R.I.P. Recap

I did not complete the R.I.P. Challenge this year. It’s absolutely my favorite challenge of the year, but I only managed to read one book that could be considered part of the challenge, and it wasn’t even one of the books I planned to count. By the way, I did make a soap inspired by Attica Locke’s The Cutting Season. I call it Vanilla Sugar Cane. Its ingredients are olive oil, water, coconut oil, palm oil, sodium hydroxide, sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, and castor oil, along with a vanilla sugar fragrance that is an exact duplicate of Bath & Body Works’ Warm Vanilla Sugar fragrance—one of my favorites. I can’t wait until this soap is ready.

I did not manage to finish Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, and I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I’m giving up on it because it just didn’t do anything for me. I don’t know what’s wrong with me because it has all the elements I usually like in books: a creepy carnival visiting a small town in the fall; lots of imagery; a story that can be read on multiple levels. I think ultimately, I don’t care much for the characters. I have seen the movie (many years ago), and I liked it, so I can’t explain why the book is just not appealing to me. I find it is not difficult to put down, and I keep looking at it, thinking I should pick it up. At this point, I’ve maxed out my library renewals, and I just don’t have a desire to try to finish it. I feel like I’m giving the book the old, “It’s not you, it’s me,” speech. But I really feel like it is me. People love this book. I did make a soap inspired by Mr. Crosetti’s cotton candy. It was pink and cotton-candy scented. However, as the soap cured, it turned a deeper shade closer to purple. My feeling is it now looks like appropriately dark and twisted cotton candy, and Mr. Dark would approve. I will probably just gift it to the kids in my family for Christmas.

I enjoyed the challenge I set for myself of thinking of an appropriate soap inspired by the books I read for this challenge. I am not sure I’d want to do it for every challenge or every book, but it was fun, and just like the books, I was really pleased with how the Vanilla Sugar Cane Soap came out from the very start, and as it cures, it is shaping up into a very nice soap, just like the book. On the other hand, I was initially pleased with the Cotton Candy Soap, and over time, I found my enthusiasm cooled as the soap changed a funny color, which mirrors my feelings for the book on which I based it.

This year is shaping up to be a bad reading year for me all the way around. I am already feeling a pull to re-read Wuthering Heights. I recognize the signs: I start Googling things related to the book and looking for film versions on Netflix. And I don’t have time. I have other books I’ve committed to read. That book is a damned siren.

So how did you do with the challenge this year? How’s your reading year shaping up as we slide into the final two months?

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4 thoughts on “R.I.P. Recap

  1. I didn't do a great job with this challenge either. It's okay. We win some, we lose some. :-) I hope you end up rereading Wuthering Heights. Sometimes we need a re-read to get our reading mojo back. I hope November ends up being a good month of reading for you.

  2. I read Hans Holtzer, 2 Shirley Jackson novels, and some shorter classic stuff such as Poe's 'The Black Cat' (which, btw, is perfect irony!). I found that on Gutenberg, but never got around to formally joining the RIP challenge! Still enjoyed my reads though and isn't that part of the joy of reading? When it starts to feel like a chore, the joy is lost.

    Already met my reading goal for the year (yay) my e-reader made it oh so convenient to read, even though I need to feel the heft of a volume in my hands in-between the digital reads.

    I do with Jane Eyre, what you do with Wuthering Heights!

    My latest read is "Mr. Penumbras 24 hour Book Store" I am about half-way through and am waiting to finish it before giving my opinion-it did hook me right away.

    I have hit a bit of a writer's block and a "too busy in real life" stage for my blog lately and am really wanting to remedy that. Your blog was one of the first book blogs I read that inspired me to start my own.

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