As if to celebrate the fact that it's almost time for Carl's 4th annual R.I.P. Challenge, it's been slightly cooler here the last couple of days. It's certainly been a nice respite from the usual heat and humidity.
I can't wait to read some gothic, spooky, chilly reads so I'm signing up for Peril the First, of which the goal is to "read Four books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose", including mystery, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, gothic, horror, and supernatural. I think I might also join in the Short Story Peril since I'm hoping to read some Poe. You can find out more about the challenge by clicking on the button.
I went ahead and ordered a few books from my R.I.P. Book Coveting post, so these are the ones I'm most likely going to choose from for the challenge.
A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle
This was a gift from Nymeth for guessing her favourite reads of 2008 and winning her contest back in December. I've been saving it specially to read this autumn.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
As I mentioned in that Sunday Salon post, I've never read this but have recently become quite interested to do so.
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings by Edgar Allen Poe
I decided to go with this Penguin Classics collection as my introduction to Poe, and I'm really looking forward to it. I have a feeling I'll be wondering what took me so long.
The Vampire of Ropraz by Jacques Chessex
I seem to be in the mood for vampires!
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
I'd forgotten about this one when I wrote the Coveting post, but I've heard great things about both the book and the movie so I added this to my order.
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
This one has been sitting on my shelves for a few years now. The size of it scares me a little, so I'm not sure I'll get to it this year either but I'll add it to the pile, yet again, and maybe the mood will strike to just dive in.
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
I meant to read this one for last year's R.I.P. Challenge but didn't get to it. Hopefully this year.
Drood by Dan Simmons
Another chunkster, but I would love to read it. I really must get over my ridiculous fear of chunksters.
Be With You by Takuji Ichikawa
I'm not sure how spooky this one actually is, but it seems to be a ghost story of sorts, and I'd love to fit in a Japanese literature title this autumn.
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
I'm not one of the lucky ones who already has an ARC of this but I'll be ordering it as soon as it's published later next month.
So many yummy books! Except for the last one, the problem is going to be choosing which one to read first! And I'm looking forward to hearing about everyone else's choices.
Are you planning to join the R.I.P. Challenge this year? You really should! But even if you're not, what are you looking forward to reading this autumn?