OK could not resist this which Sharon has just posted on her blog and notified us of:
A new reading challenge presented by Carl V. - the Readers Imbibing Peril (R.I.P.) Autumn Challenge beginning now and continuing through the end of October.
The rules are simple: "pick out any 5 books that you want to read that you think will meet the very broad criteria of being scary, eerie, moody,dripping with atmosphere, Gothic, unsettling etc and vow to read them"
Sounds good to me. I know that some fellow bloggers are doing the Booker Challenge at the moment and are working their way through the entire long list (phew) but this sounds more like my cup of tea. It can be books we have already read and that we can comment on so off the top of my head I think the five I may discuss are:
- The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova - all about Dracula so what could be more apposite?
- Out of the Shadows - L M Montgomery - ghost stories just received. Serendipity again
- Gothic Tales - Mrs Gaskell. Recent book shop find fits the category perfectly
- Ghost Stories - Edith Wharton.
- Ghost Stories and also A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens.
L M Alcott also wrote Gothic tales as a complete contrast to Little Women et al, and then there is The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, Castle Rackrent ...I had better stop.
I will just have time to do this before my OU short course starts in November....