RIP Challenge: My List

rip4300Ok, I have a free minute today so I figured I’d go through my books and compile my TBR selection for the RIP challenge.  The challenge officially started September 1, and I chose to participate in Peril II.  There’s a possibility I may read more than two of the books on my list before October 31 but I didn’t want to overload myself, so I’m just going to play it by ear.  I am also participating in the Short Story Peril.  Last summer, I got two large anthologies of scary stories, which I haven’t touched.  I figured I would read between one and three stories a week from one or both anthologies and then highlight those short stories in my Sunday salon posts.  So from tomorrow through the last Sunday in October, be sure to check out my Sunday Salon for that feature.  The two anthologies are:

Mistresses of the Dark: 25 Macabre Tales by Master Storytellers (I couldn’t find an image of this book but it includes stories by Margaret Atwood, Doris Lessing and Louise Erdrich)



For my book pile, I am adding



hauntinghillhouse0703-binyon-book I may also throw in some Edgar Allen Poe.  Plus, if I can get my hands on Her Fearful Symmetry, that will be a contender as well.

RIP Challenge

rip4300The excitement of fall always starts to get to me around this time.  The cooling weather, the comfortable sweatshirts, the changing leaves . . . and with that comes Halloween.  I’m not generally one to read holiday books, with the exception of Halloween.  Every fall, I’ll begin reading some scary, creepy books or stories in preparation.  So when I saw the R.I.P. IV challenge here, I had to take the bait.  The challenge runs from September 1-October 31 and the neat thing about the challenge is that it’s very relaxed.  Instead of being restrictive, it lets the reader choose his or her own pace.  I plan on participating in the Peril the Second, where I’ll read two scary books between today and Halloween.  I am also planning on rip4seconddabbling in Short Story Peril, because I have two anthologies of scary stories that I meant to read last year and didn’t get around to.  They’re both pretty large, so I won’t get very far, but I figured it would be fun to read a short story or two every week and then feature them in my Sunday Salon.

The criteria for the genre of the books featured in this challenge are as follows:

Dark Fantasy.

Jennifer from gave me the idea to add The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins, to my list.  I’ve had it on my TBR pile for ages and haven’t read it yet, so it’s time.  I think The Physick Book of Deliverence Dane, by Katherine Howe would also be a good choice.  I’ll have to mull this over for a few days and come up with a good list of books to choose from.