Readers Imbibing Peril XV – #RIPXV

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 RIPXV? Here you go…

Welcome to the FIFTEENTH year of Readers Imbibing Peril, or RIP, as it is affectionately called. The challenge runs from 1st September to 31st October. There are no official sign ups this year, it’s an event with as much or as little commitment as you like. To participate just use the hastag #RIPXV and @perilreaders when talking about what you’ve been reading or watching.

The R.I.P. Challenge includes 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.

A Potential TBR List

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

The Wayward Pines trilogy by Blake Crouch
Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver
Halloween Party by Agatha Christie
Endless Night by Agatha Christie
I Am Dust by Louise Beech
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Selections from the Dark Corners short story collection

Progress

           

Pines (Wayward Pines #1) by Blake Crouch
Wayward (Wayward Pines #2) by Blake Crouch
The Last Town (Wayward Pines #3) by Blake Crouch
Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver


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

Bout of Books 27 (January 2020) – Final Summary

January’s Bout of Books is over, and I enjoyed the final day of reading. I finished The Starless Sea. I didn’t want the book to end, it was a very good read. I’m still reading Poirot, and I’m already glancing at my TBR pile to decide what I’m going to read next.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  120

Total number of pages I’ve read:  500

I set general read-a-thon goals (Original goals posted HERE).

I’ve updated my blog (mostly) daily with progress, and managed to resist adding too many new books to my TBR list whilst visiting other blogs throughout the week.

I completed The Starless Sea, and read some Poirot.

Thank you to everyone who visited and commented on my blog during the event. I hope everyone had a great week of reading.

The Week’s Progress Revisited…

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Bout of Books 27 (January 2020) Goals and Daily Progress Updates

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 26 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


What better way to begin a new year of reading than with a good Bout of Books. I enjoy participating in this read-a-thon, and keeping track of my reading progress over the week. I’ll be using this blog for updates during the read-a-thon.

Time Devoted to Reading

I always say half an hour per day, but that’s hopefully just a starting point. I’d like to read more if possible.

My Goals

  • To read at least some of The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  • To continue Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
  • Keep track of progress with daily updates
  • To visit other blogs

Books to Read

  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  • Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

Updates

Monday

It’s read-a-thon time! There are two books I’d like to read during this week. I don’t know whether I’ll finish both of them, but I’m hoping I might manage one. The first is Hercule Poirot’s Christmas. I haven’t read any Christie for a while and it seemed a good pick for this time of year. The second book, and one I’ve been looking forward to for a while now, is The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.
Let’s see how I get on…

Tuesday (Monday’s Progress)

Bout of Books is off to a good start, I think I’ve picked a good one with The Starless Sea. The cover of the book is lovely, and the story within is so far totally intriguing. I think it’s a book I’m going to want to take my time with, so I don’t know how much I’ll have read by the end of the week, but then it’s so good that I don’t want to put it down either!

Number of pages I’ve read today:  100
Total number of pages I’ve read:  100

Wednesday (Tuesday’s progress)

Still really enjoying The Starless Sea. I haven’t read quite as much today, but it’s still a great read.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  25
Total number of pages I’ve read:  125

Thursday (Wednesday’s progress)

I don’t want to put The Starless Sea down. I love the mix of stories and can’t wait to see when and how they all come together. I still don’t want to read this book too quickly so I gave some of my reading time today to Hercule Poirot’s Christmas. I do try to work out whodunit in these novels but I’ve very rarely been right, and so far with this one I have no idea. Well, I have a few potentials but can’t narrow it down beyond that!

Number of pages I’ve read today:  135
Total number of pages I’ve read:  260

Friday (Thursday’s progress)

I read more of The Starless Sea and I wonder now whether I will actually finish it before Bout of Books ends. I’ve been reading quite slowly but I still ended up reading 80 pages, and have passed the halfway point with the book now. It’s all starting to come together and I wonder how it’s going to end…

Number of pages I’ve read today:  80
Total number of pages I’ve read:  340

Saturday (Friday’s progress)

Oops! No progress to report today.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  0
Total number of pages I’ve read:  340

Sunday (Saturday’s progress)

Another quiet day for reading. Hopefully I’ll have a good final day tomorrow!

Number of pages I’ve read today:  40
Total number of pages I’ve read:  380

Monday (Sunday’s progress and final thoughts)

Final Summary posted HERE.

 

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?

