This group, my favourite, blends all spiritual, paranormal, and mystical subjects like no other.  Welcome to my fifth year!  Join me if you read anything – real or serious – that is out of this world.  Fantasy, magic, surreal children’s books, non-fiction metaphysical subjects like healing and positive empowerment….  even novels with clergy as a setting.  Most people read a taste of this.  Perhaps this year, you will join me in droves!

How did I dream this up?
The realm of spirituality and paranormal are my favourite subjects.  I love books showing an emotional encounter with spirits.  To my surprsie, since I consider this the best of the good stuff;  these are rare for adults.  Authors make horror stories of the paranormal, or target children.  When I noticed that reading challenges too, focused on YA and vampire-types, I thought:  adults need a great outlet for metaphysical topics.  Here it is!  I love seeing the books you bring to the table.  This is what I matched with Ethereal last year.


How to join!
(1)  Please comment that you are joining.
Make a blog post or page, including our logo and a link leading folks here.  It is all right to combine challenges but a post, or visible display of our group, is appreciated.  If you have questions, email RIEDELFascination(at)gmail(dot)com.

In place of a blog, include the URL to somewhere else you will track reading for our group, like your Goodreads webpage.  Please advertize for us any way you can:  perhaps you have numerous Goodreads or Twitter followers….

(2)  Add your review URLs to our review page, categorized by author.
The entry format to is shown there.  If you don’t review, use the comment box to share a list of titles.  Save several up if you read profusely.  You may also share an URL with updates.   That is all!

(3)  Stay tuned for special events, via a “Headquarters” menu at the top of this blog.
Reading groups are a fun social community for book journeys.  Rules should not narrow books that qualify but motivate them.  Therefore membership is easy:  sign-up and share progress.  Games and discussions are sprinkled alongside:  like desserts you can choose.  Hehe!


I had participation levels but don’t like dismay about not attaining goals, or reaching a quantity and signing off.  What makes sense, is for you to tally what you read.  Stay with the party and add to it!  The format and length of literature is of no matter.
I have a Goodreads forum, serving all four of my reading groups.


I award a year-end prize the first week of December!  When you join, or any time before December, add yourself to the draw by e-mail or comment box.  It is your choice of a novel from my collection, or alternatively, a choice of nice miscellaneous items.  My draws extend to everyone internationally!

Get your name in the prize bowl twice!  All group members are invited to solve the logo of “My Kind Of Mystery”.  E-mail, if you think you know the author and book title.  Chat to show sleuthing is on!  Activities and discussions especially for “Ethereal” will appear on the “Headquarters” menu soon.

I draw one year-end winner for all four of my groups, due to low participation and finances.  If membership booms, I could justify offering an additional prize.  If you know readers who favour similar genres, please tell them about us!


*  RIEDEL is spelled with I before E, like “Justin Bieber”…  and is pronounced likewise.  It rhymes with “needle”.  There is a peculiar pull to misspell it, ‘e’ before ‘i’, instead of following what is in front of us.  Please resist that pull.

I am glad you found my very favourite reading group.  I wish you a happy new year 2018!
Sincerely, Carolyn.


5 Responses to ETHEREAL 2018!

  1. Kimberly Yates says:

    Im here!!

  2. Holly B / Dressedtoread says:

    This sounds interesting Carol! I just finished a book (reviewed on goodreads) this week titled Wrapped in the Stars and it hints at perhaps there is a connection between mind and physical touch of an object that “holds” energy. In this case it was a 100 year old diamond ring that gave the new owner…glimpses into the previous owners past. It was fascinating, but probably not reliable.

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