Twelve years. That’s how long this challenge has been running now. Of course, I’ve only been doing it since 2009, so I only go back to RIP IV (if I’m calculating that correctly…), but this remains my favorite reading event of the year. Unfortunately, this year I’m feeling a bit lackluster. I imagine most of that is due to the stress of the last few months, plus our house still being empty (movers are scheduled to arrive with our stuff next week). I just haven’t really been in a reading mood lately. It’s not really a slump, because I do find books themselves interesting when I read them, it’s just that I tend to read only tiny bits at a time these days, taking forever to finish each one. Plus, most of my go-to books/authors at this time of year are between books (like Tana French’s Dublin series, or the Cormoran Strike books). My list is therefore kinda small. And lackluster.
- The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud (really the only one I’m super excited about)
- The Phantom of the Opera (unabridged) by Gaston Leroux
- My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix – if this ends up being one I want to read
- All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater – if this ends up being one I want to read, and if it qualifies as a RIP book, as I can’t tell from the description
- The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – (ditto Crooked Saints)
- The Call by Peadar O’Guilin – (ditto Crooked Saints)
- Meddling Kids by Edward Cantero – if this ends up being one I want to read, and if I can get it from the library during RIP
Aaaaand that’s it. Since I spent most of my summer with rereads, I’m not feeling the reread vibe for this RIP this year either. Hopefully I’ll discover some books along the way as my reading mood reawakens to fall! (So readers, if you have suggestions – especially audio suggestions – please send them my way!!) Either way, I’ll at least make the single-book Peril level with The Empty Grave, which I have pre-ordered for audio-delivery on September 12th!
Thanks to our hosts Andi and Heather for putting this together! And of course to the original creator, Carl, for the inspiration.