R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XIII, Persephone Readathon, Victober & The 1944 Club

Hi, folks!

It’s time for some housekeeping! As September approaches and Summer drives to an end, I will be wrapping up my 20 Books of Summer, All Virago/All August, and Women in Translation reads, as well as my posts for Spanish and Portuguese Reading Months. At the end of September, my literary travels with the Backpack Through Europe Summer Reading Challenge will also come to a close. Autumn will then bring some more introspective, seasonal reads.

Here are the reading events I will be taking part in over the coming months:

RIP – R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril

Created by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings,  R.I.P. – R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril  (now in its thirteenth year!) has moved to a new home, hosted by Heather from My Capricious Life. The event takes place from September 1st, 2018 through October 31st, 2018. 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 // Supernatural

– 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 Secondread two books of any length that fit within the challenge categories.

Here is a list of books I may choose from:

  • Gothic/ Horror:
    • The Virgin of the Seven Daggers, by Vernon Lee (s/d)
    • Zofloya: Or the Moor, by Charlotte Dacre (1806)
    • Clermont, by Regina Maria Roche (1798)
    • The Orphan of the Rhine, by Eleanor Sleath (1798)
    • Emmeline, by Charlotte Turner Smith (1788)
    • East Lynne, by Mrs. Henry Wood (1861)
    • The Castle of Wolfenbach: A German Story, by Eliza Parsons (1793)
    • Lois the Witch, by Elizabeth Gaskell (1861)
  • Collections:
    • Gothic Tales, by Elizabeth Gaskell (s/d, from my Classics Club List)
    • The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton (1937)
    • The Dedalus Book of Finnish Fantasy, edited by Johanna Sinisalo (2006)
    • The Virago Book of Witches, edited by Shahrukh Husain (1993)
    • The Virago Book of Victorian Ghost Stories, edited by Richard Dalby (1988)
    • The Penguin Book of Witches, edited by Katherine Howe (2014)
  • Modern classics:
    • Uncanny Stories, by May Sinclair (1923)
    • The Juniper Tree, by Barbara Comyns (1985)
    • Dark Tales, by Shirley Jackson (s/d)
  • Mystery:
    • The White Cottage Mystery, by Margery Allingham (1927)
    • Wall of Eyes, by Margaret Millar (1943)
    • Absent in the Spring, by Agatha Christie, as Mary Westmacott (1944)
    • Green for danger, by Christianna Brand (1944)
    • The Ivy Tree, by Mary Stewart (1961)
  • Contemporary:
    • Bodies of Water, by V.H. Leslie (2016)
    • The Silent Companions, by Laura Purcell (2017)
    • The Book Collector, by Alice Thompson (2015)
    • The Wilds, by Julia Elliott (2014)
    • Fell, by Jenn Ashworth (2016)
    • I, Coriander, by Sally Gardner (2005)
    • Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado (2017)
    • Things We Lost in the Fire, by Mariana Enríquez (2014, tr.  Megan McDowell)
    • Kissing the Witch, by Emma Donoghue (1997)
    • Bitter Orange, by Claire Fuller (2018)
    • Ghost Wall, by Sarah Moss (2018)
  • Non-fiction:
    • The Ghost: A Cultural History, by Susan Owens (2017)
    • The Salem Witch Trials Reader, by Frances Hill (2000)
    • The Witches: Salem, 1692, by Stacy Schiff (2015)

If you are in need of recommendations, here you can find my reviews of horrorcrime & noir novels.

Persephone Readathon

This is an eleven-day event hosted by Jessie at Dwelling in Possibility, from September 21st through September 30th. The goal is simply to enjoy reading and discussing all things Persephone Books!

I will be reading Bricks and Mortar, by Helen Ashton (1932). Here you can read all my Persephone reviews to date.


Victober is a month-long readathon hosted by Kate, Katie, Ange, and Lucy. Their goal is to read as much Victorian literature as they can in the month of October – by that they understand any book published from 1837 to 1901 in the UK.  This year’s challenges will be announced in early September.

