Hello October

September you were a busy month filled with a lot of activity and I get the feeling the rest of the year is going to be just as busy but there were some great moments in September. Number one was going to the CREATE Mixed Media Retreat in Dallas. I got to take a class with artist Pam Carriker who was a delight. And, best of all I got to see my best friends. I love hanging out with the girls.

I also visited a wonderful indie bookstore in Dallas, The Wild Detectives. My friend Christine has been raving about it and so glad I finally got to visit it. That visit deserves a whole post on its own but for now I’ll just tell you that I picked up Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and my friend Isabel gifted me The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri.

What else? Well, I’ve been spending more time on crafting and other personal things and unfortunately my reading time has been very limited. Can you believe I am still reading a book from months ago? Yikes. I did finish one book for the R.I.P. Challenge though so that’s a good thing.

So, what do I want for this month? I want more reading time! I’m behind on all of my reading challenges so I would love to get one or two more books in for the challenges. I would also like to finish some of my books in progress.

There are lots of great things to look forward to this month for example the Texas Book Festival. Joyce Carol Oates is one of the many authors who’ll be making an appearance. I really want to hear her. I’m also planning a trip to Monterrey and I can’t wait to see my family. It’s been a long time since I’ve had the chance to visit.

Anyway, that’s what’s going on with me. How about you? What are your plans for October?

Reading Notes

annadressedinbloodI have some great books going on at the moment and thought I’d share those titles with you. Several of you recommended I read Anna Dress In Blood by Kendare Blake for the R.I.P. Challenge and I started it last week. This one is fun. It’s a boy meets girl story but the girl happens to be a ghost and the boy happens to be a ghost hunter. It’s a bit more gruesome than I expected for this YA book but I’m enjoying it.

I’m also reading Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo, and this is a book I’m carrying over from vacation. Yes, it’s taken me this long to read it which is so odd given how much I like it. I love the narrator’s voice because it sounds so normal and you feel like he’s telling you his story.

My other read is Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. A mother is devastated when she is told that her daughter committed suicide but things just don’t add up and then she receives a text message from an unknown number telling her Amelia did not commit suicide. This is turning out to be a good thriller.

I also have a few other books in progress but those books have been in progress for months. I was enjoying them but then summer came along with family visits, vacations, etc. and I’ve sort of lost my desire to get back to them. I am still leaving them on my nightstand but am making no promises on finishing those.

So those are my latest reads. I recently took out some library books so I’ll do an update with those soon. What about you, how many books are you currently reading?

R.I.P. Challenge

lavinia-portraitRIP92751It’s that time of the year again! Carl V. is once again hosting the fabulous Readers Imbibing in Peril challenge – this is the 9th year. Can you believe it?

I may be far behind on my reading goals and challenges but that won’t stop me from signing up for this one. I love spooky stories and this time of the year so sign me up. There are several levels of participation and I’m going to shoot for Peril the Second.

This means I get to read two books of any length that fit the R.I.P. categories which are mystery, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, gothic, horror and supernatural. I’m also going to try and do Peril of the Short Story.

I do read a lot of mysteries but for this challenge I try to read books that more traditional horror, thriller or suspense stories. You know, make myself go outside of my comfort zone. I haven’t decided which books to read but I do have some good choices to choose from.

Here is a sampling of some of the books I have on hand:

Haunted Castles by Ray Russell
The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft
Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake
Don’t Look Now by Daphne Du Maurier

I have quite a few other books that would be perfect for the challenge so I can’t wait to go digging through the bookshelves. Let me know if you’ve read one of these and think I should read it for the challenge. I know a lot of you guys are participating so have fun and can’t wait to hear about your spooky reads.