RIP III Challenge

With the start of school, comes the start of Carl’s R.I.P. 3 Challenge.

Readers who participate may read from the following genres:
MysterySuspenseThrillerDark FantasyGothicHorrorSupernatural.

To meet the needs of challengers, Carl has given three perils to choose from:

Peril the First: Read four books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose.

Peril the Second: Read two books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose.

Peril the Third: One book of any length from one of the subgenres listed above.

Because I’m starting school, and hosting my own Japanese Literature Challenge 2, I suspect I’ll be opting for Peril the Third with the choice of OUT by Natsuo Karino.

Wait, there’s also Snakes and Earrings by Hitomi Kanehara…

Apparently, I’ll be reading for a minimum of Peril the Second. Surely, I can find a third choice out there and move up to the First Peril.

19 thoughts on “RIP III Challenge

  1. Woo-hoo, so glad you're in! I've been reading Murakami all weekend, more Blind Willow. While there are some ho-hum stories in there I have found several that I enjoy. He has such an amazing way of telling you about ordinary, drab events while having you on the edge of every word. I'll be posting my review of it for my first Japanese lit challenge read very soon!


  2. Glad you're joining in this one! I've managed to fit two of my Japanese Challenge books into the RIP challenge! Yay ๐Ÿ™‚ Tales of Moonlight and Rain (won from you last year ๐Ÿ˜‰ and In the Miso Soup. Looking forward to both!


  3. Carl, one of my Book Clubs voted in my suggestion of "Kafka On The Shore" for this year, and I'm nervous they won't like it!! I genuinely wanted to discuss the book with them because I'm puzzling through it mentally as well as dwelling on every word. I wish you were in the club, and we could discuss it together; then I wouldn't be so worried about what the other women were thinking. I'm glad you like Blind Willow; being my first Murakami, I think I'll have to revisit it. I can't wait to read your review. I can't wait to start the RIP III~Chris, I read Tales of Moonlight and Rain for last year's RIP Challenge and found it a perfect fit. Isn't it neat how both you and I are double dipping Japanese literature with this 'scary' challenge? Who knew Japanese literature had so much of that quality? Certainly not me! I'm looking forward to your thoughts on Miso Soup.Rhinoa, isn't it fun? Every year we're starting to look forward to it, I think. Carl's really dug himself a hole with this one!


  4. CARL, P.S. I've been wanting to tell you that the JLC2 button is a photograph of a page taken from After Dark. If you look closely, you'll see the clock in the upper right hand corner. I think the photographer took it for the chapter at 3:00 a.m. Just FYI because we liked After Dark so much.


  5. Oh wow, that is really cool! So very clever, thanks for telling me. I really like the button!I certainly think After the Quake is a better…and much shorter…group of short stories, but Blind Willow has been fun. I look forward to reading another Murakami novel or two this fall when the weather really turns. I've seen a Japanese author on a R.I.P. list that I may have to check out as well…can't recall the name off the top of my head now.


  6. I'm planning to read Out for your challenge as well so maybe I'll toss in this as a choice for the R.I.P. challenge. I want to join but I'm so behind on my challenges that I think I'm going to have to go with either Peril 2 or 3. Hopefully I can make it! Have fun with the challenge!


  7. Now I wish I'd waited a bit longer to read Strangers! It would fit RIP perfectly too.I'm very curious about Out. If time allows I just might have to fit it in as an extra for both challenges.


  8. Nymeth, do you know what else I'd like to add? "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which is going to be released as a film with Brad Pitt. Not that I like Pitt so much as the story seems so bizarre, and intriguing, and a perfect fit for the RIP III.


  9. Hey Bellezza!! So sorry I haven't been by in an age. Will catch up with your blog as soon as I finish checking out all the RIP lists…Look forward to your review(s)! Will also have to check out your Japanese Lit challenge…I keep thinking that I need to read more Japanese literature.


  10. Hi, Quixotic! I haven't been by all the blogs I've wanted to visit either. Such a busy time for us teachers; hopefully I can get to all the RIP III lists. I also want to get to all the JLC2 participants! I'd love it if you'd care to join in, or at least drop by when you can.


  11. I am done reading SNAKES AND EARRINGS by Hitomi Kanehara. I havn't written a review yet, to busy fighting Lymes disease wich sometimes makes you feel like sleeping all day.If you go on my blog, I did put up all my MUST review books with a synopsis.I do not quite know how to describe this book, it is short and disturbing. I definitely will want to read what you think. Go on B&N look up SNAKES AND EARRINGS and you will see a great review of a woman who read the book in Japanese, she makes an excellent point.Right now I am reading TOKYO by Mo Hayder also under the title THE DEVIL OF NANKIN don't know if it counts as a Japanese read even so she does a great job describing life in Tokyo.Ok this is a long post, but I haven't been to visit you in to long,Happy back to school to you and your little ones (I know, not so little anylonger ๐Ÿ™‚


  12. oh yes oh yes read out! its awesome in a gruesome way..i totally love natsuo kirino! and i read grotesque too…i cant wait to read real world, i'm waiting for its paperback


  13. Andi, isn't it fun to see how many are joining in? It's also fun to "count" on a really great challenge every time it comes around in the Fall; I hope Carl doesn't give up being the host.Madeleine, I'm sorry you've been sick. You have been reading a lot for not feeling your best! Thanks for the well wishes, and taking the time to come visit here.Ichigo, it's nice to hear from you. I'll have to come visit your blog which is new to me.


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