Here are some of the books I want to read (as usual, some of my R.I.P. books overlap with this readathon):

  • Hester, by Mrs. Oliphant (1883, also Classics Club)
  • The Virago Book of Victorian Ghost Stories, ed. by Richard Dalby (also RIP)
  • Zoe, by Geraldine Jewsbury (1845)
  • The Half-Sisters, by Geraldine Jewsbury (1848)
  • Esther Waters, by George Moore (1894)
  • East Lynne, by Mrs. Henry Wood (1861, also RIP)
  • The Odd Women, by George Gissing (1893)
  • Lois the Witch, by Elizabeth Gaskell (1861, also RIP)
  • Deerbrook, by H. Martineau (1838)
  • The semi-detached house & The semi-detached couple, by Emily Eden (1859-1860)
  • Middlemarch, by George Eliot (1872)
  • Moths, by Ouida (1880)
  • Jill, by A. Dillwyn  (1884)
  • The Beth Book, by Sarah Grand (1897)
  • The Romance of a shop, by Amy Levy (1888)
  • Red Pottage, by Mary Cholmondeley (1899)

If you are in search of a Victorian woman author, I recommend that you take a look at the Victorian Women Writers Project, hosted by the Indiana University. It’s fantastic!

and, finally,

The 1944 Club

The 1944 club is hosted by Karen and Simon, and will take place from October, 15 to October, 21. The idea is to have people reading books first published in 1944. They make various clubs, where we all enjoy books from a particular year.

Here is the list of 1944 books I own & will choose from:

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith (I am longing to reread this…)
  • Strange Fruit, by Lilian Smith
  • Dragonwyck, by Anya Seton (this could also fit RIP, I suppose…)
  • Gigi, by Collette (<3)
  • The Ballad and the Source, by Rosamond Lehmann
  • Absent in the Spring, by Agatha Christie, as Mary Westmacott (also fits RIP!)
  • Ficciones, by Jorge Luis Borges
  • Green for danger, by Christianna Brand (as it turns out, 1944 was a very RIP literary year…)
  • The Shrimp and the Anemone, by L.P. Hartley
  • Antigone, by Jean Anouilh
  • Nada, by Carmen Laforet
  • The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams (another favourite of mine that deserves a reread…)

That’s all for now, folks. What will you be reading? Tell me about it. 🙂

Yours truly,


Paul Barthel, ‘Reading Girl’, 1920

14 thoughts on “R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XIII, Persephone Readathon, Victober & The 1944 Club

  1. Oh, I might do the Persephone Readathon as I will have one Persephone left over from my All Virago (and Persephone) / All August challenge (I swapped out “Great Bardfield” for Stella Gibbons’ “Starlight”, which I’d started reading by mistake, as SG is a Virago author). I will also be doing 1944 Club if I possibly can.

    Have you got any more Iris Murdochs for the last ones for this year? There are some stunning ones coming up. But that’s the only challenge I’ll be doing in the autumn, once I’ve finished 20BooksOfSummer.

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  2. I’m so excited for all these events too, Juliana! My TBR lists for September and October are a bit out of control though.

    Deerbrook, The Half Sisters, Red Pottage, and The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton are also books I’m considering for Victober and RIP. Maybe we’ll have to plan another buddy read!

    I read and loved The Silent Companions and Dragonwyck for R.I.P last year, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of my all-time favorites. Hope you enjoy all three! Can’t wait to hear all about Bricks and Mortar as well.

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  3. Juliana, as suas leituras de outono serão incríveis! Com essa lista é fácil prever que a estação será deliciosa (^_^). Linda a pintura que finaliza a postagem (*-*). Assim que a vi senti uma identificação com a figura pintada por Paul Barthel, pois algumas vezes paro a leitura e fico pensando na morte da bezerra, hahaha. Boas leituras! Beijos!

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  4. I’m glad I have you to keep me apprised of what’s going on on the internet! I discovered Victober last year and absolutely loved the videos (though I didn’t have time to watch all of them.) I’m sure I’ll be able to participate in this one. And I have some Persephones to read. In August I usually do read a Virago, but I gave some away this month so I hope that counted. 🙂 And I am almost finished with a Woman in Translation, but looks as though I’ll be late on blogging about it. So I am inspired by others’ posts, but don’t keep pace with these events.


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