Monday, October 31, 2011

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Wrap-up!

Alas, my favorite reading challenge is over.  I look forward to Carl's RIP Reading Challenge every year.  I love spooky reads from short stories to contemporary fiction to classics and this challenge allows me to indulge in creepy, atmospheric reads.  I read 6 books for this challenge.  Yay!

Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon:  I loved this classic tail about one crazy, doll-face mama.  Although not as good as Wilkie Collins' in my humble opinion, this Victorian sensational novel was quite the page-turner.

The Bad Seed by William March:  HOLY CRAP!  This book was creepy and ten million times better than the movie.  Rhoda is a seemingly sweet, pretty little girl with a penchant for murder.  Chilling.

Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman:  I was a little bit "meh" about this collection, but not really.  Basically I loved the stories I loved and I hated the stories I hated.  There was never really an in between.  I think the collection is definitely worth a read, but I'd recommend dipping-in on occasion and not reading it straight through. 

Locke and Key, volume 1 by Joe Hill:  I liked this graphic novel, but it is really just a "dangling carrot" I have no idea what is going on and no idea what may or may not happen, but I know I MUST READ ON!

Clermont by Regina Maria Roche:  A classic, florid, ridiculous Gothic Novel.  I laughed and I imagined my self a shocked Jane Austen character reading this "horrid novel".  What a riot.

The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman:  The first in a young adult mystery series by the author of The Dark Materials Trilogy.  I loved this little book and I will certainly be hunting down the other three volumes.  The Ruby in the Smoke was a bit like Sherlock Holmes meets The Moonstone meets a Samantha Parkington book (yes, the American Girl doll -- shut-up).

Wow.  I just realized that I read in many different genres!  Two classics, a modern novel, a short story collection, and YA.  Interesting! 

I can't wait until next year's RIP challenge!!!

1 comment:

Marce said...

You had a great mix for the challenge. I read Heartshaped Box by Joe Hill, didn't enjoy it thought.

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