Readerly Rambles: Wrapping up RIPIX and a New Classics Spin


I rocked Carl’s RIP challenge this year. My goal was to complete at least four books and I finished seven.

  1. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  2. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
  3. White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi. I haven’t reviewed this yet, but I adored it. It was deeply troubling, beautiful, and frightening. It made me think about family, racism, gender, and all the while I was terrified. The writing is gorgeous and I think it expresses that sometimes it is our perceived “inheritances” that can be the most frightening. I will certainly revisit this novel again.
  4. Dark Shadows, vol 1 by Stuart Manning. Meh
  5. The War of the Worlds by H G Wells
  6. Amphigorey by Edward Gorey
  7. Locke and Key, vol. 6 by Joe Hill

I love RIP season as September and October are perfect for ghastly and ghoulish books. Now it is November and I’ve done my post-RIP routine of determining my reads for the rest of the year. I’ve fiddled with my GoodReads goal (which feels like cheating) and I hope to finish 48 books by the end of the year. Will I make it? Seeing that I’m only at 35 probably not. But I’m willing to try. Here are my books to be read by the end of the year.

First, the in progress reads:

  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (audio)
  • Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope
  • The Collected Ghost Stories of MR James

My goal is to continue reading the stories throughout November and December. I hope to finish Rebecca and Framley Parsonage  by Monday the 10th.

Now, the rest of my TBR:

  • Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • The Hotel by Elizabeth Bowen
  • The Quick by Lauren Owen
  • The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope
  • Mrs. DeWinter by Susan Hill
  • The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill
  • The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
  • The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
  • Classic Club Spin book

That’s right! It is time for another Classic Club spin challenge! I love these. I’m already thinking about my reading for next year because I am a nerd and I love lists (duh). I want to start a new reading project. Not a CHALLENGE with a DEADLINE, but a life-long project of reading all the Virago Modern Classics. I’m officially starting in January, but I thought I’d use this last Classic Club spin challenge of the year to get started. Here are my 20 Viragos:

  1. Frost in May by Antonia White
  2. Mr. Fortune’s Maggot by Sylvia Townsend Warner
  3. The True Heart by Sylvia Townsend Warner
  4. Letty Fox: Her Luck by Christina Stead
  5. For Love Alone by Christina Stead
  6. Precious Bane by Mary Webb
  7. The Holiday by Stevie Smith
  8. Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
  9. Enormous Changes at the Last Minute by Grace Paley
  10. Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles
  11. A Pin to See the Peepshow by F. Tennyson Jesse
  12. The Lacquer Lady by F. Tennyson Jesse
  13. The Semi-attached Couple and the Semi-detached House by Emily Eden
  14. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb
  15. Over the Frontier by Stevie Smith
  16. The Beth Book by Sarah Grand
  17. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather
  18. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  19. The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
  20. The Little Disturbances of Man by Grace Paley

A small note, while I would love to own each of these books in their perfect, green-spine glory, I’m aware that I don’t need to spend money on books AND I cannot store all of them right now. Some of these books I may own in other editions or I may *gasp* use the library. The goal is to read the books, not fuss and fiddle with editions. Next Monday I’ll find out my spin number, but for now I’m going to focus on knocking out Trollope.


Happy Reading!




  1. What a good idea! I should do this with my Guardians 1000 best novel list. But not this time. Pretty much any book that turns up will probably be looked forward to by you. Personally I love Willa Cather but there are a number of authors who I haven’t even heard of and that need some investigation.

    I, too, am trying to get the time to start Framley Parsonage, but I can’t see it happening before December.

    Best of luck with your spin!

    ~ Cleo ~

  2. I love your spin list, and I might have to borrow your idea one of these days.

    I’m wishing for #11 for you because it’s a wonderful book – one of my favourite VMCs – and because it would make an interesting companion for The Paying Guests. Did you see the piece that Sarah Waters wrote referencing A Pin to See the Peepshow on The Guardian’s website a few weeks ago, I wonder?

  3. I challenged myself to read all of the books that were short-listed for the Women’s Price for Fiction since 2000. I don’t have a deadline, and I feel that keeps it fun. I can pick and choose whatever I am in the mood for. I like the spin you put on the spin. 🙂 Good luck!

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