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message 1: by Char (new)

Char  | 13908 comments Mod
The Four Seasons Challenge

Read one book related to each season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall. The season doesn't have to be in the title of the book, just that the story is mostly set in one particular season.

If you have ideas for books that fit the challenge, help your fellow HA members and post them here.

And most of all, have fun!


message 2: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 10842 comments Mod
I’m in!! Im setting a goal of 4 lol.


message 3: by Benjamin (last edited Dec 21, 2017 07:13AM) (new)

Benjamin Appleby-Dean (benjaminappleby-dean) Here's a few recommendations to help anyone who's stuck:

Andrew Michael Hurley's The Loney is set on the rain-swept coast of Lancashire in April, with all the most dismal aspects of Spring.

Catriona Ward's Rawblood begins in idyllic Summer countryside, and keeps hearkening back to it even as the narrative twists.

Laura Purcell's The Silent Companions opens with falling yellow leaves and windswept fields, and a distinctly Autumnal air of decay.

Michelle Paver's ghost story, Dark Matter is set in suitably bone-chilling conditions - the full dark of an Arctic Winter.


message 4: by WendyB (new)

WendyB  | 2977 comments Mod
Thank you, Benjamin. Those are great suggestions.


message 5: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Bea (gekrepten) | 1760 comments Oh i love this challenge! I actually tried to do this as a personal challenge to myself this year :)

here's my winter book shelf of ideas and books I've read: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list...

Also these for summer:
Devils in Daylight by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki (takes place in June)
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake (starts in May/June? and goes through summer)
The Elementals by Michael McDowell (takes place in summer through September, iirc)


message 6: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Bea (gekrepten) | 1760 comments I'm setting a goal of 12 books, 3 per season :) spring is going to be the hardest for me lol. Fall seems the easiest, so many great autumnal horror reads!!!

I did read The Loney this year, thanks for the suggestion Benjamin. LOVED that book!


message 7: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 10842 comments Mod
Great suggestions Benjamin and Rachel! I haven’t picked mine out yet.


message 8: by Maryjo (new)

Maryjo Benjamin wrote: "Here's a few recommendations to help anyone who's stuck:

Andrew Michael Hurley's The Loney is set on the rain-swept coast of Lancashire in April, with all the most dismal aspects o..."


Thank you!!


message 9: by Maryjo (new)

Maryjo Rachel wrote: "Oh i love this challenge! I actually tried to do this as a personal challenge to myself this year :)

here's my winter book shelf of ideas and books I've read: https://www.goodreads.com/review/lis..."


I keep forgetting about the Elementals! Thanks, Rachel!


message 10: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 10842 comments Mod
THe Elementals is so good. I think usher’s passing was set in the fall, wasn’t it? Usher's Passing


message 11: by WendyB (new)

WendyB  | 2977 comments Mod
A few Winter suggestions: Terminal Freeze (Jeremy Logan, #2) by Lincoln Child Stranded by Bracken MacLeod The Terror by Dan Simmons

A Summer suggestion (it's not really horror but it has elements of suspense and is just flat out good): The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel


message 12: by Crowinator (new)

Crowinator | 92 comments This is a fun idea. I'll read one for each. I think I can handle a challenge with 4 books, I hope.


message 13: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly (kimberly_3238) | 5854 comments Mod
I'm in on this one!


message 14: by Benjamin (new)

Benjamin Appleby-Dean (benjaminappleby-dean) Rachel wrote: "I did read The Loney this year, thanks for the suggestion Benjamin. LOVED that book! "

It's excellent, isn't it? Have you read Devil's Day as well?


message 15: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Bea (gekrepten) | 1760 comments Benjamin wrote: "Rachel wrote: "I did read The Loney this year, thanks for the suggestion Benjamin. LOVED that book! "

It's excellent, isn't it? Have you read Devil's Day as well?"


