My favorite source for reading experiences is kicking off another seasonal challenge: Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting Readers Imbibing Peril (RIP) celebrating autumn with books on the darker side. This laid-back reading challenge focuses on mysteries, gothic and horror. Even squeamish-me is looking forward to the fun!
I must admit, this doesn’t align with my favorite genres with quite the serendipitous perfection of the Sci Fi Experience or the Once Upon a Time Challenge, but I do like a good mystery now and then, and I have a few shadowy novels in mind. Here’s what I’m thinking about so far:
- Love, Music, Murder by Elizabeth M. Garner (mystery)
- The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (mystery)
- Reread: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente (not very dark, but there’s a creepy autumn scene)
- Reread: The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente (much more shadowy than its predecessor)
- Shadows by Robin McKinley (dark fantasy…I’m guessing)
- The Professor by Charlotte Bronte (probably not actually suitable but, um, it’s Bronte, it may turn out to have moors and mists)
- Possibly something Agatha Christie, not sure what yet (mystery)
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (dark classic)
And beyond that…we shall see where the spirit beckons!
Are you joining into the challenge? What autumnal fare are you looking forward to?