For many years now I have watched other bloggers join in the RIP challenge each fall. R(eaders) I(mbibing) P(eril) is on its eighth go around and I am finally getting around to joining in. It kind of comes at a good time for me because I just finished the challenge to end all challenges and the relief in finishing that one has me giddy thinking of all the reading possibilities open to me. Sure I look forward to reading whatever I feel like, but since this one only requires me to read four books by the end of October, I figure I won't be locked into anything too demanding. (I still need to finish the last 600 pages of A Suitable Boy before I begin...)
My recent conversations as Simon's new co-host on The Readers podcast has me in the mood to try out more mysteries--something I normally avoid.
And, of course, I love a list. I decided to go for Peril the First which requires reading four books between now and October 31st. Here are the ones I am planning on reading. (Three of them are in my TBR which makes me quite happy.)
Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins
Shouldn't every RIP list contain at least one Collins? Despite being his third novel, this one is apparently his first attempt at a mystery. By Collins' standard a quick read at 356 pages.
My Cousin Rachel by Rebecca du Maurier
Wikipedia assures me this is a mystery-romance. And other bloggers assure me it is du Maurier's best book.
The Procedure by Harry Mulisch
I am not sure I have read anything by Mulisch that wasn't dark in one way or another. This one involves a sixteenth century golem, a stillborn baby, and it's Dutch. Sounds dark to me.
The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton
The first of the Agatha Raisin mysteries. At first I thought it was a self help book about heart healthy foods. Not liking this one could mean the end of my tenure on The Readers.