Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books about Monsters

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One of my 2017 Reading Goals was to have read 20 books on Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books about Monsters list by the end of the year. I’ve read a few of the books on this list, but a lot more look interesting. It’ll take me a while to get through the whole list, but I hope to get a good start on it this year. I will update this list as I finish reading books.

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Aliens

✓1. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
✓2. Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
✓3. In the After by Demitria Lunetta
✓4. The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
5. Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell

Biological Horrors

✓6. Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
✓7. Breeding Ground by Sarah Pinborough
✓8. The Caretaker of Lorne Field by Dave Zeltserman
✓9. Clickers by J.F. Gonzalez
✓10. The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone
✓11. Jaws by Peter Benchley
12. The Loch by Steve Alten
13. Monster by Frank Peretti
✓14. The Montauk Monster by Hunter Shea
15. Parasite by Mira Grant
16. The Ruins by Scott Smith
17. Seeders by A.J. Colucci
18. Slither by Edward Lee
19. The Troop by Nick Cutter

Demons
20. Come Closer by Sara Gran
21. Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
✓22. The Gates by John Connolly
23. Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
24. Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker
25. My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
26. Netherworld by Lisa Morton

Humans

27. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
28. The Collector by John Fowles
29. Off Season by Jack Ketchum
30. Out by Natsuo Kirino
31. Perfect Days by Raphael Montes
32. Succulent Prey by Wrath James White
33. Survivor by J.F. Gonzalez
34. We Are Monsters by Brian Kirk

Vampires

35. Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
36. Dark Corner by Brandon Massey
37. Fledgling by Octavia Butler
38. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
39. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
40. My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
41. The Night Wanderer by Drew Taylor Hayden
42. The Quick by Lauren Owen
43. The Passage by Justin Cronin
44. The Strain by Guillermo del Toro

Werewolves

45. Breed by Chase Novak
46. The Devourers by Indra Das
47. The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
48. Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
49. Red Moon by Benjamin Percy
✓50. Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
51. Wilding by Melanie Tem
52. The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

Witches

53. A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli
54. The Circle by Bentley Little
55. The Dead Path by Stephen M. Irwin
56. Gideon by Alex Gordon
57. Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
58. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
59. Nazareth Hill by Ramsey Campbell
60. Wytches Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder

Zombies

61. Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry
62. Feed by Mira Grant
63. The First Days by Rhiannon Frater
64. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.
65. Jesus Freaks by Andre Duza
66. The Missing by Sarah Langan
67. The Rising by Brian Keene
68. World War Z by Max Brooks
69. Zone One by Colson Whitehead

Various, Miscellaneous, and Sundry

70. Alice by Christina Henry
71. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
72. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
73. Bonechiller by Graham McNamee
74. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
75. Clay by David Almond
76. Dead Bitch Army by Andre Duza
77. The Devil in Silver by Victor Lavalle
78. Dweller by Jeff Strand
79. Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
80. The Grin of the Dark by Ramsey Campbell
81. The Hollower by Mary SanGiovanni
82. John Dies at the End by David Wong
✓83. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
✓84. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
✓85. Monstress by Marjorie Liu
86. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
87. North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud
88. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
✓89. Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Bryan K. Vaughn
90. Relic by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
91. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
92. The Revenant Road by Michael Boatman
93. The Ritual by Adam Nevill
94. Roosevelt’s Beast by Louis Bayard
95. The Shapeshifters by Stefan Spjut
96. She Walks in Shadows by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (ed.)
97. Summer of Night by Dan Simmons
98. The Terror by Dan Simmons
99. Threshold by Caitlin Kiernan
100. Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman et al.

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books

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One of my 2017 Reading Goals was to have read 25 books on Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books list by the end of the year. There are a lot of books on this list that sound really funny, so I thought, why not try to read them all. It’ll take me a while to get through the whole list, but I hope to get a good start on it this year. I will update this list as I finish reading books.

