Time to Get Your Goth On!


Introducing an old game with a new twist.

Once upon a time, the Club issued a Dare to it’s members to read and review a certain book. The participant then dared others to read and review a book of their choice. I participated in this event at the time, but it never really took off.

As a participant, I can say it was a great idea but rather tricky and complicated in practice.

Which brings us to the new and improved Club Dare 2.0.

It’s very easy.

During OCTOBER we DARE you to face your fears and get your Goth on!


Simply read a CLASSIC book from your #CClist that you classify as thrilling, a mystery, or Gothic. It could even be a book or author that SCARES you (because of it’s length, it’s topic, it’s reputation etc).

Combine it with other challenges if you wish, such as R.I.P XIII or #Frankenfest with our very Marg @BooksinBloom.

Do you DARE? If so:

  • Let us know what you’ve DARED yourself to read during OCTOBER in the comments below.
  • If you want, create a post telling us why you chose this book as your DARE. Go into all the gory details about its scare factor and link it back here!
  • When you’re finished, write about the book at your blog.
  • Pop back at the end of October to share your DARE.
  • Link your review in our REVIEW page.
  • Feeling social? Tweet, fb or instagram about your DARE.
  • #ccdare
  • That’s it! 🙂

As always, our aim is to help you read more books from your #CClist in a fun, friendly way. Join in as little or as much as you like, it’s up to you. But for now, we hope you DARE to DARE!


85 thoughts on “Time to Get Your Goth On!

  1. I accept the dare, and will read Frankenstein, because I’ve been fascinated by young women authors like Mary Shelley recently. What a great and dark mind she must have had.

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  2. I think I can use at least one of the books on my list for this challenge. Maybe Lord Byron’s Manfred? (Which will double as my 19th century book for Back to the Classics + a book for RIP.) It’s a closet drama with Gothic elements. I’ve had this one on my TBR for years since I saw it mentioned in Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. (Byron appears as a character in that book. I loved him, he was a great character.)

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  3. I did not have anything too scary on my shelves. Although I see someone put on Dr Zjivago which I have. It is scary for its length! I choose Jostein Gaarder’s ‘Sophie’s World’ because I think the theme might be scary. That is; I might not understand all the philosophical discussions. But, I hope the book will surprise me. It has been on my shelves for a very long time, so time to bite into it. You find my introduction here: https://thecontentreader.blogspot.com/2018/09/time-to-get-your-goth-on.html

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    1. I read Sophie’s World when it first came out – I underlined LOTS of sections and made notes to self for future research. I’d love to reread it one day to see if all I’ve learnt/read about the various philosophies since then enhances my reading of it.

      Good luck with your scary theme.


    1. A quick check of the Oxford Uni Press page revealed this great note about your book,

      “The introduction considers the novel’s fascination with science and the female poisoner, its relationship to Collins’s other fiction and its sensational aspects, part crime mystery, part horror story.”

      Sounds like the perfect scary DARE 🙂


    1. I haven’t read any of Collins’ spooky stories, although now that I think about it, The Woman in White is pretty creepy and eerie and The Moonstone is a good mystery from start to finish, so that should actually read, I LOVE Collins’ spooky, creep books – ENJOY 🙂

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  4. I accept! I’m slogging my way through The Count of Monte Cristo (a book that scares me due to it’s length.) I think I’ll accept the dare to finish the book by the end of October.

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  5. Great timing for this — I just checked out the audio of The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens from the library, so that will be my pick. Perfect for RIP, too!

    Thanks for doing such a great job keeping the Classics Club going strong!

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  6. Ooh, very do-able, I accept the dare! I shall search my lists for a likely victim. How exciting!

    Only just got round to scheduling a blog review of my classics spin for August (Chekhov) but it’s up on Goodreads now so will link on the relevant Club post.

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