R.I.P. – A Reading Event

After my recent book shopping, I thought I’d have no trouble picking up my next book to read. Well, I didn’t, but after all, Angel Time by Anne Rice proved to be too slow paced for my taste and I wanted something more. More creepy, more alert, more gripping, lots and lots of more. So when I came upon Carl@stainlesssteeldroppings and read about his R.I.P. reading event I jumped at the chance to find a book (or more) and join in. After all, what could be more enjoyable than curling up with a book in the dead of night with the monotone sound of the air-conditioning keeping me company, for even though this is an autumn event (images of brightly colored leaves swirling in the wind come to mind), here it’s as hot as one could wish for a day at the beach. No matter. I’m up for a good creepy story anytime, so with this purpose in mind I scanned my bookshelf and found just the perfect book: The Secret of Crickley Hall, by James Herbert.

From Carl’s website:
The purpose of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII is to enjoy books and movies/television that could be classified (by you) as:
Dark Fantasy.
Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.

There are different levels of participation but right now I don’t think I can make definite plans as to what I’m going to read/watch. I may decide to read a few novels, watch some movies and add a couple of short stories in the mix, who knows…so I’ll leave my options open. The event runs from the 1st of September to the 31st of October so there should be plenty of time for some horrifically fantastic scary stories. Many thanks to Carl for hosting this event. For more details, head over to his site. Maybe you’ll want to join in the fun.

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10 Responses to R.I.P. – A Reading Event

  1. Carl V. says:

    I’ve heard of that book but had forgotten about it. Now I’m really interested in what you’ll think when you read it. Need to decide if I should add it to my ever growing list. Great to have you in RIP and am thrilled you found something that sounds suitably creepy.

    I haven’t read any short stories yet but I need to work in some of those too. And although I did a lot of movie watching last weekend I have so many more I want to try to get to these two months.

    • Delia says:

      So far so good, I like the story and how the author gives little tidbits of information along the way rather than revealing the whole mystery at the end. It makes me feel rewarded for sticking with the story, and I also like that one of the characters is a dog. He’s not a happy creature, though, I hope nothing bad happens to him.

      I’ll be interested to see what movies you watched, I need to make a list for that.

  2. Vishy says:

    Hope you have fun at R.I.P this year, Delia! I am thinking of participating but I will probably watch a movie – maybe ‘The Raven’ and one or two Roger Corman movies. I hope I can get to read a book too. Or maybe some short stories. Happy Reading!

  3. Caroline says:

    How funny, I looked at his books yesterday but didn’t buy any. I’m looking forward to hear what you think of it. I hope it’s not too gruesome.

    • Delia says:

      What a coincidence! 🙂 I’ll let you know how it is. So far I like it a lot. Last night there was a storm here with lots of thunder and heavy rain, the perfect time to read this book. So far it’s not gruesome but it shows promise.

  4. Jenners says:

    RIP is such a fun event … and low pressure too. I think that is why it is so popular. You can read just one book or 10 and get in the mood for the spooky season. Have fun!

    • Delia says:

      That’s right, there are plenty of options to choose from and because of that I didn’t want to commit to one yet – who knows how many books I’ll be able to read by the end of the event.
      I see you’ve made a plan, good for you, I look forward to reading your review of The Pure in Heart by Susan Hill. I’ve read two books by her and I liked them both.

  5. I will not be joining in, creepy is not for me!

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