Bout of Books 26 (August 2019) – Final Summary

Another edition of Bout of Books has ended. Doesn’t the read-a-thon week just fly by?

I had a decent day of reading, and managed another 50 pages in total, which brings my total to…

Number of pages I’ve read today:  50

Total number of pages I’ve read:  290

I set some goals for the read-a-thon (Original goals posted HERE).

I managed to finish one book, and read another too.
I enjoyed being around on my blog (almost) daily.

Thank you to everyone who visited my blog during Bout of Books. I hope everyone had a great week of reading.

The Week’s Progress Revisited…

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Bout of Books 26 (August 2019) Goals and Daily Progress Updates

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 26 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


It’s time for a week of read-a-thon-ing! I’m looking forward to the latest Bout of Books as I’ve hopefully chosen some good books and I enjoy the daily reading updates on my blog.

As always I’ll be using this blog for updates during the read-a-thon.

Time Devoted to Reading

Hopefully at least half an hour each day, but ideally more…

My Goals

  • To finish one book and start another.
  • To keep track of my reading progress via daily updates
  • To visit other blogs and comment regularly

Books to Read

  • Shiang by C. F. Iggulden
  • The Sword Saint by C. F. Iggulden
  • A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Updates

Monday

It’s Bout of Books time! Hopefully I’ll manage to make a good start so there’ll be something to mention in the way of progress tomorrow.

Tuesday (Monday’s Progress)

So, how was your first day of the read-a-thon?
I started Shiang and managed to read the first 50 pages. It’s a while since I read the first book in the series, Darien, but so far I’m really enjoying this one. I can’t believe it took so long for me to pick this up, and I already have the following book, The Sword Saint, just waiting for my reading attention.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  50
Total number of pages I’ve read:  50

Wednesday (Tuesday’s progress)

More progress on Shiang. I’m enjoying this book so far. If I do manage to finish it during this Bout of Books I’ll probably move straight on to the next in the series.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  65
Total number of pages I’ve read:  115

Thursday (Wednesday’s progress)

No reading progress to report today.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  0
Total number of pages I’ve read:  115

Friday (Thursday’s progress)

After a day of no reading I made better progress. I’ve finished A Head Full of Ghosts. I’ll probably post more on this book once Bout of Books is over.
For now, it’s back to reading Shiang.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  75
Total number of pages I’ve read:  190

Saturday (Friday’s progress)

Another day with no reading. Not good.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  0
Total number of pages I’ve read:  190

Sunday (Saturday’s progress)

Another 50 pages read. Not sure whether I’ll finish my latest read before the read-a-thon ends but I’ll have a go.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  50
Total number of pages I’ve read:  240

Monday (Sunday’s progress and final thoughts)

Final Summary posted HERE.

 

Bout of Books 25 (May 2019) – Final Summary

Bout of Books is over and for the final day of reading I started The Woman in the Woods, which is one of the Charlie Parker series. I think it’s going to be good.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  50

Total number of pages I’ve read:  265

I set some general goals for the read-at-hon (Original goals posted HERE).

I’ve enjoyed a week of updating my blog with reading progress regularly, even when I didn’t manage to read very much.

I completed one book and start another.

Thank you to everyone who visited and commented on my blog during the event. I hope everyone had a great week of reading.

The Week’s Progress Revisited…

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Bout of Books 25 (May 2019) Goals and Daily Progress Updates

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 25 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


It’s Bout of Books time again! I always enjoy a read-a-thon, so hopefully this should be a good week of reading and blogging.

Time Devoted to Reading

I usually say half an hour per day, but hopefully just a starting point. I’d really like to read more.

My Goals

  • To continue reading A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher
  • To take part in Top Ten Tuesday this week, which has a page to screen theme
  • To start another book, possibly one of the Charlie Parker series by John Connolly
  • Keep track of my reading progress via daily blog updates
  • Visit other blogs and no doubt add to my endless TBR list

Books to Read

  • A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher
  • A Book of Bones by John Connolly
  • ???

