20 Books of Summer Wrap-Up & R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XII

Hello, lovely readers,

I am back from a three-week trip to Portugal and Brazil, and I can safely report that Summer has swiftly gone away here in Germany. I seem to be stepping in dry leaves everywhere.

Meanwhile, I managed to read  25 fictional books this season (of which, alas, only 13 belong to my original list of 20 Books of Summer…). I usually do a poor job in sticking to lists, but I do love to take part in the reading endeavours of this lovely blogging community. Here are the books I read from my list:

  1. Hot Milk, by Deborah Levy
  2. The Gambler, by Dostoyevsky
  3. Mariana, by Monica Dickens
  4. The Snake Pit, by Mary Jane Ward
  5. Hetty Dorval, by Ethel Wilson
  6. Fever Dream, by Samanta Schweblin
  7. The Fire-Dwellers, by Margaret Laurence
  8. The Constant Nymph, by Margaret Kennedy
  9. See What I Have Done, by Sarah Schmidt
  10. Idaho, by Emily Ruskovich
  11. The Charioteer, by Mary Renault (The Virago Modern Classics Book Club choice for June)
  12. Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery (The Virago Modern Classics Book Club choice for July)
  13. In a Summer Season, by Elizabeth Taylor (The Virago Modern Classics Book Club choice for August)

Now it’s September, and, as I never quite learn from my mistakes, you can count me in for some more bookish fun: R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril is a great opportunity for some seasonal  readings. Created by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings,  R.I.P.  – now in its twelfth year! – has moved to a new home at Estella’s Revenge and My Capricious Life. The event takes place from September 1st, 2017 through October 31st, 2017. As always, the idea of R.I.P. is to read books from one or more of the following categories, during the months of September and October:

Mystery // Suspense // Thriller // Gothic // Horror // Dark Fantasy

– or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above! 🙂

“The emphasis is never on the word challenge, instead it is about coming together as a community and embracing the autumnal mood, whether the weather is cooperative where you live or not.” Here

There are different levels of participation, and I am signing up for Peril the Second: read two books of any length that fit within the challenge categories.

Here is a list of books I may choose from:

