Thursday, September 6, 2012
Once again, I have signed up for the RIP challenge -- R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril. Participants read books or watch movies that are ghostly, ghastly, gothic, suspenseful, or sufficiently moody for the season. Even though it's September, it's not even remotely close to fall weather in Texas, but his will help me pretend we actually have seasons (oh, who am I kidding? It's going to be 100 degrees today!)
But back to the books. I've signed up for Peril the First, which is four reads over two months, which is quite manageable. I have a lot on my TBR plate at the moment, so this year I've really narrowed down my RIP reads. But I also got smart -- three of my four book group reads for September and October qualify -- probably because I chose all of them for the group. I wasn't thinking specifically about RIP months ago when I made the schedule, but I did think it would be fun to read something a little creepy.
First, the September read for my afternoon book group:
Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris. Not sure if it fits the challenge exactly, but it has some kind of mysterious element, so I'm including it for now. Been wanting to read this one for quite awhile
Then, selections for both book groups for for October:
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. This has been on the TBR list for awhile, plus it's on my Classics Club list. I really liked We Have Always Lived in the Castle which I read for RIP VI.
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. I have selfishly reserved every copy in my library system for our book group. (Well, if people want to read it, they can join the group, right?) It's short, and I might even work up the nerve to watch the movie adaptation, which looks really creepy. I just hope it's not too scary for the group members -- oh well, you can't please everyone.
And I'll have to choose at least one more read to complete the challenge. I have this stack of mysteries, gothic novels, and short stories from my TBR shelves. (Quite a few of these were on the pile from last year's challenge):
Just in case you can't make out the titles, here's what's in the photo, from top to bottom:
The Doll and Other Short Stories by Daphne du Maurier
The Ghost Stories of Muriel Spark
The Mystery of Mrs. Blencarrow by Margaret Oliphant
The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen by Lindsey Ashford
A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss
The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
The Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier
The Uses of Enchantment by David Liss
Any recommendations from the pile?
Has anyone else signed up this year? What are you planning on reading?