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Thursday, September 25, 2008

R.I.P Book Challenge


ok for the first time in my whole life I am going to take part in a book/reading challenge....yup, normally I shy away from these things as I tend to buckle under the pressure of "having" to do anything specific at any certain time. This time though, I have faith.

You see my friend Carl hosts a yearly reading challenge called "R.I.P", and it runs from September 1 - October 31st.

now, as you can tell I am late jumping on this bandwagon, but truthfully I have been preparing for this all summer, mistakingly I decided to read the book Peyton Place at the beginning of September, thinking I could fly though it and move on to the spooky stuff, but little did I know that the classic Peyton Place would not be the delicious page turner I thought it would be, now it does fulfill a bit of that longing for a NH autumn and Indian Summer, but that is about it.

anyway, moving on to the books I will be reading once I polish off the last 75 pages of Peyton Place....keep in mind I will most likely not finish all of these before October ends, but I am going to stretch this into November if I have to.

1- Audrey Rose by Frank De Felitta - now I know this was a movie but I never saw it and have been telling myself I am going to read the book since I was 15, so now I am finally doing it. I love the thought of the reincarnation mystery at the center of this I have a weakness for any book/movie that has a creepy kid in it

2- The White Room by A.J Mathews it's about a haunted house in I need to say anymore? I mean really, it's a haunted house book so that means even if it's bad it's probably pretty good and it takes place in Maine, the creepiest of all the New England states (not really sure why I am making that proclamation...moist likely because it takes place there, if it took place in Rhode Island I would probably say the same thing about it). Oh, and the premise is a family who has traveled to Maine so the wife can heal from a nervous breakdown. I love crazy ladies, they remind me of my mom.

3- Five Victorian Ghost Novels - this is an anthology of a bunch of books I never heard of by authors I never heard of, but the price was right and it's Victorian!!!!! Hello??? Perfect for me!! I will probably only read one of the books contained, right now I am leaning towards "The Ghost Of Guir House" by Charles Willing Beale

4- Coraline - Neil Gaiman - this is the graphic novel of Coraline with art by P Craig Russel who just happens to be from Ohio and one of my favorite artists. To be fair, I read the Coraline novel a few years ago and loved it (again, creepy little girl is involved), so this reading of the graphic novel will be a good palette cleanser in between "book books", For those of you who are unfamiliar with Coraline or only think of Neil Gaiman as "The Dream King", you should dash out to pick this book up, it's like Narnia but replace the Jesus Lion from Narnia with your worst nightmares and people with button eyes, and there you go.

5- A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray - I have been literally DYING to start reading this series, it's young adult fiction which I tend to love when it is done well, and the story is about a girl named Gemma at boarding school in the late 1800's. Oh, and she sees horrible visions of the future. Gotta love it.

{wow, this is a lot of books...yikes}

6- The Host by Stephanie Meyer, now as I mentioned yesterday I spent a part of my summer reading the (hot) book series Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, now normally I am not too into vampires and manpires (except all things Buffy or 30 days of night), but the Twilight series truly filled the hole in my heart that Buffy and Angel left. That being said, The Host is Stephanie Meyer's first foray into Adult fiction....and yes, it's about an alien and it's sort of Sci-Fi, but I have faith that she can make me care about an alien the way she made me care about a vampire family and wolves in the Twiloght books.

7- The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch - by Neil Gaiman, Michael Zulli and Todd Klein. I needed to through in another graphic novel into the mix and this one had me captivated just by reading the line on the back of the book "Come, come hear the strange and terrible tale of Miss Finch an exacting woman befallen by mystery and abduction deep under the streets of London"

So there you have it, that is what I will be reading, you know when I am not busy looking up pictures of my Gossip Girl boyfriend Ed Westwick.

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Blogger The Dutchess of Kickball said...

Wow, good luck with all that reading. That would take me a year. And you probably think that Maine is the creepiest of all states because all of Stephen King's books take place in Maine.

8:43 AM  
Blogger nancypearlwannabe said...

So, FYI: the Libba Bray books are some of my favorites ever. Thank goodness they are long because there are only three of them and I devoured them so quickly.

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Alissa said...

*makes notes*...lot of these sound great, specially the Haunted House one. But you might want to skip the Great and Terrible Beauty...I *tried* reading that and it was soooo not worth reading so I put it down halfway through. I didn't even know it was young adult fiction until you mentioned that! Eh, maybe I'll give it a try...

I just finished a memoir called "My Lobotomy" about a guy who was forced by his stepmotherto have a transorbital lobotomy when he was 12 years read and really...interesting/disturbing/depressing/uplifting! Haha--can a book be all of those things?

Happy reading!

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Seraphine said...

you certainly have an interesting (and somewhat darkly twisted) taste in books. beautiful!

12:49 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Hey, good luck with that! Sounds fun. I've been trying to fit reading in where I can, but I think I should probably get off the political history tomes for a bit.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Carl V. said...

Well of course I am thrilled to (near) death that you are a participant in the challenge! Thank you so much and thanks for always being such a willing sponsor of stuff going on at my site as well. You are a dream!

I love your choices. I too often stretch my scary reading into November, but since I also get the LOTR jones during that month of the year I generally like to officially end R.I.P. on Halloween. It is the perfect day to do so, of course.

Your description of Coraline has to be the most interesting one I've ever read. It cracked me up!

Miss Finch is wonderful...the short story anyway, haven't read the graphic novel. I am a big fan of Frank Frazetta whose Cave Girl image is the inspiration for the story. I just listened to Neil reading it to me in my truck the other day on the Fragile Things audio. Love hearing him read his stories.

I certainly look forward to your reviews!!!

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're my hero.

12:27 PM  

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