Last year around this time, I re-read Stephen King’s IT as part of a group read-along sponsored by Softdrink, and, through this read-along, was introduced to Carl over at Stainless Steel Droppings and his annual R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge. Constant readers may also recall that last year about this time I was in the midst of preparations for the Big Atlanta Move, and therefore did not take part in R.I.P. VII, although I really wanted to. (I did contribute a blog entry to help folks find books they might want to read for the challenge.)
True to the word “annual”, Carl is again hosting R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril, the VIII of its kind, and this year? I’m all in! I’m so in, in fact, that I’m going for the top challenge:
in which I pledge to read four, count’em, four books of the scary-ish variety between September 1 and October 31 (although Carl says we can start now if we want).
My chosen four are:
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. I’m taking my own advice from last year’s blog entry and pulling this one out for a re-read.
- Breathers by S.G. Browne. I loved Browne’s writing so much that I ran out and bought Breathers before I was even half-way through his other novel, Fated.
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I bought this one maybe a year or two before the movie was released, so it’s been sitting on Mt. TBR for several years. Time to dust it off and take a road trip.
- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Another book that’s been languishing on Mt. TBR for several years. RIP VIII is the perfect time to read it because it’s also been chosen for a read-along by The Estella Society. These folks are new to me, so I look forward to making their acquaintance as we explore the Dracula myth together.
So, my reading material has been planned for the next two months. I need to finish up my current read (A White Wind Blew by James Markert) before I get started. I may be able to do that today, since I’m home rather than at work (feeling a little puny, but nothing serious). Of course, I could spend the rest of the day catching up on writing reviews of the over 30 books I’ve read since last October, too. Yeeesh. Self-induced guilt trip. I think I’ll read instead.
Should you care to join us, click on any of the badges above to be magically whisked away to the host blogs where you can sign up. And, of course, stay tuned here for progress updates.