The R.I.P IX Reading Challenge

I love Autumn; it’s my favourite time of year. I love the back to school feel of it, the nip in the air. I’m too pale to be a summer kind of girl. Maybe that’s why the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge over at Stainless Steel Droppings has caught my eye, the notion of welcoming autumn in by reading spooky books certainly appeals to my nature!

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Never mind that I haven’t quite finished the 20 Books of Summer Challenge yet, we’ll get to that later in the week!

So, from 1 September through to 31 October, the challenge is to read books from the following genres:

Dark Fantasy



I’m planning to participate in Peril The First, where I read four books of this nature over the next two months. You can join the challenge at differing levels; you can even just watch spooky movies! Head on over and check it out to see if you’d like to join the fun. Or, more appropriately, join the fear!
I had a look through the remaining books from the 746 and have chosen to read these beauties:

1. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

2. Joyland by Stephen King

3. Your House is On Fire, Your Children All Gone by Stefan Kiesbye

4. The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares by Joyce Carol Oates

Not exactly a barrel of laughs, right? But I’m really looking forward to getting the fire lit, curling up under a blanket and scaring myself silly!

Has anybody read any of these? Anybody brave enough to join me?!

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  1. I listened to ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ on audio. I was listening during breakfast one morning and didn’t hear my husband come up beside me and when he touched my arm, I screamed bloody murder. Just a warning. 🙂


  2. Ooh this is a great idea! I read The Haunting of Hill House back in uni as I took a module on Gothic literature. I didn’t find it at all scary to be honest but I did like it and I always mean to pick up some more Shirley Jackson.

    Thinking about it I don’t think I’ve ever read anything that really kept me up at night… I think the closest would be The Woman in Black by Susan Hill and The Monk by Matthew Lewis (which is just so disturbing!)


  3. I’ve read The Haunting of Hill House–SO MUCH better than the movie! However, I do think that some of Shirley Jackson’s short stories are even more creepy than this book. I love her work!


  4. I’m thinking about taking part and will probably stick with just one book.

    Joyland is EXCELLENT. A hint of creepy, but not too much.

    We Have Always Lived in the Castle is the only work by Shirley Jackson I’ve read, but it was delightfully weird.

    Happy reading. 🙂


  5. I’ve read Joyland for last year’s R.I.P. Not that scary but definitely mysterious.
    It’s the first time this R.I.P. I’m seeing somebody planning to read Oates. That’s a nice surprise. I have her book, Accursed, on my list, and it’s quite chunky!
    Enjoy your books!


  6. Have fun! What a great selection of books. I’m not participating this year, but I did read Joyland by Stephen King and enjoyed it. It’s more of a murder mystery and not too scary or creepy.


  7. I haven’t read anything by Joyce Carol Oates,but I know that she is considered by many to be one of the best living authors.It’ll be very interesting to read what you think of her writing.
    And it’s also a big coincidence that you’re reading a book that I really want to read: Blindness by Jose Saramago.How is it so far?


    • Joyce Carol Oates is probably my favourite writer. I’ve read lots of her novels, but only a few of her short stories which is why I went for The Corn Maiden.
      Blindness has been sitting on my Goodreads for so long now, I read a few pages ans never got any further. I really do intend to finish it soon though so I’ll keep you posted…

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  8. Autumn is my favorite, too, and R.I.P. one of my favorite challenges. I haven’t read any of the books on your list, but in really want to try out The Haunting of Hill House some time. I’m probably over-ambitious by aiming for four books this year, but it’s always fun to try. Enjoy the reading!


  9. This is a very interesting event and you could say totally up my alley, but I have never joined, partly because I didn’t know other bloggers who did. But now that I know you are joining, I’m already making a list of books I should read this October!

    I can’t wait to read your Shirley Jackson and Joyce Carol Oates reviews, they are two authors that I know I have to read but I still haven’t.


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