Wednesday, August 26, 2009

R.I.P. IV - A Challenge

I've been in the mood lately for the creepy, atmospheric novels that draw you in and don't let go. So I was more than happy to see that Carl is once again hosting the RIP challenge as it is the perfect way to greet fall and the change of weather. There are multiple ways to participate in this challenge but the main things are
1. To have fun and
2. To add to your reading lists :)
which I already have been as I've been pouring over everyone else's lists. I'm so excited now that I cannot wait to begin and plan to read as many books as I can!
Needless to say I'm signing up for Peril the 1st which requires the reader to read 4 books from any subgenre including suspense, gothic, horror, and more... I don't even have to make up a list which is always a good thing when I am concerned for challenges but I have made a reading pool to use to help me out. I'm a bit overly excited though which means I have a notebook page filled with options so I'm not going to share all of my reading pool with you...just a select few. Here are some of the books I'll be choosing from:
  • The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Sister by Poppy Adams
  • The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  • Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
  • The Last Sister by Megan Kelley Hall

There are so many books that I want to get, I cannot wait to see what everyone else reads! My library checkouts are going to be out of the roof but I'm already one happy camper :) If you have any suggestions of other books I should check out (especially a good gothic novel or ghost story) then feel free to leave it in the comment section.


  1. Absolutely fantastic list of books, Sam. And of course it makes my heart thrill to see Dracula on there, whether you get to it or not. It is a particular favorite.

    Thanks for coming along again this year. I too am in the mood for this kind of reading and am so glad that it is R.I.P. time again!

  2. I've joined this challenge, too. I'm making up for lost time. . . .

  3. the woman in white seems to be the book to have. It's listed in so many pools for this c hallenge. I hope i get to read many reviews of it!

  4. I read The Haunting of Hill House last year, and it was so good. Happy reading!

  5. I agree with DesLily - so many people are reading Woman in White, and that's wonderful!

  6. That challenge sounds like a lot of fun and your list is pretty good. Enjoy this one!!!

  7. What amazing company THE LOST SISTER is in!! I'm so honored. Raymond Chandler, Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson, Laurell K. Hamilton, Carrie Ryan, Gillian Flynn and me???? I'm in shock! Thanks so much for picking The Lost Sister, but make sure your readers know that it is a sequel to SISTERS OF MISERY, which has been described as "shivery, chilling, and nail-biting suspense." Have fun with the RIP challenge!

  8. The Lunatic Cafe and Dead Witch Walking are great novels! LK Hamilton and Kim Harrison are two of my favorite authors. I can't wait to see what you think of them.

  9. I'll be joining this one too, just have to get my books and list together. Woman in White is perfect for the challenge--one of my favorite classics. Enjoy!

  10. have fun reading :)
    I read Dracula last year for this challenge.

  11. I just read a good gothic/ghost story: The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman. Very atmospheric! :)

  12. Carl- Dracula is one that has been on my TBR list for way too long. I really hope to get to it this year.

    Suko- I'll be waiting for your reviews :)

    DesLily- The Woman in White does seem to be on everyone's lists. I'm currently reading it and enjoying it so far.

    Nymeth- I have that book checked out from the library and am looking forward to giving it a try.

    Amanda- I can't wait to hear everyone else's thoughts on it!

    Staci- This is a challenge that you should definitely try. I bet you would enjoy it.

    Megan- I've been waiting quite impatiently for your second book so of course it had to go on my reading pool list.

    Jackie- I've already checked out LKH's book and will be picking up Dead Witch Walking from the library shortly.

    Trish- I can't wait to read your reviews for this one.

    Naida- Hope you enjoy this challenge as well.

    Eva- I have that one added to my pool. Thanks for the suggestion!


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