I'm so excited that it's the time of year for one of my very favorite reading challenges - Carl's Readers Imbibing Peril (a.k.a. R.I.P) IV! I am planning on completing Peril the First - but honestly, as this challenge covers so many of my favorite genres, I can easily see myself going overboard, as usual. Peril the First is to read four books in the following genres:
But for those of you reading beyond your comfort zone, there are other Perils in which you can read two or even just one book. And Carl's easygoing rule of thumb for what books fit the challenge are simply whatever we feel fits the challenge. Oh, and two simple rules:
1. Have fun reading.
2. Share that fun with others.
This year I am also looking forward to participating in the Short Story Peril, as well.
Here is a pool of some of the books I'll be choosing from:
As Shadows Fade by Colleen Gleason
Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguie
Sandman books by Neil Gaiman (I've been planning a reread - and continue-on - for ages, and this sure seems like the perfect opportunity to jump in with that)
Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison
Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
Here are a few more I've added (after I posted this):
Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Ghost in the Machine by Patrick Carman (just got my review copy - woohoo!)
Nightlife by Rob Thurman
Last year I read Ray Bradbury's The Halloween Tree to my daughters, which was a creepy and evocative read, absolutely perfect for October. This year, I think they're old enough for one of my favorite ghost stories from when I was a child, The Ghost in the Swing. I'm very excited to read it to them!
As far as short stories go, I think I'll just see what sparks my fancy. I have a ratty old Lovecraft paperback that's been on my book pile for ages, so that might be a start. Plus some anthologies and collections that it would be fun to dip into.
If you are at all thinking about joining this challenge, I encourage you to give it a try - you won't regret it. Stop by Carl's blog for more information. There is also a review site - and some reviews are posted there already. Check them out for reading ideas and inspiration. I can't wait to get started!