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✓1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
2. Has Anyone Seen My Pants by Sarah Colonna
✓3. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
✓4. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
✓5. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
✓6. A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson
7. Heartburn by Nora Ephron
8. Varamo by César Aira
9. My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
10. Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
11. How To Be Black by Baratunde Thurston
12. Senselessness by Horatio Castellanos Moya
13. Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg and Madeline Gobbo
14. See You Next Tuesday by Jane Mai
✓15. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
✓16. Bossypants by Tina Fey
17. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
18. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
19. Go the F**k To Sleep by Adam Mansbach
20. To Say Nothing Of The Dog by Connie Willis
21. Misconceptions by Blu Daniels
22. Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman
23. The Broke Diaries: The Completely True and Hilarious Misadventures of a Good Girl Gone Broke by Angela Nissel
24. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
25. A Bad Idea I’m About to Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward Adventure by Chris Gethard
26. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
27. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
28. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks
29. How to Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran
30. Blonde Bombshell by Tom Holt
✓31. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
32. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
✓33. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
34. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
35. The Cry of the Sloth by Sam Savage
36. Company by Max Barry
✓37. You Can’t Touch My Hair And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
38. The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett
39. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
40. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
✓41. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
42. Such A Pretty Fat: One Narcissist’s Quest to Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie is Not the Answer by Jen Lancaster
✓43. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
44. Home Land by Sam Lipsyte
45. Typical American by Gish Jen
46. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
47. I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
48. Autobiography of a Fat Bride: True Tales of a Pretend Adulthood by Laurie Notaro
49. The Regional Office Is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales
50. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
51. Adulthood Is a Myth: A “Sarah’s Scribbles” Collection by Sarah Andersen
✓52. What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
53. Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood by Drew Magary
54. The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine by Krissy Kneen
55. Killing Auntie by Andrzej Bursa
56. I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett
✓57. Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
58. The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank by Erma Bombeck
59. Shrill by Lindy West
60. On Beauty by Zadie Smith
61. Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
62. The Internet Is A Playground by David Thorne
✓63. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
64. Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett
65. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
66. I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young
67. Mother, Can You Not? by Kate Siegel
68. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
69. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
✓70. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
71. It Gets Worse by Shane Dawson
72. Octopus Pie by Meredith Gran
73. Redshirts by John Scalzi
74. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
75. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
✓76. Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
77. Smashed, Squashed, Splattered, Chewed, Chunked and Spewed by Lance Carbuncle
✓78. The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
✓79. Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan
80. I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert
81. Dora: A Headcase by Lidia Yuknavitch
82. The Room by Jonas Karlsson
✓83. Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey
84. An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington
85. The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie
86. The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
87. I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi
88. Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen
89. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
90. Clown Girl by Monica Drake
91. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
92. Oreo by Fran Ross
93. The Sugar Frosted Nutsack by Mark Leyner
94. Black Hole Blues by Patrick Wensink
95. The Road to Wellville by T.C. Boyle
96. The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria by Carlos Hernandez
97. A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
98. Job: A Comedy of Justice by Robert Heinlein
✓99. Ella Minnow Pea: A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable by Mark Dunn
✓100. Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

My Book List for Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2017 Reading Challenge

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Last year I did the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2016 Reading Challenge, and now I’m working on this year’s challenge as one of my 2017 reading goals. This year’s reading challenge includes two lists, each with 12 book prompts. One list is about reading for fun and the other is about reading for growth. The reading for fun challenge is for 12 books and the reading for growth challenge is for 14 books… one prompt is for three books instead of one. That’s a total of 26 books to read this year for this challenge. For info on books I’ve read and books I’m currently reading, check out my Goodreads profile. Below are the challenges, plus my book(s) for that prompt. I will update this list with a checkmark by the prompt as I finish reading books.

Updated 6/26/17:
Finished this reading challenge on 6/13/17!

