It’s that time of year again!!! Time for approaching autumn and changing leaves and Halloween and pumpkins and creeping shivers – and this year, it’s EVEN BETTER, because I live up north and will get to experience a REAL autumn for the first time in a decade. Best of all? This is the first year, in my many years participating in Carl‘s R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril event, that reading all these books won’t just help me pretend I’m truly ushering in fall. This year, they actually will help me usher in fall! I’m giddy-excited at the thought!!
To say a word or several about the challenge: From now until Halloween, participants read and discuss books that fit the delightfully macabre season: mystery, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, Gothic, horror, supernatural. There are different levels and types of participation, and as per usual for me, I’ve chosen Peril the First (ie. the “read at least four but really as many as you can possibly stuff into your schedule over the next two months” level).
I’m not completely sure of all the books I’ll read over the upcoming months, but here are a few on my radar, in no particular order:
- The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
- Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
- The Secret Place by Tana French
- The Rules by Stacey Kade
- The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero
- Rooms by Lauren Oliver
- The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud
- Holy Fools by Joanna Harris
- Nightwatch by Sergei Lukyanenko
- Love is Hell by multiple authors (short story collection)
I’m also considering a few RIP rereads:
- Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
- The Monk by Matthew Gregory Louis
- The White Devil by Justin Evans
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (RIP Readalong!!)
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (which I reread every October!)
- Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (after discovering I live a few blocks away from Pulsifer St. in Newton, MA…)
I’m sure I won’t get through ALL of these, but oh man I want to!
As usual, thank you Carl for continuing to host this event every fall. It’s my very favorite and I look forward to it all year!! Also, I want to note that the gorgeous art is done by Abigail Larson – check her out!