It’s the most wonderful time of the year again!! 🍂 🎃🍂
I might be a little excited…
(The above gif in no way reflects how I’m acting now that September is here. Nope. Not even a little bit. I’m definitely not lying about that.)
Okay, okay, I’ll be serious. I’ve been singing “This Is Halloween” since like August 24th (but I do listen to the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack all year, so…), just randomly bursting out at the top of my lungs “EVERYONE HAIL TO THE PUMPKIN SONG!” And nobody wants that. I am not a gifted singer, unless you consider it a gift to cause actual physical pain to anyone who hears.
I absolutely love these reading…challenges? Readathons? Whatever you want to call them, I love them.
Click the links above to learn more, but here are the basics:
R.I.P. runs from September 1st through October 31st, and it’s less a challenge to read all the things, and more about reading books from ~darker~ genres/subgenres and enjoying the spookier kinds of autumn vibes as a community. There are different levels (called “perils”) to the challenge, from reading one book to reading four or more, as well as other perils you can participate in (such as Peril of the Short Story, which is when you read a short story).
For R.I.P., you can pretty much read anything that falls under the darker/spookier vibes genres, like mysteries, Gothic stories, horror, dark fantasy, etc. So, even if you don’t like scary stuff, you can still totally participate!
For Something Wicked Fall, which also runs from September 1st through October 31st, there’s a lot going on this year. September is dedicated to Gothic stories, October is for horror stories, and there are also going to be some watch-alongs (probably) and there’s a read-along happening for Stephen Kings Doctor Sleep during September and October, in preparation for the movie coming out November 8th. I’m not sure I’ll be able to participate in the latter two, but I’m so here for the first two.
Alright, that got a little long winded, but I’m just so excited!
I usually do all the R.I.P. Perils, so I’m once again signing up for Peril the First (4 books of any length that fit the categories), Peril of the Short Story, and Peril On the Screen. I’ll probably also do Peril of the Review, but we’ll see how things go.
This isn’t a set in stone kind of TBR so much as some books I’ve been saving for these events, and I’m just hoping I do manage to read a couple of these (particularly the ones I’ve had on my TBR for ages).
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is a Gothic mystery (I think?), so it works for both R.I.P. and SWF. (This one has definitely been on my potential TBR for these events in the past.)
I picked up The Family Plot by Cherie Priest recently(ish) finally, and I’m so looking forward to reading it for R.I.P. XIV. It’s a horror novel, and that’s basically all I know.
I think My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix has been on my TBR for R.I.P. before, as well, but maybe this time I’ll actually read it 😛
Another one that’s almost certainly been on these TBRs before is Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind. This one is a horror and mystery, I think? I’ll be (hopefully) reading it for R.I.P. But, it’s also on lists of Gothic stories, so??? Maybe it also works for SWF?
I finally own In a Glass Darkly by J. Sheridan Le Fanu! I’ve read Carmilla (I think I read it for this like 2 years ago), but I can’t wait to read at least one more story from this omg ❤ These are Gothic, horror, mystery, I think? I’m not 100% sure, but I am fairly confident that anything I read from this will count for R.I.P. and SWF, yay!
I’ve been saving From Hell by Alan Moore for, like, a year. Finally, I get to read it! Probably. I’m so glad I get to have a horror graphic novel on my TBR for R.I.P. omg. I’m kinda hoping Tome Topple comes along again during the next couple of months, because at 572 pages, this is a freaking tome of a graphic novel ❤
I’m not sure if The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero is just horror, or if it’s also Gothic It’s shelved as both on Goodreads, buuuut…that’s not always a reliable source of info, so I guess we’ll see. This will either be a read for both, or just R.I.P. if I get around to it.
I think I got my copy of The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury last October, but I didn’t read it because I read Something Wicked This Way Comes and wanted to save this one for this year. I know this is generally classified as horror, and I’ll probably save it for October. I might even read it on Halloween, who knows.
For short stories, I’ll almost certainly be reading (well, re-reading most likely) some of Poe’s stories, maybe revisiting some M.R. James, and trying the Le Fanu mentioned above. I might pick up others to read or re-read, but I’m really not sure yet.
For movies, heh… Every October, I do a month-long movie marathon. Mostly, it’s horror movies, but I do watch some suspense/thrillers, mysteries, Gothic movies, as well as more family-friendly things (like Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown). This “challenge” is the easiest one for me to get through 😛 (If you’re looking for movie recs, this list has 60 movies on it and links to my original rec list with 201 moves. And I’ll have more coming in Blogtober this year 😀 )