Monday, August 20, 2007

the moment we've been waiting for



Annie and I, that is. We've both been so excited about Carl's R.I.P. II Reading Challenge. For the past two months, we've both been making and remaking our lists. And today is the day...this year's R.I.P. II Reading Challenge has been officially announced!

There are several different "Perils" to choose from. Each of them bloody fun, but I'm going to go with Peril the First. Pretty simple and straight-forward...read any four books of the creepy, eerie, dark variety. I haven't been able to weed it down to four yet, but here's what I'm going with:

*Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
*MacBeth by William Shakespeare
*Cell by Stephen King
*Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
*Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
*The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
*Tithe by Holly Black

I'm also hoping, but make no promises, to be able to finish up with the Addition Peril. Again I haven't quite decided which. One of these two:

*Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
*The Best of Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado, and 30 Others

And finally, I'm really hoping to also participate in Short Story Sunday Peril. I had a few short story books picked out for the challenge anyway. And with this Peril, there's a lot less pressure...one short story a week. Here are the books from which they will probably come:

*The Haunted Looking Glass chosen by Edward Gorey (among others, the authors include Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, and Robert Louis Stevenson)
*Scary! 2 edited by Peter Haining (among others, the authors include Philip Pullman, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Dean Koontz)
*M Is for Magic by Neil Gaiman (I'm pretty sure at least a few of these would qualify)

If I understood Carl correctly, even though the challenge officially runs from Sept. 1st through Oct. 31st, he's given us permission to start early. There's no time like the present, right?

A big thank you goes out to Carl, Reading Challenge Host Extraordinaire!

12 comments:

Quixotical said...

Nice choices, Debi! Cell isn't one of my favourite King novels, but it is a good read.

I keep meaning to pick up a copy of Tithe, it sounds great.

Look forward to Annie's list!

My list is over on http://blog.quixoticmiss.com/ not the blog linked in my blogger profile! :)

Chris said...

What an awesome list! Cell was great! Like Quix said, not his best, but I really enjoyed it...and they're making it into a movie! I have Haunted and Tithe on my shelf right now too, but my list is too full as it is, so they'll have to wait. I'm really looking forward to your reviews. I'm reading Something Wicked This Way Comes as well. Heard lots of great things about that one!

Kathleen aka Coffee Mom said...

What a great challenge!! I love your reading list, you've picked some awesome books!

Nymeth said...

Very nice list, Debi. I had never heard of the Scary! 2 anthology, but judging by the authors included I think it's something I really have to read.

Kailana said...

Nice list! Tithe was a good book, but I really didn't like Valiant, the sequel. Some other good choices on there. Good luck!

Melody said...

Great list, Debi!
I hope you'll enjoy reading Twilight because I loved that book. And I'm still thinking if I should participate in this challenge, hmmm.... ;P

Ex Libris said...

Great list!! I read 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' for last year's challenge, and 'The Halloween Tree' is one of my favorites!

Melody said...

Hey Debi! I joined! Hehe...

Court said...

That's such a great list. Love both Macbeth and Twilight!! I hope you enjoy them!

Jen said...

Hey, this is the first place I've seen a Shakespeare play listed. I love Macbeth. There's a thought...I've been meaning to catch up on my reading of The Bard.

And Twilight is absolutely delicious, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Framed said...

I'm not a scary book kind of person but I joined this challenge any way. The book titles sound so fun. I'll be back to read your reviews.

Becky said...

By the way, there is a new novelization of Macbeth called Enter Three Witches by Caroline B. Cooney. It is good, and would definitely apply if anyone is looking for more to add to their lists :)