  • Mystery:
    • The White Cottage Mystery, by Margery Allingham
    • Death on the Cherwell, by Mavis Doriel Hay
  • Gothic/ Horror:
    • Gothic Tales, by Elizabeth Gaskel (from my Classics Club List)
    • Agnes Grey, by Anne Brontë (from my Classics Club List)
    • The Mysteries of Udolpho, Ann Radcliffe (from my Classics Club List)
    • Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen  (from my Classics Club List)
    • The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton, by Edith Wharton
    • Hauntings, by Vernon Lee
    • The Virgin of the Seven Daggers, by Vernon lee
    • The Old English Baron, by Clara Reeve
    • Zofloya: Or the Moor, by Charlotte Dacre
    • The Blood of the Vampire, by Florence Marryat
    • Clermont, by Regina Maria Roche
    • The Mysterious Warning, by Eliza Parsons
    • The Orphan of the Rhine, by Eleanor Sleath
    • The Bell in the Fog & Other Stories, by Gertrude Atherton
    • Emmeline, by Charlotte Turner Smith
    • East Lynne, by Mrs. Henry Wood
    • Night Shivers: The Ghost Stories of Mrs J.H. Ridell
    • The Bishop of Hell and Other Stories, by Marjorie Bowen
    • The Power of Darkness: Tales of Terror, by E. Nesbit
    • The Shadow on the Blind and Other Stories, by Louisa Baldwin
    • All Saints’ Eve, by Amelia B. Edwards
    • The Castle of Wolfenbach: A German Story, by Eliza Parsons
    • Ghost Stories, by Charles Dickens
    • Lois the Witch, by Elizabeth Gaskell
    • The Haunted Dolls’ House and Other Ghost Stories, by M.R. James
  • Collections:
    • The Dedalus Book of Finnish Fantasy, by Johanna Sinisalo
    • The Virago Book of Ghost Stories, by Richard Dalby (org.)
    • The Virago Book of Witches, by Shahrukh Husain (org.)
    • The Virago Book of Victorian Ghost Stories, by Richard Dalby (org.)
    • The Virago Book of Ghost Stories: The Twentieth Century Volumes I and II, by Richard Dalby (org.)
    • The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales, by Chris Baldick (Ed.)
    • Late Victorian Gothic Tales, by Roger Luckhurst (Ed.)
    • Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural, by Phyllis Wagner (Ed.)
    • The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories, by Michael Cox (Ed.)
    • Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature, by Alberto Manguel (Ed.)
    • Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic, by Alberto Manguel (Ed.)
    • Fantastic Tales: Visionary and Everyday, by Italo Calvino (Ed.)
    • The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories, by Michael Cox (Editor)
    • The Oxford Book of the Supernatural, by D.J. Enright (Editor)
    • The Oxford Book of Scarytales, by Dennis Pepper (Editor)
    • The Oxford Book of Dreams, by Stephen Brook (Editor)
    • The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories, by Michael Cox (Editor & Introduction)
    • The Haunted Looking Glass, by Edward Gorey (Editor)
    • The Penguin Book of Witches, by Katherine Howe (ed.)
    • Victorian Ghost Stories by Eminent Women Writers, by Richard Dalby (ed.)
    • American Women’s Ghost Stories in the Gilded Age, by Dara Downey
    • The Dreams in the Witch House: And Other Weird Stories, by S. T. Joshi
    • The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women, by Marie O’Regan (Editor)
    • Granta 117 : Horror (Granta #117), by John Freeman (Editor)
    • Ghost Stories, by Peter Washington (org.)
  • Horror/ Gothic modern classics:
    • Uncanny Stories, by May Sinclair
    • The Weight of Things, by Marianne Fritz
    • Seven Gothic Tales, by Isak Dinesen
    • The Bloody Chamber, by Angela Carter
    • Lolly Willowes, by Sylvia Townsend Warner (from my Classics Club List)
    • Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor (from my Classics Club List)
  • Contemporary horror/ dark fantasy/ gothic:
    • There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbour’s Baby, by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
    • My Absolute Darling, by Gabriel Tallent
    • The Wilful Eye (Tales from the Tower, #1), by Isobelle Carmody
    • Bodies of Water, by V.H. Leslie
    • The Book Collector, by Alice Thompson
    • The Essex Serpent, by Sarah Perry
    • The Butcher’s Hook, by Janet Ellis
    • New World Fairy Tales, by Cassandra Parkin
    • The Unseeing, by Anna Mazzola
    • Lungs Full of Noise, by Tessa Mellas
    • The People in the Castle: Selected Strange Stories, by Joan Aiken
    • The Wilds, by Julia Elliott
    • Invisible Beasts, by Sharona Muir
    • Gutshot, by Amelia Gray
    • Natural Histories: Stories, by Guadalupe Nettel
    • A Natural History of Hell: Stories, by Jeffrey Ford
    • Fell, by Jenn Ashworth
    • I, Coriander, by Sally Gardner
    • Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado
    • Things We Lost in the Fire, by Mariana Enríquez
    • The Witches of New York, by Ami McKay
    • Kissing the Witch, by Emma Donoghue
    • Affinity by Sarah Waters
    • White is for Witching, by Helen Oyeyemi
  • Non-fiction:
    • The Witch: A History of Fear, from Ancient Times to the Present, by Ronald Hutton
    • The Salem Witch Trials Reader, by Frances Hill
    • The Witches: Salem, 1692, by Stacy Schiff

And here you can find my reviews of horror, crime & noir novels.

Would you recommend me some books? What will you be reading? Tell me about it. 🙂

Yours truly,


Woman reading in a interior, by Carl Holsøe

7 thoughts on “20 Books of Summer Wrap-Up & R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XII

  1. Well done on all your reading, and what a fabulous list of forthcoming possibles! I’m not an expert on scary stuff, but I read a really good H.P. Lovecraft, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, which was very spooky. Also, for modern darkness, I find Joyce Carol Oates *very* disturbing!

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  2. What superb lists! It always makes me happy to read lists, and I have read several on your summer reading list.

    As for R.I.P., I am less fond of Gothics, horror, etc., but do love Lolly Willowes. It’s not exactly Gothic, but there are witches. Sylvia Townsend Warner is a stunning novelist.


  3. Well done on your 20 books – you enjoyed what you read, presumablly, so that’s all that matters. As you might have seen (I’m soooo behind at the moment), I just about did it, with a delay on the last book. I’m not the biggest horror fan so this month I’m mopping up some NetGalley wins, reading some running books and taking some books set in Cornwall to read in Cornwall. My next big project – re-reading Iris Murdoch again – starts in January.


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