Reading Challenge: R.I.P. Challenge V at Stainless Steel Droppings!

It’s September 1st, which means it’s time for the R.I.P. Challenge over at Stainless Steel Droppings! I’ve been watching how this reading challenge unfolds for the last two years, but am finally taking the plunge and participating this year, despite grad school and other such craziness. The challenge runs from September 1st through October 31st.

The Details According to Carl (the host):

You can read: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, and/or Supernatural.

There are two goals for the challenge:

  • Have fun reading.
  • Share that fun with others.

There are different levels of participation (we all function on different levels of “busy,” so options are a plus!):

  • Peril the First: Read four books that you think fit the broad definition of scary.
  • Peril the Second: Read two books that you think fit the definition of scary.
  • Peril the Third: Read one book that you think fits the definition of scary.
  • Short Story Peril: Read any short stories during the length of the challenge.
  • Peril on the Screen: Watch any movies, TV shows, etc you think fit the definition of scary.

Carl asks that if you review anything you read for the challenge, please link to it on his review site.

What I’m Doing:

My Reading List:
“The Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova
“Misery” by Stephen King

My Reading List:
“Poe’s Children: The New Horror: An Anthology” by Peter Straub
“Four Past Midnight” by Stephen King
Selected Short Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

My Movie List:
“Secret Window”
“Psycho”
“The Amityville Horror (1979)”
“The Exorcism of Emily Rose”
“The Masque of Red Death”
“Halloween (1978)”
“The Lost Boys”

Want to Participate?

If you’re interested, hop on over to Carl’s blog and sign up! Happy Reading!

  • deslily

    ohhh I liked the secret window!.. and the Historian was much better then I ever expected! Have fun!

    • Kerri

      I'm re-reading "The Historian." I *loved* that novel :)

  • Carl V.

    Love your list of books and films. I just ordered The Historian from the library. Going to try again. It isn't that I haven't enjoyed what I've read, I just get distracted from chunksters quite easily. I'm so happy that you chose to dive in this year. It is all about fun and not about pressure so I hope that helps and I sincerely wish you the very best of times with this.

    • Kerri

      Thanks, Carl :) "The Historian" was so much better than I thought it would be. I re-read it at least once a year now. I really enjoy it.

  • reviewsbylola

    The Historian is on my list too, although the size is a bit daunting.

    • Kerri

      The book is a a bit daunting, but it was such a page turner for me, I made it through the whole thing in a week the first time I read it. Good luck!

  • Kate

    Misery! Boy, the film was so good that I tend to forget about it being a really good novel to start with. I'm experiencing a bit of a Stephen King renaissance...maybe I should add that one too! Happy reading to you!

    • Kerri

      "Misery" is one of the few Stephen King novels that I have yet to read. I'm excited about it!

  • Kailana

    One of these days I really must read The Historian.

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