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.

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9 Responses to RIP XII

  1. Michelle says:

    I love this event too, but I’m not feeling the need to sign up or officially participate. I think it is because I tend to gravitate towards horror and thrillers anyway. Plus, I feel unmotivated by any blogging events or challenges. I have my own little thing going, and it works for me.


  2. Kristen M. says:

    Have you read Rachel Caine’s The Great Library series yet? I’m on the third book right now (just came out in July) and it’s a great bookish, perilous YA series. Lots of diversity (even if it’s sometimes presented a bit heavy-handedly) and it reads really quickly. There’s a bit of magic but it’s mostly just an alternate universe thing.


    • Amanda says:

      I haven’t. I did look back through my library history and apparently I checked it out back in January 2016, but for whatever reason didn’t read it then. I can’t remember if I tried it and didn’t enjoy it, or if I tried it and decided it wasn’t a good time for reading it at that moment. Since I was on a real nonfiction kick then, that might be it. I’m up for trying it again!


  3. Word Lily says:

    Have you read Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder? I enjoyed it. I’m bad at RIP, though, so I’m not sure if it would qualify, though I think so.


  4. Oooh, well your list looks pretty exciting to me. I had forgotten that All the Crooked Saints was already out, and boom onto the tbr it goes. Would also like to read The Lie Tree. So little time, sigh. Hope I can live vicariously through you reading and writing about them for the time being at least. Good luck!


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