Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday Miscellaneous

It was a dark and stormy night . . . The most perfect setting for the Readers Imbibing Peril (R.I.P.) Challenge hosted by Carl V. of Stainless Steel Droppings, wouldn't you say? I am glad I was able to participate in the challenge this year. I met my requirement of reading four books over the course of the challenge (and then some), each with their own combination of suspense and thrill. A couple even had quite a bit of chill!

Peril the First:
Damaged by Pamela Callow (review pending)
Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Damaged by Alex Kava (review pending)
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
The Art of Disappearing by Ivy Pochoda

Short Story Peril:
"The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe
"Best New Horror" by Joe Hill
"20th Century Ghost" by Joe Hill
"Pop Art" by Joe Hill

Other books I reviewed over the course of the challenge (September 1st through October 31st) that technically would have qualified for the challenge had I not read them before I signed up include:
On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Dead Politician Society by Robin Spano

I discovered author Joe Hill over the course of the challenge, finally getting a chance to read some of his work and so far am quite impressed. In fact, many of the authors I read for this challenge are new to me this year. It would be impossible for me to pick a favorite--and since I enjoyed each and every one, I am unable to list a least favorite either!

Many thanks to Carl V. for hosting this fun challenge!

Did you read any scary or spooky books this fall?

As autumn is in full swing, many people are turning their sights to the upcoming winter holidays. Sign ups for two book blogger exchanges are under way now. If you haven't, be sure and check them out.

Kate of the Neverending Shelf is hosting the Booklovers Secret Santa 2010 again this year. Participants are assigned partners and each will give the other a book for the holidays. The book can be used or new.

In addition to--or instead of if you're looking to save money but still want a little something special in the mail this holiday season--Anastasia of Birdbrain[ed] Book Blog is hosting a Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange, where book blogger are partnered with other book bloggers to exchange holiday cards. You can choose to send as few as one card or as many as five.

Sure sounds like fun to me!

I am unplugging for the week and will be back in November.
Have a great week and happy reading!

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  1. Congrats on finishing the challenge, Wendy! I don't think I'll be able to complete this challenge on time but at least I had a fun time reading the stories.

    Enjoy your break and we shall see you around in November! :)

  2. Alas, I did not read a single book for this challenge - it is my favorite challenge of the year. I am very impressed by your accomplishments.

    Enjoy the unplugged week!

  3. Congrats on finishing the challenge. Anna and I read aloud some Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft stories to The Girl on Saturday, but she was a bit distracted by the video games the men were playing in the background.

    I had fun reading them aloud anyways.

  4. Congrats on your progress in the RIP challenge! Under the Dome is the last "scary" book I read and I'm currently a ghost story, Her Fearful Symmetry.

  5. I haven't really read any scary books lately but I will be reading a Shirley Jackson one soon!!

    The Christmas book swap sounds like fun!!

  6. Enjoy your break, Wendy!

    I'm thinking of taking a break too.

  7. Happy Halloween, Wendy! Hope you enjoy it.

  8. my hubby just finished up a book on the making of the movie psycho and then did a Q&A review/interview with me. he was reading me excerpts and they were pretty scary! does that count toward a spooky read? enjoy the break and see you in november.

  9. Congratulations on completing the challenge. I read Carrie by Stephen King this fall. I guess that was my nod to the RIP Challenge!

  10. Thank you for your comments and the congratulations. I had a lot of fun with this challenge and did much better than I expected--heck, I wasn't even trying that hard. It helps that I like mystery/thrillers and so many of them fit into the terms of the challenge.


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