Dewey Readathon 2012 {1}

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I slept in today, so I’ve actually only been reading for a couple of hours as of now. And I thought I’d update now, as I’m taking a short break to eat my lunch. I finally got past the boring beginning of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of Seven Gables. I was honestly about ready to give it up. As I’ve said in the past, I don’t like books that go such a long time without any dialogue between characters. This took about 40 pages to get into the better part–I say better because it is not great by any means. But at least it’s better. I think I will end up liking it, but I have about 300 pages to read and I don’t know if I will even finish it today!

Readers Imbibing in Peril VII

It’s that time of year. Fall is around the corner and the season is just right for those spooky stories and movies. For the past couple years, I have participated in Readers Imbibing in Peril, which is a collective of readers reading creepy books and watching spooky movies from September 1st – October 31st, hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings (here is a link to the sign-up).

According to Carl V (Stainless Steel Droppings), this isn’t a challenge–it is to have fun reading and sharing that fun with others who enjoy similar books. Those types of books include, but aren’t limited to:

Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. Dark Fantasy. Gothic. Horror. Supernatural. Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.

And there are various levels of participation. I’ve decided to jump-start my reading lull by going with Peril the First, in which I try to read four books over the next two months.

I even have a few books in mind that I’d like to read:

  • House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne (I own this)
  • Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (I own this)
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau by HG Wells

There are other “perils” to: read two books, one book, short stories, or watch films. There will also be two group reads which you can do as a “peril”:¬†The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (September) and¬†The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (October).

Here are my suggestions from past reading for books that are good for this reading event:

  • Her Fearful Symmetry¬†by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Historian¬†by Elizabeth Kostova
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles¬†by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (this is longer than most of the Sherlock Holmes stories)
  • Dracula¬†by Bram Stoker (obviously)
  • Frankenstein¬†by Mary Shelley (again, obviously)
  • Northanger Abbey¬†by Jane Austen (Austen refers often to¬†The Mysteries of Udolpho¬†by Ann Radcliffe in this novel and includes many gothic elements in her own style)
  • the Parasol Protectorate quintet by Gail Carriger‚Äďthere are only three so far (Soulless, Changeless, Blameless), but they‚Äôre not necessarily gothic, just vampire-y/werewolf-y (not like the¬†Twilight¬†books)
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle¬†by Shirley Jackson
  • Jane Eyre¬†by Charlotte Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights¬†by Emily Bronte
  • The Thirteenth Tale¬†by Diane Setterfield
  • Phantom of the Opera¬†or¬†The Mystery of the Yellow Room¬†by Gaston Leroux
  • The Graveyard Book¬†or¬†Neverwhere¬†by Neil Gaiman (even¬†Coraline¬†and¬†Stardust¬†are a little creepy)
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde¬†by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Perfume¬†by Patrick Suskind (maybe?)
  • The Haunting of Hill House¬†by Shirley Jackson
  • anything by Edgar Allen Poe
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
  • The Night Circus¬†by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Victorian Chaise Longue¬†by Marghanita Laski