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I am excited to join the R.I.P. reading challenge this year, for the first time. "R.I.P." of course stands for "Readers Imbibing Peril," and it is hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings. The challenge runs from September 1st to October 31st, with two main goals, according to Carl: first, "Have fun reading (and watching)" mysteries, gothics, thrillers, supernatural stories; and second, "Share that fun with others."
I am signing up for Peril the First, to read four books that fit the R.I.P. theme. Here's a list of potential reads:
- E.F. Benson's The Collected Ghost Stories - which I started reading two years ago
- I.J. Parker's The Hell Screen - I've been wanting to get back to this series
- Elizabeth Peters' Devil May Care - since learning of Peters' death, I've been thinking of my favorites among her books
- Georgette Heyer's The Quiet Gentleman - the Heyer discussion group I belong to is reading this in September (and it's my favorite)
- Mary Stewart's The Ivy Tree, or Touch Not the Cat or Wildfire at Midnight
- Rhys Bowen's Heirs and Graces - just published
- Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House
- Baroness Orczy, Lady Molly of Scotland Yard
- Anthony Hope's Rupert of Hentzau - I need some swashbuckling adventure in my life
In addition, I may join the "Peril on the Screen," since I'm always tempted to watch Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow" around Halloween, and I'm working my way through "Ghost Whisperer" via Netflix.
September also brings the Mary Stewart Reading Week, hosted by Anbolyn at Gudrun's Tights. I've been collecting her books in anticipation, and they neatly fit the R.I.P. theme. According to the "Which Mary Stewart Novel Should You Read?" quiz on Anbolyn's site, Touch Not the Cat is the best match for me, but I've been thinking about her Merlin novels lately, the last two of which I still haven't read.
I hope to read some really great books in the next two months, and I look forward to seeing what others are reading and watching.