I don’t know that Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings and I have really interacted much, but his blog has been a constant presence for me as a book blogger, even if I don’t comment on it as much as I should (true of all blogs I read regularly). The two “challenges” that Carl hosts throughout the year have been a mainstay of book blogging since I began this adventure over 4 years ago, but I haven’t really participated successfully since my first year blogging for RIP IV. Started from the beginning. Made a reading list. Stuck to it (more or less). This year, I’d like to change that. This is the year that I make RIP VII a priority. I will read spooky, chilling, exciting stories throughout September and October.
I have to admit, seeing the buttons for RIP VII every year gets me excited for fall. For coats and cider and leaves and a chill in the air (but just a chill!). Fall always feels like a new beginning in the way that spring and summer do not. Perhaps it is just a left over remnant from when I was in school, this idea that you could start over, just like you do on January 1st, and be a completely different person this year, if you wanted. This year, I hope to do just that by participating fully in RIP VII. I’ll be participating at Peril The First, with a goal of reading 4 books!
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I am thinking of doing a casual readalong of these two books. Something Wicked This Way Comes is a book I read for RIP IV and it is one that has stuck with me. After reading The Night Circus this past winter, I noticed that Morgenstern was heavily influenced by Something Wicked. I want to read these two books one after the other, because I think they will speak to each other well. If you’re interested in joining me, let me know in the comments. I might do a more formal announcement later in the month.
The Likeness by Tana French – I read In the Woods and it made me quite angry, but everyone keeps telling me to read her other books. So read her other books I shall!
Affinity by Sarah Waters - The group read for RIP VII is The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters, which I read when it first came out. Instead of rereading that title, I’m going to read another book by Sarah Waters that I haven’t read yet. I’m very excited for this one!
Seance by John Harwood - I read The Ghost Writer and I didn’t love it, but I bought this one recently and I am going to give John Harwood another try. (See a theme, here?)
Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil by John Berendt - I totally stole this from Stephanie’s RIP V post! I have never read this book, though I have seen the movie. I’d like to read the book and rewatch the movie.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson - This was on my RIP IV list and I never got around to reading it. I absolutely loved We Have Always Lived in the Castle and I’m excited to read another book by Jackson. It was recommended to me by the lovely She, whom I miss terribly. We used to be roommates, see, and now she lives so very far away!
And finally, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - This is the RIP group read for October. I’m both excited about the group read, and nervous, because I don’t have the best track record with Neil Gaiman’s books.