I’ve decided to throw all caution to the wind and join yet another challenge. It’s Carl’s R.I.P II Challenge (Readers Imbibing Peril), running from September 1st to October 31st. I recommend checking it out here, as there are a number of different paths of peril to choose from. Because I’m a bit of a chicken, I’m going with Peril the Fourth:
Peril the Fourth (Otherwise known as Just a Bit of Peril):
Some of you wonderful readers, or would-be readers, may have a tendency to shy away from this genre, thinking it is just not your cup of poisoned tea. However, it wouldn’t be a challenge if I wasn’t challenging you. This peril is for those of you who want to take a chance. Simply choose one book that you feel meets the criteria for Readers Imbibing Peril II and, well, imbibe it!
Just a bit of peril for me, please. I’m trying to be responsible about this. Not only will I be starting a new semester and two other challenges, but I’m notoriously easy to freak out. There are movies that are rated NS for “No Sarah.” There are movie trailers on t.v. that give my overactive imagination nightmares. The very mention of the movie Psycho can interrupt my showering cycle. So, since I’m a fan of personal hygiene and sleeping well, I’ll choose the “little bit o’ peril” option. (As an example, I made the mistake of thinking that watching the adaptation of Henry James’s Turn of the Screw would be a great idea when I was home alone. I mean, it’s Henry James! Ummm, I only made it through the first 20 minutes. It’s a creepy story and even creepier to watch. Lesson learned: I’m a wuss).
That said, I’m going to make a list of possible reads to choose from because I’m also capricious. Besides, if I choose to do more than one book, all the better! (I’ve recently discovered the joy of low expectations. This way, I can’t help but surprise myself). I’m leaving out the books I’ll be reading for class (it feels like cheating), although I might provide a review of those books as well just to get my brain working.
- The Mysteries of Udolpho ~ Ann Radcliffe
- Dracula ~ Bram Stoker
- The Thirteenth Tale ~ Diane Setterfield
- Edgar Allan Poe ~ various short stories
- Kept: A Victorian Mystery ~ D.J. Taylor
- The Turn of the Screw ~ Henry James
For class I’ll be reading Austen’s Northanger Abbey, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone, so those might end up as reviews, although I won’t actually count them as part of the challenge. I’m getting goosebumps already….