The end of October means the end of the RIP VIII reading event, where participants read spooky and/or dark books throughout September and October. I was aiming to complete Peril the First, meaning I was hoping to read four books for this challenge. I did post a rather ambitious book pile at the start of the event:
Of course I didn't get through all these titles but I did read:
- Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion - This was OK, it had a very sweet romance but it didn't set my world alight.
- Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin - This atmospheric vampire novel set on a steamboat on the Mississippi river was probably my favourite RIP read.
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman - This wasn't on my original list, but I wanted to read it. I loved the concept, but something about Gaiman's writing didn't work for me.
- The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon - Another unplanned read, this is a darker fantasy story about clairvoyants in a brutal society. It was very good, but could never live up to the hype surrounding it.
- The Turn of the Screw by Henry James - I was really looking forward to this classic, but the ambiguity in the story stopped me from enjoying it.
In other news, I'm back to work tomorrow after the half term break. It's been a very relaxing break which was just what I needed, as boy was I run down before the holiday started. I'm hoping to improve my work-life balance once I'm back at work and not let it completely take over my life. I will make time for reading and blogging!
This week, I've been reading: