04 September 2009

R.I.P IV Challenge

R.I.P. IV Challenge

There was a heatwave here recently - Monday last week it was 35oC. I think it fried my brain. Why else would I be signing up for another challenge when I have several going already, and eleven books out from the library, and a heap of reviews to write, and I’ve just started a book with over 900 pages that will take me several weeks to finish?

Book mad, me. Although ... given that my NaNo project this year is a gothic, doesn’t it make perfect sense to get in the right mood with all literary things eerie?

There - I’ve justified it!

I have - of course - gone for Peril the First: Read Four books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose. Since I’ve got two out from the library to be read this month, I’m sure I can do it!

My reading pool:

The Panic Hand - Jonathan Carroll
The Mist in the Mirror - Susan Hill
The Secret Woman - Victoria Holt
The Mysteries of Udolpho - Ann Radcliffe
A Sicilian Romance - Ann Radcliffe
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and other tales of terror - Robert Louis Stevenson
The Angel’s Game - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
And anything else apt that makes its way into my library bag during the next two months.

Is there a Reading Challenge-holics Anonymous anywhere out there?


  1. but you can content yourself with the thought that this is an EXTRA-SPECIAL challenge...not just an ordinary one :)

  2. Gautami: I've been earmarking books for this challenge for months!

    Aimee: Oooh, I like that! (There's no such thing as too much justification.)

    Bluestocking: I have been very tempted to start it, but thought diving into one mammoth book at a time was enough!

  3. I had almost made up my mind to participate in this, but I keep running into competitions or other reasons why I prefer to read other books first so I think I´d better be sensible this time.

    Before or later I may have to learn to joing a challenge only to give it up gracefully later - but not yet! :D

  4. Even if I wasn't doing any challenges, then I would still do Carl's challenges.

  5. I am so glad you found justification and decided to go ahead and join us this year! I am excited for you and your NaNo project this year, being a huge fan of gothic novels. I wish you much luck and a great deal of inspiration over the next two months.

  6. Good luck completing the challenge. I haven't read any of the books in your pool so am looking foreard to your reviews.

  7. Dorte: Giving up gracefully is something I might have to do soon!

    Marg: And even if I'm doing too many challenges, I'll still squeeze in Carl's challenge!

    Carl: Thank you ... I need all the luck I can get, having just had a rather large historical spanner thrown in the works :-(

    Rhinoa: I need luck there too!


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