It’s September tomorrow and summer is coming to an end (not that we’ve had much of a summer here in the UK this year). But as the nights start to get darker it means it’s time for R.I.P. (R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril), one of my favourite reading events! As always, R.I.P. VII is hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings and runs throughout the months of September and October. The idea is to read books that could be classified as one of the following:
Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.
There are a few different levels of participation to choose from. I’m planning to participate in Peril the First, which means reading four books.
I’m listing below a selection of books I would like to read that fit the above categories. I certainly don’t expect to have time to read all of these before the end of October, but I wanted to give myself plenty of options. It’s also possible that I’ll change my mind and decide to read some books that I haven’t mentioned. I’m very bad at sticking to lists!
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – This has been on my R.I.P. list for the last two years and I still haven’t read it!
The House by the Churchyard by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – I’ve read Uncle Silas and want to try another Le Fanu book. I might be tempted to read Carmilla instead as it’s much shorter.
The Seance by John Harwood – This was recommended to me after I read and loved John Harwood’s other novel, The Ghost Writer.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson – I’m hoping I’ll enjoy this as much as We Have Always Lived in the Castle.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – It’s on my Classics Club list along with the Mary Shelley and Sheridan Le Fanu books above, so this is a good opportunity to read all three.
The Quarry by Johan Theorin – Another one that was on my list last year.
Blood Harvest by S.J. Bolton – This is the only book by S.J. Bolton that I still haven’t read.
Dragonwyck by Anya Seton – I love Anya Seton and have been wanting to read this for years!
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill – Another book I’ve been meaning to read for a long time.
A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King – I read the first book in the Mary Russell series in January and loved it, but still haven’t had time to read the second one.
Bleeding Heart Square by Andrew Taylor – I read The American Boy and The Anatomy of Ghosts in 2011 and enjoyed them both, so I’m looking forward to this one.
The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters – Another series I started and haven’t continued with.
The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe – I’ve read three of Radcliffe’s other gothic novels, so I’d like to try this one too.
Who else is taking part in R.I.P. this year? See Carl’s post for more information and to sign up.