The Sunday Salon (Sept. 4): The RIP VI challenge

The Sunday I haven’t done challenges at all this year, mainly because once I sign up for them I keep forgetting to actually do them. The R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VI challenge is different, however, because I’ve been meaning to participate in it every since I started blogging, but somehow I always forget to keep an eye out for it and then I miss the sign-ups and then it’s mid-October and way too late to join anyway, and everything is terrible in that mild “it’s just the internet” sort of way.

Anyway, this year I’ve remembered early and I’ve even signed up and I’m going to do it, for reals. Unfortunately, as I’m moving, most of my appropriate-for-this-challenge books have been packed away, including this collection of H.P. Lovecraft stories I’ve been meaning to finish for four years. But I’ve come up with a list of other books I have that have not been packed yet (mainly because they’re on my Kindle), and so everything will, I think, be okay.

I’m doing Peril the First, where I have to read four books that fit the challenge’s theme. Here’s what I think I’ll be reading. I focused on horror/gothic stuff because that’s always fun to read during the fall/Halloween/whatever and I don’t read nearly enough of it anyway.

1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Because I probably should actually read this one day, and why shouldn’t that day be during RIP VI?
2. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe. I’ve been wanting to read this ever since I read Northanger Abbey back in May.
3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. This is gothic, right?
4. The Woman in White by Wilikie Collins. I started reading this two(?) years ago and then never finished, so it’s time I did.

What do you think of my list? What’re you reading for RIP VI?

Also, don’t forget that there’s a giveaway of The Postmortal by Drew Magary going on until Tuesday, September 6th!

Edit: also also! My non-book blog has gone live and you can check it out (and my first post) here: Finch-a-go-go! I’m planning on updating it every MWF barring something horrible happening like I have nothing to write about. Yay!

Weekly Book Stats

Books read this week:
104. The Postmortal – Drew Magary [rating: 2] R
105. Act of Will – A. J. Hartley [rating: 3] e
106. Irma Voth – Miriam Toews [rating: TBD] R
107. Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars – Nick James [rating: TBD] B

Books reviewed this week:
79. The Implosion of Aggie Winchester – Lara Zielin [rating: 3.5] R
82. Hard Spell – Justin Gustainis [rating: 3] e R
88. Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes – Jonathan Auxier [rating: 3.5] e R
104. The Postmortal – Drew Magary [rating: 2] R

Books acquired this week:

Currently reading:
I’m nearly done with Down the Mysterly River, a BEA 2011 book coming out this month. The beginning was slightly rough going, but once I figured out what the book was being meta about I started to enjoy it way more.


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12 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon (Sept. 4): The RIP VI challenge”

  1. Good call on Frankenstein. I tried to read it a while back but it’s a bit slow going and I’m easily distracted so I never finished it. Hope you like it!

    1. I put it on there mostly because it’s short (right?) and because I never read it when it was assigned for class this one time. 😛

    1. I’ve started reading it and so far it’s your standard Romantic gothic novel. I’m trying to remember what the characters in Northanger Abbey said abut it that made me want to read it– probably something about the future drama/tension/excitement that’ll no doubt unfold later on?

  2. If Jane Eyre fits that would be the perfect excuse to reread it. I’m planning to take on Frankenstein too. And I’d like to try my hand at Wilkie Collins. Have fun!

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