Carl has softened that back-to-school blow by hosting what may well be my favorite reading challenge of them all. (Unless you ask me during the spring, then I'll likely say it's Once Upon a Time.) Actually, there are many, many things I adore about fall, but RIP is really the thing that cheers me up at a time when I need cheering.
Should some complete stranger stumble upon this and wonder what the heck I'm talking about, do head over to Carl's intro post for this year. I promise you won't be sorry. In fact, that's one of the very best things about Carl's challenges--his welcoming spirit and the sense of community he builds during his challenges. I'm seriously having to bite my tongue here...I want to gush away about what a great friend, great person period Carl is...but he might be getting sick of hearing it. :)
So I know I'm really late in getting up my post here, but I have already started my reading. In fact, I believe all of the Stevens' have begun...because yes, of course we're all participating! And maybe this year I'll be better about actually getting everyone to talk about what they read. Maybe.
Anyway, I love the variety this challenge encompasses: Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. Dark Fantasy. Gothic. Horror. Supernatural. In the past, I've stuck mostly to the horror and supernatural, but this year I'm really hoping to mix it up. In fact, I'd love to try to read something that would fit each of those categories...but well, I really need to stop setting myself goals that I tend not to meet. :P Nope, the only goals I have are to 1.) have fun (easy goal to meet!) and 2.) read as many books and short stories and watch as many movies as I can (even if life gets in the way and the actual numbers aren't that high).
Oooh, oooh...now comes the fun part--making a book pool! My choices are more limited as I've packed up about half of my fiction in our hopefully-we're-moving-next-year preparations. But more limited choices might actually be a good thing in this case.
Chris. RIP tends to do a bit of damage to the old wallet. ;)
Okay, so that's ten times as many books as I'll likely get read. But that's what a pool is for, to have choices, am I right? And of course, the possibility that I'll actually end up reading books not even included on the list (as in books that other people read for RIP and I find myself helpless to resist) is quite strong. As always. And as for the short stories and the films, well, I'll just wait and see what grabs me.
Happy haunted reading! And thank you, Carl, for bringing so much fun to so many people!