Complete Cat Remedy Book
4. Danse Macabre
5. Plant-Powered Beauty
6. Midnight in the Garden of Good and evil
Fairies and fae vary widely in legend. Some are friendly, some are not, and the fairy world seems to be a mixed bag for humans - beautiful but don't eat anything there, etc. They can be small and cute, or human and lifesized. There are many legends associated with them, and they are commonly used in all sorts of fiction stories.
Every year for the past few years I have made a "bucket list" with 12 novels that are popular that I seriously need to get to. These have usually been on my TBR for awhile. One per month, even though not read each month necessarily, brings it to 12.
1. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - Finished May
2. Redeeming Love
3. Schindler's List
4. Little Women
5. Water for Elephants - Finished March
6. Wuthering Heights
7. Needful things
8. A Stir of Echoes - Finished / February
9. The Andromeda Strain
10. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
11. Cane River
Mermaids are a fictitious or mythical half-human sea creature with the head and trunk of a woman and the tail of a fish, conventionally depicted as beautiful and with long flowing golden hair. Most mermaid stories are warnings to doomed sailors, but there are some versions where they are not the evil things of legend.
I try to read sea-themed stories, fiction and non-fiction.
1. Escape the Sea
2. Fear the drowning deep
RUSSIAN LITERATURE (IN ENGLISH TRANSLATION)
Wendigos (in the folklore of some northern Algonquian peoples) a cannibalistic giant; a person who has been transformed into a monster by the consumption of human flesh.
While Wendigos are not Russian, I was not familiar with a Russian Fairytale creature, but associate Wendigos with snowy areas.
Russian Literature is focused on fiction novels, classic and non, that come from this country. There are several I'd like to read.
THE OUTCASTS: LEFTOVER BOOKS
Zombies are popular in modern times through The Walking Dead and other stories. George Romero created Dawn of the Dead, the sequel to Night of the Living Dead, to talk about the braindead culture of modern society. Historically zombies were not actually the undead, but people who were made into mindless slaves through Voodoo.
The Outcast section will list books that don't quite fit into other categories.
Fairy Tales and Fairy-Tale Retellings
I joined a themed six month challenge regarding fairy tales and retellings, so hope to get to a decent amount of these this year.
1. January - Retelling - Beauty of the Beast ★★☆☆☆
2. The Andrew Lang Colored Fairy Tales Books (12 Audiobooks)
I really like your headers. What a cool set! And right up my alley, too!
Wow! I am very impressed. I'm not a sci-fi fantasy reader in general but I love your set up. It really makes me want to come back and see what you've been reading.
Really cool setup! I'm not a fan of sci-fi/fantasy, but you do have some great categories there. I'm looking forward to following along.
Welcome back! You create such amazing themes! Have a great reading year :)
Thanks for all the compliments - looking forward to starting with a fresh, clean slate for the new reading year. Hope it's a full and happy one for us all.
Great set up! I see lots of ideas I want to follow. Have a great year!
Lots of interesting categoryies here! Looking forward to seeing how you fill them.
Love your challenge setup and will be following your gothic reading with anticipation!
I need to read so much Gothic fiction but am slow at it, so thank you Ikernagh. Will try again this year to do better with that category, which I enjoy.
This is a little fun side-thing to start the new year that I have done for a few years on my blog. It's hosted by Because Reading and Trips Down Imagination Road. Simply, make a list of Resolutions for the new year regarding reading or anything to do with "reading life" like reviewing, blogging, etc. Only rule is at least three must be completed.
1. Review more regularly *ugh*
2. Write more articles for blog
3. Read a bigger variety for genre (a goal I haven't been successful at the past few years)
4. Get more active with bookish tags on Instagram
5. Comment more on people's sites and reviews here on GR
6. Catch up with Netgalley books that I've had sitting
I joined with a group of close friends to start our first offline book club, which we just coordinated Friday. I'm excited! I've always wanted to be a part of an actual book club but there isn't one around here I could attend, so starting it with friends is even better. The first chosen book is Lost Boy, Lost Girl by Peter Straub. We made a Facebook group over the weekend and are working on logos. Decided to name ourselves The Grim Readers - we will be reading Mystery, Thriller, Horror, and occasional True Crime.
Anyone else joining in with the Bout of Books Read-a-thon that's starting tomorrow?
I'm glad they did it at the beginning of the year, although I won't be able to read as much Thurs-Sunday - it's still a fun thing to participate in.
>44 ErinPaperbackstash: Aha! I've seen people talking about "Bout of Books" (or #boutofbooks) on Litsy but never knew what it was. Now the lightbulb comes on! I won't be participating in this one, but I will be doing the 24-in-48 readathon two weeks after that :)
>43 ErinPaperbackstash: Excellent name for a book club!
>44 ErinPaperbackstash: Ahh, I forgot to sign up for Bout of Books! I may still do it today so that I can participate for the rest of the week. It's a fun readathon; I've done it several times in the past.
Also, I love the book club name!
