Tuesday, September 01, 2009
better late than never
Being out of town, and out of the loop, I missed all the beginning excitement over the start of RIP IV. Oh well. Just means I still have reading everyone's lists to look forward to, right? While it's probably downright impossible to pick a favorite challenge, this may well be mine. It's definitely right up there in the top.
I know I've said it before, but I really, truly love every season of the year. And I feel so blessed that I live in a part of the world where each season shines. Ah, but fall. There's just something very special about it, isn't there? (The only downside I can think of--and it's a big downside--is that the boys go back to school.) Anyway, as much I already adored the sheer gloriousness of fall, Carl's enthusiasm just intensifies the joy! As does RIP.
RIP allows me to go back to my youth. Apart from all the assigned reading of middle school/high school, this was the kind of reading I did. I couldn't get enough. Somewhere along the line though, the stories of fearful suspense sort of disappeared from my reading. Until RIP II (sadly, I missed out on the first). Wow...another thing I am forever grateful to Carl for. (The list of things I am forever grateful to Carl for is enormous, by the way...but tops is for his friendship!) Yep, Carl reawakened my love of horror. And broadened it, too.
And RIP, as with all of Carl's wonderful challenges, brings out the camaraderie in all its participants. Okay, so it's hell on the wish list. But isn't that really a good thing, too? ;)
This morning seems the perfect time to finally put together a pool of books to choose from, as it is feeling particularly fall-like this morning with temps only in the mid-40s. We even bought the fixin's for our first batch of chili of the season...mmmm. (Rich's chili is just soooooo delicious!)
Okay, okay...back to books here. The one rule I've made for myself is that all books must currently be in this house...in other words, no buying! (Confession time...I came home from vacation with sooooo many new books. Bad me. Of course, a great deal of it is really Chris's fault. And not just because he *made* me buy books, but because he gave me a huge bagful! Anyway, I mention this because I figure I'll just go ahead and award any blame for the books in my pool right now.) And I'm shamelessly copying Chris's idea of just posting pictures of the books, though mine won't look as pretty as his because I have no clue how to put them together in a nice collage.
(Okay, Debi, just shut up already, would you?!!!)
Surely there ought to be something to catch my interest there, huh? ; )
5 of these came home with me from vacation (The Rapture--thanks Chris!, Voodoo Season--bought in New Orleans, and Spook, The Wyvern Mystery, and The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder--all from used book store)
2 of these come with blame attached (point to Chris for his review of Voodoo Season and point to Nymeth for The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder for getting us hooked on John Bellairs)
2 of these would be rereads if I get to them (Night Shift and Ghost Story)
3 of these I already have started (Night Shift, The Figure in the Shadows, and M Is For Magic)
13 of these are short story collections, 5 are graphic novels, 2 are non-fiction...
blah, blah, blah...yeah, enough already, Debi...