Thursday, August 27, 2009

R.I.P. IV is here!

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:

Dark Fantasy.

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!


  1. I am super excited that it is this time of year as well. Its wonderful to be sharing that excitement with you. Thank you so much for signing up. Love having you!

    A great list of potential reads. I was just staring at my Absolute Sandman's the other day. They look awfully inviting.

  2. I joined too!! :)

    I'll probably be asking for suggestions. You always have the best!! :)

  3. awwww lol i think i like the ghost in the swing already! hahha

  4. Interesting list, all new to me except Sandman. Hope you enjoy them!

  5. Oh goody, goody. I loved three on your list and can't wait to read your Sandman reviews. I'll probably do that next after I catch up with Fables.

  6. Have fun with this challenge. I enjoyed it so much last year I had to join again LOL

  7. Carl - I'm drooling over that Absolute Sandman. It is sure to be on my Christmas wishlist this year! Thanks again for hosting this challenge.

    Margo - You will love it, I'm sure! And I'd be happy to offer suggestions. :-)

    DesLily - it is such a good book! I really hope my girls love it as much as I did.

    Mariel - Thanks! I hardly ever keep to the list, but those are some I've been meaning to read for a long time.

    Nicola - I'm excited about my Sandman reread. They are such great books. :-)

    Diane - It is an addictive challenge, isn't it?! I'm glad you're in again this year.

  8. I would heartily recommend the 'ratty old Lovecraft'. His stories are utterly amazing, especially the Cthulhu Mythos ones.

  9. Cath - Absolutely - his stories get right under your skin, don't they? I'd like to read some for the short story peril. I have vague memories about a creepy attic where all the walls meet at odd angles, and a hapless lodger who ends up there. It might be in that old book - I'd like to reread that one.


Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment!