Welcome to the fourteenth year of Readers Imbibing Peril, or RIP, as it is affectionately called. For these many years, those here at RIP headquarters have embraced the spookiness of the seasons’ change. The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as: mystery, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, gothic, horror, and supernatural. The emphasis is on coming together as a community and embracing the autumnal mood, whether the weather is cooperative where you live or not. The goals are simple: 1. Have fun reading. 2. Share that fun with others. There are multiple levels of participation (Perils) that allow you to be a part of R.I.P. XIV without adding the burden of another commitment to your already busy lives. Use the #ripxiv hashtag on all the socials. Join in the fun here.
The 7th Annual Tolkien Blog Party will be hosted by The Edge of the Precipice, running l of Tolkien Week, Sept. 22-28. The Edge of the Precipice will provide a tag, some party games, a book review or two, and, yes, of course, a giveaway. Participants can contribute whatever Tolkieny posts one can come up with, be it a book or movie review, musings on a favorite character or theme, whatever. To find out more, visit The Edge of the Precipice.al
To encourage you to fully embrace your inner Janeite this August, The Book Rat invites you to join into the official Austen In August challenge! There are 5 tasks designed to engage you on multiple levels — you can make a goal of completing all of them, or knocking off just a few. You can share your progress with the challenge by snapping a picture for Instagram or Twitter, or by leaving a comment. Or do it just for you, and keep it your own special secret; that’s cool, too. So if you do share online, make sure to use the hashtag #AustenInAugust. And share the challenge photo above with your goal, so other Janeites can find us and get involved, too!
WITMonth stands for Women In Translation Month! It’s an annual event held in August, with the designated purpose of encouraging readers, reviewers, translators and anyone really to take part in the dialogue about women writers in translation, as well as providing us all with a convenient outlet to explore more books by women writers in translation. Women writers represent only 30% of translations into English. You can participate by simply sharing information about the women in translation problem. You can read a book or a selection of books by women in translation. For more about Women in Translation Month, take a look at Bibliobio here. For more about Bibliobio’s plans for the 2019 celebration, take a look here.
From 3 June until 3 September, Cathy at 746books will be attempting to read her 20 Books of Summer. Why not join in with your own 20 (or 10, or 15!), read along with some of the books or just cheer her on as she tries to get that dreaded 746 down by another 20 in just 3 months. Join the 20 Books of Summer Challenge here.
Brona’s Books is hosting the Moby Dick Readalong beginning in August of 2019 and finishing at the end of February of 2020. She plans to try to read three to four chapters a week and then listen to the matching podcast episodes from the Moby Dick Big Read. Bron will put up a monthly post and provide encouragement for progress through the book. To let others know of your interest in joining in, leave a comment here and share on social media.
Nick at One Catholic Life has chosen four books for 2019 for his Chapter-a-Day Read-Along: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, Lilith by George MacDonald, and The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens. If you would like to join in, get copies of the books you’d like to read. Then post about it on your blog. Download the daily schedule and commit to reading a chapter a day.
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