I realise I may not have that much reading time this autumn, but I couldn’t resist the temptation to sign up for another year of R.I.P. reading. Especially after seeing the great list of so many other participants. I should post a warning that I’m not very good at strict seasonal reading, but I will still be reading a number of books for this event (or plan to, anyway).
A full description of RIP can be found over at stainless steel droppings:
As Autumn arrives upon this hemisphere, a beautiful melancholy settles itself over the world. Daylight fades as the darkness descends earlier each night. Nature beds down to rest and the last flashes of gorgeous color give way to the monochrome shades of winter. There is a wistful scent upon the air and the mood generated by this time of year turns my thoughts toward the mysterious, towards stories with gothic undertones, towards darkened streets and death and the men and women sent to detect those who do these dastardly deeds. Stop the alliteration!!!
Seven years ago that mood birthed R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril, or R.I.P. for short, a participatory event wherein we the people spend however little, or much, time we want over the months of September and October imbibing all things ghastly and ghostly.
The purpose of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII is to enjoy books and movies/television that could be classified (by you) as:
Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.
There are two simple goals for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII
1. Have fun reading.
2. Share that fun with others.
Even though the word challenge has been removed from the event, this themed reading does involve a personal challenge as I often have difficulty with scary stories – I am very easily scared. Nevertheless, I have found some very tempting books on my shelves, and put in some more holds at the library. So, on to my reading plans, shall we?
- The Man in the Picture – Susan Hill: I am not even sure why I bought this, Hill is supposed to write some very scary stuff right?
- The Zigzag Way – Anita Desai: I have a feeling this was a buying-on-impulse mistake, but I’d like to see what it’s about anyway.
- The Murder of Halland – Pia Juul: A Peirene Press book! I haven’t picked it up yet because it is supposed to be a crime book and I’m not good with those generally.
- Maybe This Time – Alois Hotschnig: Another Peirene title. These are supposed to be some very disturbing stories.
- Jamaica Inn – Daphne Du Maurier: I knew when RIP arrived I had to read another Du Maurier. Her settings are always perfect for autumn.
- Charmed Life – Diana Wynne Jones: Children’s lit, Diana Wynne Jones, witches – what’s not to love?
- Coraline – Neil Gaiman: It’s time I tackle another of Gaiman’s titles. And I’m sticking to his titles for younger readers for now as I’m not sure how uneasy I’ll feel about his adult titles.
- Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion: Will this year finally see me tackle this book about zombies that everyone seems to enjoy?
- Blood Sinister – Celia Rees: I’m not exactly sure how this ended up on my bookshelves. I think I may have bought it as a gift for my sister once and then forgot about it.
- The Name of the Star – Maureen Johnson: I can’t tell you how excited I am about this book. Everyone seems to love Maureen Johnson. I haven’t read it before because it always just looks so scary (I know, I am a wimp).
- The Lace Reader – Brunonia Barry: Um, I’m not sure about this one. But it does feature witches.
- The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman: Yay! I haven’t read this yet, but I am fully prepared to love it. And I’m reading it to discuss with Kailana for her 100 Chapter Books Read Along.
- Unrest – Michelle Harrison: I won this from the Book Smugglers, it features ghosts. I am always scared of ghosts in stories. Did I mention RIP is a bit of a challenge for me?
- The 13 Treasures – Michelle Harrison: Does this one count? It involves a murder mystery and the supernatural in the form of fairies. I have heard great things about this one too.
- The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern: I feel the buzz around this title has sufficiently died away for me to be able to read it without the highest of expectations. Plus, it’s an Orange Prize longlisted title, so it works for two challenges.
I have also put in some holds at the library:
- Dark Matter – Michelle Paver: Stefanie from So Many Book’s mentioned this and when I found it in the catalogue I couldn’t resist.
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson: Because everyone has read this. This is one of the titles I always forget about until I see it pop up around this time of year. Now, with a library to loan it from, I’m hoping to finally add it to my books read list.
- The suspicions of Mr Whicher, or The murder at Road Hill House – Kate Summerscale: I really want to read this after enjoying Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace earlier this year. Unfortunately, there are many reservations on this title so I may not be able to read it for a while yet.
- Wicked - Gregory Maguire: Would this even count? I put it on hold for the fairy tale challenge more than this one.
I also have two Netgalley titles lined up that seem to fit RIP perfectly:
- Blackwood - Gwenda Bond: I already started this one Unfortunately, it isn’t really working for me yet.
- Velveteen - Daniel Marks: This appears to be one of the highly anticipated YA releases this fall. I’m curious how I’ll like it.
Obviously, this is a pool of books to choose from and by no means a full reading list. There are just too many books on my shelves and at the library that fit RIP season and that I’d like to read.
There is one last thing though, I’d like to add one or a few classics to the pool. Mysteries of Udolpho (but it might be too long for now), Dracula, anything else?
- Could you help me with some recommendations for RIP classics?
Are you joining in on RIP VII this year? What are you planning to read? Are there any books in my list you feel strongly about (either positively or negatively)? To everyone who’s joining too: have fun!