R.I.P. VIII: The Books

Behold four of the books I have for the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XIII. Always I will miss the input of Carl, who began the challenge long ago when I myself was beginning blogging; may I hazard a guess of 2006? Be that as it may, here we are thirteen years later. Feeling autumnal. Willing to ‘frighten’ ourselves with spirits and ghosts and eerie stories.

The Laybrinth of Spirits is the latest in the quartet which makes up the Cemetery of Forgotten Books by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It is, frankly, just as involved and filled with characters as The Shadow of The Wind, a book in which I had to list all the characters on the inside back cover. But, there is an air of mystery, and an aura of the power of books, which melts my heart.

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo is a retelling and continuation of The Legend of Sleepy Hallow told through the perspective of Ichabod Crane’s forbidden love. It will be published October 2, 2019.

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell was first published last October, the paperback came out in March. It is described as, “An extraordinary, memorable, and truly haunting book.” –JoJo Moyes, #1 New York Times bestselling author and, “A perfect read for a winter night…An intriguing, nuanced, and genuinely eerie slice of Victorian gothic.” –The Guardian

The Hanging at Picnic Rock by Joan Lindsay is a 50th anniversary edition of a book which has been called, “A beguiling landmark of Australian literature, it stands with Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, and Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides as a masterpiece of intrigue.” Apparently, three girls go off climbing after their picnic, into the shadows of a volcanic outcropping, and never return.

And you? Have you any autumnal reading planned for this fall? For the R.I.P. XIII? (Sign up, if you haven’t already, by clicking here.)

21 thoughts on “R.I.P. VIII: The Books

  1. I have heard good things about SILENT COMPANIONS and had kind of forgotten it. I’m going to look at my library for it because it would be perfect for R.I.P. Enjoy!!


    • I’m never sure how a “sequel” or continuation will sit with me. For example, I really disliked March. In fact, it offended me that Brooks did such a disservice to Alcott in my opinion. Yet this may be an interesting take on Sleepy Hallow, albeit with a feminist bent.

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  2. Great list, Bellezza! I am also going to read The Silent Companions – so I am looking forward to your review 🙂 And The Hanging at Picnic Rock sounds just like my cup of tea, so I am adding it to my TBR…


    • Those two might just be my favorite of the four, and as I type, I’m remembering Tana French has The Witch Elm coming out October 9, which I’ve preordered along with Murakami’s latest, so there is Good Reading Ahead!

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  3. I normally join in on RIP, but this year I’m just not able to. I’ve been reading a lot of great books that would be prefect for RIP, so I suppose I’m along for the ride in a way 🙂 I have The Silent Companions and it does sound like such a great read. I need to get that new Carlos Ruiz Zafon book – I’ve only read one of the quartet, so I’m planning on reading all of them this Fall 🙂 I’ve heard about that Picnic book and it does sound intriguing – what happened to those girls? Enjoy your reads for RIP!!


    • It sounds like a lot of us are going to read, or try to read, The Silent Companions. As for The Labyrinth of Spirits, I am struggling with it such that I laid it down for Needful Things. I need a story that will grab me! 😉 Zafon is interesting, but so complex and…wordy! I put it down halfway through and that is on page 300-something. I’ll let you know what happened to the girls after their picnic if you want. 😉


    • I should not have let as much time go between the Cemetery of Forgotten Books as I did, and yet one can’t help it when they are published with long spaces in between. The slow build up of tension is there, as well as the myriad of characters, such that I have to read carefully so as not to become confused. Glad to know that you, too, liked Picnic at Hanging Rock. I am really looking forward to that one.


  4. This is one of the few challenges I actually complete and as I love spooky reads I always join in. I also wish Carl was still posting! Anyway, you’ve picked up some interesting books. I’m also going to read The Spellbook. Enjoy the spooky reads!


    • I love spooky reads, too! We’ll have to see how The Spellbook works out. I’m sure it will be rather mild compared to King, and I’m a bit “afraid” it will have too much of a feminist perspective for me to bear…


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