This year September 23rd also brings Deborah Crombie's newest book, To Dwell in Darkness, which I've been anticipating ever since the cliff-hanger that closed the last. The date is marked on my calendar, as is her signing here in Houston later the same week.
In addition, in the next couple of months there are four fall reading events that I'm really looking forward to participating in. The first, which has already started, is the 9th season of R.I.P., or R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril IX, hosted by Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings. It runs (appropriately) through Halloween. This year again I am signing up for "Peril the First," to "Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (the very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature," defined as "Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, Supernatural."
Ms. Crombie's new book would qualify. Here are some others I am considering, from my TBR stacks:
- Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower
- Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White (I'm currently stuck 1/3rd of the way through)
- Monica Dickens, Closed at Dusk
- I.J. Parker, The Convict's Sword
- Mary Stewart, Touch Not the Cat
- Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
- Patricia Wentworth, The Chinese Shawl
Next up is Mary Stewart Reading Week, hosted by Anbolyn of Gudrun's Tights. This will run September 14-21, and it is open to anything related to the author or her work. I collected quite a few of her books last year, with the first reading week, and I still have several on the TBR shelves. I am planning to read The Last Enchantment, to finish the Merlin trilogy. I also have a copy of Geoffrey of Monmouth's The History of the Kings of Britain, a source of many Arthurian legends, which Stewart recommended in an afterword to The Crystal Cave - not as history, but as entertaining fantasy disguised as history. I'd like to read Touch Not the Cat, which a Mary Stewart quiz suggested as the best match for me. My friend Susan also told me recently it's her favorite of Stewart's novels. Reading it would overlap with the R.I.P. challenge, but I think that's allowed. I am also tempted to re-read The Ivy Tree, just because it's so damn good!
The next event is A More Diverse Universe, hosted by Aarti of Book Lust. It is a challenge to read and review one book by a person of color during the last two weeks of September (Sept. 14-27). This year it's open to books in any genre. From a recommendation I read on Book Riot this morning, I picked up a copy of Secret Daughter, by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, at the library this afternoon. I know I'm not going to be able to wait to read that one. I am still making a list for this challenge, but again just from my own TBR shelves I have several possibilities:
- Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower [another challenge overlap!]
- Amitav Ghosh, The Glass Palace
- Susie King Taylor, A Black Woman's Civil War Memoirs
- Gail Tsukiyama, The Samurai's Garden
- Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy - I couldn't finish this in two weeks, but if I start if early, I might could finish it in time to qualify!
As well as the second month of R.I.P., October brings Margaret Kennedy Reading Week, hosted by Jane of Fleur in her World, running October 6-12. I consider Jane the one who really introduced me to Margaret Kennedy, with her review of Lucy Carmichael, a book I loved almost beyond words (my review is here). I already had a couple of Kennedy's books on the TBR stacks when Jane announced the reading week. I took that as an excuse to find still more, so I have a ridiculously wide range to choose from for the week, including The Feast, Troy Chimneys, Act of God, Not in the Calendar, and The Wild Swan. I also have a very battered second copy of Troy Chimneys that I'd be happy to share, if anyone is having trouble finding her books. I will be resisting the urge to buy the new Virago editions, as I have (so far) with the new Angela Thirkell editions.
The next couple of months should be rich in reading!