Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Look Back on the Past Years of the R.I.P. Challenge

For the Once Upon a Time challenge this year, I posted a list of books I have actually managed to review for the challenge. I decided to do the same for the R.I.P. challenge. It is actually a rather pitiful showing, but maybe you can get some reading ideas for this post.

Soulless by Gail Carriger
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
The Witches by Ronald Dahl
Paul is Undead by Alan Goldsher
What Alice Knew by Paula Marantz Cohen
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Room by Emma Donoghue
Tales of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong
Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong
Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

I have read a lot of others that would count, but these are the ones I actually tagged 'R.I.P. Challenge'.

The first year my list included:
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfeld (review)
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - Never finished.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (review)
Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop (review)
Coraline by Neil Gaiman (review)
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (review)

I didn't read all of them that year, though. My list wound up consisting of a few of them plus:
Stardust by Neil Gaiman (review)
Sabriel by Garth Nix (review)
Archangel by Sharon Shinn (review)

Then, the second year my list looked like this (with many books STILL not read all these years later...):
Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop
Dreams Made Flesh by Anne Bishop
The Invisible Ring by Anne Bishop
Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong (read, but never reviewed)
Haunted by Kelley Armstrong (review)
Broken by Kelley Armstrong (review)
No Humans Involved by Kelley Armstrong (review)
The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
Gravelight by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Heartlight by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Enchantment by Orson Scott Card
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (review)
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

This is why I don't bother with lists normally... I don't follow them!

The list I posted when I finished this challenge looked like this:
1. Mirror Universe: Glass Empires by Various Authors (can't find a review of this one...)
2. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (or this one..)
3. Something From The Nightside by Simon R. Green
4. Agents of Light and Darkness by Simon R. Green

Okay, I never reviewed anything... I remember why now, though. My dog died.

Moving on to the third year, I once again attempted a list. It looked like this:
1. The Bleeding Dusk by Colleen Gleason (review)
2. When Twilight Burns by Colleen Gleason
3. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (one of these days I must read this)
4. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs (review)
5. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
6. Faerie Tale by Raymond Feist
7. Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong (Not reviewed)
8. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
9. The Book of Lost Things by John Connelly
10.Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (read, but never reviewed)
11.The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury (review)
12.The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke (review)
13.Don't Bet on the Prince edited by Jack Zipes (review)

I wound up reading a couple of these, but I also included:
Lords of the Bow by Conn Iggulden (review)
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry (review)

For year four, I posted another list:
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist (read, but not reviewed)
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (review)
Some Colleen Gleason
Some Rachel Caine Morganville Vampires
Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest (read, but not reviewed)
Witch Ember by John Lawson
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell – Susan Clarke
The Observations – Jane Harris
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Seth Grahame Smith
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
The Angel's Game - Carlos Luis Zafon
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
In the Woods by Tana French
Faerie Tale by Raymond Feist

After mostly disregarding that list, I wound up still managing to read 25 books:
1. Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs (review)
2. Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (not reviewed)
3. Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse by Kaleb Nation (review)
4. Fables - Volume 12: The Dark Ages by Bill Willingham (not reviewed)
5. Devilish by Maureen Johnson (not reviewed)
6. Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble (review)
7. Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest (not reviewed)
8. The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist (not reviewed)
9. Jack of Fables - Volume 1: The (Nearly) Great Escape by Bill Willingham (not reviewed)
10. Chaos Walking - Book One: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (not reviewed)
11. Jack of Fables - Volume 2: Jack of Hearts by Bill Willingham (not reviewed)
12. A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett (Tiffany Aching Trilogy, Book 2) (not reviewed)
13. The Hunger Games Trilogy - Book Two - Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (not reviewed)
14. The Lost Journals of Ven Plypheme: The Dragon's Lair by Elizabeth Haydon (Book 3) (not reviewed)
15. The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (The Thief Series, Book 3) (not reviewed)
16. Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher (not reviewed)
17. Rampant by Diana Peterfreund (review)
18. The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade (review)
19. Jack of Fables - Volume 3: The Bad Prince by Bill Willingham (not reviewed)
20. Wonderland by Tommy Kovac & Sonny Liew (review)
21. The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo (not reviewed)
22. Jack of Fables - Volume 4: American by Bill Willingham (not reviewed)
23. The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (not reviewed)
24. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (review)
25. Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (review)

Then, for the fifth challenge I read the following:
1. Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong (review)
2. Tales of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong (review)
3. Skulduggery Pleasant: Dark Days by Derek Landy (review)
4. Room by Emma Donoghue (review)
5. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (review)
6. What Alice Knew: A Most Curious Tale of Henry James and Jack the Ripper by Paula Marantz Cohen (review)
7. Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion by Alan Goldsher (review)
8. The Witches by Roald Dahl (review)
9. Dracula in Love by Karen Essex (not reviewed)


  1. Anonymous5:57 PM

    I like how eclectic these lists are, I will definitely be consulting these when I sit down to figure out what I am going to read this year for RIP.


  2. I love this idea! It makes me wish I'd kept my original lists, but I didn't. In fact, now that I deleted my old blog altogether, I don't even have the lists of what I *did* read for the challenges, though I know I read something like 8 books for RIP IV and 21 for RIP V. I'm already putting a list together for RIP VI!! I can't wait until tomorrow's announcement!!

  3. I'm bookmarking this for future reference! :D

  4. I love how you went back to see what you read all these years (and it's fun to see the cool RIP buttons throughout the years)!

  5. Oh my gosh, this is so cool, seeing all the old banners and seeing all the stuff you read. It brings back so many memories. Where in the world does the time go? You have read so many great books over the years. This would be a great pool for others to pull from.

    thanks for posting this, it is a fun idea.

  6. **L: Hope it helps!

    **Amanda: I couldn't imagine just deleting my blog. You are braver than me! I am looking forward to this challenge!

    **Eva: Hope you enjoy!

    **Stephanie: Thanks! It was fun!

    **Carl: It brings back lots of memories for me, too. It was lots of fun!

  7. Is it wrong of me to breathe a sigh of relief at all the ones you read and didn't review, either? I am so bad at that - I start out with good intentions, and then get bogged down if I miss one or two.....i have a whole list of books I read for the three RIPS I've been with that I never reviewed, either. What a great idea, Kelly, to list everything you've read for the challenges, and then what you did review, for people. Like Carl says, you read some really good books there, too. I'm kind of sad/happy to see yo do the same thing I do, keep adding the same books every year! I left off Thirteenth Tale for that very reason, since this would be the third straight year it was on my list! lol and because it's hardcover - I know, I could buy a soft cover copy! lol - I never get around to reading what everyone agrees is an excellent novel for this challenge.

    What did you think of The Strain? I just finished reading it, and debating whether I want to review it or not. Made for movie horror is what I felt while reading it.

  8. **Susan: I liked The Strain. I didn't love it, but I have read the sequel and I will probably read book 3 when it is out in October.

  9. Isn't it fun to have been involved in this from the very beginning?! XO

  10. **Bellezza: Yes! It's a great thing. :)

  11. Wow I've read a lot of these!! And the rest are mostly on my list now :p

  12. **Chris: There are a lot of good books on that list. :)

  13. Kelly, this was such a great idea !I found a ton of books to add to my own R.I.P. reading list for this year.

  14. **Vasilly: I am glad you find it a good resource!


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