Reading Challenge Update

According to Goodreads, I’m six books ahead of schedule for my 2018 reading challenge. Wow!!! Of course, taking the week of January 8 off work, and being at home with a sick hubby that week gave me plenty of time to read. A lot. 

This week I was not quite the reading machine. But I did finish Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King and Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander. I can recommend both books to anyone who likes horror, thriller, suspense. 

Yesterday I started Finders Keepers, King’s second book in the Mr. Mercedes trilogy. I can’t read it fast enough. Starts with a bang and keeps going. I read last night until my vision was so blurry I couldn’t distinguish letters on the page. 

What are you reading this week? What is your favorite recent read? Have you read anything this year that touched you deeply? 

Reading Update

Did you know Goodreads does not count short stories in the yearly reading challenge? Neither did I. Sigh. Oh well.


I read two seriously good shorts on Thursday.

1. The Last Rung on the Ladder by Stephen King

2. Repent, Jessie Shimmer! by Lucy A Snyder


Earlier in the week I read Primitive by J.F. Gonzalez. It was the first thing I’ve read by that author. Not at all what I expected. It’s horror, but done well and very suspenseful. Very thought provoking. I will definitely read more of his work.

I also read Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar. Wow! What a book. So subtle the intensity snuck up on me, honestly not really hitting me until the end.

Saturday and Sunday I read Chills by Mary SanGiovanni. It’s supernatural horror and suspense. I enjoyed the story very much. But what I most enjoyed is Ms. SanGiovanni’s ability to bring characters to life and to make me care about them. And, her ability to pull me so deeply into the story that I can feel it.


I read several authors for the first time this week that I will definitely read again.

1. Richard Chizmar

2. Lucy A Snyder

3. Mary SanGiovanni

4. J.F. Gonzalez


What have you read in the past week? What have you loved? What not so much? Any new-to-you authors that you can’t wait to read more of? A new genre you’ve discovered you like? Did anything surprise you? Move you?