At first I resisted (for all of a day!) thinking I just finished the Summer Reading Challenge, I don't want to join another challenge, I want to read what I want to read when the mood strikes. I don't want to follow another set list. Plus I don't usually read spooky, scary type books. I do like gothic though...hmmm...so I looked at a few lists. Ex Libris reminded me of all the talk of Capote lately. Danielle reminded me that I have been wanting to read some James. Carl reminded me of Gaiman. Hmmm...over half way there. What else could I find on my shelves that would fit the challenge guidelines:
"pick out any 5 books that you want to read that you think meet the very open, broad criteria of being scary, eerie, moody, dripping with atmosphere, gothic, unsettling, etc."
Then I remembered an early book of Joanne Harris' that I've been wanting to read for ages and would fit under gothic. And a Japanese book that very loosely fits but David Mitchell, who is brilliant, does call it (from quote on the front cover) "a cerebral and haunting ghost story". And one of THE classic masterpieces of gothic. And a couple of Wilkie Collins short stories. And a book by Daphne Du Maurier. And a very disturbing, depraved story (or so I've heard) of scent. Oh, I thought, I might be in the mood after all. I have other books I want to read too but I guess they'll wait....so, I give in, but Carl, it's all your fault!!
Here are the 5 books I plan to read for the R.I.P. Autumn Challenge:
1. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote --Finished
2. The Turn of the Screw - Henry James --Finished
3. Coraline - Neil Gaiman --Finished
4. Sleep, Pale Sister - Joanne Harris --Finished
5. Strangers - Taichi Yamada --Finished
And if I have the time and/or inclination I have these to tempt me as well:
Who Killed Zebedee? - Wilkie Collins
The Monk - Matthew Lewis
Perfume - Patrick Suskind
The King's General - Daphne Du Maurier
*Last updated 31 October 2006