Friday, October 31, 2008

R.I.P. III Challenge Completed

I'm sad that it's over but Halloween marks the end of the R.I.P. Challenge for this year. It really went by much too quickly though! As I set out to do, I read 4 books, thereby completing Peril the First, and all of them came from my original list of possibilities.

Books completed:

(click on the title to read my review)
Sisters of Misery - Megan Kelley Hall
Three Shadows - Cyril Pedrosa
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer - Patrick Süskind
Grotesque - Natsuo Kirino
And I'm about halfway through Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. I'd hoped to finish it as well but I just haven't had enough time to read this week. Oh well, it'll just have to go on my list for November.

Best book(s) I read for the challenge?
Of the books I read, Sisters of Misery and Three Shadows were my favourite. Sisters of Misery is a great Halloween read, and Three Shadows is a touching story with some great art.

Book(s) I could have done without?
I'm still glad I read it because I was curious about it, but I was quite disappointed with Grotesque. I loved Out but it just didn't measure up, at least for me. It ended up not being particularly spooky or thrilling either, but it was certainly dark and depressing so I think it still counts as an R.I.P. read.

Any new authors? Will I read them again?
Except for Natsuo Kirino, the rest were all new to me. I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series by Megan Kelley Hall, and I would be interested to read another graphic novel by Cyril Pedrosa at some point. I also wouldn't mind trying something else by Patrick Süskind. And even though I didn't really care for Grotesque, I do want to read more by Natsuo Kirino.

Best thing about the challenge? What did I learn?
That I really do love reading gothic, dark, or mysterious books in autumn when the weather finally cools off after the oppressive heat of summer.
Thank you Carl for another fabulous challenge! I'm already looking forward to R.I.P. IV!


  1. Congratulations on finishing! It sounds like you discovered some great new authors!

  2. Congrats on finishing! Good job!

  3. Nymeth - Thanks. I wish I wouldn't keep finding new authors, but yes, it was good! :)

    Andi - Thanks!

  4. Sounds like you had a wonderful time with the challenge. Hope you keep finding new authors, many of them sound really good reads!

    And I so agree with reading books that go with the weather, I remember how much I enjoyed reading Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier on a dark, stormy night.

  5. A Reader from India - It's always a fun challenge, I look forward to it each autumn. And I can't seem to stop finding new to me authors, but I'm not really complaining! :P

  6. Congratulations on completing your challenge! You did great. Like you, I can't wait for the sequel to Sisters of Misery. I want to know what Cordelia will do! :)

  7. Thanks Iliana! It's such a fun challenge - I wish it was longer!
    And yes, I'm very curious to see what happens next! :)

  8. Congrats on finishing the challenge. I loved Perfume when I read it last year and look out for the others on your list.

  9. Rhinoa - Thanks. I've been meaning to watch the film 'Perfume' since I finished the book but haven't got around to it yet.


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