Decatur Book Festival and R.I.P. Update

Decatur Book FestivalTomorrow, the Huffs are heading to the annual Decatur Book Festival for the first time. I’ll be sure to share all the fun here.

Meanwhile, I think I’ve finalized the selections I will read for the R.I.P. Challenge. I have decided on Peril the First, which means I plan to read four books: Dracula by Bram Stoker, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, Grendel by John Gardner, and 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill. I am hoping that by picking books of a manageable size that I can actually finish the challenge, but I would like to read the others on my list at some point. I had settled on Dracula and Coraline fairly early on, but what finally made me decide on Grendel was a short excerpt in a supplementary textbook I use for teaching British Lit. I can no longer claim I’m any kind of Beowulf aficionado if I haven’t read Grendel. I decided on 20th Century Ghosts because of the recommendation of a Barnes and Noble employee who raved about it when I purchased it.

Meanwhile, my sister, who doesn’t have a blog, is going to read The Mothman Prophecies by John A. Keel, Strange Guests by Brad Steiger, and Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian. She has committed to Peril the Second. Perhaps if we all ask her really nicely, she’ll consent to guest blog here with her reviews. Or perhaps she will prefer to post reviews at the blog Carl has set up for the purpose. Either way, I hope she’ll share her thoughts with us.

7 thoughts on “Decatur Book Festival and R.I.P. Update

  1. Ahhh…it's in print! Now I have to follow through. You know, I would love to be a guest blogger but I don't want to dirty up your blog with my idiotic musings. I'm actually working on pulling my livejournal together which I had only joined to interact in Twilight communities. Don't judge me.

  2. I read Bram Stoker's Dracula last year at this time and I wasn't impressed but I was impressed with the Historian. Go figure, I'd have thought I'd be more impressed by Stoker! I hope you enjoy your reads.

  3. I hope you enjoy your books, Dana. I read Coraline last year for the challenge and thought it was so wonderfully creepy! Glad to hear your sister is joining too and hopefully we get to read some of her reviews too! 🙂

    1. I read Stardust and The Graveyard Book and loved both of them. I have heard great things about Coraline. I'm starting it officially tonight after dinner. I have been working on grad school stuff most of the day, so I'm taking the evening off. I hope. My kids will surely have other plans.

      1. It's light and fun, but not terribly well-written. I actually like Laurie Viera Rigler and follow her on Twitter, but I don't plan to read the sequel, Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict. Still, this book is fine for what it is.

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