Wednesday, August 31, 2011

R.I.P Challenge VI

In all my years of blogging I have never missed one of Carl's challenges. This is the 6th year of the R.I.P. Challenge and I am back once again to join in.

The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as:

Dark Fantasy.
This is my time of the year. The autumn is my favourite season and these are the books that I would want to read this time of the year anyway.

To see my pool of possible books, click here.

The Perils I will be participating in are:
Peril the First:

Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (my very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be Stephen King or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Fleming or Edgar Allan Poe…or anyone in between.

What I Read:
1. Daphne by Justine Picardie
2. Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
3. Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier
4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
5. When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
6. Breathers by S.G. Browne
7. Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr
8. The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis
9. A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
10. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
11. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings - Volume 1 by J.R.R. Tolkien
12. Prince of Thorns: Book One of The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence
13. The Dresden Files - Book 1: Storm Front by Jim Butcher
14. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
15. Death Bringer by Derek Landy
16. The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft
17. Die for Me (Revenants Series, Book 1) by Amy Plum
18. Dracula by Bram Stoker
19. A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore
20. Dearly, Departed by Lisa Habel
21. The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
22. The Lord of the Rings - Book 2: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
23. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

Peril of the Short Story:

I am a big fan of short stories and my desire for them is perhaps no greater than in autumn. I see Poe and Lovecraft in my future for sure. You can read short stories any time during the challenge. When I can, I like to read short stories over the weekend and post about them around that time. Feel free to do this however you want, but if you review short stories on your site, please link to those reviews on the Book Review site.

What I Read:
1. The Poison Eaters: And Other Stories by Holly Black

Peril on the Screen:

This Peril was added last year and proved to be popular, and so it returns. This is for those of us that like to watch suitably scary, eerie, mysterious gothic fare during this time of year. It may be something on the small screen or large. It might be a television show, like Dark Shadows, or your favorite film. If you are so inclined, please post links to any R.I.P.-related viewing you do on to the book review site as well.

What I Watched:
1. Lord of the Rings Volume 1 - The Fellowship of the Rings
2. Lord of the Rings Volume 2 - The Two Towers
3. Lord of the Rings Volume 3 - The Return of the King
4. Rebecca
5. Jane Eyre

Peril of the Group Read:

This Peril is new for this year. I’ve recently discovered the joys of group reading and I posted about three group reads that I am hosting during this year’s R.I.P. Challenge. If you feel so inclined please join us in one (or more) of the planned group reads, information is located here.

In addition to, or instead of, these group read options you may want to host your own. That would be welcome too and if you choose to do so please let me know so that I can advertise them for you.

Planned Group Read Participation in the following:
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
Storm Front by Jim Butcher - COMPLETED
The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien - COMPLETED
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

If you are looking for any reading suggestions, I posted a list of everything I have read for the previous challenges yesterday.


  1. Hey! I haven't visited in a while.

    I'm using this challenge to clear by bookcase a bit.

    Here is mine

  2. It's the most wonderful time of the year!!

  3. It is a very popular activity. Have fun!

  4. I'm participating in this too, I'll look forward to seeing how you fill in your challenge categories. Happy fall! (Oh, and I loved you previous post on past R.I.P. reads)

  5. Happy reading! I've read both Storm Front and Fragile Things and both were excellent... hope you all enjoy them.

  6. i've already added Daphne to my wish list ! dang... i can tell I am going to regret reading all the reviews LOL

  7. Look at you, already finished a book for the challenge!

    So fun to be sharing all these group reads with you. I'm doing Fragile Things on audio and it was such a thrill to start listening to it again yesterday. His introduction is so fun (and spoiler free) and of course has a little surprise in it.

    You are one of the old-timers and I'm thrilled you keep being a part of the group. Thank you!

  8. Eee! I am so glad it is finally here!! My most favorite time of the year. :D

    Looking forward to reading all these books with you!

  9. Anonymous4:56 PM

    I'm sad that I wasn't able to finish the R.I.P. challenge that I participated in a while ago. So, I'm going to give it a go again. And I love this idea of having a group read category, as this motivates me to be more disciplined with my reading, and plus, it will be interesting to get everyone's ideas at the same time.


  10. Enjoy The Lantern! It was really good.

  11. **Brooke: I always am trying to clean my bookshelf... This year has gone better than others...

    **Amanda: Yes, yes it is!

    **Care: Thanks!

    **Whitney: I am terrible at following lists...

    **Cath: I actually have read Storm Front, too. I figured since I have never read on in the series it was a perfect time to go back to book one in the hopes of reading book 2!

    **Pat: Daphne was actually pretty good. :)

    **Carl: Well, we are going to review it during the challenge, so I figure it counts. I enjoy continuing to participate!

    **Heather: I am looking forward to reading with you, too!

    **Sharry: I hope the challenge goes better for you this time around. :)

    **Chris: I am looking forward to it!

  12. Isn't this a fun challenge? I love this time of year.

  13. Good luck with the challenge, looks like fun!

  14. Enjoyed reading your list - so many choices my list is becoming ridiculous.

    Happy reading!

  15. **Trish: I love this time of the year, too!

    **Kim: Thanks!

    **Cat: I am glad you enjoyed the lists. One year I made a list just by visiting other peoples' lists...

  16. I'm excited for the group read of The Lantern! It doesn't fit in my classics/non-fiction list but I'll make an exception. Happy RIPing!

  17. **Kristen: I think it is worth making an exception for. It sounds really good!

  18. I see The Lantern has a group read scheduled. I started it this week but will try and return for the group discussion in October.

  19. Cool! Look forward to having you join the conversation on The Lantern.

  20. **Leslie: Glad to hear it! I am looking forward to both the book and the discussion.

    **Carl: I thought your comment was rather random, but now I know it is because you aren't talking to me... :)

  21. Yes, I should have included the name in there. LOL!

  22. **Carl: Well, with the context of the other comments it made sense, but when I was read just your comment I was 'huh?'

  23. Good luck! It sounds like you have a great plan. I cannot wait to see what you end up reading and watching!

  24. **Michelle: Thanks! I look forward to what I read and watch myself. :)

  25. I love R.I.P. It's especially fun to look at everyone's reading pools. Yours is a treasure trove of ideas!

  26. **Jessica: I hope you find some great books to read!

  27. I look forward to hearing what you think about them, Kailana, but I loved both The Monk (sick fun!) and The Woman in White. Excellent choices both. This is my first year participating in R.I.P., and it's cool to meet some new to me blogs and bloggers.

  28. **Richard: I am actually reading The Monk right now and enjoying it. I really hope I find time to read The Woman in White! I hope you have fun with the challenge and meet a lot of people!


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