Thursday, September 11, 2014

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril IX - aka R.I.P 9 Reading Challenge

(Art used for banners is the property of the wonderful Abigail Larson)
The book blogosphere is all abuzz with the 9th R.I. P. challenge hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings. It runs from 1 September through to 31 October and involves reading from the following categories: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, Supernatural...or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.
Most years I skip this challenge because I figure I have enough on my plate, reading-wise, but I do like spooky (not too spooky, though!) reading in the fall, so I decided to take the plunge and sign up for Peril the First (which is just 4 books to be read by Oct. 31).

Here's my list:

1. Whatever the Tuesday Book Talk group at GoodReads votes on for Oct.  It's looking like 77 Shadow Street, by Dean Koontz.  That's what I voted for since I haven't read any Koontz yet.

2. Touch Not the Cat, by Mary Stewart and/or The House on the Strand, by Daphne du Maurier--it'll be a reread but that's okay.  I read it >40 years ago!

3. The 39 Steps, by John Buchan - I have it, it's a classic, I've been wanting to read it since it started cropping up on everyone's blog last year.  Perfect timing.

4. The Daylight Gate, by Jeanette Winterson - I got this as a Christmas present last year and I want to read it this year.  Here's the Amazon blurb:
After the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, every Catholic conspirator in England fled to a wild, untamed place far from the reach of London law. On Good Friday, 1612, deep in the woods of Pendle Hill, amid baptismal pools and low, thick fog, a gathering of thirteen is interrupted by the local magistrate. Two of their coven have already been imprisoned for witchcraft and are awaiting trial, but those who remain are vouched for by the wealthy and respected Alice Nutter.
I have a lot of books underway already, but most are on fairly long reading schedules so I think I can squeeze in these mostly short (not 800 pages at least) books.


  1. Well I totally messed up my first comment! Trying again, I love this challenge. I also have The 39 Steps on my TBR stacks. And I'm looking at Mary Stewart both for this and the reading week that Anbolyn is hosting. Happy reading!

  2. Ooh, great list! I'm doing this challenge, too, but I haven't committed to four books yet. I'll have to wait and see what R.I.P. books come my way. Can't wait to read about yours. :)

  3. I will try top get at least one post up this year for the event.

    I have wanted to read The 39 Steps for a while myself. I look forward to your commentary.

  4. Enjoy! I'm looking forward to the group read of The Haunting of Hill House, an Agatha Christie, and possible another group read of Something Wicked This Way Comes next month.

  5. I keep thinking I want to join this but I'm just not sure I have the time. Although...a girl could probably work in one book, right?!

    1. There are lots of short stories in the genre--Poe, du Maurier, Christie, Dickens, etc. Hope you can join us!

  6. The Abigail Larson artwork is amazing, isn't it? Reason enough to join the challenge. Nice choices. I haven't read any Dean Koontz before either, but I'll break an old pattern (of avoiding horror) and try it.

  7. I reviews 77 Shadow Street, I have a feeling you don't want to know what I thought about it.