I have rethought my Reading Challenge, and I revised my book list:
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop
The Silver Rose by Susan Carroll
Coraline - Neil Gaiman
Call me lazy or whatever, but the challenge really is to read five books with a dark or atmospheric setting, which is what I did. And, they all come off my to be read pile except Neverwhere, which I bought specifically for the competition. So, that meets my goals.