Slayer Challenge

This challenge is hosted on My Vampire Book Obsession

In every generation, there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer. 

Time to slay some beasties! This challenge is all about increasing your creatures “body count”.
First, pick the creatures/species/whatevs you want to read about. Second, choose how many books you want to read. You can choose how many you want to read for each one or just see how many you can slay.
Your chosen prey doesn’t have to be the focus of the book you read, just featured in the story somewhere e.g. There are zombies in The Iron Duke but they’re not the main beastie in the book.

Choose Your Prey (you can pick multiple or just one)
♱Other Shapeshifter
♱Witches/Wizards/Other Magic User
♱Other – (dragons, reapers, banshee, unicorns, selkie, mermaids, etc.)

Choose Your Body Count 
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Buffy: 50 Books
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Spike: 35 Books
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Willow: 15 Books
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Giles: 10 Books

One year

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My books….

☠ The Darkest Passion 27/1/17

☠ Carmilla 1/1/17
☠ Claimed By Shadow 6/1/17
☠ Raphael 8/1/17
☠ Halfway to the Grave 13/1/17
☠ Refugee 22/1/17
☠ Jabril 16/2/17
☠ Into the Darkness 29/4/17

☠ Shiver 5/1/17
☠ Before Midnight 8/1/17
☠ Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files 18/1/17
☠ Kitty and the Midnight Hour 29/1/17
☠ Alpha and Omega 14/4/17

♱Other Shapeshifter
☠ A Questionable Client 15/2/17
☠ The Harlequin 21/2/17
☠ Prey 3/3/17
☠ Shift 24/4/17

♱Witches/Wizards/Other Magic User
☠ Small Favor 2/1/17
☠ The House at Cobb End 4/1/17
☠ Shitty Beer 6/1/17
☠ Turn Coat 10/1/17
☠ Spider’s Bite 11/1/17
☠ Web of Lies 6/2/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 22/2/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 3/3/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 9/4/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 12/4/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 10/5/17

☠ Slade House 25/4/17

☠ Changes 16/1/17
☠ Grizzly 31/1/17
☠ Cold Days31/1/17
☠ Darkfever 1/2/17
☠ Buying Trouble 4/4/17
☠ Thorn Queen 9/4/17
☠ Wintersong 6/4/17

☠ Skin Game 12/2/17

☠ Dark Desires After Dusk 2/1/17
☠ Kiss of a Demon King 5/4/17

☠ Ghost Story 20/1/17
☠ Embrace the Night 22/2/17
☠ Macbeth 23/3/17
☠ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 9/5/17

☠ Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? 10/2/17
☠ Ten Little Zombies: A Love Story 1/4/17

♱Other – (dragons, reapers, banshee, unicorns, selkie, mermaids, etc.)
☠ Depravity 15/1/17
☠ Deceit 16/1/17
☠ Devastation 17/1/17
☠ Here There Be Monsters 23/1/17
☠ First Grave on the Right 28/2/17

Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu Small Favour (The Dresden Files, #10) by Jim Butcher Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark, #6) by Kresley Cole The House at Cobb End (Cassandra Palmer, #5.1) by Karen Chance Shiver (I Lupi di Mercy Falls, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater Shitty Beer by Karen Chance Claimed By Shadow (Cassie Palmer, #2) by Karen Chance Raphael (Vampires in America, #1) by D.B. Reynolds Before Midnight (Blood Prince, #1) by Jennifer Blackstream Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, #11) by Jim Butcher Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1) by Jennifer Estep Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene FrostDepravity (Beastly Tales, #1) by M.J. Haag Deceit (Beastly Tales, #2) by M.J. Haag Changes (The Dresden Files, #12)  by Jim Butcher Devastation (Beastly Tales, #3) by M.J. Haag Side Jobs Stories From the Dresden Files (The Dresden Files, #12.5) by Jim Butcher Ghost Story (The Dresden Files, #13) by Jim Butcher Refugee (The Captive, #3) by Erica Stevens Here There Be Monsters (Iron Seas, #0.5) by Meljean Brook The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld #5) by Gena Showalter Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville, #1) by Carrie Vaughn Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14) by Jim ButcherGrizzly (The Realms, #1) by Bonnie Bliss Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning Spinnentanz (Elemental Assassin, #2) by Jennifer Estep Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brallier Skin Game (The Dresden Files, #15) by Jim Butcher A Questionable Client (Kate Daniels, #0.5) by Ilona Andrews Jabril (Vampires in America, #2) by D.B. Reynolds The Harlequin (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #15) by Laurell K. Hamilton Embrace the Night (Cassie Palmer, #3) by Karen Chance Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) by Darynda JonesHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K. Rowling Prey (Shifters, #4) by Rachel Vincent Macbeth  by William Shakespeare Ten Little Zombies A Love Story by Andy Rash Buying Trouble (Dorina Basarab, #1.1) by Karen Chance Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark, #7) by Kresley Cole Wintersong (Wintersong, #1) by S. Jae-Jones Thorn Queen (Dark Swan, #2) by Richelle Mead Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by J.K. Rowling Alpha and Omega (Alpha & Omega, #0.5) by Patricia Briggs Shift (Shifters, #5) by Rachel VincentSlade House by David Mitchell Into the Darkness (Darkness, #1) by K.F. Breene Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently #1) by Douglas Adams Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling


May Reading Challenge Update


Beltaine is the anglicised name for the Gaelic May Day festival. Most commonly it is held on 1 May, or about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Beltaine signifies the beginning of summer.

description1. Its name appears to derive from the Old Irish words Bel taine meaning ‘bright fire’. Bonfires played an important part in the activities and were often lit on prominent local landmarks.
Read a book with a character with fire magic, or with fire/red/orange on the cover, or where there is a fire.

description2. Witches and the fairies were also believed to be unusually active during this period and a number of actions could be taken to protect your home and especially your livestock. Milk could be poured across the threshold of the house or byre to prevent entry by the ‘wee folk’ or more gruesomely the cattle could be driven to the nearest ringfort or “fairyfort” and some of their blood spilt on the ground to appease the spirits.
Read a book with a witch/wizard, or a book with fae characters, or where a character preforms a ritual of some form (ritaul is open to your own interpretation).

description3. May flowers, such as primrose, gorse or hawthorn blossoms, were gathered before dawn and placed in bundles on door posts to ward off evil. Similarly sprigs of rowan or hawthorn could be placed over the byre door or even across the horns of the cows to prevent ‘milk thieves’, the prevalent belief being that someone could steal your summer’s milk supplies through the incantation of specific curses.
Read a book with flowers on the cover, or a cover you think is pretty, or where a character casts a curse.

description4.‘May bushes’were also erected in farm yards and around villages. These normally consisted of hawthorn branches that had been driven into the ground and then decorated with rags and other items.
Read a book where someone decorates, or where the characters live in or visit a village, or with trees or foliage on the cover.

description5. Some traditions also surrounded human fertility, such as the creation of May babies. In this curious custom a figure of a female (the May baby) was placed on a pole and then covered in flowers, ribbons and straw. A man and a woman, also dressed up in costume, would then dance around the figure and make vulgar displays to the on watching crowd. It was believed that attending this spectacle would help people trying to conceive.
Read a book where someone gets laid, or has kids/is pregnant, or where characters attend an event.

description6. Beltane celebrations had largely died out by the mid-20th century, although some of its customs continued and in some places it has been revived as a cultural event. Since the late 20th century, Celtic neopagans and Wiccans have observed Beltane, or something based on it, as a religious holiday. Neopagans in the Southern Hemisphere often celebrate Beltane at the other end of the year (around 1 November).
Read a book set in summer or winter, or set/published in the 20th century, or with a title/character name that begins with any letter in BELTAINE.


My Challenge

Read a book where there is a fire. Unmasqued 1/5/17

Read a book with a witch/wizard. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 10/5/17

Read a book with a cover you think is pretty. Hard Bitten 11/5/17

Read a book with trees or foliage on the cover. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 15/5/17

Read a book where someone gets laid. Master of Seduction 4/5/17

Read a book set in summer or winter, or set/published in the 20th century. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 9/5/17

Unmasqued by Colette Gale Master of Seduction (Sea Wolves, #1) by Kinley MacGregor Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently #1) by Douglas Adams Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) by Chloe Neill Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1) by Ransom Riggs


Candybook Land Reading Game

I love playing reading challenges and games (I’m not nerdy…). They’re great for tackling my to-read pile and for finding new books. I love ’em so much I decided to make my own board game (inspired by ones I’ve done but were missing bits). The board I’ve used is kind of long, depending on your reading speed, it will probably take a few months to complete.

Remember it’s just for fun!

Candy-Land-game-board numbered

The idea is pretty simple. You roll the dice, move to that space on the board, read a book specified by that place and roll again when you’ve finished the book. When playing with other people it’s best to set a day for rolling and an amount of time for reading.

Rules and Tasks

Click the link above to go to the game page for the full list of tasks and instructions.