Peril the First ~ My First R.I.P. Challenge

rip4300I am drawn to beautiful buttons. From the moment I saw Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings‘ button for R.I.P. IV, I kinda knew that it was only a matter of time before I take this challenge.  Over the weekend I saw many of my book  blogger buddies signing up.  They almost all had Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger on their list.  I was standing on the precipise.  Then I saw Fizzy Thoughts and Beth Fish Reads‘ posts.  I’ve had The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins on my TBR for almost as long as I’ve been blogging.  It’s one that Fizzy Beverage may be reading.  Beth Fish Reads has The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson on her list.  So, I’ve jumped.  I’m in.    Between September 1st and October 31st, I’ll occassionally be trying to spook myself through my reading.  I’m getting all creeped out just thinking about it and remembering the time I read Pet Semetary while babysitting and, since the noises other houses’ make isn’t creepy enough, I had to walk home (okay, it was just across the street) after midnight.  It was the longest walk of my whole life. This is going to feel good!

Carl is a most accommodating host.  Here are the rules:

“There are two simple goals to the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge: Have fun reading and share that fun with others.”

You can join simply by agreeing to read one, two, or four books during the two months from among the following genres:

  • Mystery
  • Suspense
  • Thriller
  • Dark fantasy
  • Gothic
  • Horror
  • Supernatural


When I jump, I jump the whole way, so I’m going to attempt Peril the First and read four books from within those categories.  Here are the books I’ll be choosing from:

Cover of Her Fearful Symmetry

I’m almost half way through Audrey Niffenegger’s second novel already and it’s very good.  One of the main characters is an historical London cemetary.  You can’t lose choosing this novel for your challenge.

Cover of The Girl Who Played with Fire

I just started the audio book yesterday and I’m two hours in and loving it!  Lisbeth Salander, you are my hero!

Covrer of The Woman in White

I’m hoping to dust this baby off and enjoy some great, classic Gothic eariness!

Cover of The Devil's Company

The Devil’s Company is my latest LibraryThing Early Reviewer’s snag and I’ve been so wanting to read it.  I hadn’t realized that this book was part of a series, but I think I’ll be okay. 🙂  It’s getting some good reviews, so I think this will make for an excellent thriller.

Cover of Ruined

Ruined by Paula Morris takes place in New Orleans and is sure to be mysterious and spooky.  Keep your eyes on The Literate Housewife Review because I will have an announcement about this book next week!  I’m really excited about it!

Cover of The Mysteries of Udolpho

The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe is another Gothic classic that was suggested to me early last year.

Cover of The Historian

I won The Historian in one of Devourer of Books‘ first ever contests and I really, really want and need to read it.  Just the darn cover is spooky.

Okay, I think that gives me enough to work with, don’t you?  Have you joined in the R.I.P. IV challenge?  What is the spookiest book you’ve ever read?

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  • At 2009.08.31 21:01, Melody said:

    I love your list! I’m currently reading Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. It’s an intense page-turner!

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    • At 2009.08.31 21:11, Red Headed Book Child said:

      I think I may have to jump in as well. I have read Her Fearful Symmetry and own The Woman in White. Hmmm? What to read…
      Fall spooky reads are my favorite.

      • At 2009.08.31 21:13, rhapsodyinbooks said:

        I totally relate about Pet Semetary. I read In Cold Blood while babysitting too!

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        • At 2009.08.31 21:22, Kathy said:

          I’m beginning to think I’m the only one who’s not participating in this.

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          • At 2009.08.31 21:27, Jennifer said:

            Melody, it sounds like Joe Hill is a chip off the ol’ block!

            Red, do it! The Woman in White is really supposed to be incredible!

            Rhapsody, I have In Cold Blood, too. I bought it after reading Capote In Kansas. I’ll have to keep that one in mind just in case.

            Kathy, last year I was the only one. LOL! You can always be a cheerleader (you are anyway!) for the rest of us if you don’t feel up to it.

