Readers Imbibing Peril XIV – #RIPXIV

The days are growing cooler and the nights are beginning to draw in, which can mean only one thing – Autumn is on its way! I love this time of year, so what better way to mark the changing seasons than by participating in a suitably eerie Readathon? Two whole months of reading to enjoy. Want to know more about RIPXIV? Here you go…

Welcome to the FOURTEENTH year of Readers Imbibing Peril, or RIP, as it is affectionately called. The challenge runs from 1st September to 31st October. You can find full info by visiting the Readers Imbibing Peril blog.

The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as:

Mystery
Suspense
Thriller
Dark Fantasy
Gothic
Horror
Supernatural

The goals are simple.

1. Have fun reading.
2. Share that fun with others.

Multiple perils await you. You can participate in just one, or participate in them all. Check out the Readers Imbibing Peril  blog and pick your particular peril.

As a starting point I’ll aim for…

Peril the Second:

Read two books of any length that you believe fit within the challenge categories.

Peril on the Screen:

This is for those of us who like to watch suitably scary, eerie, mysterious gothic fare during this time of year. It may be something on the small screen or large. It might be a television show, like Dark Shadows, or your favorite film.

Hopefully by the end of the event I’ll have managed…

Peril the First:

Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (our very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be Stephen King or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Shirley Jackson or Tananarive Due…or anyone in between.

A Potential TBR List

I don’t have a definite reading/viewing plan at the moment, but glancing through my TBR pile/list, a few books have caught my attention, so I may read a selection from the following:

Halloween Party by Agatha Christie
Bone China by Laura Purcell
The Institute by Stephen King
Melmoth by Sarah Perry
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
NOS4R2 by Joe Hill
Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker
Something by Shirley Jackson
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Feed by Nick Clark Windo
While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt

Progress


I’m really looking forward to one of my favourite reading events during my favourite season. Are you tempted to join in with #RIPXIV?

Readers Imbibing Peril XIII – #RIPXIII

The days are growing cooler and the nights are beginning to draw in, which can mean only one thing – Autumn is on its way! I love this time of year, so what better way to mark the changing seasons than by participating in a suitably eerie Readathon?
I think this is actually the first year I’ve known that RIPXIII actually starts in September, and not October, so I have the whole two months of reading/watching to enjoy this time around. Want to know more about this readathon? Here you go…

Welcome to the THIRTEENTH year of Readers Imbibing Peril, or RIP, as it is affectionately called. The challenge runs from 1st September to 31st October. You can find full info by visiting the Readers Imbibing Peril blog.

The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as:

Mystery
Suspense
Thriller
Dark Fantasy
Gothic
Horror
Supernatural

The goals are simple.

1. Have fun reading.
2. Share that fun with others.

Multiple perils await you. You can participate in just one, or participate in them all.
As a starting point I’m going to going for the following, but hopefully by the end of the event I’ll have managed Peril the First and read at least four titles. For now I’m aiming for…

Peril the Second:

Read two books of any length that you believe fit within the challenge categories.

Peril on the Screen:

This is for those of us who like to watch suitably scary, eerie, mysterious gothic fare during this time of year. It may be something on the small screen or large. It might be a television show, like Dark Shadows, or your favorite film.

A Potential TBR List

I don’t have any definite reading/viewing plans at the moment, but glancing through my TBR pile, a few books have caught my attention, so I may read any or all of the following:

The Outisder by Stephen King
It by Stephen King
Halloween Party by Agatha Christie
The Corset by Laura Purcell
Melmoth by Sarah Perry
The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Feed by Nick Clark Windo
Early Riser by Jasper Fforde
While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt
An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

Progress

      

The Outsider by Stephen King

The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah


I’m really looking forward to one of my favourite reading events during my favourite season. Are you tempted to join in with #RIPXIII ?

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XI

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The days are growing cooler and the nights are beginning the draw in, which can mean only one thing – Autumn is on its way! I love this time of year, so what better way to mark the changing seasons than by participating in a suitably eerie Readathon?

