Monday, August 20, 2007


The time has come for Carl V.'s second Readers Imbibing Peril (RIP) Autumn Reading Challenge. Somehow I missed out on this monumental event last year, but I'm not stupid enough to miss it twice, kids. Carl puts on a hell of a challenge, and I plan to be right in the middle of things!

As Carl puts it, the RIP Challenge is "a September 1st through October 31st celebration of all tales gothic, eerie, creepy, and dark."

And what's not to love about that???

Carl outlines several Perils, or reading plans for the challenge, and I've chosen the simplest and most flexible:

Peril the First:
Read Four books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose.

But, of course, I have an assload more than four perilous books for the RIP challenge, so here's my Peril Pool from which to choose at least four books:

Heroes and Villains (Angela Carter)
The Little Black Book of Short Stories (A.S. Byatt)
Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
The House of the Seven Gables (Hawthorne)
Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
Blood and Chocolate (Annette Curtis Klause)
The Borden Tragedy, a graphic novel (Rich Geary)
Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)

This list represents books that have been on my "to be read" pile (TBR) for quite a while now. Longer than I'd like to admit in most cases (but isn't that always the case with my piles o'books?). The grand dame of the pile, though, is Wuthering Heights. I've started and tossed the book at least three times, never managing to get more than 50 pages in. So, if I can conquer that one, I'll be *very* pleased with myself.

Now, go join Carl's challenge. You know you want to!


  1. Great list Andi. I chose my list in a similar way: I looked on the TBR bookshelf for anything that fit into the category and pulled it for the challenge! I came up with 20 books, but I'm still finding more :p There's no way I'll read them all by the end of the challenge, but one can dream, right?

  2. I love the idea of the challenge but I've read a lot of the old fashioned Gothic already. I don't like the newer gory ones.

    I think WH messes with readers' heads at first. It's a different POV and plus that whole family is bonkers.

  3. Angela Carter....I cannot believe a whole year has gone by since the last challenge and I still have not read anything by her. She was one I added to my list to check out because of last year's reviews and recommendations. There simply is not enough time for reading. I need to find a pay-to-read-books job! :) Glad you're joining in, you've got a great pool to choose from!

  4. Great list! I loved The Little Black Book of Stories. I'm a big fan of Angela Carter but I have not read Heroes and Villains. I look forward to your review!

  5. I am thinking that I am going to read some Hawthorne. He is one of my favourite classic authors, I foresee a visit to the book store. :)

    Good luck to you!

  6. I love the "peril pool"! I think I need to do something like that for all of my challenges. Or at least, "allow" myself the option of switching out books. I've no doubt that's why I end up not completing challenges. I get distracted by other books :)

  7. Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) is a super fast read....

  8. Hum, sounds like a very interesting challenge. I may take up the literary gauntlet myself. Do try to read Wurthering Heights and Rebecca. I too, had a little difficulty staying commited but found it was worth the effort. Would you beleive that I have not read Frankenstein? Perhaps this challenge is just the thing to get me to read it. Good Luck to all.

  9. I still haven't gotten to Wuthering Heights either. One of these days! Good luck with it!

  10. Frankenstein is amazing. Great choice. I'll be interested to read what you have to say about the Byatt. I think that's her only short story collection that I haven't read yet.

  11. What a fun list Andi!! Rebecca is such a good gothic novel....I love the old gothic novels!

    I'm almost afraid to look at everyone's reading list. I'm afraid it will send my reading list through the roof!

  12. Andi, what a great list! Many of them are favorites of mine, especially 'Rebecca', 'House of Seven Gables' (which I read for last year's challenge), and my all-time favorite, 'Wuthering Heights'. Look forward to reading your reviews!

  13. Heroes and Villains looks interesting, I'll have to add it to my "Peril Pool". tee hee!

  14. Chris, I came up with a bunch more than I listed here. Once I got the big pile into the living room floor I started weeding out by what was calling to me or not calling to me. There's no way I'll read all of these either, but it is so fun to hope!

    Chris, I actually haven't read much gothic. I don't know how I haven't. lol

    Carl, I've never finished a Carter book, so you're not alone! I started (and was enjoying) The Bloody Chamber, but life got in the way.

    Nymeth, I'm glad to hear a positive endorsement of The Little Black Book of Short Stories. I picked it up on a whim a while back at the used book store. It looks yummy!

    Kailana, I adore The Scarlett Letter, but I never read any more of his stuff. Shame on me!

    Iliana, I'm the same way. I *have* to have choices or else I lose interest and crash and burn.

    Corinna, I know, I can't believe I've never read it! I think I'll polish it off first. My thesis director is teaching a writing class that focuses just on Frankenstein. I know she'd discuss with me!

    Fem, you should join!

    Thanks, Nat! Maybe the third (or fourth or whatever) time will be the charm. :D

    Imani, I'll certainly let you know what I think of the story collection. I'm miserably underread when it comes to Byatt. This will be my first by her!

    Stephanie, I know! I keep looking at people's lists and remembering stuff I forgot! LOL I *really* should've included The Phantom of the Opera on my list.

    Great, Ex Libris! I value your recommendations, and I'm really excited to pick these up.

    Thanks for dropping by, Carrie. I've picked up and set it aside several times, so I'm excited to actually (hopefully) finish it this time!

  15. Wow, this sounds like a very interesting and FUN challenge. You are gonna rock this. I love this genre.

  16. That's a great list. And I chose the main books on my list the same way you did. :) Good luck with Wuthering Heights - it's a book you either love or hate... personally I didn't enjoy it, but I really hope you do. Oh, and Du Maurier's Rebecca is a wonderful book. :)

  17. Good luck with this one, Andi. It looks like it will be a lot of fun and you have some great choices there.

  18. I love your list - would love to read everything on it, except Blood and Chocolate and The Borden Tragedy, because I have no idea about them.

    Everyone has more or less picked their list - and I'm still wondering what to read. *sigh*

    Have fun!

  19. I'm getting ready to post my list. I was actually considering The House of Seven Gables, too! I read it eons ago in high school, but thought it might be fun to read it again. Ya know, with all that worldly experience behind me now. ;)

    Off to blog-hop for a bit.

  20. Oooh, good list. I put The House of Seven Gables on last year's list and didn't get to it. I should probably add that to the list, again. I know exactly what year I acquired it (1989) because I got my copy from my grandmother's estate. Oops, a bit slow getting to that one. :)


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