Our two spooky reads' months have ended - hooray! RIP VIII was such a fantastic event, right?
For me personally, I think this was the most successful reading event during the wholeblogging time. In the end of August I decided to tackle the following pieces of literature:
1. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
3. Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
4. Dracula by Bram Stoker
5. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes from The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
6. The Shadow Over Innsmouth from Great Tales of Horror by H.P. Lovecraft
And here's what happened:
1. It sucks but I didn't get into The Turn of the Screw, my mind kept wandering off and after about half, I just put it aside, though it's more likely it will be one of those very rare cases that I will not finish a book/novella.
2. I finished The Night Circus and reviewed it here.
3. I finished Gardens of the Moon and reviewed it here.
4. I finished Dracula and have not reviewed it yet, but let me tell ya, it was a good piece of vampire story. That's how a vampire should be - none of that sparkling-under-the-sun crap.
5. I didn't read Sherlock Holmes because I think my short story quota is full for a while, what with Bradbury stories and Lovecraft story/novella.
6. I finished The Shadow Over Innsmouth and haven't reviewed it yet, but it was definitely the highlight among all the RIP reads - you guys, it was SO GOOD. I finished it yesterday, so just in time, and I'm so happy I decided to read it. So creepy, disturbing, with a twist that followed good pacing throughout - I'm a big fan. That's how a horror story should be written.
In addition, I accidentally read a few more books that would definitely count as RIP reads:
* The Illustrated Man - it's Ray Bradbury, and it's good, just as I would expect from him. Review here.
* Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn and I will not be besties; I didn't get this book, good thing it was a short one.
Review Rant here.
So, I read 4 novels, 1 collection of short stories, and 1 novella. 2 of them count towards the Classics Club goal.
I will definitely take part again next year!