No, i haven't and I had no idea he had published a new book! thanks!!! Im gonna pick it up.


message 16: by Shay (new)

Shay (shaylyn318) | 56 comments Another winter option is The Wicked


message 17: by Benjamin (new)

Benjamin Appleby-Dean (benjaminappleby-dean) Rachel wrote: "No, i haven't and I had no idea he had published a new book! thanks!!! Im gonna pick it up."

Not a problem! It's a good follow-up, I think.


message 18: by Feli (new)

Feli (felifirefly) | 502 comments I'm in as well. Great idea for a challenge :)
Some of your suggestions are already on my TBR, so I think I will pick some of those.


message 19: by Marc-Antoine (new)

Marc-Antoine | 2888 comments Pick up Different Seasons by Stephen King and Bob’s your uncle!


message 20: by Marie Helene (new)

Marie Helene | 701 comments I’m in! 4 seasons, and a book per season, a realistic a goal at least (lol)


message 21: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 10842 comments Mod
Marie-Helene wrote: "I’m in! 4 seasons, and a book per season, a realistic a goal at least (lol)"

that's what I set my goal for as well.


message 22: by Alabama (last edited Dec 24, 2017 12:39PM) (new)

Alabama Vee (alabamavee) | 114 comments I'm in! Reckon 12 is do-able


message 23: by Kate (new)

Kate (kate_writes) | 6 comments I'm in with 4 seasons of horror - with one book per season :)


message 24: by Elke (new)

Elke (misspider) | 616 comments Great, I'm in! I coincidentally started my winter read (Dread and Breakfast)without knowing about the challenge. But winter is easy, guess I will read multiple books for that season...autumn may also work due to halloween, and I guess I could find something for summer, but spring? Could really use some recs for that season (already read The Loney, so that one's out)!

For summer, I can recommend:
Wink
Neverland


message 25: by Elke (last edited Dec 27, 2017 12:00AM) (new)

Elke (misspider) | 616 comments Do the stories of Different Seasons play in the 4 seasons (can't remember)? That would be one book for all seasons ;)

I'll try with one book per season.


message 26: by Marie Helene (new)

Marie Helene | 701 comments Here are my books for the challenge

Winter
The Terror
Dan Simmons

Spring
The Loney
Andrew Michael Hurley

Summer
The authorized graphic adaptation of ‘The lottery’
Shirley Jackson and Miles Hyman

Autumn
Something wicked this way comes
Ray Bradbury

I love this challenge!


message 27: by Rhian (new)

Rhian (rhianlovesbooksx1f4d6) | 34 comments I like the look of this I've actually never attempted any challenge but this is very doable, great idea


message 28: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 10842 comments Mod
does anyone know what season these books would apply to-
Jonathan Janz- the Sorrows
Ronald Malfi- Cradle Lake
Witches on the Road Tonight


message 29: by Feli (new)

Feli (felifirefly) | 502 comments Just updated this challenge to 8 books, because some of the above mentioned books are already on my TBR for 2018. So it wouldn't be a challenge anymore, haha. I will read 4 of those and the other half I'll pick suggestions from this thread of books or authors who are new to me :) This will be a fun challenge!


message 30: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly (kimberly_3238) | 5854 comments Mod
Latasha wrote: "does anyone know what season these books would apply to-
Jonathan Janz- the Sorrows
Ronald Malfi- Cradle Lake
Witches on the Road Tonight"


I believe THE SORROWS was summer/spring....I'll have to look back at CRADLE LAKE, but I want to say summer....


message 31: by Marie Helene (new)

Marie Helene | 701 comments Benjamin wrote: "Here's a few recommendations to help anyone who's stuck:

Thank you Benjamin for your recommendation of The Loney.
I was stuck with Spring ...



message 32: by Britney (new)

Britney (zom3iegirl) | 7 comments I love this! Eager to see what we all end up picking up.


message 33: by Marie Helene (new)

Marie Helene | 701 comments Spring season!