            • At 2009.08.31 21:46, Maree said:

              I’ve joined too, but I’m refusing to make a list. I’m either going to re-read The Stand, or go with whatever falls into my hands.
              I’m halfway through Her Fearful Symmetry as well, and I agree – it’s fantastic.
              Enjoy! 🙂

              • At 2009.08.31 21:52, Marg said:

                I am glad you are joining in on this challenge. I have Her Fearful Symmetry on my list and one of these days I want to try Liss and also to read The Historian.

                • At 2009.08.31 21:55, christine said:

                  Yes, this should prove to be fun!!!

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                  • At 2009.08.31 22:42, Just Mom said:

                    I’ve been thinking about this one too! I’m planning to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and thought that might fit in.

                    Also, although I was too late for Dog Days, I read a dog book – Anyone But You – with a basset/beagle as the dog star. I didn’t even get The Art of Racing in the Rain cracked before the week ended – so much to do these days!

                    • At 2009.08.31 23:15, Carl V. said:

                      I’m thrilled that the banner image was part of what drew you to the challenge. I thought it turned out so well and am grateful to Jennifer Gordon for letting me play with one of her images. It is great to have you aboard this year.

                      I am about a quarter of the way through Her Fearful Symmetry and am really enjoying it. I too am hoping to read The Historian and do need to read Woman in White at some point. Your list of books is fantastic.

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                      • At 2009.08.31 23:35, softdrink said:

                        Woo-hoo! Can you believe the number of people signed up for this challenge?

                        I loved The Historian…there’s a bit of European travel mixed in, and I really enjoyed those parts.

                        • At 2009.09.01 00:32, Amy @ My Friend Amy said:

                          I was drawn to the buttons as well they are absolutely gorgeous!!!

                          love the cover of the Ruins and look forward to your announcement!

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                          • At 2009.09.01 02:01, Violet said:

                            Wow…lovely books, especially Ruined. I’m planning to read Girl with… too.

                            • At 2009.09.01 05:58, Sandy said:

                              OMG, you read Pet Semetary then walked home at midnight? No! That is freaking me out just thinking about it!!!!! That is a nice looking list. I absolutely LOVED The Historian. It is long, but just sucks you right in and won’t let go. I just love this challenge. I didn’t stand a chance at denying myself the pleasure.

                              • At 2009.09.01 07:15, Nicky Weaver said:

                                Hi, fabulous list if books. You will really enjoy The Historian – this is definately top of my list of the spookiest books I have ever read. I have not joined this challenge before & plan to start with The Meaning of Night by Micheal Cox & The Cup of Ghosts by Paul Doherty, & I want to try “Ruined” if I can get hold of a copy from my library. Nicky

                                • At 2009.09.01 07:35, Rebecca Reid said:

                                  Yeay! Have fun. I just listened to Woman in White. I really enjoyed it. It is suspenseful so I found myself seeking the chance to listen to more!

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                                  • At 2009.09.01 07:52, Amanda said:

                                    What a wonderful reading list! I can’t wait to read some of these reviews, since most of them are in my TBR pile 🙂


                                    • At 2009.09.01 10:54, Tam said:

                                      Welcome to the challenge. This is my first time in it too. Great list you have to pull from. I hope you enjoy The Girl Who Played with Fire.

                                      I also have The Historian on my list too. Here is my first post and pool of books.

                                      Happy Reading!

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                                      • At 2009.09.01 12:00, Stephanie said:

                                        You’ve convinced me to join this challenge! I’ve been meaning to read The Woman in White for years. Now it’s time to pore over my book collection and see what other books would be fitting for this challenge.

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                                        • At 2009.09.01 12:12, Ti said:

                                          Yay! I am doing this one too.

                                          I think I will read:

                                          The Litte Stranger
                                          The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
                                          The Strain (I think that’s that it’s called)

                                          Not sure yet.

                                          • At 2009.09.01 18:05, Jennifer said:

                                            Maree, I’ve never read The Stand before, but I think that’s my husband’s favorite of all favorite Stephen King books. It’s so huge and I’m not sure if my heart could survive that much suspense. LOL!

                                            Marg, You were one of the first of my blogging buddies I ever noticed participating in Carl’s challenge. You’re an old timer and I bow before you. 🙂 I’m hoping that I get to both Liss and Historian before it’s all said and done!

