What the heck? Where did the time go? Wasn’t I just doing my very first challenge ever, RIP III, like, ten minutes ago? My goodness!
So, I’m feeling old. Let’s replace that with feeling spooked! The rules are the same as ever:
“The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as:
The emphasis is never on the word challenge, instead it is about coming together as a community and embracing the autumnal mood, whether the weather is cooperative where you live or not.”
Listen to that Carl. What a hippie! I think what he means is that this challenge is about reading ALL THE BOOKS.
In that spirit, I will be going balls-out this year, because I can. I’m hopping on board with Peril the First, which involves reading four books. Four! I could (not) do that in my sleep (because I would be sleeping). I’m also going to watch some more Hitchcock for Peril on the Screen, and try to do reviews again like I did last year. New to me this year will be Peril of the Short Story, for which I will nom some Poe because it has been waaaay too long, and that will cross over with Peril of the Group Read, for which I will be reading along with many others through Fragile Things (a set of Gaiman short stories) and The Lantern.
What? Don’t look at me like that.
Anyway, here’s what I’m looking forward to imbibing this year; as always, if you want to recommend any awesome items (or things that you want me to read so you don’t have to), leave such recommendations in the comments!
Giant pile o’ books (* means things I added to the pile during the challenge):
Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier (Someday I will actually read this.)
A Fine and Private Place, by Peter S. Beagle
Raising Stony Mayhall, by Daryl Gregory
The Edinburgh Dead, by Brian Ruckey
The Postmortal, by Drew Magary
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson (on audio) (Review)
The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James (on audio) (Review)
Overture to Death, by Ngaio Marsh (on audio) (Review)
The Lantern, by Deborah Lawrenson (readalong — Part 1.Part 2.Part 3.Summary)
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (for my book club)
*Death Note Vol. 8, by Tsugumi Ohba (Review)
*Thinner, by Richard Bachman (Review)
*The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern (Review)
*Black Plumes, by Margery Allingham (Review)
*The Unwritten Vol. 1, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Review)
*The Unwritten Vol. 2, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Review)
*The Unwritten Vol. 3, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Review)
Medium-sized pile of short stories:
All things Poe
Zombies vs. Unicorns, ed. Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (already started)
These Children Who Come at You With Knives, by Jim Knipfel
Fragile Things, by Neil Gaiman (readalong — Part 1.Part 2.Part 3.Part 4.Part 5.Part 6.Part 7.Part 8, Summary)
Full Dark, No Stars, by Stephen King (also for my book club) (Review)
Tiny pile of movies:
*North by Northwest (Review)