Readers Imbibing Peril | #RIPXIV

It’s (almost) the best time of the year. Apples! Apple cider! Apple cider donuts! Crunchy leaves! And my personal favorite, the return of sweater weather (and before the onset of parka weather). This also means it’s time to imbibe some peril. If you’re like me, it tends to mean mildly perilous. Having children has made me a bit squeamish, especially in regards to movies. I just don’t want anything bad to happen to anyone.* That being said, I’m sure one or two misfortunes will befall the lovely characters below. It is (almost) October, after all.


False Bingo // Jac Jemq. “The mundane becomes sinister in a disquieting story collection from the author of The Grip of It.” Yes, please.

The Institute // Stephen King. ” From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It—publishing just as the second part of It, the movie, lands in theaters.”

The Widow of Pale Harbor // Hester Fox. A town gripped by fear. A woman accused of witchcraft. Who can save Pale Harbor, Maine from itself?

The Choke // Sofie Laguna. “A brilliant, haunting novel about a child navigating an often dark and uncaring world of male power, guns and violence, in which grown-ups can’t be trusted and comfort can only be found in nature, The Choke is a compassionate and claustrophobic vision of a child in danger and a society in deep trouble.” 

Picnic at Hanging Rock // Joan Lindsay. ” It was a cloudless summer day in the year nineteen hundred. Everyone at Appleyard College for Young Ladies agreed it was just right for a picnic at Hanging Rock. After lunch, a group of three of the girls climbed into the blaze of the afternoon sun, pressing on through the scrub into the shadows of Hanging Rock. Further, higher, till at last they disappeared. They never returned.” This is a classic I’ve never gotten around to, but I am here for it now.

Last Ones Left Alive // Sarah Davis-Goff. “Last Ones Left Alive is the story of Orpen, a young woman who must walk on foot across a ravaged Ireland in the desperate hope of saving herself, and her guardian Maeve, from the zombie-like menace known as the skrake. Sarah Davis-Goff’s strikingly original debut will appeal to readers of dystopian literary fiction such as STATION 11 or THE END WE START FROM.”


This is an ambitious list for me, as I’m not exactly a tv watcher (like 30 minutes a week, if that?), and I think I’ve failed this portion of the event every year. But it’s good to have goals.

1. IT Chapter 2. I’ll be watching this along with everyone else.

2. Picnic at Hanging Rock. The series, starring Natalie Dormer (The Tudors remains one of my favorites).

3. A Discovery of Witches. I’m a fan of this trilogy, but have been unable to watch the adaptation yet. First step is figuring out how to watch it.

4. Castle Rock. I did watch all of season one and enjoyed it. Skarsgard is so creepy. It’s fantastic.

*And no, I do not know how to explain my love of Stephen King’s IT. It’s a mystery.

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