Monday, October 09, 2017

#RIPXII Peril of the Group Read: SLADE HOUSE by David Mitchell

Thank you for joining us! We'd love to know what you thought of SLADE HOUSE. These questions are just a jumping-off point if you're interested in sharing your answers. Link up down below!
1. Slade House is broken up into five parts and is narrated by five characters. Which one did you like best and why? 
2. In my opinion, this is not a traditional"scary" book. Each new guest in the house reveals more about Slade House and the Grayer twins. Did you find any of it unsettling? 
3. This quote, discuss: “Grief is an amputation, but hope is incurable hemophilia: you bleed and bleed and bleed.” 
4. Norah and Jonah...sympathetic or nah? 
5. We didn't learn much about what Norah and Jonah do between each nine–year cycle, but we do know that they have a lot of freedom and many resources at their disposal. What would you do with a gifted existence like this one?
6. The ending. What did you think?

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

I Am IN the Books! (RIPXII Update 1)

RIPXII! All the books, y'all! This type of reading is scratching just the right itch for me, so I'm currently reading ALL the books.

I've had American Supernatural Tales, edited by S.T. Joshi, on my stacks for years. Admittedly, I bought it because I liked the cover the best from the Penguin Horror collection, and it's one of the books from that collection that I didn't already have. The book is ordered from the oldest stories to most recent, and I've found myself in the mood to read through this one in order (except Henry James...I always skip him). Right now I'm alllllmost halfway through, and I am about to start "The Call of Chthulhu" by H.P. Lovecraft. I've never read Lovecraft, so I'm looking forward to trying this one.

I mentioned on Twitter that I really wanted to try Tananarive Due for this year's RIP event, and someone mentioned Ghost Summer: Stories. It happened to be available on Scribd, so here we are. The stories are set in Gracetown, Florida, and I do love a collection tied together by location. The first story knocked me on my ass, so I'm definitely looking forward to more.

Last, but most certainly not least, I'm reading David Mitchell's Slade House for Peril of the Group Read. We could not have picked a better one for this Peril. The two audiobook readers are excellent, and the story sucked me in immediately. I've always been a little shy of reading Mitchell because I just assumed everything he wrote was super confusing (think Cloud Atlas) but I might be a new convert. I'm hoping I can get ahold of The Bone Clocks to listen to next.

What are you reading? 

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Bookmarks are Coming!

I've been working on some new stuff for my Etsy shop, WreckingBallDesign, and at the tippy top of my list are some new customizable book plates, magnetic bookmarks, and original designs for cross stitch bookmarks. Here are a few things in the works:


Right now I'm in the process of finding a material I really like for printing the magnetic bookmarks. I'm probably going to make them in the big, beautiful oversize shown here and a smaller, more standard size. As for the cross stitch, I'm working on this multi-color version, and then I'm going to do an autumn color scheme and one more TBA. Both of these varieties will be ready to list in the shop in about two weeks at the most. 

On the sticker front, I have a couple of new releases this week. These are both weekly sticker "kits"--enough stickers for a week+ in your planner or journal--but they are also available for purchase as individual sheets. 

Autumn Blooms stickers...

The Hipster collection. 
Everything in the shop is marked down by 25% this weekend for Labor Day! And in case you were curious, all the profit from the shop is going into savings for a car down payment. Adulting is fun (sarcasm and kinda not).

Happy reading and crafting! 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XII (#ripxii) SIGN UPS!

Every September 1 through October 31 for the last 11 years Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings has hosted the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge, affectionately known as the R.I.P. Challenge. Carl has been kind enough to entrust the event to us, Heather and Andi, from now on, and we hope to do him proud. We know all of you readers will!
The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as:
Dark Fantasy.
The emphasis is never on the word challenge, instead it is about coming together as a community and embracing the autumnal mood, whether the weather is cooperative where you live or not.

There are two simple goals for the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VI Challenge:
1. Have fun reading.
2. Share that fun with others.
As we do each and every year, there are multiple levels of participation (Perils) that allow you to be a part of R.I.P. XII without adding the burden of another commitment to your already busy lives. There is even a one book only option for those who feel that this sort of reading is not their cup of tea (or who have many other commitments) but want to participate all the same.
Multiple perils await you. You can participate in just one, or participate in them all.
Peril the First:
Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (our very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be Stephen King or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Shirley Jackson or Tananarive Due…or anyone in between.
Peril the Second:
Read two books of any length that you believe fit within the challenge categories.
Peril the Third:
We all want you to participate. This Peril involves reading one book that fits within the R.I.P. definition.
Peril of the Short Story:
We are fans of short stories and our desire for them is perhaps no greater than in autumn. We see Jackson in our future for sure! You can read short stories any time during the challenge. We sometimes like to read short stories over the weekend and post about them around that time. Feel free to do this however you want, but if you review short stories on your site, please link to those reviews on our RIPXII Book Review pages.
Peril on the Screen:
This is for those of us who like to watch suitably scary, eerie, mysterious gothic fare during this time of year. It may be something on the small screen or large. It might be a television show, like Dark Shadows, or your favorite film. If you are so inclined, please post links to any R.I.P.-related viewing you do on our book review pages as well.
Peril of the Group Read:
This year we will read and discuss Slade House by David Mitchell! We plan to post discussion questions on October 1 on our respective blogs, and you can answer them at your leisure, and as you like! If you post on your blog, link up. If you post on Twitter, Insta, etc. use #ripxii.
In addition to, or instead of, these group read options you may want to host your own. That would be welcome too and if you choose to do so please let us know so that we can advertise them for you.
Again, you may participate in one or all of the various Perils. Our one demand: enjoy yourself!
The R.I.P. XII Challenge does not require you to read from a pre-selected list of books, but like many of you we love to get ideas from what others are thinking of reading. If you want to include a pool of potential reads when you sign up, either in the comments or on your own sign up post on your blog (not required for participation), please do!
This challenge is always a joy because of one thing: you! You sharing your passion for books, reading, films, television, etc. helps bring us together and ensures that we all have a great time. Thank each and every one of you who choose to participate on any level. We are honored that you would choose to do so.
Remember that we would love to read any reviews of the books you read or things you watch. Simply visit OR and look for the RIP Review PAGE and leave a link to your post. These challenges are a great way to make new friends by tempting them to come to your site to read your reviews.
Do not let circumstances fool you. Autumn is here in spirit. It is R.I.P. XII time.
And so it begins…

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