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.

Vacation Bookish Purchases

I can’t believe I’ve been back from vacation for a month now and I still haven’t finished wrapping up my blog posts about it. I’m journaling a lot and have about three or four journals going on so I think that’s probably one of the reasons I’m not blogging as much.

Anyway, I did want to mention my bookish goodies that I got while in Germany. We always make it a point to visit bookstores whenever we go to a new place and when we stop in Hannover to visit friends we always go to three bookstores that are all within walking distance of each other. I love seeing the different covers, the gift items and just browsing.

booksboughtOn this trip I picked up the following books and goodies:

This House is Haunted by John Boyne. I picked up this one almost based on the title alone. Should be a perfect read for this time of the year. Bought at Buchhandlung Walthari in Freiburg.

A Half Forgotten Song by Katharine Webb. I read one of her books before and really liked it so I hope this will also be a good read.

How To Be German in 50 Easy Steps by Adam Fletcher. This book has made me my husband and I laugh over some of the little quirks. I can also attest to the fact that some of the author’s observations about German culture are so true. For example, breakfasts are elaborate feasts. Aw, how great for me as I love breakfast.

The Eye Collector by Sebastian Fitzek. Creepy title right? I have started this one but got sidetracked by a really good book which I’ll tell you about soon. I chose this book though because it’s written by a German author and I know crime fiction is very popular in Germany but not a lot gets translated into English so I couldn’t resist this one.

bookmarksLike many of you, I also collect bookmarks and I especially love to find ones from places I visit so I had to pick up these two. The metal one has an illustration of the city of Freiburg and the wooden on from the Harz Mountains. It says “I was Up High” referring to the Brocken which is the highest peak in the Harz Mountains.

If you are wondering about the little witch on the bookmark that is because the Harz is home to the Walpurgis Festival which you can read all about here.

Alright that wraps up vacation. Next up I have to tell you about some crafty projects, good books I’m reading and some other fun stuff.