Tuesday, September 2, 2014

R.I.P. IX reading event

Dear blog, sorry to have neglected you for forever... etc. etc. Summer is over and it's time to get scoring, I mean reading, right? I'm afraid I've forgotten how to read more than 4 pages a day, so taking part in the wonderful R.I.P. seems like as good opportunity to ease myself back into my favourite hobby.


The event is hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings; visit this post to learn more about the event (and possibly join in). The event takes place during September and October. We read from the following genres:
 
Mystery.
Suspense.
Thriller.
Dark Fantasy.
Gothic.
Horror.
Supernatural.
Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.
 
There are different levels of participation available, but in my current mental state I am incapable of dealing with such a detail, so please go check out the boss post if you got curious.
 
 
The list of things I plan to choose from:
 
 
 
1. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.
2. The Distant Hours by Kate Morton.
3. The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King.
4. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.
5. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.
6. A story from Lovecraft's Great Tales of Horror.
7. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill.
8. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie - I need to finish this one.
9. Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan - a sci-fi mystery!
10. Dreamcatcher by Stephen King.
11. The Shining by Stephen King
12. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.
13. The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
 
I'll be happy to finish as many as 2 books, that is one per month. Aiming low!
 

19 comments:

  1. This seems like fun! I have not been blogging much either and Bout of Books ended up feeling like more of a chore than it should have, so not sure I really want to commit. Hope everything is OK with you and hope this gives you the nudge you are looking for back into your favorite hobby, as you said! Some great books on your list. I'd love to re-read The Thirteenth Tale and I've been seeing a lot of things about Northanger Abbey lately for some reason, maybe because it's getting into that gothic-y time of year? I'm thinking it might be a good first Austen for me to start with.

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    1. Oh and I love everything Kate Morton has written -- not sure I could even pick a favorite, but they are wonderful reads and I enjoyed The Distant Hours very much.

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    2. Yeah, I doubt I will be doing any more readathons anymore, I think I might have outgrown them? I just really would like to focus on quality over quantity nowadays. I know you love The Thirteenth Tale, so I am excited about that, and I saw you gave Kate Morton five stars so that was also really encouraging :)

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  2. I haven't done this challenge before, but decided to jump in this year. Good luck, you have some great books in your pile.

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    1. Thanks - I think RIP is helping me to get out of the slump already. :)

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  3. wow! well, I've read The Distant Hours and Beekeepers Apprentice and enjoyed them both.. also read The Thirteenth Tale 3 time.. enjoyed that one the most! lol... Hope you have fun!

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    1. That's great to know - I want to read all of those three :)

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  4. Rebecca is SUCH a good pick. It has a great creepy, mysterious atmosphere to it. I hope RIP helps you break your summer slump!

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    1. Man Rebecca is so overdue for me it's really embarrassing. It's definitely one of my RIP priorities :)

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  5. Northanger Abbey, The Name of the Rose and Death on the Nile are all really good! I'll watch for your "started to read" status on Goodreads and will maybe join you for either Rebecca or The Shining :) I've meant to read them for a looong time!

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    1. I read the beginning of both Rebecca and The Shining and I think both would make excellent atmospheric reads. I am not a huge fan of Stephen King, but from time to time I have a craving for his books. Looking at this now it makes absolutely no sense, but that is how it is, nevertheless...

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  6. Ooh, Northanger Abbey, my favourite Austen! Happy reading :)

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    1. Thanks, Sam - if I remember correctly you also liked Rebecca, so exciting stuff :)

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  7. I have Death on the Nile, The Road, Northanger Abbey, H.P. Lovecraft and a reread of Rebecca all on my 'maybe' list too, and I read AND watched The Shining last year for R.I.P. VIII so it seems only right to try to wedge another Stephen King in somewhere as well. Maybe Misery, or Cell? WE SHALL SEE. I love this event - I'd wish you happy reading, but that doesn't seem appropriate, so... spooky reading? :)

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    1. Thanks Ellie - the size of your library has always impressed me. I'll try to get to at least one King novel this time around.

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  8. Welcome back! Although, I have been enjoying your 100 Days of Happiness project. Have fun with the RIP event! I love all the classics you have chosen and look forward to the reviews.

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    1. Thanks! Hehe nice to know someone else is enjoying the #100happydays project too, it's quite a fun thing to do. :)

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  9. Welcome back!! Good to see you again! And yay, I am so excited for RIP XI!

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    1. Thanks Jenny! RIP is great :)

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