Tuesday, August 26, 2008

R.I.P. III Challenge

It's that time of year again. The time for gothic, spooky, thrilling reads. No matter how many challenges I'm drowning in, I wouldn't miss Carl's annual R.I.P. Challenge. (Click on the button for more info). It's nice that it's been unusually cool for the last couple of days as it really puts me in an autumn mood.

I'm going to try for Peril the First, which means reading four books (chosen from the genres of Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, Supernatural) between September 1st and October 31st, and here is the pool of books I'll most likely read from, unless something else crosses my path.

Three Shadows - Cyril Pedrosa
Sisters of Misery - Megan Kelley Hall
Perfume - Patrick Süskind
The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly
Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole
New Moon - Stephenie Meyer
Grotesque - Natsuo Kirino
The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova
The Ladies of Grace Adieu - Susanna Clarke


  1. Sometimes I wish I had just only read Twilight... Then I might like Stephenie Meyer. Even if I had stopped at New Moon, but Bella annoyed me in that book enough I didn't rush out for the next book, so I probably should've stopped at Twilight. I'll be interested to see what you think... I am pretty much alone in my dislike of that series, but yet I keep reading it!

    The Book of Lost Things is on my list too. A couple others should be because I own them, but only so much time in a day...

  2. I loved Perfume and hope you do too. Not very nice but beautifully told. I really must get around to The Historian, it has had some great reviews.

  3. I'm so honored that my book, SISTERS OF MISERY, is included in your selection! It will definitely give you the chills. I hope you enjoy it!



  4. Fascinating pool! I looked up Natsuo Kirino and I think she's an author that I'm going to have to check out. Her books look and sound very interesting.

    So glad you're joining in. I look forward seeing what books you actually decide to read. I love the pool idea as it really is a way to reduce, or hopefully eliminate, any pressure or guilt over reading choices. These things should be pure fun, not a stressful thing.

  5. Ooooohhhh The Book of Lost Things is so good! I'm so happy to see it on your list. The Historian is too. I'm going to reread that one for RIPIII. I'm so excited RIP is back!!

  6. Good luck with the challenge, Nat. You've got somewonderful reading ahead of you.

  7. Oh, I've been wanting to read "Perfume"! (As well as continuing with the Twilight series, never expecting to like it as much as I do.) And, there's "Out", "Snakes and Earrings", so many good choices...

  8. I read The Historian last RIP and enjoyed it. The crocked man in The Book of Lost Things is super creepy and a great choice for RIP III! Enjoy!

  9. Oh you are going for the first peril! I'm going to do the challenge but will probably go for the second one.

    Perfume is fantastic so if you choose that one I hope you'll like it!

  10. Ooh, I like your choices. I'd love to re-read Perfue, and I have The Ladies of Grace Adieu on my list. And Wuthering Heights...good list!

  11. Kailana- I'm a little worried about reading 'New Moon' because I've heard so many people say how annoying Bella is in it. But I'm curious to see how everything turns out in the end. We'll see how it goes. And I know what you mean about only so much time in a day!

    Rhinoa- I'm looking forward to finally reading 'Perfume'. Have you seen the movie?

    Megan- Thank you for stopping by and saying hi! It will definitely give me the chills, huh? I think I'll move it to the top of the pile! :)

    Carl- I've only read 'Out' by Natsuo Kirino, which was great, so I'm really looking forward to reading another one by her.

    Heather- I'm not sure I'll get to 'The Historian' this time. I'd like to but it's so darn huge! ;)

    Wendy- Thanks. It should be fun. :)

    Bellezza- I've been meaning to read 'Perfume' for ages so it'll be good to finally do so! I'm curious what you'll think of 'Out' and 'Snakes and Earrings' as they're both pretty graphic.

    Stephanie- I've heard nothing but good things about 'The Book of Lost Things'. I can't wait!

    Iliana- LOL. I know I probably should've gone with Peril the Second but most of the books in my pool actually crossover with another challenge or two, so I figured why not! :P

    Gentle Reader- I've had some of these in my stacks for far too long! Everyone seems to have good things to say about 'Perfume'. I'm looking forward to finally reading it.

  12. Ha, I just realized I wrote the CROCKED MAN, instead of the CROOKED MAN in The Book of Lost Things! I must have had a CROCK pot on my mind!

  13. I'm also thinking of reading The Castle of Otranto and The Historian. I love The Book of Lost Things and The Ladies of Grace Adieu! I hope you enjoy them too :)

  14. Stephanie- LOL. No worries, I figured it must be crooked. :)

    Nymeth- I'm really looking forward to 'The Book of Lost Things'. Well, all of them really but you know what I mean. :)

  15. I'm also reading Twilight. And I'm going to work on finishing The Historian too. The Book of Lost Things is really really good. I hope you like it!

  16. Melanie- Another vote for 'The Book of Lost Things'! It's definitely going to have to be one of my choices!

  17. Ooh, I'd forgotten about Perfume! I've had that on my shelf for awhile but have never read it. Maybe I'll add it to the list of my RIP picks. Good luck with the challenge! (I loved The Historian - definitely a good pick)

  18. Hi, long time no speak! Your blog is great, and you put me to shame with all your reading. My daughter is currently reading 'Wuthering Heights' and struggling with it a bit, though I'm a long-time Bronte fan. I have read 'Perfume', but don't remember much about it...

  19. Lesley- I'm not sure I'll get around to reading The Historian this year but I keep hearing good things about it. Argh! Too many books!

    Judy- Thanks for stopping by. It's nice to hear from you. :)
    I've had Wuthering Heights on my stacks for too long so it's about time!

  20. Great list! I absolutely loved The Book of Lost Things, hope you will too! It was one of my favourite reads last year.

    The Historian is also a great read, and another of last year's favourites.

    The Ladies of Grace Adieu is a lovely collection.

  21. Quixotic- I'm really looking forward to reading The Book of Lost Things. I haven't heard a single bad thing about it!

  22. Great choices! I've read The Historian and Wuthering Heights. Both great picks!

  23. I've got Sisters of Misery on my list too. Your other picks look good too. Sounds like you'll have a lot of fun!

  24. Chris- People seem divided on Wuthering Heights so I'm curious to finally read it for myself.

    Kim- I've read a fair chunk of Sisters of Misery now and so far I'm really enjoying it.

  25. Great choices- Perfume is on my list too. I've been wanting to read it since I heard about it five or so years ago.

  26. Laurie- I've had it for a few years as well. I dug it out last night, so I think it may be what I read next.


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