Wednesday, September 30, 2020

#RIPXV September Update

The RIP challenge has turned out to be a lifeline during this ridiculously stressful time. Escaping into old and new favorites in my favorite genre is the perfect antidote to the world right now. Here's how I did in September.

The books I finished:

Murder by an Aristocrat Mignon G. Eberhart
The Manual of Detection Jedediah Berry (reread)
Silver in the Wood Emily Tesh
The Haunting of Tram Car 015 P. Djèlí Clark

Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling Michael Boccacino (reread)
Mexican Gothic Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Infinite Blacktop Sara Gran (audiobook)
The Seance John Harwood (reread)
Finna Nino Cipri
The Crooked Hinge John Dickson Carr

My favorites of this batch were Finna, The Haunting of Tram Car 015The Crooked Hinge, and The Seance. Although The Manual of Detection was really fun to revisit and Mexican Gothic was a great choice for my Witch Week post (which you will see in just over a month).

I've been extra stressed during the past week or so (PSATs and debates and such) so I have three books going at the moment: 
The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales, edited by Chris Baldick
Murder in the First-Class Carriage Kate Colquhoun (non-fiction)
Horrorstör Grady Hendrix (audiobook)

I listened to half of Horrorstör today because it is just that good! I tried to listen to Melmoth by Sarah Perry just before this but it was just too slow and after fifty pages I still didn't care about anyone in the story. I don't know if I'll put it aside for later or just be done with it.

Looking forward, I have a couple of books that I was saving specifically for October and a few audiobook holds that should come in this month. I don't know if I'll participate in Readathon just because I'm having a hard time with anything organized or social. We'll have to see!

Have you read anything for Readers Imbibing Peril yet? Anything you want to recommend?


  1. PSATs??? Z canNOT be that old. Really?

    As for me and my house, we once again forgot we were supposed to be participating in RIP because we are absolute gremlins who refuse to read to a set schedule or prescription. That said, I have just started a book that I believe is sort of Tam Lin adjacent but gay, and I have high hopes that this will be my first proper RIP read.

    1. Ooh, that sound interesting! And yes, PSATs. It is absolutely ridiculous.

  2. Impressive, Kristen, and I agree that reading about fictional ills is a welcome distraction from the ills that plague us in reality (not that we ignore them, it's just that we are largely helpless where collective madness is concerned).

    I have a copy of Melmoth but as I still haven't read her first novel I feel I ought to pick that up first; but I do know that her second wasn't as well received.

    1. I liked The Essex Serpent and so was surprised not to connect with Melmoth. It could be timing but it really did seem too slow to interest me at any time. I put it back on my TBR for now though.

  3. Finna's high on my TBR list. Glad to hear you liked it.

    1. It was really interesting! I am excited now by books with totally unique premises and this certainly is one.