Last fall, I participated in my very first reading challenge here in the blogosphere. Hosted by the graciously kind Carl it proved to be a wonderful experience. Not only did I get to read a variety of intriguing, atmospheric books, but it also gave me the opportunity to discuss them with other readers. This challenge encouraged me to get out of my reading box and try some new stuff — most of which I really enjoyed. Others…not so much. You can read my confession about that experience here if you so desire:)
And here we go again!!
[Be sure to click the link to see all the rules and such. Oh wait…there aren’t any rules! The only rule -have fun, and share that fun with others. I’ve got this in the bag!]
Here are my picks for Readers Imbibing Peril V- running September 1st through October 31st. I’m aiming to read at least four of my selections, but obviously reserve the right to pick/choose/edit my list as I go along. It’s hard not to get distracted by all the great stuff out there!
1. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley – Carl had such high praise for this one last year that I’ve decided it’s a must read for RIP V.
2. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman (and watch movie as well, thus also participating in Peril on the Screen) – I’ve never read this one, or seen the movie, but I’m a fan of novels that contain magical elements while being set in reality, so I have high hopes for this one.
3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (I hope to listen to the audiobook as well, since I’ve heard such exceptional things about that medium of this particular title).
4. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger– I had this on my list for last year’s challenge, but the reservation line at the library was just too long.
5. In the Woods by Tana French – I’ve been intrigued by this title for some time. I love mystery/thrillers, Ireland, and edge-of-your-seat storylines, all of which I’ve been told this book contains.
6. Trick or Treat Murder: A Lucy Stone Mystery by Leslie Meier – I’m a sucker for a lighthearted, holiday themed mystery. I haven’t read any of this series before, but I’m hopeful that it will work as a stand alone title.
7. The Tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Webb– I’ve heard promising things about this one via the interwebs.
If anyone has any thoughts on any of these selections that they would like to share, I would appreciate it. Obviously, I need a little help narrowing it down:) I’d love to read them all — maybe I can convince Real Life to stay out of the way so I can do just that!
Happy Spooky Reading to all!
[Edit as of 9-6-10: Of course, I’ve stumbled across another book I’d like to add to my RIP list — The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff. Yet another edit – dated 9-12-10: would like to re-read John Bellairs]