Updates

Monday

I’m looking forward to sharing this week of reading and blogging during Bout of Books. I have a current read that I’m really enjoying, so that’s a good start. Let’s see how it goes…

Tuesday (Monday’s Progress)

I managed to get some great reading time in and read 50 pages of A Boy and His Dog… It’s a really great read, but there’s a note at the beginning asking that readers don’t give away any of the secrets so I’ll say no more for now.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  50
Total number of pages I’ve read:  50

Wednesday (Tuesday’s progress)

A day without reading? Not good.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  0
Total number of pages I’ve read:  50

Thursday (Wednesday’s progress)

Had a better day of reading and managed 40 pages. I don’t want to rush my book because I’m enjoying it so much. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  40
Total number of pages I’ve read:  90

Friday (Thursday’s progress)

Had a great time lost in my latest read. I think I’ll probably finish A Boy and His Dog… maybe today and I’ll definitely be sad to see it end. It’s been such a good read. Hope whatever I chose to start next proves to be just as good.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  75
Total number of pages I’ve read:  165

Saturday (Friday’s progress)

I’ve finished A Boy and His Dog… It was a great read. I didn’t know whether I’d have time to start a new book during this read-a-thon but it’s looking good.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  50
Total number of pages I’ve read:  215

Sunday (Saturday’s progress)

Oops, another day with no reading done!

Number of pages I’ve read today:  0
Total number of pages I’ve read:  215

Monday (Sunday’s progress and final thoughts)

Final Summary posted HERE.

 

Bout of Books 24 (January 2019) – Final Summary

January’s edition of Bout of Books is over, and I think I had a good final day of reading. I’ve picked another good book in The Psychology of Time Travel, and I think I’m going to enjoy finding out what is going on in the various time lines and how everything comes together in the end. I really like the main characters, some more than others.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  100

Total number of pages I’ve read:  560

I set a few general goals for the read-at-hon (Original goals posted HERE).

As usual I’ve tried to keep my blog updated daily with progress, and have managed to visit other blogs quite often throughout the read-a-thon.

I completed one book and start another, and have enjoyed everything I’ve read so far.

Thank you to everyone who visited and commented on my blog during the event. I hope everyone had a great week of reading.

The Week’s Progress Revisited…

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Bout of Books 24 (January 2019) Goals and Daily Progress Updates

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.- From the Bout of Books team


What better way to get into a new year of reading than with a good Bout of Books. I really enjoy taking part in this read-a-thon, and keeping track of my reading progress over the week. I’ll be using this blog for my updates during the read-a-thon.

Time Devoted to Reading

I always go for half an hour per day, but that’s hopefully just a starting point. I’d really like to read more if possible.

My Goals

  • To start The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
  • Keep track of my reading progress via daily blog updates
  • Visit other blogs and comment regularly

Books to Read

  • The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
  • ??

Updates

Monday

First day and I’m excited to get reading.  When I picked The Stranger Diaries up from the library I was intrigued from the moment I glanced at the first page, so I’m certainly looking forward to getting into the story properly.

Tuesday (Monday’s Progress)

The Stranger Diaries is off to a great start.  It hooked me from the very beginning with the gothic tone followed by the modern day setting and I can’t wait to see where this story is going.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  50
Total number of pages I’ve read:  50

Wednesday (Tuesday’s progress)

I can’t remember the last time I managed to read 100 pages in one day, but it’s happened, so that must be a sign of how good this book is!

Number of pages I’ve read today:  100
Total number of pages I’ve read:  150

Thursday (Wednesday’s progress)

Another great day of reading.  I’m getting to that stage now where I’m enjoying the book so much that I don’t want to put it down, but I don’t want it to end either!  I do think tomorrow might be the day though, then I’ll have to find something new to read.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  106
Total number of pages I’ve read:  256

Friday (Thursday’s progress)

I finished The Stranger Diaries.  It was really good, and for once I actually picked out the killer.  That’s definitely a first for me, I’m usually wrong.  So, what to read next… I’m off to the TBR mountain to pick out a new book!

Number of pages I’ve read today:  154
Total number of pages I’ve read:  410

Saturday (Friday’s progress)

Nothing to report today.  I haven’t managed to read anything at all.  Here’s hoping the next days have more reading in them!

Number of pages I’ve read today:  0
Total number of pages I’ve read:  410

Sunday (Saturday’s progress)

And, for my next read I chose… The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas.
Sometimes time travel can be a by hit and miss for me, but I’ve seen a lot of positive comments about this book, and so far i’m intrigued.  It will certainly keep me busy for the final day of the read-a-thon!

Number of pages I’ve read today:  50
Total number of pages I’ve read:  460

Monday (Sunday’s progress and final thoughts)

Final Summary posted HERE.