MODERN MRS DARCY 2017 READING CHALLENGE
READING FOR FUN
✓1. A book you chose for the cover – Looking for Alaska by John Green
✓2. A book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able – The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
✓3. A book set somewhere you’ve never been but would like to visit – Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
✓4. A book you’ve already read – Divergent by Veronica Roth
✓5. A juicy memoir – The Dirt by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx. This book is also on the Gilmore Girls Season 2 book list.
✓6. A book about books or reading – The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
✓7. A book in a genre you usually avoid – All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
✓8. A book you don’t want to admit you’re dying to read – Vinyl by Sophia Elaine Hanson
✓9. A book in the backlist of a new favorite author – What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
✓10. A book recommended by someone with great taste – In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
✓11. A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven’t read yet – The Beach by Alex Garland
✓12. A book about a topic or subject you already love – Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

READING FOR GROWTH
✓1. A Newbery Award Winner or Honor Book – Holes by Louis Sachar
✓2. A book in translation – Candide by Voltaire
✓3. A book that’s more than 600 pages – The Host by Stephenie Meyer
✓4. A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne
✓5. A book of any genre that addresses current events – Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
✓6. An immigrant story – Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
✓7. A book published before you were born – The Art of War by Sun Tzu
✓8. Three books by the same author – The Games by James Patterson, Hope to Die by James Patterson, and Zoo 2 by James Patterson
✓9. A book by an #ownvoices or #diversebooks author – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
✓10. A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending – Atonement by Ian McEwan
✓11. A book nominated for an award in 2017 – The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
✓12. A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award winner – Ironweed by William Kennedy

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories

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I loved Nancy Drew books when I was a kid. Now I’m rereading the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories books. This is the original series that gave Nancy Drew her start. These books started getting published in the 1930s, and continued into the early 1980s. The first book, The Secret of the Old Clock, was published in 1930 and the last book, Captive Witness, was published in 1981. The books had various authors, and starting in 1959, the earlier books were revised to portray a more up-to-date story. All 64 books were published under the pen name Carolyn Keene.

Reading these Nancy Drew books is part of my 2017 reading goals. For a peek at what I’ve read and what I’m currently reading, click over to Goodreads. I will update this list as I finish reading the books.

NANCY DREW MYSTERY STORIES
✓1. The Secret of the Old Clock
✓2. The Hidden Staircase
✓3. The Bungalow Mystery
✓4. The Mystery at Lilac Inn
✓5. The Secret at Shadow Ranch
✓6. The Secret of Red Gate Farm
✓7. The Clue in the Diary
✓8. Nancy’s Mysterious Letter
✓9. The Sign of the Twisted Candles
✓10. The Password to Larkspur Lane
✓11. The Clue of the Broken Locket
✓12. The Message in the Hollow Oak
✓13. The Mystery of the Ivory Charm
✓14. The Whispering Statue
✓15. The Haunted Bridge
✓16. The Clue of the Tapping Heels
✓17. The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk
✓18. The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion
✓19. The Quest of the Missing Map
✓20. The Clue in the Jewel Box
✓21. The Secret in the Old Attic
✓22. The Clue in the Crumbling Wall
✓23. The Mystery of the Tolling Bell
✓24. The Clue in the Old Album
✓25. The Ghost of Blackwood Hall
✓26. The Clue of the Leaning Chimney
✓27. The Secret of the Wooden Lady
✓28. The Clue of the Black Keys
✓29. The Mystery at the Ski Jump
✓30. The Clue of the Velvet Mask
✓31. The Ringmaster’s Secret
✓32. The Scarlet Slipper Mystery
✓33. The Witch Tree Symbol
✓34. The Hidden Window Mystery
✓35. The Haunted Showboat
✓36. The Secret of the Golden Pavilion
✓37. The Clue in the Old Stagecoach
✓38. The Mystery of the Fire Dragon
✓39. The Clue of the Dancing Puppet
✓40. The Moonstone Castle Mystery
✓41. The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes
✓42. The Phantom of Pine Hill
✓43. The Mystery of the 99 Steps
✓44. The Clue in the Crossword Cipher
✓45. The Spider Sapphire Mystery
✓46. The Invisible Intruder
✓47. The Mysterious Mannequin
✓48. The Crooked Banister
✓49. The Secret of Mirror Bay
✓50. The Double Jinx Mystery
✓51. Mystery of the Glowing Eye
✓52. The Secret of the Forgotten City
✓53. The Sky Phantom
✓54. The Strange Message in the Parchment
✓55. Mystery of Crocodile Island
✓56. The Thirteenth Pearl
✓57. The Triple Hoax
✓58. The Flying Saucer Mystery
59. The Secret in the Old Lace
60. The Greek Symbol Mystery
61. The Swami’s Ring
62. The Kachina Doll Mystery
63. The Twin Dilemma
64. Captive Witness

