Oh, you’re all killing me here with all the posts about the R.I.P. (R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril) Reading Challenge, currently in its 6th year of being hosted by the wonderful Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings.
I had all good intentions of signing up last year. In fact, with some minor modifications, this very post is the very introductory post I wrote EXACTLY A YEAR AGO on September 1, 2010 and which promptly went to die a quick death in Drafts.
Now, it is being exhumed.
Let it be known that I am not normally a horror, mystery, thriller, gothic, whatever kind of reader. Not in the least. But, you know, there is something about this time of year here in the United States, where the mornings are crisp and cool and the night creeps in ever so earlier, where you can feel autumn in the air. This season just lends itself to a nice mildly spooky story or two. Am I right? (I am, which is why this annual event is so popular.)
And for someone like me, who doesn’t normally read creepy-crawly books, there’s something kind of intriguing, kind of dangerously naughty, about this genre. For example, I distinctly recall reading Edgar Allan Poe in middle school and falling in love with the man.
And then, not having anything to do with him for … well, the next three decades of my life.
(Hey, it happens.)
Because these have been on my TBR shelves for a year and a half, I thought these would be the perfect choices for Carl’s R.I.P. Challenge.
I’m not making any promises that I will actually read all five of these, which is why I am signing up as a participant at the Peril the Third level. (Requirement is to read one book.)
The Complete Tales of Washington Irving (from my TBR shelf)
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, by Eric Larson (from my TBR shelf)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Children, by Random Riggs
Just an Ordinary Day: The Uncollected Stories, by Shirley Jackson (from my TBR shelf)
The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson
The Bad Seed, by William March
The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger (from my TBR shelf)
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe
The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
Wicked, by Gregory Maguire (from my TBR shelf and as a consolation prize for not seeing the musical yet)
A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness
I’m definitely not committing to reading all of these – just one book fulfills the challenge requirements, so this is definitely doable – so we’ll just have to see where the spirit takes us over the next two months, shall we?
How about you? Are you coming along on this spooky challenge? (Please do. This ‘fraidy cat reader just might need someone to hold her hand.)