Some people love summer, with the sunny days and heat. Others love Spring, with the buds showing on the trees and flowers starting to bloom. Not me. My favorite time of the year is fall. (Granted this is a little early, and it's still in the 80's right now!) I love the chill in the air and the beautiful colors of the leaves as they change. I love going to football games in sweatshirts and drinking hot cocoa. And I LOVE Halloween, when you get a chance to see the eerie and the creepy.....and have the opportunity to change yourself into something else for a day. And most of all, I love Carl's RIP Challenge!! It signals to me that the seasons are about to change!
Since I was a teenager, my favorite genre of book runs to the creepy and the weird. I love a good Horror novel, as well as a good "Scary" movie. From my very first reading of "Carrie" when I was in 7th grade (ever so many years ago), Stephen King planted himself firmly as my Most Favorite Author ever!! And now, my waiting is done....since Carl announced the RIP III Challenge!! I'm a little late out of the gate I realize. But it's been a busy week!
And so, on to the particulars:
1. R.I.P. III runs from September 1st through October 31st, 2008. But I’m no stickler, start reading now if you feel so inclined.
2. Choose one of more of the perils listed below:
Peril the First:
Read Four books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose.
Peril the Second:
Read Two books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose.
Peril the Third:
Read One book of any length from one of the subgenres listed above.
This peril is for those who want to participate but don’t want to get bogged down in a long list of books. It is also for those who feel this type of reading is not their proverbial cup of tea but are willing to challenge themselves by giving just one book a try.
3. Leave a comment here announcing your intention to join and a link to the post* on your site, if you have one and choose to post about R.I.P. III.
*One of the things I enjoy about hosting and joining challenges is seeing what everyone else might be reading. I also like posting my own list–yet I am the first to break said list as my whims take control. So this year I want to do something a little different. Rather than posting a list of books you feel locked in to, instead post a pool of potential reads. That way we can all gather ideas from other people’s pools and no one need suffer the hangover effects of feeling boxed in by a list. Sound good? Those of you who want to participate but do not have blogs are welcome to post your book pool in the comments section here and I will link to it in the body of the post.
4. Post links to your reviews on the R.I.P.ing Yarns Review Site. I am using last year’s review site and posting a new comment thread in which you can post this year’s reviews. That way you can also go back and check out last year’s reviews (you may have to hit the ‘click here’ link at the bottom of the post to get last year’s list to pop up).
5. The most important thing: Have Fun! R.I.P. III is more than just a reading challenge. There will be contests and giveaways and some of the subject matter of my regular posts, especially as we approach October, will be more in fitting with the R.I.P. III spirit. There are artists who have committed to interviews and sales and other tie-ins as well.
For this year's challenge I have chosen Peril The First. And I have a list of my "pool" books!! I'd love to read them all, and at some point I will. But I will definitely make it through 4 for this challenge!! Here is the list that I will draw from:
- The Bleeding Dusk by Colleen Gleason
- When Twilight Burns By Colleen Gleason
- The Duma Key by Stephen King
- Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- A Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
- 13 Bullets by David Wellington
- Nocturnes by John Connelly
- Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales by Stephen King
- The Terror by Dan Simmons
- Untamed: A House of Night Novel by PC Cast and Kristin Cast
- Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest
- Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
- The Scent of Shadows by Vickie Pettersson
- The Devil You Know by Mike Carey
- Vampyres of Hollywood by Adrian Barbeau and Michael Scott (which I'm reading right now!)
- And anything else that might jump out and grab me!!
I could probably list another 20 books that I'd love to read. We'll just see where the season takes me this year!! And even a few books of Short Stories to keep up with last year's "Short Story Sundays" (which ended up being "Short Story Mondays"!
On a side note, thank you all for your kind words about our beloved Ninja. It's been a trying week for all of us.