Better late than never! So this weekend I decided to sign up for RIP X after quite a few years of thinking, “oh, that sounds like such fun.” Yes, even though in the past I’ve always sucked at reading challenges – in fact, signing up for a reading challenge pretty much guaranteed I wouldn’t touch a single book that met that particular challenge criteria.
But I’m in the midst of embarking on a new life right now, and I’m determined to stop doing what I’ve always done in order to effect some hopefully awesome changes. Who says enjoying a reading challenge or two can’t be part of my new future, right?
And to make it pretty easy on myself, I’m signing up for the following levels:
Peril the Second: reading two books of any length which fit within the RIP categories (mystery, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, gothic, horror and supernatural).
Peril of the Short Story: I’ll be (hopefully) reading RIP-related short stories during the challenge period as well.
And now the real fun begins:
MY RIP X READING LIST
Even though I’m only aiming for Peril the Second, I am such a moody reader I always work better if I’m working off a long list of potential reads than otherwise. And then it occurred to me I should also try to use this opportunity to get through some of the books in my TBR, instead of new and exciting titles yet to come my way. So here are the books I might be reading for RIP X, all of which come from my TBR piles:
Pieces and Players by Blue Balliett (middle grade mystery)
Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong (dark fantasy)
The Hanged Man by P.N. Elrod (mystery, dark fantasy)
The Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie (mystery)
The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson (supernatural, dark fantasy)
Bag of Bones by Stephen King (horror)
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (dark fantasy)
Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub (horror)
Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake (horror)
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (horror)
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (horror)
Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes (mystery, horror)
Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons (horror)
Short story collections:
Dark Screams, volume 1, edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror (I have several of these volumes)
The Best Horror of the Year (I have several of these volumes as well)
Year’s Best Weird Fiction, edited by Laird Barron
The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries edited by Otto Penzler
The Weird, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
Actually, I have a lot more horror short story collections scattered around the place. Once I start packing my books, I’m sure more of them will surface …
So this is my RIP X reading list! Surely with such a large selection of books, I’ll be able to finish two between now and the end of October, right?