Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Welcome to the Perils of Fall: My R.I.P. VIII Challenge List

I’ve seen some sure signs that autumn will be cooling down the frenzied pace of summer very soon. The students have moved back into their dorms at the university. The leaves on the dogwood tree outside my kitchen window have already taken on a dull, red hue. And reading lists for the R.I.P. VIII (that’s R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril) Challenge, hosted once again this year by Carl V at Stainless Steel Droppings, have begun to pop up around the blogosphere.

This year at least two of my titles will overlap with my Classics Club list – I love those 2-for-1 reads! I’ve narrowed it down to 5 novels I’d like to read so far, but I am waiting for two of them via interlibrary loan, so I will probably read whichever gets here first (thanks, Big 10).

Peril the First:
Six Problems for Don Isidro Parodi by Jorge Luis Borges
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing
That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana by Carlo Emilio Gadda
The Returned by Jason Mott

And if all goes well, I will also try to participate in Peril of the Short Story, reading The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton. But it’s a bit early to tell how that’s all going to go at this point.

I’m looking forward to chilling – and hopefully chilly – two months of reading. What’s on your R.I.P. list?


  1. I'm a sissy about scary books ever since I read "The Shining" while babysitting. Bad idea. However, I'm recommending books for my book club next month and put Neil Gaimon on the list of choices, so maybe I'll end up joining you on that one.

    1. I mostly take the mystery route in this challenge, although the Gaiman is more of a dark fantasy, from the reviews. The Returned is the only one I'm worried about :)

  2. I've got The Returned on my TBR list as well! It looks like you have some good scary reads ahead of you. I hope you have fun and enjoy them all :)

    1. I always look forward to trading my lighter reading for classics and mysteries in the fall!

  3. I listened to The Ocean at the End of the Lane on audio earlier this month and quite enjoyed it. I hope you do, too!!

  4. I'll be interested to see what you think of the Gaiman. I read it when it first came out but have been negligent in reviewing it. I liked it quite a bit though and it has stayed on my mind so I really should knock out a review.

    Thanks for joining in this year for another hopefully enjoyable time.

  5. I'm hoping to read Gaiman's new one too--if my library gets it to me soon enough! I'm currently #41 in line (out of 266)...not that I just went to check or anything...


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