The month-long #FrightFall readathon came to an end Tuesday night. I finished only six books in October, but four of them were spooky or perilous in some manner (qualifying them for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril), and I made some progress on several other books.
- The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
- The Horror of Red Hook by HP Lovecraft
- Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
- Baking with Kafka by Tom Gauld
- An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
I have not yet reviewed any of these, but if you join my merry band of followers on Goodreads, you should be able to see the reviews when they post. In the meantime, I will say that all of these except for the Lovecraft story are ones I would recommend. You may want to read the Lovecraft story for background on the LaValle story, but don’t expect to get any pleasure or entertainment out of it.
#RIPxii actually started at the beginning of September, so here are the perilous books I finished that month:
- Shutter, Vol. 1: Wanderlost by Joe Keatinge & Leila del Duca
- The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories by Agatha Christie
- Murder at the Male Revue by Elizabeth Perona
- Farthing by Jo Walton
- Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
So I handily succeeded at Peril the First (to read at least four perilous books). Again, I recommend most of these. I’m maybe not terribly enthusiastic about the two comic book volumes, but don’t let that deter you if they seem like your thing. I do have a review up for the Perona novel, so you can see why I do not recommend it. The Christie story “Sing a Song of Sixpence” polished off the Peril of the Short Story, and for Peril on the Screen I watched My Cousin Rachel (2017).