Friday, August 28, 2009

My First R.I.P Challenge!!

Hello fellow readers! It is time for the annual R.I.P. Challenge hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings. You can find all the details regarding the challenge at Stainless Steel Droppings, however I will provide a quick rundown of the gameplan. First off the name of the challenge, R.I.P., stands for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril - what a cool name for a challenge! Typically the challenge begins on September 1st, however this year, the challenge is beginning now! The Challenge runs from Now until Halloween - How witchy! What is the challenge exactly - well it is quite simple, select books that fall under the following categories: mystery, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, gothic, horror, and supernatural. Then choose which peril you wish to participate at: Peril The First - read 4 books of any length; Peril The Second - read 2 books of any length; Peril The Third - read 1 book of any length; and Short Story Peril - read short stories. Basically, read scary stories that help conjure up the images of things going bump in the night and have fun posting about your reads and discovering new books. Doesn't that sound like fun?! What a perfect way to start the new fall season (okay, so fall doesn't technically begin until next month, but we are getting there and besides I prefer fall to summer). So, now I have to figure out if I want to read one spooky book or a couple. I think that for now I will participate at Peril The Second level. As for my two book choices, here they are: Tana French's In The Woods and Audrey Niffenegger's Her Fearful Symmetry. Talk about some spooky choices! Actually now that I am thinking about this challenge another book just popped into my head, The Little Strange by Sarah Waters - that would be a great Peril reader. Hmmm. Maybe that should be on my list. Who knows, by the end of this challenge perhaps I will have completed Peril The First. Either way, I am quite positive that this will be a fun challenge and am looking forward to starting it this weekend. I'm in the mood for a little mystery and horror and R.I.P. fits right in. Hope you all check out the challenge details at Stainless Steel Droppings and join in the fun! Happy reading all!!


claire said...

It's funny how those covers look so similar. :D

Steph said...

I read and reviewed In The Woods earlier this year and LOVED it. I hope you like it just as much! Definitely a good pick for this challenge!

A Bookish Way of Life said...

You are absolutely right Claire! I can't believe I didn't even notice the similarity. Its funny that you mention the covers because the other day I was thinking the same thing about another book and it made me think of the part in the Shopaholic series where Becky and her friend are picking out the pictures for their magazines and Becky explains how each month, each magazine winds up using similar photos because they are all usually writing articles about the same financial statistics - it made me wonder if book publishers are similar. If a book's plot is leaning towards the supernatural, do they automatically select the same spooky cover? Sometimes you do notice the same pictures being used over and over.

A Bookish Way of Life said...

Thanks Steph! I'm really looking forward to it now. Cheers!