Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Kick-off: RIP XI


Oh frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! It's September 1st, the day I can officially begin flooding my reading list, my bookshelves, and my blog with perilous reads. Today, my friends, is the start of the Readers Imbibing Peril XI challenge! Eleven is a great number --

Eleven
(if you haven't watched Stranger Things yet, what are you waiting for? It's a perfect RIP show!)
The eleventh Doctor
Make a wish!
"These go to eleven."
James K. Polk, of course!
This year, I will be focusing on my TBR but also on rereads. Obviously, many of the books on my shelves are former RIP reads (or hail from before my blogging days) and I've forgotten the specific twists and turns that thrilled and chilled me. So I'm going to revisit old favorites and hopefully find some new ones!

My top TBR shelf now looks like this ...


The thin volume on the left is the second Edward Scissorhands graphic novel, perfect for Readathon-ing with in October! I'm going to be spending some time with Agatha Christie and Poe, two of my favorites, both in fiction and non-fiction. I'm also going to work on some of the perilous series that I have on my shelves. But first, I'll be reading Ghostly Echoes, the third Jackaby book which I've been impatiently waiting for! I've just finished up a reread of Beastly Bones (book two) in preparation.


I also have a stack of review copies and a library book that I'm going to try and get to as well. I'm especially excited about Delia Sherman's The Evil Wizard Smallbone!

I have put in a couple of holds on library audiobooks for rereads -- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. I'm also still waiting for The Raven King so I'll be dropping whatever I'm reading at the time when that finally is available!

Some other rereads that I'm considering this year are The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes, The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox, The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue, The Lighthouse at the End of the World by Stephen Marlowe, We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, and some of my Josephine Tey, Agatha Christie, and/or Ngaio Marsh mysteries. There are so many other fantastic books on my shelves, though, that I'm not limiting my reread options to a specific stack.

Once again, I must and will thank Carl, both for creating and for sustaining this annual reading event. I would still be reading these sorts of books at this time of year on my own but it's much more fun to do it with friends! Also, Carl sources the best artwork each year and Abigail Larson's gothic gal in a red scarf is fantastic.

Are you going to join the RIP fun? What book are you most looking forward to reading or rereading?

Bracing for peril,
K

16 comments:

  1. Hurrah for RIPXI! I'm most looking forward to getting my hands on Keith Donohue's The Motion of Puppets, pubbed in Oct, because I always need to read a book for RIP that features creepy puppets!

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    1. I totally have a doll/puppet phobia so this may be one Donohue that I have to skip. I'll stick with rereading The Stolen Child for now. ;)

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  2. Oh Kristen, what a fun post! 😊 I'm not even sure what I'm most excited to read, but I'm with you that a rereading of We Have Always Lived in the Castle is in order.

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    1. Definitely. I hear there's a movie being made too so it's time anyway!

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    1. I'm not a fan of the change to colder days but the books more than make up for it. ;)

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  4. Stranger Things really is the perfect RIP series!

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    1. Agreed! I may need to re-watch it. I bet I missed a lot the first time through. (Plus, I just love the 80s-ness of it!)

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  5. Hahahaha, I love all your elevens! That's fabulous! I'm trying to see what I have out from the library now that would work as an RIP read. I JUST finished reading a book about werewolves that was damn creepy and would totally have counted -- maybe I can write a review up real quick and count it for RIP anyway. :p

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    1. I just realized I forgot elevenses though and that might be the best eleven of all! ;)
      And I think that you should count the werewolf book even if it was a couple days early.

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  6. So many good looking books. I look forward to seeing what you read!

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    1. Thanks! I'm finishing up the first one today!

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  7. Those are some great 11's!

    Fun to read your list of potential perils. I'll be partaking of more Christie in adaptation form for this year's event. I've already begun rewatching the Geraldine McEwan versions of Marple. It has been enough years that I remember elements of each one but don't remember who the murderer(s) is/are, so that is fun.

    Definitely going to do some audio books. The latest Louise Penny was just picked up from the library, so that will be one of them.

    Thanks for joining in. Your print should arrive soon as it shipped on Friday, I believe.

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    1. I'm in that same place with Christie too. All of my remaining Poirots are ones that I watched the television adaptations of and so I had to wait to forget so that I could happily read the stories.

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  8. I've only seen bits and pieces of the Miss Marple mysteries, but they seem the quintessential choice for this event; maybe I'll give some a try this year too. The read that I'm most looking forward to for this event is the last in N.K. Jemisin's dark fantasy trilogy in the Inheritance cycle; this year I'm trying to get the habit of finishing the series which I've started into a groove. This is such a good one, it's not really an onerous task by any means, but I do have a bad habit of starting more series than I finish! Enjoy all your RIPing!

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    1. I need to start Jemisin's trilogy! And I have also been trying to finish series this year instead of having tons going at once. :)

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