RIP IX Readalong: The Haunting of Hill House

“No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.” –first paragraph

It’s almost that time! Carl’s RIP IX event is just around the corner, and The Estella Society is back with special guest, Amanda from Fig and Thistle, and another festive fall readalong. This time we’re reading the classic novella, The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson.



Sign ups “officially” begin September 1, 2014, but we’re fudging a bit and making them available now. We will actually discuss the book on October 1, 2014, so you have a month to get this slim volume finished.

We will post some discussion questions here on October 1, but feel free to write your own blog post, using our questions or not, and link up beginning that day. And if you’re in the mood to Tweet about it, use the #ripix hashtag!

East of Eden, Discussion #3!



We’re almost there, kids! We’re nearing the East of Eden finish line! Personally, I didn’t realize how short the chapters would be in this section or we might’ve apportioned things a bit differently. Nonetheless, a lot developed!

Feel free to answer our questions, pose your own, comment here or link up your own blog post. We’re flexible!

1. What do you think of the twins since they’ve grown up quite a bit? They seem to take after both Adam and Charles. How do you explain that? My book club had fun with some theories recently.

2. Any surprises in this section? Lee, Dessie and Tom, Adam’s business dealings? Just some ideas. :)

3. Ugh, Kathy/Cate. Is there anything redeemable about this woman?