I have come across two challenges today, that are mini-challenges specifically for March:
March Mystery Madness, hosted by Christina at Reading Thru the Night, is about reading mysteries and posting a link to her blog. That's all. I neglected my mystery reading badly in February and have a huge pile to get to. I like the idea of March Mystery Madness, too! I'm mad for mysteries.....
The other challenge is for next week: The Irish Short Story Week Year Two, and is for the one week: Mel at The Reading Life is hosting this one. It is on from March 12-22. I can read a short story or three! I mean, ghost stories from Sheridan LeFanu count, as well as convincing myself I can read Ulysses by reading one of James Joyce's short stories, counts. As I am part Irish, we always celebrate St Patrick's Day in my house, so this fits right in with the Irish Stew and the cabbage and the tea we have :-) plus the wearing of the green. You only have to read one story for the week, though Mel has drawn up a list of reading he wants to do every day. Anyone in the mood for some Oscar Wilde? Anne Enright? I wish poetry counted too - I will read some Yeats anyway, just because he is Irish, and in general to celebrate Irishness next week. Maybe I can find a short mystery story by an Irish writer and do both challenges at once!
I am currently reading Fables: Witches, and loving it. I think it might be the darkness - I mean, they box up Death in the beginning, and he reminds me of the creepy Gentlemen from the Buffy episode I watched a few months ago (season 4). The nightmare creatures were captured, but there was an unbinding spell performed (in the book before, I believe, since Witches is dealing with the aftereffects) and now all the nightmares are released again - due to Death, of course.
Baba Yaga is in the section I am reading now, and she has horrible spiders around her, as well as her chicken legs house.....I love this series. Fairy tales twisted. I know I should wait for Once Upon a Time in a few weeks, but I have these out from the library (I have Rose Red out also), and I don't know if I can renew them (since they are so wildly popular), so I'm reading them while I have them. I think I might break down and by this one, it's so good. I'll review more when I finish it. ***It turns out I never reviewed Hush, as it was at the time that my husband and I were separating. I did watch "Hush", and it is still as terrifying as ever. The whole episode is magical and frightening. Losing your voice, everyone losing their voices, and those gentlemen moving soundlessly, floating just above the ground.
I've also begun the short stories of Connie Willis, in The Winds of Marble Arch. I read the titular story last night. It almost made me cry at the ending. It's the story of a married couple who return to England for a visit, and of how the main character experiences a cold wind that smells of death, while in the London Underground. He spends the next few days exploring where he feels them (even as they are awful and hair-raising, he wants to know more), and in the end, it becomes a musing on the arch we all go through. It ends unexpectedly beautifully, and that's what made me want to cry. I find this often in Willis's short stories, that what the story is about ends up - even if it's science fiction based - to do with emotions, and being a person. Subterranean Press insists they put out a trade softcover version, though if they did they sold out so quickly that I never saw it. This book is now on my most-wanted list.
So what are you reading on this Sunday in early March? Do you have any plans for this month? And yes, I've noticed none of these are mysteries!