As I say probably every year, how is it already time for RIP? This is my absolute favorite reading
challenge event but somehow it always sneaks up on me.
You’ll notice that it’s not a challenge this year, as Carl descends further into communism. He says, “While I don’t have any personal grudge against folks challenging themselves to read a certain number of books, or books outside their comfort zone, this event is primarily about the great pleasure that can be found in embracing this type of fiction/non-fiction during this season of the year.”
But what if my pleasure is in winning, Carl?
I kid, of course, not leastly because I do not have the time to read ALL THE BOOKS like I threatened to last year. But I will definitely do my best to read a bunch of awesome books!
As per usual, I will be throwing my hat into Peril the First, which involves reading four books that fall into the purview of RIP, which is very specifically “Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. Dark Fantasy. Gothic. Horror. Supernatural. Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.” I think I can handle that.
I’ll also be back for a second round of Peril of the Short Story, which I will attempt to do without the help of a readalong or book club discussion, and of the just-mentioned Peril of the Group Read. I’ve actually read both of the selections for this particular Peril, but I think I will join in October’s reading of The Graveyard Book, which I did not love when I read it three years ago but which I also have a feeling I didn’t read correctly the first time. We shall see!
And lastly, I want to give Peril on the Screen a better go this year, as last year I only managed to rack up one film for it. I guess I can count all the Doctor Who that’s about to come out, but I don’t have a clue otherwise. Please suggest things are delightful and possibly even creepy in the comments!
What is RIP without a giant list of perils to imbibe? Here’s what I’ve got, though I’m sure most of what I actually read will be added later!
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier (how many times has this been on the list?)
A Fine and Private Place, by Peter S. Beagle
Raising Stony Mayhall, by Daryl Gregory
The Edinburgh Dead, by Brian Ruckey
The Stand, by Stephen King (since I’m already halfway through…)
Horns, by Joe Hill
Wild Thing, by Josh Bazell
The Prince of Mist, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (Review)
Blackbirds, by Chuck Wendig
Girl Genius Vol. 1, by Kaja and Phil Foglio
Let the Right One In, by John Ajvide Lindqvist
*Guards! Guards!, by Terry Pratchett (Review)
*The Prisoner of Heaven, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Review)
All things Poe
Zombies vs. Unicorns, ed. Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
These Children Who Come at You With Knives, by Jim Knipfel
Shadow Show, ed. by Sam Weller
Other Worlds Than These, ed. by John Joseph Adams