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Reading Challenge Wrap-up: Reading Challenge: R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril (RIP) IX

October 30, 2014 3 comments

Banner for the RIP IX challenge.Hello my lovely readers!

Tomorrow marks the official end of Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings’ RIP Challenge, and since I know that I will not be finishing another read for the challenge, I decided to post my wrap-up today.

I got really into the reading challenge this year, as I’m sure you could tell from the influx of creepy books on my blog!  Most of the books I read over the last two months fit into the parameters of the challenge, which is to read something sufficiently creepy in any of the following genres to set the tone for Halloween:

Mystery.
Suspense.
Thriller.
Dark Fantasy.
Gothic.
Horror.
Supernatural.
Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.

I read a total of 10 books for the challenge.  I’ll break the list down by rating for you all.

5 star reads

4 star reads

3 star reads

2 star reads

Superlatives

Of these 10 reads, 3 were review copies and 3 fit into my Bottom of the TBR Pile Challenge.  As for format, 4 were print, 4 were ebooks, and 2 were audiobooks.  A nice distribution, I think!

The challenge really put me in the mood for Halloween.  It maybe did too good of a job!  I’m ready for some light-hearted romances now, people. Lol.  The focused selection of reading materials really helped me take a good chunk out of my TBR pile, which I appreciated.  Stay tuned in November for a return to the wide variety of reading you’ve come to expect here at Opinions of a Wolf!

Did you enjoy seeing me participate in the challenge?  Did you participate in the challenge too?  What was your favorite review I wrote for the challenge?

Reading Challenge Wrap-up: Mental Illness Advocacy Reading Challenge 2012

December 24, 2012 2 comments

mia2012badgeAs you all know, the one reading challenge I host is the Mental Illlness Advocacy (MIA) Reading Challenge.  Since we’re into the last week of the year, I’d like to post the 2012 wrap-up.

This year, I read 8 books that count for the challenge, successfully achieving the Aware level.

The books I read and reviewed for the challenge, along with what mental illness they covered, in 2012 were:

  1. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
    PTSD
    4 out of 5 stars
  2. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
    Mental Retardation
    4 out of 5 stars
  3. Barefoot Season by Susan Mallery
    PTSD
    4 out of 5 stars
  4. Abject Relations: Everyday Worlds of Anorexia by Megan Warin
    Anorexia
    4 out of 5 stars
  5. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
    Depression
    4 out of 5 stars
  6. Haunted by Glen Cadigan
    PTSD
    3 out of 5 stars
  7. January First: A Child’s Descent into Madness and Her Father’s Struggle to Save Her by Michael Schofield
    Schizophrenia
    4 out of 5 stars
  8. Germline by T. C. McCarthy
    Addictive Disorders
    4 out of 5 stars

The books I read covered genres from scifi to thriller to memoir to academic nonfiction to historic fiction.  I’m also a bit surprised to note in retrospect that all but one of these books received four stars from me.  Clearly the books I chose to read for the challenge were almost entirely a good match for me.  It’s no surprise to me that I enjoy running this challenge so much then. :-)

The most unique book for the challenge was The Sparrow.  The scifi plot of first contact with aliens was a very unique wrapping for a book dealing so strongly with mental illness.  Most challenging was Abject Relations: Everyday Worlds of Anorexia, which was my first foray into university-level Anthropology.  Something I’d like to see more of is more memoirs by parents of children with a mental illness, like January First: A Child’s Descent into Madness and Her Father’s Struggle to Save Her.  That was an interesting, new perspective for me.  I think I’d also like to read more schizophrenia books next year, as well as books that challenge the gender norms perceived of in certain mental illnesses, such as the idea that eating disorders are female or that alcoholism is male.

If you participated in the challenge this year, please feel free to either comment with your list of reads or a link to a wrap-up post.  I’d love to see what we all successfully read this year!

And if the MIA Reading Challenge sounds like a good match for you, head on over to the challenge’s main page to sign up for the 2013 iteration!

Reading Challenge: R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril (RIP) VI Wrap-up!

November 1, 2011 2 comments

Carl‘s RIPVI is officially over. Sadness!  I love celebrating the crisp, fall air with some deliciously frightening reads.  As I promised, I did much better this year!  I signed up for Peril the First for which I had to read four books.  I read:

  1. Hunt Beyond the Frozen Fire by Gabriel Hunt (review)
  2. The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler (review)
  3. My Life as A White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland (review)
  4. Symphony of Blood by Adam Pepper (review)
  5. Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge (review)
  6. Horns by Joe Hill (review)
  7. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey (review)

Wow!  Not only did I do better this year, but I almost doubled my goal!  Plus, every single one of those books came straight from my tbr pile, so the challenge really helped out with getting that smaller as well.  Of the books read for the challenge, I have to say that my favorite was The Monstrumologist.  It went straight to my keep forever bookshelf after I finished reading it.  I almost made it to eight books, but alas, I will be finishing Anne Rice’s The Mummy today. A bit late. ;-)

I also really enjoyed visiting other blogs to check in on what people thought of various spooky books I’ve read over time.  I think the most controversial one was probably The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James.  People seem to either love or hate the ambiguity in that book.  Also, I didn’t count or anything, but a ton of people seem to have read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  It’s on my wishlist, so I didn’t visit the reviews, but it was fun to see a random spooky book get so many reads.  I’m sure that pleased the author and publishers as well.

RIP is everything that’s great about a reading challenge.  Loosely structured but with a theme and community and with multiple participation levels so everyone can get involved.  I can’t wait for next year!

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