Goodbye August, Hello September

August was a fantastic month for me, both in terms of blogging and in terms of real life.  A few months ago, I was super stressed and having a rough time, and decided I needed a vacation.  I found a deal on Groupon for a trip to the Bahamas that seemed too good to pass up, and last week, it finally happened.  It was exactly what I needed.  The sum total of my plans going in were, “Well, I can sit on a beach.  I can go on a boat.  I can drink rum.  And if I do all of those at once, then I might be a pirate!”  The water was blue, the beaches were empty, the sharks were just chilling in the bay, and the rum flowed freely.  And even though I didn’t commandeer a ship, I did read a book about pirates, which is close enough for me.

I went into August hoping to play catch-up on reviewing and on my yearly Goodreads challenge.  I made ridiculous progress.

What did you read this month?

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall (and RIP)

rip2016And now summer is finally coming to a close.  The humidity is dying down a bit, and it feels good to walk around outside.  Fall is a time of new beginnings, cozy sweaters (or just pajamas… it’s DC, let’s be real, it is still hot outside), pumpkin spice, and atmospheric reads.  Fall is a time for Carl’s R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge, and I can’t wait to get started!

Carl’s reading challenges were some of the first events I participated in when I started blogging, and they were one of the things that really brought me into the book blogging community.  Every year, I feel so blessed to be able to take part in them again.  And guys, R.I.P. is a great challenge.  It’s not a challenge in the traditional sense, and there really aren’t any rules except to have fun and enjoy books/movies/comics/etc. in any of the following genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Gothic, Horror, Dark Fantasy, and Things-That-Go-Bump-in-the-Night.  The challenge runs now through Halloween, and I can’t wait to get started!

Here are some of the books I plan to read/feature during the event:

  • Children of the Different by S.C. Flynn – post-apocalyptic YA novel with zombies
  • Monstress by Marjorie Liu – a graphic novel about eldritch creatures, revenge, and general badassery
  • Volkhavaar by Tanith Lee – SF/horror about a lovestruck slave fighting a warlock
  • An Oath of Wintersteel by J.M. Guillen – a steampunk Western with Lovecraftian monsters

Are you participating in R.I.P.? What fall reads are you looking forward to?

 

 

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16 comments

  1. I keep seeing Monstress on people’s lists and I just realized that I might have a copy headed my way! I do hope so because everyone is going to be talking about it. Right now I’m reading Delia Sherman’s new middle grade book, The Evil Wizard Smallbone. It’s quite a fun read! Have a great RIP season!

    1. Awesome! I got into Tanith Lee as a teenager reading the Claidi Journals, and only recently started reading her adult books. They’re strange and atmospheric, and make me want to read more.

  2. Part of the fun with this is seeing what other folks are reading. While I still have my favorite genres (historical fiction and mystery… or better yet, a combo of the two!), I’ve branched out more in recent years, enjoying much of what I’ve read. My last review was classic sic-fi and it has me wanting to read more.

    1. I agree–I love learning about new books I wouldn’t otherwise discover. I generally alternate between SF/F and historical fiction, with other genres thrown in based on my mood.

  3. I’m so happy that you were able to take that trip. It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time!

    I’m the one who is blessed. It is readers like you who have embraced this and made it your own that make it such a pleasure to host every year. Thank you, truly, it excites me to see people enjoying Autumn. Pumpkin spice rules!!!

    1. Mike claims that pumpkin spice is my catnip. He’s not wrong about that. 🙂

      I’m so happy to be participating in RIP again!