Reading Challenge: RIP V

September 21, 2010 at 4:38 pm (Challenge Post) (, , , )

It’s once again time for the Readers Imbibing Peril challenge over at Stainless Steel Droppings. Officially, it began on the first of the month, but better late than never, eh?  Since I’m ambitious, I’ll be participating in Peril the First again, which requires reading four books that fit a broad definition of scary. Unlike last year, however, I have no idea what I might read for this year’s challenge. (Anyone with a similar problem will find any number of suitable titles, either on my RIP IV list, or under horror and suspense categories here.

I guess I ought to go rummage about in my books to find something appropriate. I have a Norton Book of Ghost Stories I still haven’t read, and I have been long desirous of reading The Monk. I’ve also been considering revisiting Dracula, which I read once back in seventh grade, and never again.

Any ideas or recommendations?

RIP V Reading List

1. The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
2. World War Z by Max Brooks
3.  Pet Sematary by Stephen King
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Challenge Wrap-Up: 100+ Reading Challenge

November 28, 2009 at 3:52 am (Challenge Wrap-Up) ()

One of the first book challenges I joined was the 100+ Reading Challenge, hosted by J. Kaye over at J. Kaye’s Book Blog. As the name would suggest, the goal was simply to read over a hundred books in 2009. I joined a little late (I didn’t even start this blog till mid-April), but I had a good feeling that this was one challenge that would present few difficulties for me. I had always wanted to keep track of my reading, but I always lost lists, or just stopped adding to them. The 100+ Challenge kept me organized, both with my read list and posting reviews both here and with links on the challenge pages.

This Challenge also helped alter my reading habits, getting me out of my re-reading rut (I do love re-reading books!), and provoking me into looking for new and interesting books at the library, something I hadn’t done for some time. I didn’t like that my re-reads were so far outpacing my new books in my tracker, so I made a lot of effort to change that–and read some damn fine books in the process. I also liked going through reviews by other participants, just to see how they were doing, and what sorts of books they were reading.

I’m sure I’ll participate again next year, but I think I’ll try to hit the 200+ Club in 2010. Wish me luck.

100+ Reading Challenge: 20 April – 6 November

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