Sunday, September 2, 2012

Sunday Salon - September 2

Happy September! I can't tell you how happy I am that fall is here, or will be soon. We have battled heat in the high 90's again this week and I am so ready for cooler temperatures to finally arrive.

I didn't get much reading done this past week. My sister and her husband celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary last week so their kids, my parents, my brother and I hosted a surprise party for them at our house Friday night. Well, sort of a surprise. My brother-in-law bought a boat this summer and was bound and determined that he was taking advantage of this long weekend for a good boating trip. We finally had to break down and tell him about the party - but at least my sister was surprised. We had a great turnout and I think they both really enjoyed themselves!

After my utter failure with Carl (of Stainless Steel Droppings) this spring (how could I NOT have succeeded at something that required reading fairy tales and folk tales???), you might be surprised to find out that I'm jumping on into R.I.P. VII (Readers Imbibing Peril) with Carl and about 100 of his closest friends. When the gals at The Estella Society announced a readalong of Sarah Water's The Little Stranger in conjunction with R.I.P. VII, I decided to jump on in.I've been wanting to read this one for a long time.

Once I decided to join the Group Read, I decided I might as well explore the rest of the options for R.I.P. VII. Since I've been wanting to read some Angela Carter for a long time as well, I've decided to also read some short stories.

While I was signing up, I noticed that there is also a Peril for the screen and Carl mentioned the original "Dark Shadows" series. I have steered far and wide away from the movie of the same name but now that Carl brought it up, I'm going to track down the series and take a trip down memory lane.

Since I'm working hard to make everything in my life, including blogging less stressful (and more fun!), R.I.P. VII is in, even if it does mean that something else has to be dropped. 

This week I've got reviews of The Mirrored World by Debra Dean and The Bookie's Son by Andrew Goldstein coming up. then my schedule is clear for October except for Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand for the Omaha Bookworms and The Headmaster's Wager for a TLC Book Tour at the end of the month. There will be plenty of time to read The Little Stranger and I'm also going to work in a couple more books that I have for review which just happen to also fit in with R.I.P. VII. What are you reading heading into fall?


  1. Ha! I feel about RIP the way you feel about Carl's Once Upon a Time event. How can I not participate when it is all about spooky reads? I'll be reading The Little Stranger too. I've been wanting to read it for so long. I LOVE RIP!

  2. I'm definitely joining as I'll have lots of scary reading ahead of me (Dueling Monsters in October--American Psycho versus Red Dragon. Sheesh--the things I get myself into). I wish I had a copy of Little Strangers so I could readalong.

    So the party turned out well? Too funny about the boating!!

  3. Boating is so much fun! That's what we did over this long weekend and it was bliss! I'm all for making blogging fun and those challenges sound like a great way to change it up!!!!

  4. Hey, no need to beat yourself up. I've failed at my own Once Upon a Time Challenge in the past, lol! Things happen. Wonderful to have you in for R.I.P. though. I too am ready for the fall, the weather cannot get here soon enough for me.

    Wasn't The Little Stranger a great choice? I'm so glad they chose that book as I've been wanting to read it and needed that push. I'm enjoying it very much thus far.

    The old Dark Shadows series is great for gothic atmosphere and a sense of television history. We started working our way through it awhile back and need to get back to it again.