The Long Walk by Richard Bachman

'Early May thundershowers weren't the warmest'


message 34: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 10842 comments Mod
I’m reading Tommyknockers and it starts out in summer.


message 35: by Eva (new)

Eva (bookworm_eve) I am in! :)


message 36: by Regina (new)

Regina (queenofslackers) I’m in!! I’ll be reading one book per season! 😃


message 37: by Elke (new)

Elke (misspider) | 616 comments I just finished my winter reading: Dread and Breakfast

Guess more books for this season will follow, as I love the combination of winter and horror, giving double chills.

Still no idea what I will read for the other seasons (especially Spring), Will decide that when the time comes.


message 38: by Alabama (last edited Nov 26, 2018 01:11PM) (new)

Alabama Vee (alabamavee) | 114 comments Finished

Spring
The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
Alive by Sharon J. Bolton
Carrie by Stephen King

Summer
The Waking That Kills by Stephen Gregory
Baal by Robert R. McCammon
Savages by Greg F. Gifune

Autumn
After the Fade by Ronald Malfi
Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon
Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge

Winter
The Terror by Dan Simmons
Ararat by Christopher Golden
The Dunfield Terror by William Meikle


message 39: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 10842 comments Mod
Oh no, I forgot about this!


message 40: by Regina (new)

Regina (queenofslackers) Finished my winter read

Check out Winter Prey by John Sandford
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6...


message 41: by Feli (last edited Nov 22, 2018 12:14PM) (new)

Feli (felifirefly) | 502 comments Okay, I finally have picked my reads for this challenge:

Winter:
The Terror by Dan Simmons (done)

Spring:
The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

Summer:
Joyland by Stephen King (done)

Autumn:
Slade House by David Mitchell (done)

This challenge will be fun, it's a good mix of books I already wanted to read (and finally will do so) and books of authors I never heard about and I'll give them a try :)
Thank you all for your suggestions!


message 42: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 10842 comments Mod
right now I'm reading Cast A Cold Eye and I'm going to count it towards my Fall read. it takes place in October, maybe in November too but I haven't got that far.


message 43: by Joe (last edited Mar 01, 2018 07:50PM) (new)

Joe Piccoli | 176 comments Great Challenge! My Goal 25
Winter:
1) Bone White by Ronald Malfi
2) The Final Winter by Iain Rob Wright
3) NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
4) Krampus: The Yule Lord by Brom
5) Snow by Ronald Malfi


message 44: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 10842 comments Mod
Krampus is so fun. The audiobook is very good as well as NOS4A2. It was my #1 favorite audiobook until a few months ago.


message 45: by WendyB (new)

WendyB  | 2977 comments Mod
I need some suggestions for a Spring horror story. Anyone?


message 46: by Elke (new)

Elke (misspider) | 616 comments WendyB wrote: "I need some suggestions for a Spring horror story. Anyone?"

Found this one and marked it as my spring read. It is a thriller though:

Cicada Spring

"On a warm May evening in the spring of 1979..."


message 47: by Elke (new)

Elke (misspider) | 616 comments Another possible Spring read:

Collected Easter Horror Shorts


message 48: by WendyB (new)

WendyB  | 2977 comments Mod
Elke wrote: "WendyB wrote: "I need some suggestions for a Spring horror story. Anyone?"

Found this one and marked it as my spring read. It is a thriller though:

Cicada Spring

"On a warm May e..."


This sounds pretty good. Thanks!


message 49: by Anne (w/ an E) (new)

Anne (w/ an E) (mzcatnthehat) | 756 comments WendyB wrote: "I need some suggestions for a Spring horror story. Anyone?"

How about Strawberry Spring by Stephen King? I think it was in Night Shift.


message 50: by Marie Helene (new)

Marie Helene | 701 comments The Long Walk by Richard Bachman

May is a very cruel month 🍉 🍉 🍉


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