So many great reading opportunities on the blogosphere this fall! Here's a roundup of what I want to read soon. Naturally, I'm going to focus on what's on my own shelves.
Readers Imbibing Peril XIII: September 1 - October 31.
Mystery, suspense, horror, thriller, dark fantasy, gothic. I'm hoping for Peril the Second, at least two books. Possible RIP Reads:
- A ghost story collection -- I have collections by Elizabeth Gaskell, M. R. James, and E. F. Benson on the TBR shelves
- Something by Wilkie Collins, a shorter work: The Dead Secret, The Evil Genius, or The Haunted Hotel. (Can also count for Victober).
- Frankenstein, for my IRL book club
- Something by Dorothy L. Sayers -- my library has several available for digital audio download. Probably either Strong Poison or The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club. Will also count for my final category in the Back to the Classics Challenge.
Again, just trying to read more books from my own shelves. I have at least a dozen unread Persephones. Possible reads:
- Alas, Poor Lady by Rachel Ferguson. It is the dove-grey book that I've owned the longest without reading it.
- Long Live Great Bardfield by Tirzah Garwood
- The Godwits Fly by Robin Hyde. My most recent Persephone purchase, bought at the shop on my trip to London in June.
- Tory Heaven by Marghanita Laski. A birthday present -- I should read it before my next birthday.
- The Happy Tree by Rosalind Murray
|Portrait of Queen Victoria, painted by Franz Winterhalter in 1943.|
I saw the original at Kensington palace in June.
Victober 2018: October 1 - 30.
This is a new one for me, a month-long readalong of Victorian literature on Goodreads. Possible reads:
- The Doctor's Wife by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
- The Dead Secret, The Evil Genius, or The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins (also RIP)
- Tales of Mystery and the Macabre by Elizabeth Gaskell (also RIP)
- Who Is Lost and Is Found by Margaret Oliphant
- Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope -- for my Trollope group readalong
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson -- I've gotten hooked on Black Sails, which includes some of Stevenson's characters -- sort of a prequel which explains the relationship between Long John Silver and Captain Flint.
- The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
The 1944 Club, October 15 - 21.
- The Green Years by A. J. Cronin. I know nothing about this book, but someone left a beautiful old edition on the giveaway cart at the library last year, and I couldn't pass it up. Apparently it's about an Irish orphan who is sent to live with his grandparents in Scotland. It's only 240 pages so I'll give it a try.
- The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker -- I have a beautiful Penguin copy that I received as a prize several years ago from an online contest -- one of the last of my Big Box of Penguins.
- Winter Wheat by Mildred Walker -- a wonderful book set in Montana, by an author nobody reads anymore. I read it several years ago and loved it, and would love to read it again. It's a coming-of-age story about a young woman working as a teacher in WWII.
It seems like a lot, but it's split up over two months, and a lot of the books cross over into other categories. Bloggers, have you read any of these books or authors? Which do you recommend? And is anyone else signing up for fall challenges?