R.I.P Wrap Up Post

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I love fall. I love Halloween. And I love the spooky, creepy, strange, macabre, so R.I.P is my kind of fun. The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as:

Mystery.
Suspense.
Thriller.
Dark Fantasy.
Gothic.
Horror.
Supernatural.

This year, I said I would read four books for the event, but I actually managed to squeak a few more in:

  1. Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
  2. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
  3. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
  4. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
  5. A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
  6. A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas
  7. The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas

 

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I also said I would watch a movie to fit the challenge, but unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to watch a single movie this month! To be honest, tv shows are more my thing these days since I have such small chunks of free time.

I will say though that I hope to watch Last Year at Marienbad soon. I’ve seen it at least twice before and I teach it in Intro to Film, but I could do with a re-viewing.

 

Readers Imbibing Peril Challenge

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R.I.P is a reading event right up my alley. The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as:

Mystery.
Suspense.
Thriller.
Dark Fantasy.
Gothic.
Horror.
Supernatural.
Back when I blogged much more regularly (before children) I participated yearly. Finally, I am able to join in the macabre fun once again.

Putting together my list of possible reads for R.I.P is actually almost as fun as actually doing to reading. Expect this list to change as I go!

  1. Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
  2. A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
  3. The Alienist by Caleb Carr
  4. Sympathy for the Devil by Tim Pratt
  5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (reread)
  6. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  7. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
  8. A Study in Scarlet Women Tby Sherry Thomas
  9. A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas
  10. The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas

There are a few levels of participation to choose from and there are also a few side challenges to participate in. I plan on participating in Peril the First which requires you to read four books and Peril on the Screen which involves watching a film or tv series meeting the mysterious criteria. My current possibilities are:

  1. Last Year at Marienbad
  2. Pan’s Labyrinth
  3. Twin Peaks

I’m really looking forward to immersing myself in the eery.

Returning to the Classics

I have been trying to read the classics I have sitting on the shelves (or lounging in the ereader) for quite some time. Now that I am back to blogging, it’s a great opportunity for me to reinvigorate this project.

Back in the day when I was blogging regularly, I participated in The Classics Club and I am thrilled to see they are still going. It’s time for their Spin – go here for more info – so I am posting a list of 10 classics I have waiting to be read:

  1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  2. No Name by Wilkie Collins
  3. Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth
  4. Men without Women by Ernest Hemingway
  5. The Bostonian by Henry James
  6. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  8. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
  9. Germinal by Emile Zola
  10. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio

The list is technically supposed to be 20, but these are the 10 I am most interested in reading right now, so each book is two numbers.

If you want to check out my complete list of classics to be read, check out my Classics Project page.