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Caroline

I can't believe October is gone already. It's one of my very favourite months.
I saw that Top Ten list. I haven't read all of them, maybe 6 or so but I'm quite sure I'll end up reading them all eventually.
I'm hosting another event in December with Delia (Postcards from Asia) - Dickens in December. A Christmas Carol is our readalong title. I've read it before but I liked it well enough to read it again and watch some of the movies.

Stefanie

You did really well on your RIP reading! I think I have read all but Monkey's Paw and the Shining on that list of the best. I will probably read Monkey's Paw sometime but never The Shining. The movie gives me nightmares and I am sure the book would be much worse!

LizF

I've read six out of the list but not the Poe, Straub, Jackson or Henry James - although I feel that I should get around to reading the latter at some point in the near-ish future!
My immediate reading future includes catching up (I hope) with the DGR Middlemarch readalong, trying to make some progress with Les Miserables and reading John Saturnall's Feast and The End of Your Life Bookclub (because they are library books which can't be renewed and I have two weeks left!)

LindaY

I remember "The Monkey's Paw" from school. Also "The Lottery" and "The Yellow Wall Paper," both very creepy.

I love A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Those who have only seen stage/screen/television adaptations have missed so much. Dickens at his best, succinct but descriptive.

Christine Harding

Glad I'm not the only one who is behind on things! Your RIP books sound interesting, but I can rarely get to grips with ghost stories. I think the only one you mention that I've read and enjoyed is A Christmas Carol.

Buried In Print

I listened to that Gaiman novel too: what fantastic narration...and I absolutely loved the music too. I'm so glad that Carl's event wedged this one onto my RIP list!

Cath

I've read six. I've not read The Haunting of Hill House, The Shining, The Tell-Tale Heart or Ghost Story. Reading what you say about the last one though, I think I might like to so will look into that later. I've thoroughly enjoyed RIP but am looking forward to branching out this month and want to get back to some non-fiction.

Kathy

I've only read one on the list, The Tell-Tale Heart. Obviously, my ghost story reading is quite lacking. (Probably because I'm a chicken at heart.) I don't mind an atmospheric story, though, and several of those you've written about sound good and not too scary.

catharina

Well it was to expect after reading my first two ghost stories ever this october: I haven't read even one on the list. I viewed A Christmas Carol though ánd liked it very much.

Danielle

The rest of the year is going to fly by! And while I am looking forward to a long weekend this month and then a week off between Christmas and New Years, I have lots to do between now and then and am not hoping that the time goes fast. I wish things would slow down actually. I was surprised that I had actually read all of the books/stories on the list--that is rare for me. And I am very into the Straub now and it'll be easy to finish! I'll have to pull out my copy of A Christmas Carol and reread it--it's about time and I do like to read a ghost story at Christmastime (can't get much better than Dickens)! I love seeing the film adaptations, but I've not seen one in the last few years-maybe it's time to watch one again as well.

Danielle

The movie The Shining is very creepy--Jack Nicholson was way too convincing in that role! I read the book probably 20 years ago. I'm not sure I could read it again--I like a good ghost story, but horror is not something I usually pick up--I think I'd have problems getting the laundry out of the dryer if I started reading Stephen King's scarier books!

Danielle

I really liked the Henry James--he gives you so much to think about--very creepy and I think the ending is very open so you can decide for yourself just what happened. The BBC adaptation of it was really good, too. I want to catch up/finish the Steinbeck I started in the summer! It's my long book now, so I'm right with you, though I think both Middlemarch and Les Miserables are both longer than East of Eden! Good luck making progress--I hate falling behind in these sorts of reading projects. I need to go through my library book pile and pare it down--I'll be going tomorrow and I plan on being very brutal in deciding what's going back! Once again I've let things get way out of control.

Danielle

I read all the short stories as an adult--and some of them only in the last few years. I have only read A Christmas Carol once, but I very much enjoyed it (after having seen numerous movie adaptations!). Dickens is great and that's the perfect place to start with his work really.It's about time for a reread.

Danielle

It's good that I've managed to finish so many books that I've been reading, but now it's a daunting task to write about them--I always find that really hard to do strangely. I love a good ghost story, but to be honest I am very happy with just good atmosphere and not anything too scary!

Danielle

I wouldn't likely have listened to it had it not been for Carl--so I'm glad he chose it. I'll pretty much listen to anything he reads--he's so good at it. And you're right the music fit perfectly. Now I need to choose a new audio book (or go back to one of the two that is in process...it's always so much fun choosing something new, however).

Danielle

The Haunting of Hill House is great if you ever get around to it. I am really enjoying the Straub. It starts a little slow, but once he hooks you, you don't want to put it down. I've enjoyed my RIP reading, too, but I'm happy to get on with some other reading now, too.

Danielle

I think for me it is a natural progression from mystery reading, which I also love. But I prefer atmospheric over gruesome, so you would likely be very safe with any of the stories I've read in the last couple of months.

Danielle

How did the Washington Irving go? Was it The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, right? And which other story did you read? I was surprised that I had read so many ghost stories--I think it is the annual RIP reading that helped me tick so many titles off the list! And I love watching A Christmas Carol--it's pretty much a tradition over here.

catharina

I thought The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow quite funny, maybe I shouldn't but that's how it was. The other one was my first Edgar Allen Poe: Ligeia and much more creepy altogether. I think I will join in again next year now that I crossed the bridge.

litlove

I thought I wouldn't have read a single one on the list, but I've actually read four. Shirley Jackson was the book I liked the best - her prose was just excellent and I'm looking forward to reading more books by her. Where DID October go???

Danielle

I don't think your response was off at all-if I recall I thought there was a lot of humor in his writing, too. I've not read a lot of Poe--he does creepy really well. My favorite of his stories is The Cask of Amontillado--have read it numerous times. Glad that you enjoyed your reading and will join in next year! :)

Danielle

I've really enjoyed the books by Shirley Jackson I've read--keep meaning to read more of her work, but then you know how that goes! I suspect November is going to fly by, too. Pretty soon it's going to be snowing and the holidays are just around the corner. Sigh. I'm not ready for it all.

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