It feels like fall in my neck of the woods. I am sitting here with my morning coffee and getting ready to start another bout of 50-minute reading sprints (*thank you, Facebook reading buddies for this inspiration) and I am really getting excited about the most important season of the year, the spooky season. To add to this, I just discovered the perfect readathon – Readers Imbibing Peril hosted by Heather and Andi. And it is already on its 12th annual repeat!
Of course, I immediately joined. Bear with me as I reason my way through this – all I know so far is that it celebrates the horror, the mystery, the thriller, the supernatural, and the all around dark and mystical genres. I am so in! I also gather that there are several stages of peril, which allows participants to, well, participate as much as they want. There further appears to be a group read (Slade House by David Mitchell) as well as prompts for short stories and movies! It seems that the readathon is mostly celebrated through blogs, thus here I am doing my part.
So how will I go about this, you ask! Looking through my TBR mount (as it is right now, and of course always subject to change), I have plenty of books that fit these categories. Some of them come from NetGalley ARCs, some of them are from my BOTM subscription, and some of them are from the library or procured some other way. Here are a few (and I am still deciding if they are in fact DARK enough for this):
- It (Stephen King) disclaimer: I started this one in August 😉
- The Hangman’s Daughter (Olive Pötzsch)
- The Blinds (Adam Sternbergh)
- Select (Marit Weisenberg)
- A Conjuring of Light (V.E. Schwab)
- Behind Her Eyes (Sarah Pinborough)
- Sleeping Giants (Sylvain Neuvel)
- The Marriage Pact (Michelle Richmond)
- Final Girls (Riley Sager)
- Dark Harvest (Norman Partridge)
If you have any must-read suggestions, please do share! There are a few books I have in mind, which I haven’t gotten yet, that I bet will make it on this list – especially some really cool graphic novels I’ve been wanting to delve into.
I will write my updates to this readathon progress here on this blog (and may occasionally post a picture on Instagram #ripxii). I am not yet sure if I will track my daily reading or if I will just have summaries per book. We shall see!
I really hope you will join me in this endeavor! Celebrating the darker side of things is a must in fall!