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Horror! Horror! Shudder! Shudder! And More!

I don’t know why I get involved in all this sort of things and again I have Stefanie to thank for this! But now that I have decided that I will do, do it I will….

What am I talking about? I am talking about RIP 2013

The idea is to read any of 4 books belonging to any of the following genre between September –October 2013

  • Mystery
  • Suspense
  • Thriller
  • Dark Fantasy
  • Gothic
  • Horror
  • Supernatural

And though, Fall does seem really far away in this sweltering heat and humidity (remember I am a winter person!) one cannot deny the fun factor of the whole thing – a gothic tale when its dark and stormy and something eerie hangs in the air – here goes my list (like always I wanted to read it all and had incredible trouble in confining myself to 4!)

  • The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe – My favorite author (Jane Austen naturally!!! Northanger Abbey draws its inspiration from this book!) was a devotee of Ms Radcliffe and it’s only fitting that when I attempt something Gothic, Udolpho should take the center stage. I have always meant to read this book and what better time than now to start the journey!
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – What can I say about this book that has not already been said/written. While I never could relate to all the fury and madness of Heathcliff, I have not read this book in a decade and in a decade I have grown (besides horizontally and vertically!) tolerant and wiser (hopefully!). So this is a good time as any to revisit the book.
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – Another book which I read as a teen and for a change liked and wanted to revisit again as an adult. I have a sneaking suspicion, that behind all the dark mystery and scare, there is at the very heart of the book a simple morality tale. But this is from remeberances and I could be completely off; so time to re-read again!
  • The Hound of Baskervilles by Author Conan Doyle – There is no way on earth; I would have participated in a reading event of this genre and not read at least one work by the great master of Crime and mystery himself. I love ALL Sherlock Holmes and this one is an all-time best! I know it’s a cliché but how can one attempt without the most successful l fiction detectives by one’s side!

So that’s my reading plan – it’s not all creepy and crawly; can’t do much creepy and crawly especially since my flatmate will be travelling for two weeks starting September 07 and I have to come back to huge rambling apartment in the middle of relatively secluded valley! Anyway, I don’t think I will read any of these works until she is back!

Yes! I know I am faint hearted and no it does not win anybody Prince Charming (Don’t need one…got Mr Soulmate who can be very charming if he wants though its subject to “wants” and is no Prince!) But I will not read any of this until my roomie is back! So there and do not hold your breath until like the 4th week of September!

P.S. Somewhere among all of this I have to read Middlemarch as part of September October Classic Club Spin!

17 Comments Post a comment
  1. love The Hound of the Baskervilles! and love the old old black and white movie with Basil Rathbone and Richard Greene as Baskerville!! I hope you enjoy your books!

    August 28, 2013
    • Hi deslily…thank you for stopping by! I love everything with Sherlock Holmes in it…so I know exactly what you mean! 🙂

      August 29, 2013
  2. Ok, blame me if it helps you feel better 😉 Good choices! I’ve not yet read the Radcliffe but I’ve read others like it so I expect it will be lots of fun. I read Jekyll and Hyde a few years ago for RIP and loved it. It was nothing like I expected it to be given all the movies and what not. Looking forward to seeing what you make of it. Have you read Wuthering Heights before? It is one twisted book! And Shelock Holmes, I had not thought to read anything by him, but yes, a good choice!

    August 28, 2013
    • I always look to you for inspiration and myself for axing my own foot! 🙂 I am really looking forward to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hide …have not read it as an adult…love everything that has Sherlock Holmes! But I so agree with you on Wuthering Heights…I know many people praise it to the sky, but I always found it weird but I am hoping for a fresh perspective! (Fingers Crossed) I read Radcliffe’s A Scilian Romance and well…while I understood the time period she wrote, i was kinda bored of all squeaky horrors after a while; but I am hopeful about Udolpho since its considered one of her best and more mature works! Will keep you updated about them!

      August 29, 2013
  3. Going for the classics–I love it! I couldn’t stand Wuthering Heights, but
    Hound of the Baskervilles is my favorite Holmes novel.

    August 29, 2013
    • I am trying to see if I can get a fresh perspective on Wuthering Heights…because the two times that I read it…well I CANNOT relate to the maddness and fury! Love Sherlock Holmes!

      August 30, 2013
  4. I really have to read Wuthering Heights. Something I always mean to and then never do.

    August 30, 2013
    • Just go for it! Unless you do, its one book that you will never get around too! 😉

      August 30, 2013
  5. Great plans! I’m glad you decided to dive on in with us. I need to try to get some Sherlock Holmes in this year myself. I would love to get to Udolpho sometime myself.

    August 31, 2013
    • Hi Carl! Thank you for hosting this great event! I am sure I will have loads of fun! Sherlock Holmes is the GOD of all that is detectiviy and mysterious and logic based deduction! Clichéd as it might be but I love Author Conan Doyle’s works! I am keeping my fingers crossed for Udolpho…will let you know how it goes!

      August 31, 2013
  6. Mabel #

    I LOVE Udolpho! Hope you like it. 😀

    November 3, 2013
    • I did! Though the scenic description did get to me after a while, but one must understand that this was the period of Romantics and such descriptions were “the thing” of the day! But Yes! that apart I did love the book!

      November 3, 2013
      • Mabel #

        Oh, I didn’t realize you had already read it by now. Yes, lots of description! I’m glad you liked it. 🙂 So fun to read old works that people in history have read, eh? Like time-traveling!

        November 3, 2013
      • I agree! I especially wanted to read Radcliffe because she was such a strong influence on Jane Austen – one of my foremost favorites! I kept trying to see the original patters that Austen would so lovingly parody in Northanger Abbey!

        November 3, 2013

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