I’m working on a post on the recently completed The Sign of Four for later this weekend, but first I wanted to pop in and commit myself (perhaps foolishly!) to this fall’s R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril challenge. I say “perhaps foolishly,” as I’m currently not actually sure what my fall schedule is going to be like. I know that at the minimum, however, October will be freer than September, so that should allow some time for seasonally appropriate reading. That, and I seem to be on a bit of a mystery kick, and mysteries fall under Carl’s guidelines. Of course, there’s also the upcoming Classics Circuit on pre-Victorian Gothic that I’m considering participating in, so everything seems pointed towards a rather suspenseful reading season.
Due to the aforementioned schedule uncertainty, I’m only going to commit myself to Peril the Second (two books), although I’m hoping I’ll have time for much more. Peril of the Short Story is also a possibility, as I have a short Edgar Allan Poe collection I’ve been meaning to get to.
Now, what to read? Some possibilities from my shelves:
- The Italian (Ann Radcliffe) – qualifies as pre-Victorian Gothic
- Dracula (Bram Stoker)
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
- The Moonstone OR The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins)
- The Turn of the Screw (Henry James)
- Short Stories – Edgar Allan Poe
Add to this the infinity of possibilities from the library. I already have Death at La Fenice (Donna Leon) checked out, so that is probably the one book I’m certain to read for this challenge. I have some other thoughts in mind as well, but I need to check availability first. And of course, final determination of books read will almost certainly be whim based.
Some miscellaneous other news:
- It looks like we will have a new bookstore to replace the departing Borders! I still need to check out the newish Independent, too, but I’ve heard second-hand that it doesn’t stock much in the way of books I’m interested in. Maybe. This is why I need to visit.
- I’m almost finished with my Architectural Registration Exam, thank goodness. I’m sick of studying, so I scheduled out all the rest of the tests and will be finished Oct. 1 (thus the less busy October than September).
- I’m still reading in Spanish! Although slow-going, the challenge is fun, and I’ve started keeping a list of words that I just plain like. I’ve also been a bit surprised at how much meaning I can gather in a paragraph only knowing with certainty a handful of words. (Others I recognize but hesitate at the translation, and some are related through a common Latin origin to English words I know.)
Back soon with the next Sherlock Holmes post!