Thursday, September 01, 2011


Hurrah! It's hard to believe but it's RIP (Readers Imbibing Peril) time again. I love this challenge, perhaps because I love this time of year and all the autumnal reading available. But also because Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings has been running a great challenge for the last five years, full of non-competitive fun -- and it leads to enormous increases in the reading list as well as fun comparisons of books that multiple people have read. This is a great seasonal challenge which I've enjoyed every year, and I'm jumping right in again for Year 6.

The Challenge runs September 1-October 31/2011 and has wide parameters. I'm choosing Peril the First: read 4 books which fall into the genres of Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, or Supernatural.

There's also a short story Peril which I might participate in depending on time....but in any case I'm looking forward to a great set of spooky books. I never make a set list for this challenge, but instead create a pool of possible reads -- and so many others follow the same technique that just checking everyone's posts opens a nearly infinite number of new choices. Here are some of mine:

The Lantern / Deborah Lawrence
Daphne / Justine Picardie
The Night Circus / Erin Morgenstern
The Man on the Ceiling / Melanie Tem
Perfume / Patrick Suskind
Rebecca / Daphne DuMaurier

Short Stories:

Supernatural Tales / Vernon Lee
Ladies of Grace Adieu / Susannah Clarke

and of course, something by Ray Bradbury!


  1. Perfume, Daphne and The Night Circus are all books I would like to read. Enjoy Rebecca!

  2. I'm sending for Night Circus and Daphne !!..and Rebecca is a great read and a great movie!

  3. I haven't decided what wil be on my list yet but I was considering some Bradbury too!

  4. You're right about the nearly infinite list - we're only just starting and I've added so many books to my wish list. The only things I've read off your list are Rebecca and Ladies of Grace Adieu - you've got to love the latter just for its title, don't you think?

    Hmm, Bradbury - now there's a thought...

  5. I hope you like Rebecca. It's a favorite. I read Daphne a few years ago and really enjoyed it.

  6. The Lantern and The Night Circus both look so good!

  7. I really enjoyed both Rebecca and Daphne! I am planning to read The Lantern and The Night Circus, too.

  8. Rebecca is some great atmospheric stuff. Have fun with the challenge!

  9. Nice choices. Perfume is excellent, and also very creepy.

  10. Glad to know I have some good stuff to look forward to...just finished Rebecca and loved it :)


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