                                            Christine, I know you’re right and after receiving an email from Carl about prizes and contests, I am even more excited!

                                            Just Mom, the cover of P&P&Z is too much for me. I wish you luck in that. I’m afraid of the nightmares. LOL! No worries about Dog Days of Summer! There will always be next year. I’ll keep Anyone But You in mind for next year. The beagle would have been perfect with the button!

                                            Carl V, the image is just wonderful and I’m glad that she let you use it, too. Thanks so much for hosting this event. I don’t know how you’ll do it. After just one theme week I was exhausted. Sure, it didn’t help that it was also the first week of school, but still… 🙂 Thank you, thank you!

                                            Softdrink, I was flabbergasted at the number of participants! It’s nuts! I don’t know how Carl’s going to do it!

                                            Amy and Violet, Ruined is right up your alleys and I’m really excited for next Tuesday, when it will all be revealed…

                                            Sandy, I’m so glad that you feel my Pet Semetary pain. LOL! Thankfully I lived in a suburban neighborhood. It would have been even than much worse in a country setting. We’re going to have a lot of fun!

                                            Nicky, thanks so much! I’m excited about my list, too. So many people love The Historian. What has taken me so long??? I hope you have fun with this challenge, too.

                                            Rebecca, I’m so glad that you loved The Woman in White. Have you read any of Ann Radcliff’s novels? She’s supposed to be really good, too.

                                            • At 2009.09.01 18:17, Jennifer said:

                                              Amanda, thank you so much for stopping by! I hope these are outstanding, which will make the reviews easy to write.

                                              Tam, I’m so glad we’ll be celebrating our virgin R.I.P. tour together. LOL! I’ll be stopping by your site later tonight.

                                              Stephanie ~ YEA! Welcome aboard! What took us so long with TWIW, huh???

                                              Ti, you’re going to LOVE The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!

                                              • At 2009.09.01 18:29, Jenn's Bookshelves said:

                                                So glad to hear you are joining this challenge! I LOVE the cover of Ruined. It’s gorgeous. I’ll have to track down a copy!

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                                                • At 2009.09.01 19:59, Oh said:

                                                  You’ve chosen some excellent books here…wait a minute while I grab my official take-to-the-bookstore-list cuz I want to remember some of these. Wondering how Niffenberger’s new book is – does it measure up? And like you, Wilkie Collins has been on my shelf…for ages! Perhaps it’s time???

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                                                  • At 2009.09.02 08:53, Beth F said:

                                                    Awesome list of books to choose from. Glad you decided to join in.

                                                    • At 2009.09.02 10:25, S. Krishna said:

                                                      I joined this one as well and already have started reading The Moonstone for it. I’m really excited!

                                                      • At 2009.09.03 20:46, bookworm said:

                                                        Great picks! Have fun 🙂 Ruined looks very good!

                                                        • At 2009.09.04 13:21, Bluestocking said:

                                                          The Mysteries of Udolpho and The Woman in White are good reads. R.I.P. IV

                                                          • […] There is something about fall that makes it feel like the perfect time of the year to read a ghost story.  Sure, there is Halloween, but almost as soon as September arrives I’m ready for all things spooky.  As if to affirm my feelings, Carl runs the R.I.P. Challenge through September and October.   So, when Dina from Big Honcho Media contacted me about Ruined by Paula Morris, I knew it would make for a great read for R.I.P. […]

                                                            • At 2009.09.09 21:30, Veens said:

                                                              I joined this one and am thinking of reading 2 books alone! Your book selections are great. I have already read the 2 books in the Millennium series – I love them!

                                                              Great selection!

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                                                              • At 2009.09.25 15:51, Matt said:

                                                                Sounds like a fun challenge, and I want to thank you for mentioning Her Fearful Symmetry

                                                                My name is Matt from Regal Literary, Audrey’s literary agency.

                                                                Readers of this blog might be interested in knowing that Regal is giving away ten advanced reader’s copies and three first edition hardcovers of the new Audrey Niffenegger book, Her Fearful Symmetry, on October 1st in a lottery to anyone who joins the facebook page as a fan and sends an e-mail to hfs@regal-literary.com. Good luck!


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