The RIP (Readers Imbibing in Peril) Challenge is celebrating its 5th year - but this will only be my second time to join. The challenge runs from September 1 (I am already behind....) to October 31 and offers a broad spectrum of reading choices in which to participate:
- Dark Fantasy
There are also several different levels in which you can opt to participate. While I would absolutely love to commit to the Peril the First option (read 4 books of any length in any of the appropriate categories), I am afraid that I may not achieve that goal and I need to have some success in life right now. So, I will commit to Peril the Third (reading only one book over the next two months), but I will stretch for more.
I have actually been scouting the bookstores for possible RIP bargains throughout the year, and I do have several books on my shelves from which to choose:
- Shutter Island by Dennis LeHane - I actually saw the movie - twice - and LOVED it. I have had this notion of reading the book and watching the movie over the course of a weekend and then reviewing for CBs Read a Book/See a Movie challenge. Perhaps this fall will provide that perfect opportunity.
- In the Woods by Tana French - this was on my last year and I didn't get around to it. I actually have her second book as well and fantasize about reading all three books back-to-back.
- Murder on the Cliffs by Joanna Challis - I actually won this book from an author give-away and I thought it would be the perfect RIP novel. I read Rebecca last year, which has become one of my favorites, and I am very much looking forward to this book which enlists Daphne duMaurier as the main character.
- The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill. I really enjoyed this author's book (and West End play) of the Woman in Black, and when I saw this lovely little novella in the bookstore I knew I had to read it for this challenge.
- The Ghost Writer by John Harwood - I actually borrowed this book from the library during last year's challenge, but only managed to read the first two chapters. I decided to purchase my own copy (so that I am not pressured to finish the book in a certain time frame) and hope to read it over the next two months.
- The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe - I actually obtained a copy of this ARC at BEA 2009 and desperately wanted to read it immediately. Unfortunately, life had other plans and I have yet to read it. I hope to find the time this fall --- and I actually have one autographed copy of an ARC to give-away sometime during this challenge time period.
- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - I can't tell you how many years this book as been languishing on my shelves. I actually read Swan Thieves before this one. I really, really, really want to read this prior to October 31, 2010.
- Dracula, My Love by Syrie James. I actually won this book from Stephanie and I am thrilled!! I loved the author's debut novel, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, and I expect great entertainment from this book as well.
- Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger - This book has been on my list since the release date. I found it today at Half Price Books for $2.00! If I don't happen to read it this year, for sure it will be on the list for next year.
- Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury - I will be re-reading Fahrenheit 451 with my 9th graders this fall and I absolutely adore that book. While I am not really into science fiction (Bradbury's concentration), I do think this book sounds right up my alley.
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson - I actually read this book and her other classic, The Haunting of Hill House, for the RIP IV challenge and I loved them so much I want to try to re-read one of them each year.
- Victorian Ghost Stories: An Oxford Anthology - I found this book about three years ago in the clearance section of the bookstore and I have never regretted the purchase. I would love to commit to reading one short story a week during the challenge, but at the bare minimum I will read at least one.
I told you I had quite a list. I am sure that there are other books on my shelves that qualify, but these are the ones that I have specifically earmarked for this challenge.
Now...to find those extra hours in the day to get all this reading done (and hopefully writing the reviews!)