Thanks for the book club name kudos, all. We have spent all weekend going through logos. It's a fun thing to do with friends and love overdue.
I joined in with the Twitter Chat for Bout-of-Books last night - their themed chats are fun, but I'm sure other Twitter users have no idea why a member is suddenly sending out 100 strange, oddball tweets =)
rabbitprincess, I would participate in the 24-in-48 hr read-a-thon, but I am so busy this weekend. I am going to try and do it but it will be such a poor effort I'm not even going to make a blog post to track it.
I took forever to update January thoughts, sorry about that. It was a great start to the new year. Read a good deal of books and had fun!
Book related, I joined several Bookstagram challenges in Instagram for January and February.
I received, for the offline book club my friends and I started called The Grim Readers, a pink T-shirt and blue button already from Zazzle for the book club meetings where we'll meet at the Black N' Brew Coffeeshop once a month - being a bookworm combined with a booknerd can be fun. I have the matching earrings to prove it =)
In January a friend gifted me the first Jane Yellowrock book and I'm already in love with the long-running series. On Netgalley I was approved for three mysteries - Lord of the pies, better off read, and Dipped to Death.
I actually got box sets for Christmas thanks to my mom actually paying attention to the Amazon wishlist! Although I still haven't read the original Dunes (I know, shame on me), I did get this sequel box set. Following up my love of Percy Jackson, I couldn't resist The Heroes of Olympus box set. I already owned the black cover for the Kindle Paperwhite, but I had to Burgundy on my wishlist. Finally my second generation Fire has a brand new cover in blue. Anne of Green Gables box set because it's awesome. I was too excited from the box sets so picked up another in the Rick Riordan groups I wanted with a gift card to Amazon, Kane Chronicles.
For the Reading Recap, most enjoyed:
A Storm of Swords - It took me months to get through this but it was my favorite of the first three of the Song of Ice and Fire series.
Marnie - I liked the movie growing up. Besides the ending, the book was also good. Very well written and unique.
Mayhem at the Orient Express - Such a fun cozy mystery! Highly recommended. Will read the rest of the series.
The Bad Seed - A bold classic that dared to show a soulless child and did it well. Beautifully written. The slow pace fits it rather than hurts it.
Dead Things - An intriguing and darkly twisted noirish Urban Fantasy series starter.
Anna Dressed in Blood - A Surprisingly addicting YA
Other books read: Alien Out of the Shadows, Before the devil knows you're dead, The Devil is a gentleman, The Sick House, Dance with the devil, Dance in the Dark, Midnight, Sword of the King, Beauty of the Beast, Spectr Vol. 1, Spectr Vol 2, Howling II, The Magpie Lord
JANUARY ----Total 19 books and 2 Short Stories - The Boy in the Lot and Ruffskin
Mystery - 4
Romance - 8
YA PNR - 1
YA Fantasy - 1
UF PNR - 3
Horror - 1
High Fantasy - 1
Short Stories - 2
January looks to have been an excellent reading month for you! I remember the movie "Marnie" from my childhood, it really impressed me at the time.
I have gotten REALLY behind with updating this thread over the past few months - I have been reading a lot and all over the place last usual. Will update soon!
Quick note - I have joined Kindle Unlimited and am having fun with it, so my books have been geared toward that lately. America's Great Reads was a fun first episode and I look forward to hopefully seeing more bookish related stuff in the future on TV.
So far I'm at my yearly goal of 200 books by having read 154 - I think this is the earliest I've reached that number, so I'm pleased :)
SIX MONTH UPDATE
(Up to last marked book House of Draken)
✹ Yearly Goal Progress 154/200
✹ Romance - Doing great on this one in both Contemporary and Historical, Paranormal and Non.
✹ Urban Fantasy - Read a decent amount of this but was able to switch to other genres more this year so far, and is not as dominated by UF, although paranormal is the main theme mixed in to other genres.
✹ Science Fiction - Not much but I didn't expect to be
✹ High Fantasy - Only one, so not good in this!
✹ Novels adapted from Superheroes and Comics - Horrible progress. None
✹ Horror - Okay, not great, but at least five of the goal
✹ YA - Did well with this one thanks to a genre reading month
✹ Maritime - 2, Russian Lit - 0, Zombies - 0 --- Not good progress in this section
✹ New Releases in 2018 - Happy with my progress in this area
I caved after being tempted by Twitter posts and grabbed some bookish candles from GetFictional. I'm cheap and poor but I couldn't resist the luxury, especially when it was a limited time option of getting a free Loser's club button (From Stephen King's IT) as part of the package if you buy a IT-related candle.
Pennywise Candle - rain, apples, salted caramel
Smells better than I thought it would!
Dracula - sea salt, moonlit night, transylvanian forest
Smells more floral than I figured, expected more woodsy. Love the little wax seal on the candle.
Overall I'm pleased with the candles and the buttons, will definitely be ordering more themes later. The smell descriptions are from cold throw and not hot throw, haven't burned them yet.
The button is adorable - planning to wear for my next Book Club meeting
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