Friday, September 05, 2014

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril IX

In all my years of blogging, I think I have only participated once in Carl's famous R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril. How is that possible?  Some of my favorite types of books are mysteries and supernatural type books. I think part of the reason is that by this time of year, I am so challenged out--tired of commitments and just not wanting to think about reading anything for anyone else. And yet, every year, I read books that would qualify. That kind of takes the challenge out of the the challenge, doesn't it?  But is it really meant to be a challenge? It is more of an event, isn't it?  That is the way I am going to look at it.

Our host, Carl V.,  from Stainless Steel Droppings writes:
Nine years ago [NINE?!?! Inconceivable!!!] I became aware of reading challenges and wanted to start one of my own, hoping to find others who shared my Autumnal predilection for the works of Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker and other authors contemporary and classic who captured the spirit of gothic literature. All these years later we are still going strong, welcoming September with a time of coming together to share our favorite mysteries, detective stories, horror stories, dark fantasies, and everything in between.
The reading categories to choose from:


Dark Fantasy. 



Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.  
That is what embodies the stories, written and visual, that we celebrate with the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril event.
There are multiple levels a reader can take part in, reading from one book to four.  If you would prefer to read short stories or watch movies, that's fine too!  I am choosing to participate in Peril the First, agreeing to read four books that fall under one or more of the above listed categories.

What about you?  Will you be taking part?

Here are some of the books I am considering reading for the challenge (or I could go with something completely different):

The Betrayed by Heather Graham ~ A paranormal mystery/romance involving ghosts
A Penny for the Hangman by Tom Savage ~ A murder mystery set on a beautiful island
A Fist Full of Evil by Rebecca Chastain ~ Urban fantasy/Paranormal.  Demons, imps and a cuddly cat
Children of the Street by Kwei Quartey ~ A murder mystery set in Ghana
The Maze Runner by James Dashner ~ Dystopian young adult novel, promising mystery and suspense.
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley ~ A missing person mystery set in 1940's Los Angeles
Small Favor by Jim Butcher ~ Urban fantasy (best series ever--and I really need to get caught up)
Ash by Malinda Lo ~ A Cinderella story with a twist
Cinder by Marissa Meyer ~ A Cinderella story with a science fiction twist
Fated by Benedict Jacka ~ Urban fantasy set in a London magic shop

Have you read any of these books?  Did you like them?  If you are participating in the challenge, what book/story are you most looking forward to reading?

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  1. Have fun and looking forward to your reviews. :)

  2. Great list, I've had my eye on the Cinder books. Happy reading! I do like that this one is more of an event than a challenge myself.

    1. Naida - I've been wanting to read Cinder for awhile now too. :-)

  3. Glad to see you jumped on the RIP bandwagon - enjoy Wendy.

    1. Diane - Thanks, Diane! I'm excited about it. I've already read one book from the list and am working on my second. :-)

  4. Yay! I am participating as well - like you, I will be reading these types of books anyway, and just THINK of how good I will feel about myself when I actually accomplish something! =)

    1. Elizabeth - Exactly! We'll be able to pat ourselves on the back and have fun at the same time. :-)

  5. I'm probably not going to participate this year but I definitely want to in the future. If you're looking for a creepy read I highly recommend The Birds by Daphne du Maurier. So creepy!! A Penny for the Hangman sounds intriguing and Cinder has been on my wishlist for awhile. I have The Betrayed and I've enjoyed Graham's other books so that's high on my list as well. Great books! I look forward to seeing what you end up reading!

    1. Katherine - I've heard great things about Daphne du Maurier. She's on my must read author list. I'm looking forward to reading Cinder and Penny for the Hangman. I hope to get to The Betrayed soon. I enjoyed the other book I read by her in the series, so hopefully this one will be good too. :-)

  6. I should participate, especially since I've decided to listen to Something Wicked for Ti's challenge, but I'm so bad about actually following through. I haven't read any of the books on your list but I've heard great things about Cinder. Enjoy!! There's just something so delicious about the idea of fall reading, isn't there?

    1. Trish - You should! You just have to read or listen to one book. Or you can just watch a movie. :-)

  7. Oh Wendy, that's a great way of looking at this - an event! I never miss Carl's challenge although I usually don't complete it. Ah well, as long as we have a great time right? I've not read any of the books you listed so I'll be looking forward to your reviews. I do know I want to read some of these! Have a great time with the challenge.

    1. Iliana - It's safer if I look at it that way. LOL I figure four books won't be too hard to read by the end of October. I'm already 1/4 of the way done! :-)


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