I’ve been hearing about this challenge for months now, with seemingly everyone stockpiling books for this annual challenge. When first broached about joining the challenge, I wasn’t certain I would be able to do so. When I think of horror or scary stories, I think of Stephen King, not Bram Stoker. Then I started looking through my TBR pile for anything that fit one of the available categories: mystery, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, gothic, horror, supernatural. Hmmm….in a cursory glance, I immediately came across five books that fit that bill. Then I started thinking of books I could re-read that would fit those categories. Apparently, I have more than I thought, especially when you consider I have almost every vampire book Anne Rice ever wrote. So, I will be participating in this year’s Readers Imbibing Peril IV challenge hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings. I plan on going for it and completing Peril the First – four books of any length of any subgenre. Right now, the possibilities include the following:
Creepers by David Morrell
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
The Shimmer by David Morrell
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howard
Drood by Dan Simmons
I’m also thinking of throwing in some oldies but goodies:
The entire Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
I figure that if I re-read the entire Twilight saga, I’m golden (and yes, they fit because they are fantasy and are suspenseful). So, we’ll see where this challenge takes me.
Hi, Michelle! I'm a first time participant this year, too. I like your choice of books. Dracula is one of my all time favorites, and I'm reading The Graveyard Book, too. Have fun with the challenge! I look forward to reading your reviews.
Thanks, Carl! I'm looking forward to this!
Ceri – You were able to leave the Twilight Saga alone after books one and two? Books 3 and 4 are the best of the series!! Definitely read them! (Of course, as you could probably tell, I'm a bit biased there.) 😉
I'm so glad you decided in favor of joining us. I do try to put together an experience that will be fun and laid back. You've got a great list of books there, Graveyard Book and Dracula being two of my favorites. Thanks so much for joining in this year.
Ooh Dracula and Dorian Gray <3
I still haven't read the third and fourth Twilight books so might include them for this challenge too 🙂
I look forward to your reviews for this challenge 😀
Thanks, Gautami. Sometimes, every once in a while, you just need to bring out a classic. I thought it was especially fitting given the challenge.
Stephanie – A buddy read sounds great! I should warn you that I take my first exam on September 12th, have the Muse concert in Raleigh over the weekend of October 3rd and am taking the second exam on October 24th so it would require some careful planning.
You inspired me to read The Graveyard Book!! I know it will be good!
One can't go wrong with Dracula! A great read!
Here is my RIP IV read list
By the way, The Graveyard Book is fantastic!
The planning and picking the books is half the fun of the challenges!! And Carl does a suburb job as host. He has fun contests and a review site to link your reviews, so you can see what everyone else is reading.
I have TONS of suggestions for you. I know how much you like the vampire sagas….The House of Night Series by P.C. Cast and her daughter Kristin are addictive. Not all that great lit, but fun to read. The same with the Morganville Vampire Series by Rachel Caine.
For a little more adult books, the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs is top-notch. Vamps, werewovles, fey and shapeshifters. Very cool. Cassandra Peterson Series by Karen Chance is really good too. The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher are fun. And those are just the series books!!
You could always read one of my choices: I've heard some amazing things about The Forest of Hands and Feet by Carrie Ryan. We could ever do a “buddy read” co-post or something. I'm glad you decided to join. This is truly my favorite challenge!! (Don't forget to go to Carl's blog and link up your post!!
I've been so hesitant to get involved in challenges because I just don't know what to read for them. It seems like it involves too much planning. But when I started going through all my books, I realized it wasn't going to be difficult to reach four books at all. It should be fun! I get to reduce my TBR pile and finally re-read some that I had been thinking about doing for a while anyway!
I'm IN–it was fun last year. Creepers is a good one. I plan to read the Howe book too.