Books for Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge

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Last year I did the Popsugar 2016 Reading Challenge, and now I’m working on this year’s challenge.

This year’s reading challenge includes 40 book prompts, plus an “advanced” list with 12 additional prompts. I’m going to try to read a book for each prompt, so that’s 52 books for this challenge. Below is the challenge, plus my book for that prompt. I will update this list as I finish reading books.

Updated 8/1/17:
Finished this reading challenge on 7/31/17!

POPSUGAR 2017 READING CHALLENGE
✓1. A book recommended by a librarian – The Martian by Andy Weir
✓2. A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long – Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
✓3. A book of letters – 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
✓4. An audiobook – Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
✓5. A book by a person of color – You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
✓6. A book with one of the four seasons in the title – This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
✓7. A book that is a story within a story – A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
✓8. A book with multiple authors – Missing by James Patterson and Kathryn Fox
✓9. An espionage thriller – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré
✓10. A book with a cat on the cover – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
✓11. A book by an author who uses a pseudonym – The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories by Mark Twain
✓12. A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read – How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
✓13. A book by or about a person who has a disability – Wonder by R.J. Palacio
✓14. A book involving travel – The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
✓15. A book with a subtitle – Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld
✓16. A book that’s published in 2017 – The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
✓17. A book involving a mythical creature – The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
✓18. A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile – Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
✓19. A book about food – The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher
✓20. A book with career advice – What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles
✓21. A book from a nonhuman perspective – Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
✓22. A steampunk novel – Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
✓23. A book with a red spine – Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
✓24. A book set in the wilderness – The Call of the Wild by Jack London
✓25. A book you loved as a child – The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
✓26. A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited – The Vegetarian by Han Kang
✓27. A book with a title that’s a character’s name – Cinder by Marissa Meyer
✓28. A novel set during wartime – Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
✓29. A book with an unreliable narrator – Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
✓30. A book with pictures – Every You, Every Me by David Levithan
✓31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you – The Mothers by Brit Bennett
✓32. A book about an interesting woman – Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir< ✓33. A book set in two different time periods - Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
✓34. A book with a month or day of the week in the title – Tenth of December by George Saunders
✓35. A book set in a hotel – The Blue Hotel by Stephen Crane
✓36. A book written by someone you admire – Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush
✓37. A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017 – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
✓38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas – The Gates by John Connolly
✓39. The first book in a series you haven’t read before – The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
✓40. A book you bought on a trip – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

POPSUGAR 2017 ADVANCED READING CHALLENGE
✓41. A book recommended by an author you love – The Sellout by Paul Beatty
✓42. A bestseller from 2016 – Cross the Line by James Patterson
✓43. A book with a family member term in the title – The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
✓44. A book that takes place over a character’s life span – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
✓45. A book about an immigrant or refugee The Brief Wondrous – Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
✓56. A book from a genre/subgenre you’ve never heard of – Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
✓47. A book with an eccentric character – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
✓48. A book that’s more than 800 pages – A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
✓49. A book you got from a used book sale – Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
✓50. A book that’s been mentioned in another book – Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
✓51. A book about a difficult topic – Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
✓52. A book based on mythology – The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan