04 September 2009

R.I.P IV Challenge

R.I.P. IV Challenge

There was a heatwave here recently - Monday last week it was 35oC. I think it fried my brain. Why else would I be signing up for another challenge when I have several going already, and eleven books out from the library, and a heap of reviews to write, and I’ve just started a book with over 900 pages that will take me several weeks to finish?

Book mad, me. Although ... given that my NaNo project this year is a gothic, doesn’t it make perfect sense to get in the right mood with all literary things eerie?

There - I’ve justified it!

I have - of course - gone for Peril the First: Read Four books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose. Since I’ve got two out from the library to be read this month, I’m sure I can do it!

My reading pool:

The Panic Hand - Jonathan Carroll
The Mist in the Mirror - Susan Hill
The Secret Woman - Victoria Holt
The Mysteries of Udolpho - Ann Radcliffe
A Sicilian Romance - Ann Radcliffe
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and other tales of terror - Robert Louis Stevenson
The Angel’s Game - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
And anything else apt that makes its way into my library bag during the next two months.

Is there a Reading Challenge-holics Anonymous anywhere out there?


gautami tripathy said...

EXcellent list! Worth checking out!

Here is my RIP IV read list

Anonymous said...

but you can content yourself with the thought that this is an EXTRA-SPECIAL challenge...not just an ordinary one :)

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

The Mysteries of Udolpho was a good book. R.I.P. IV

Amat Libris said...

Gautami: I've been earmarking books for this challenge for months!

Aimee: Oooh, I like that! (There's no such thing as too much justification.)

Bluestocking: I have been very tempted to start it, but thought diving into one mammoth book at a time was enough!

Dorte H said...

I had almost made up my mind to participate in this, but I keep running into competitions or other reasons why I prefer to read other books first so I think I´d better be sensible this time.

Before or later I may have to learn to joing a challenge only to give it up gracefully later - but not yet! :D

Marg said...

Even if I wasn't doing any challenges, then I would still do Carl's challenges.

Carl V. Anderson said...

I am so glad you found justification and decided to go ahead and join us this year! I am excited for you and your NaNo project this year, being a huge fan of gothic novels. I wish you much luck and a great deal of inspiration over the next two months.

Anonymous said...

Good luck completing the challenge. I haven't read any of the books in your pool so am looking foreard to your reviews.

Amat Libris said...

Dorte: Giving up gracefully is something I might have to do soon!

Marg: And even if I'm doing too many challenges, I'll still squeeze in Carl's challenge!

Carl: Thank you ... I need all the luck I can get, having just had a rather large historical spanner thrown in the works :-(

Rhinoa: I need luck there too!

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