Friday, August 30, 2013


Host: Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings
Name: R.I.P VIII (sign-up; sharing reviews)
Dates: September and October
# of Books: I'm signing up for Peril the Second, 2 books. I am really hoping to read 4 books (Peril the First), but, I'm not sure what I'll get read.

What I'm Planning on Reading:

I'm SUPER-EXCITED to be reading Rookwood by William Harrison Ainsworth (1834). Ever since discovering this addictive and giddy-making little video, I've wanted to read Rookwood. The book is described as gothic romance which definitely qualifies!

Other books I'm considering reading for the challenge:

  • William Shakespeare's Macbeth (because it's been a few years since I read it last)
  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (because I love it and it has been at least two years, I think!)
  • Drood by Dan Simmons (because I do love Dickens and Collins and I've been meaning to read this one for ages)
  • Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre (not sure I'll get to this one, but it is a favorite)
  • A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe (I've been wanting to read another Radcliffe, I really did enjoy Mysteries of Udolpho.)
What I Read:
1) Rookwood. William Harrison Ainsworth.
2) Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury.
3) A Houseboat on the Styx. John Kendrick Bangs. 1895. 194 pages. [Source: Bought]

4) The Pursuit of the Houseboat Being Some Further Account of the Divers Doings of the Associated Shades. John Kendrick Bangs. 1897. 108 pages. [Source: Bought]
5) The Enchanted Typewriter. John Kendrick Bangs. 1899. 90 pages. [Source: Bought]
6) The Black Robe. Wilkie Collins. 1881. 320 pages. [Source: Bought]
7)  The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield. John Bemelmans Marciano. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. 2013. Penguin. 144 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
8) Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson. 1886. 144 pages. [Source: Bought]
9) Drood. Dan Simmons. 2009. Little, Brown. 784 pages. [Source: Bought]

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Susan 11:53 PM  

Happy book reading for the challenge, Becky! I hope you enjoy it. YOu have a lovely selection there, many of which I've read: Frankenstein (like it so much, and I always cry when William and Elizabeth are killed), Drood (which I also have on my shelf to read), Jane Eyre (love this one too!), and an Ann Radcliffe book. Plus a cool Shakespeare play! And all historical or set in historical periods :-) Were you doing this as a theme, by any chance?

Carl V. Anderson 12:09 AM  

Super to have you in again Becky, and your choices of things to read looks fantastic. Thanks for taking part with us for another year.

DesLily 5:23 AM  

Drood!! Hooray! love that book!

Cheryl @ Tales of the Marvelous 3:00 PM  

Macbeth, Frankenstein and Jane Eyre--all favorites for me too. :) Have fun!

Kailana 5:01 PM  

I have Drood. I really must read it one of these days...

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