Monday, September 23, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Wow, it's been a while since my last reading update. September has been sort of a blur for me. Had some medical tests to get through early in the month — fortunately, everything turned out OK, but it was slightly traumatic. Then had to have oral surgery a couple of weeks ago and that's meant a lot of pain medication that's kept me sort of zonked for a while. And then I was attacked by a really mean migraine that knocked me out for another couple of days.

Tales of woe, hmmmm? Or maybe more like whoa!?

Soooo.... anyway, even though I have been doing some reading, I haven't had much energy for blogging or writing reviews. Hope I can get back to that pretty soon. But for now, I'll just make a little list.

Recently, I've managed to finish these three....

Three very different books. Enjoyed all of them, especially those last two.

This week I'm finishing up another ARC that I really should have gotten to back in June (shame on me)...

After that, I'll probably be starting this one...

Or possibly one of these...

Or maybe something I haven't even thought of yet. I'll just be happy if I can stay awake for a while and keep reading!

Hope your summer has been fun and filled with lots of great reads! And happy reading this week, everyone.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. If you want to let the world know what you're going to be reading this week, head on over to her blog and leave your link. It's also a great way to discover new books and new blogs.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XIV

I've been so out of it lately, I almost missed one of my favorite annual events!

The RIP (for Readers Imbibing Peril) reading event/challenge began September 1st and will run through the month of October. This is (sort of amazingly) the 14th year for RIP, and I believe I've participated (at least a little) in all but the first two editions.

RIP was the brainchild of Carl Anderson, over at his Stainless Steel Droppings blog (now dormant, I think), but was handed over to new hosts a couple of years back. This year it has its very own website, where you can read all about it and join up.

The purpose of the event is to read books that fall into any of the RIP categories:

Dark Fantasy

And the main goals are to HAVE FUN, and to share that fun with others. Pretty simple.

Actually, it's not that much of a challenge for me — those are the genres I read most of the time. But RIP always manages to renew my reading spirits after they've started sagging during the summer. And after the summer I've had, I really need some major renewing this year!

It also helps me find new books I might be interested in. I love reading all those lists and reviews.

Even though I'm getting a really late start, I'm still signing up at the Peril the First level (read four books), and I'll be combining that with Peril on the Screen (and possibly Peril of the Short Story, too). To find out about the various Peril levels, and to sign up, visit the challenge announcement page HERE.

I haven't really decided which books I intend to try to read, but I've got quite a few likely candidates. These are some new books that I'm eager to get to:
Imaginary Friend, by Stephen Chbosky
The Long Call, by Ann Cleeves
Old Bones, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
The Possession, by Michael Rutger
Pursuit, by Joyce Carol Oates 
And during the challenge, I'll be tracking my progress over on my challenge blog (HERE). Happy reading, everyone!