I read an excellent blog called Bookshelves of Doom
, written by a Maine librarian who loves YA fiction (among other things). She posted a link to a reading challenge on another blog
that initially began as a sci-fi site and has broadened its scope, and it's exactly right for this time of year! (Well, on purpose. Duh.)
It's called the R.I.P. Challenge, aka Readers Imbibing Peril, and it's all about reading stories that haunt, terrify, and spook, tales that poke into the dark corners and wake the ghosts and explore the unknown. Which is what I do every year at this time anyway, leading up to Halloween! That's when I revisit Shirley Jackson and some of my favorite Stephen King stories, and when I look for new horror novels (and also pull out my DVDs of The Haunting
and other scary favorites).
As the challenge states, the goals are pretty simple:
1) Have fun reading.
2) Share that fun with others.
It's running now through October 31st, and started September 1st (actually a day or two before that, I think), but it's early days! If you want to pick some books about things that go bump in the night (and they don't
have to be YA, to be clear), you can simply read them and enjoy them, or you can sign up and post reviews, as well.
Which is what I'm planning to do! So far I'm planning on:
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton
Magic For Beginners, Kelly Link
Valiant, Holly Black
But I may try to pick up a few more! Check out the link above -- there are actually different ways to tackle this, if you want to be more organized about it.