This event is hosted over at Stainless Steel Droppings and you can find complete details by clicking the link. The readathon runs from September 1st to October 31st.  (Banner created by Abigail Larson).

During this readathon the aim is to read books with any of the following themes:

Mystery
Suspense
Thriller
Gothic
Horror
Dark Fantasy

There are several levels of peril to aim for.  I’ve opted for the same choices I went for last year, as for some reason I seem drawn to MASSIVELY long books lately, so I doubt I’ll manage to read much more .  So, i’m hoping to do…

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Simply halve the requirement of Peril the First. If you choose to take on this Peril, read two books of your choosing that you feel fit the various R.I.P. categories.

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Scary stories don’t just come in book-shaped packages, they also exist in the television and film format. Why not embrace that peril as well? If you watch any particularly creepy, suspenseful, mysterious thrillers during R.I.P., be sure to share those with us as well.


PROGRESS

 

R.I.P X – Final Summary

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And so concludes the R.I.P X Readathon, and I’ve really enjoyed taking part.
So, how did I do? I originally hoped to complete Peril the Second and Peril on the Screen…

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I managed to complete two books, The Paradox and The Falcon Throne, and have posted both reviews to my blog, which you can read following the links below:

The Falcon Throne by Karen Miller

The Paradox by Charlie Fletcher

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I also completed Peril on the Screen and did two updates about all the things I’ve been watching recently, which you can read below:

Peril on the Screen Update 1

Peril on the Screen Update 2

I had so many more books on my TBR pile for this readathon but for some reason my reading pace has been pretty slow. I hoped to read at least one Stephen King novel and never managed to get round to it.
I’ve had a great time with the books and shows that I did read or watch, and I’ll definitely take part in R.I.P again.


How about you? Did you participate in R.I.P X? IF so, did you read everything you hoped to? Let me know about the books and shows you enjoyed…

R.I.P X – Peril on the Screen #2

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Welcome back to another R.I.P X Peril on the Screen update. I’m really enjoying writing about the movies and series I watch as well as the books I read, and since so many shows/movies today are based on books I think it’s something I might carry on with occasionally on my blog.

What Have I Watched?

An Inspector Calls – A new tv adaptation of the J. B. Priestley play. I really enjoyed this. I have vague memories of reading the play at school, so thought I could remember the twist at the end and it turned out I was right, but that didn’t take away any of the enjoyment at all. It probably added to it a little as I watched really closely for anything that might give away or hint at the twist. Apart from something being repeated a few times (It’s REALLY hard to talk about this without giving anything away!) there weren’t any major giveaways.  I’d go into more detail but I wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone so I’ll end here…

Ripper Street – I’ve just started watching season 3 of this police drama set in Victorian London. I enjoyed the previous seasons, so have high hopes for this one too.

Under the Dome – The third and final season of the series based on the Stephen King book. I’ll be sad to see it come to an end because I’ve really enjoyed it, although sometime back the plot deviated massively from the book. This didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the different story though and I can’t wait to see how it all ends. I wonder if it will be similar to the conclusion of the book?

Orphan Black – I’m watching season 3. It was a good job there was quite a good season recap because for a short while I was a little lost as to what was going on, but I soon got back into the show and now it’s as good as ever.

What’s Coming Up?

American Horror Story Freak Show – I know I’ve mentioned this one in my previous update, but the dvd release date is only weeks away now. I wonder if I have time to rewatch a previous season before this one is released? I rewatched Murder House recently, so it would have to be either Asylum or Coven.

Scream – A tv series based on the Scream movies. I loved those movies but it’s been a very long time since I last saw them (years!). I can vaguely recall the first movie so am looking forward to see how the story works as a series.

The Addams Family – My Halloween movie of choice.


And so concludes another Screen update from me. Have you watched any of the shows I’ve mentioned? Is there a great show that I’m missing? As always, let me know in the comments

R.I.P X – Peril on the Screen #1

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 Welcome to my first Peril on the Screen update post. I’m hoping to make this a regular feature throughout R.I.P. X, so here goes with my first attempt.  I’ve been thinking about making more tv/movie themed entries on my blog for a while now, so maybe this will be the start of a new feature.

