Nov 1, 2007

RIP Challenge Wrap-Up

I signed up for Peril the First, and originally I made a list of 5 books for this challenge. I'm happy to say that I completed the list and managed to add a few extras! This challenge was a lot of fun. Carl once again showed that he is a perfect host. His challenges are always so dynamic - there are so many fun contests and activities that stimulate interaction between bloggers. That's one of my favourite things about them. And of course, there's the books themselves...

I borrowed this challenge questionnaire from tanabata:

Books completed:
Best book I read for the challenge?
A tough question, because I honestly loved them all. Probably The Book of Lost Things, followed closely by Heart-Shaped Box, Tideland and The Halloween Tree.

Book I could've done without?
Not a single one!

Any new authors? Will I read them again?
Many of the authors were new to me. John Connoly, John Bellairs, Joe Hill, Mitch Cullin. I am definitely definitely reading more of their work in the future.

Best thing about the challenge?
Getting so many great reading suggestions from the other participant's reviews, and "meeting" great new bloggers like Lightheaded or gautami tripathy.

Thank you Carl for another great challenge!


  1. My wish list grew by leaps and bounds with this challenge! How great that you could answer "Not a single one!" You just can't beat that in a challenge, huh?

  2. What a great list of books :D I love your picture! Carl's challenges really are the best..I love the sense of community that grows out of them and all the little "mini-challenges" throughout. It's more than just a reading challenge, you actually experience the mood of the genre and that fits so well with this genre during this season! I saw the new version of The Book of Lost Things with all the bonus stuff the other day and almost picked it up...but I didn't...I will soon though! Glad you let us know about that one!

  3. Congrats on finishing the challenge. I know I've added Book of Lost Things and the Virago Book of Ghost Stories to my TBR list after reading your reviews :)

  4. I finished Frankenstein just yesterday, and I ADORED it! So so so good. And, like you, I was most taken with those parts about his development. Such a great book.

  5. A terrific list of books!! I wanted to read more, but I did make it through 4 plus Fragile Things. So I'm happy!!

    Like you, my TBR pile got exponentially larger!! So many great reviews!!

  6. Congrats! I'm loving Nocturnes, a short story collection of Connolly's. :) The Book of Lost Things is definitely on the short TBR list. :D

  7. this was a great one, wasn't it!?

    thanks for your great reviews! tideland... oooh, i really fancy giving that one a go...! :)

  8. Hooray for not a single book you could have done without!

  9. Congratulations on completing the challenge. Isn't it great to be able to enjoy all the books for the challenge? Make it so much fun.

    Now, we await R.I.P. III next year. ;p

  10. Wow! You did really great, Nymeth! Congratulations!

  11. Congrats as well! And thank you for the special mention. Hahaha!

    I have to get the Bradburys you reviewed. I've four pending Bradburys on my pile but those two books are not there! Why oh why?

    And Joe Hill of course, who is Stephen King's son actually (I found out through Neil Gaiman's blog).

    Probably John Connolly.

    Oh gee, my wish list are also growing. Hahaha!

    Thanks again.

  12. Congrats Nymeth.. this was my first halloween challenge and I enjoyed it..amazing how some books go from one to another just from our own nonprofessional reviews!! (sometimes I think the pros don't know how to "sell a book" lol)

  13. Debi: Exactly! I couldn't have asked for more!

    Chris: I agree - I really got to experience the mood of the season through this challenge, which was perfect for my first "real" Halloween. Do pick it up soon, the extras are great!

    Iliana: Thanks :) I hope you enjoy them!

    Andi: It really is a great book!

    Stephanie: I think I'm going to need two lifetimes to read all the books that are currently on my wishlist :P

    Eva: Ohh, I really want to read that one! I look forward to your review.

    Jean Pierre: Do give it a go! I'd love to know what you think of it.

    Dewey: Hooray indeed!

    Dark Orpheus: I am already looking forward to RIP III!

    Literary Feline: Thank you :)

    Lighthead: You're most welcome! You do need to get to those two Bradbury books. I think you'd enjoy them. And yep, I discovered who Joe Hill was through Neil's blog too.

    Deslily: I think I like blogger reviews better because they feel more personal. Professional reviews are often so... distant. Plus, I'm more likely to trust the opinion of a blogger I've gotten to know than of some random professional critic.

  14. I'm glad you read The Mummy, I really like that book. I want to read The Book of Lost Things and Heart-Shaped Box after reading your reviews thanks!


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