Saturday, September 6, 2008

R.I.P. III Challenge

I missed participating in the first two R.I.P. challenges, but this year I'm happily able to join in! Many thanks to Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings for hosting this challenge again. I love the banner he's created for this year!

I have elected to join Peril the First, which is: "Read Four books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose."

And instead of posting a list of books that we definitely intend to read for the challenge, Carl has invited us to create a "pool" of possibilities that we can choose from. I love this approach, because I don't always know what I'm going to feel like reading, and I hate feeling locked into reading something just because I said I would. I love that feeling of choosing the next book I'm going to read, once I've finished a book. I call it the "book buffet" (which is why I always have so many library books checked out) - I love running a finger down all the spines and picking the one I feel most like reading. Yeah, I take this way too seriously! :-)

Anyway, here is my pool of possibilities, with more to be added as I think of them:

Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle
Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
Bitten by Kelly Armstrong
On All Hallow's Eve by Grace Chetwin
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury (possibly a read-aloud to my girls)
Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin
Maybe some Lovecraft
Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest
The Devil Inside by Jenna Black
Marked by PC Cast and Kristin Cast
M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman


  1. Bitten, The Halloween Tree, and Once Bitten Twice Shy are all great books! Looking forward to your thoughts on them!

  2. Ladytink - I know I heard about the Jaz Parks books from your blog, and your reviews make me really want to read them! And The Halloween Tree is one of my favorites, so I think it would be a fun read-aloud to the kids, especially since I haven't read it in ages.

  3. Welcome Darla, so glad you decided to get in on this for round three! :) Thanks! I'm glad you like the pool idea, I'm definitely going to adapt it to both of my challenges in the future, it is a much more liberating way to do things while also giving everyone a ton of great ideas for books to read. I really need to consider giving Cherie Priest a try myself this year, I've been meaning to for a long time. Look forward to your reviews!

  4. Yay glad you are joining in too. I hope you get around to reading Bitten, it's such a great series.

  5. That's a good pool, Darla! This is my first year with this challenge, too. I'll probably be adding The Halloween Tree to my pile o' books. Thanks for the idea! I've never heard of Bitten, but will have to check out the series.

  6. Tamsin is fantastic... very spooky but I also liked the historical aspect of it. I have Bitten on my list too and am hoping to get to it. All my family love that series.

  7. I haven't read any of the books on your list, but I do have the Cherie Priest book on my list!! This is my very favorite challenge. I'm excited to read all the great reviews that will come from it!

  8. Thanks, Carl - and the other thing about the pool idea that is working well for me is getting such great feedback before I commit to one of the books. Sounds like Bitten and Cherie Priest are definitely must reads at this point!

    Rhinoa - thanks! It's fun getting all these great book ideas from everyone's book pools, isn't it?!

    Rachael - oh, I'll be looking forward to hearing your thoughts on The Halloween Tree - it's a perfect book for this challenge!

    Cath - I put Tamsin on my list because of your review. It looks like a great RIP kind of book!

    Stephanie - Me, too! This will be a lot of fun. :-)

  9. I couldn't wait for this challenge to come around again so I could join! I'm only able to commit to Peril the Third and will be reading Tamsin. I started it today and look forward to getting back to it as soon as I'm finished blogging for the day!

  10. Terri - I like that there are the different "perils" offered, so that everyone can join in to the extent they want. Are you enjoying Tamsin so far?


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