What have I been watching?

Stonehearst Asylum – This film is based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe called ‘The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether’. It follows a young doctor, who goes to work at Stonehearst Asylum for the clinically insane, where all is not as it first seems. The gothic setting is wonderful, and the story has many great twists and turns. I did guess one of the twists from watching the trailer, but this was revealed early on during the film anyway, and the latter revelations were brilliant – I never saw THAT coming at all. If you enjoy a good thriller with great characters and good twists this is one to check out.

Hemlock Grove Season 1 – This series brings together all manner of strange, bizarre and fantastical people and creatures and situates them all in the setting of Hemlock Grove. There’s a boy who may or may not be a werewolf, a pregnant girl who believes an angel fathered her child, a girl bought back from the dead, and then there’s Olivia Godfrey, who‘s definitely hiding something. Her back-story just started to develop towards the end of the series and I have a feeling we’ll learn more about her and the Godfrey family in season 2.
A murder brings fear to the community, and it’s just the first in a series of killings. As the investigation gets underway secrets about the inhabitants of Hemlock Grove are revealed, including whether or not one of the characters is in fact a werewolf, as spread around town through rumours.
There’s quite a lot going on in Hemlock Grove and it had moments of greatness, but then there were episodes which felt much slower-paced. I’ll probably move on to season 2 at some point, but think I’ll give some other new series a try before that.

Fortitude – When I set out watching this series I never dreamed it would end up in this type of blog post but what I imagined to be your usual type of crime drama took a particularly grisly twist about half way through and by the time I reached the closing scenes of the penultimate episode, half-watching and wondering ‘do I really want to see what’s about to happen?’ I was also thinking ‘yeah, this is definitely one for the R.I.P X list’. The series blends together crime, thriller, horror and sci-fi, so there’s a bit of everything in there. Definitely not what I expected when I first started watching but it wasn’t a bad series at all.

And what’s coming up?

American Horror Story – I’m a big fan of the AHS franchise and am eagerly awaiting the release of Freak Show on DVD. I love books/series with a carnival theme so am hoping this one will be good.

An Inspector Calls – The recent tv adapation is something I want to see. I can remember studying the play in school and I think I can remember the twist, but that doesn’t really matter.

The Addams Family – I used to love the movie when I was younger, and it’s the perfect time of year to watch it.  Will probably save this one until closer to Halloween, but it’s certainly due a re-watch.


So, have you watched anything suitably scary lately?
Or do you have any recommendations for things to watch as part of R.I.P X?
As always, let me know in the comments.

R.I.P X – The TBR Pile

Signing up for R.I.P X gave me the perfect excuse to have a good look through my TBR pile/list over the weekend to select some potential reads. I love doing this, reminding myself of all the wonderful books I’ve hoarded recently. On the other side of this though comes the sometimes overwhelming sense of I WANT TO READ ALL THESE BOOKS NOW! If only there were more hours in the day! There are some books on my list I’ve been looking forward to for a long time now, so it’s a task just to choose which one I’m going with first.

So, without further ado, these are the books that caught my eye for this readathon:

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The Falcon Throne by Karen Miller – I’ve already started reading this one and so far I’m really enjoying it.

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

The Paradox by Charlie Fletcher – This is the sequel to The Oversight, which I thought was such a good read so I can’t wait to get started with it.

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

That’s not the whole list though. It goes on as I found a couple of potential reads on my e-reader:

Misery by Stephen King
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

And I had a trip to the library this weekend and they FINALLY have a couple of books I’ve been interested in for a while on their catalogue, so I’ve also requested:

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray – The Diviners sequel!! I can’t really express just how glad I will be when this request comes in, because The Diviners was one of my favourite recent reads, so I have high hopes for the sequel.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I also requested Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan

I’m not sure that any of the last three on my list will arrive at the library in time to count for this readathon, but I hope they do. If not, I still have plenty to choose from.

So, that’s my list (for now). Have you read any of the books on my list? Or are you planning to read any of them yourself? If you’ve read any, what did you think? As always, do let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back soon with another readathon update.