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Thursday, August 31, 2006

R.I.P. Challenge

Thanks to Danielle and Ex Libris, I found my way to the R.I.P. challenge sponsored by Carl V....which of course, I can't resist.

Possibilities (garnered from other lists):

Warner, Sylvia Townsend. Lolly Willowes.
Hodgson, William Hope. The House on the Borderland.
Stoker, Bram. The Mystery of the Sea.
La Fanu, J. Sheridan. Wyvern Mystery.
Leroux, Gaston. The Mystery of the Yellow Room.
Webber, Mina. The Reluctant Miss Van Helsing.

Haven't read The Woman in White or The Moonstone in years and do think either one would be a fun re-read. In an earlier post, I said I rarely re-read, but since perusing so many book blogs, favorites from the distant past have been calling to me.
O.K. - Final Answer -
Have ordered:

The Haunted Hotel - Wilkie Collins
The Wyvern Mystery - J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Lolly Willowes: Or the Loving Huntsman -Sylvia Townsend Warner
The House on the Borderland - William Hope Hodgson
Death in the Garden - Elizabeth Ironside

And there are several others that I'm interested in and will look into later.


  1. Oh dear, oh dear - five more books that are pleading to be add to my list, but I'm going to resist until I read your reviews. If you like them then on the list they go. Isn't this challenge going to be fun?

  2. I'm beginning to wonder about people like us... But isn't it nice to know we will never run out of things to read!

    I am looking forward to this challenge because this kind of book is so perfect for the Halloween countdown.

  3. What a great list! I haven't read any of them, and they look good.

  4. Dorothy, this challenge has provided an opportunity to read Le Fanu -- previously, it was always "some day." I loved The Moonstone and The Woman in White by Collins, but decided to try a new one in The Haunted Hotel. The others were on other lists and looked interesting.

  5. I am so glad you're joining in. You chose well, those are some excellent books. I get so excited looking at other people's book lists and adding titles to my own 'to read' list!

  6. Glad you'll be reading Lolly Willowes, too! I haven't read the other books you selected, but they are being added to my ever-expanding list. This is fun, isn't it!

  7. It is fun seeing everyone's lists. I have The Haunted Hotel checked out from the library--I thought I would be able to fit it in with the rest of my books, but now I am not so sure! I really liked Death in the Garden--I hope you do, too. I have to check out the other titles--they are new to me.

  8. Ex Libris - I couldn't remember where I found Lolly Willowes, but I'm really looking forward to it. It will be a week or more before my order arrives, and I'm eager to get started.

    Danielle, it has been fun to see all the lists. I'm recording titles on a sheet of paper next to the computer, and I'm up to about 10 so far. If Haunted Hotel doesn't work, I have plenty of back up!

  9. Carl, thanks for getting this project started, I'm already having fun.

  10. Me too! I'm keeping a list as well and will be stocked with enough books 'to read' to last an eternity! ;)

  11. Thanks for posting about this - I just signed up too but I haven't made my final list as yet.

  12. Why do you do this to me? :-) Here is my stack, waiting to be read:
    Night Country / Stewart O'Nan; The Ghost Writer / John Harwood; End of Story / peter Abraham; End in Tears / Ruth Rendell; Banishing Verona & The Missing World / Margaret Livesey....not to mention The Memory Keeper's Daughter which I just began... when will I find the time? :-) I don't dare purse this challenge.

  13. Now, now, Deborah, you are a librarian, how can you resist? All you have to do is sign up to be eligible for the prize. You can read at least one spooky book, wouldn't something in your TBR stack work? It will be fun!