Reading Plans for Darkening Evenings

I was trying not to plan, I really was, but so many lovely possibilities have been appearing.

I really should have known that I couldn’t resist the invitation to read all things dark for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII at Stainless Steel Droppings.  I’m starting with the book I meant to read last time around – Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola – and then I’m going to see which of so many other possible books call the loudest.

September in Paris comes courtesy of Annette at Impressions in Ink, and what a lovely idea. I have so many books that I couldn’t fit in to Paris in July, I have A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Grosse in my library pile, and I have read one book already – The Confidant by Hélène Grémillon.

And then there’s Gothic in October. Far too many wonderful possibilities, but I’m planning classics from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries with o at Délaissé. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe, Dracula by Bram Stoker and Treveryan by Angela Du Maurier are the books I have in mind. I’m planning a James a Day (M R James) with Jean at Howling Frog Books too.

I’m thinking that will sit nicely with Romanticism in Autumn, with Martina at House of Bronze. I’ve been meaning to reread the Bronte books I know –  Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – and then move on to the book I don’t. It won’t all happen this autumn of course, but it’s time to make a start.

Time for a little poetry and a little art too.

I suspect that I’m planning more than I can possibly read. But better to always have a book or two in mind …

Or three …

7 responses

  1. It’s so hard not to join all of the wonderful events and challenges that come along. It’s fun to read along with other bloggers – too irresistible!
    I’m not going to join any challenges myself this fall, but I will enjoy following along with you and all the others who are participating.

  2. I read Thérèse Raquin many years ago. It’s a departure from Zola’s usual style/genre and perhaps all the more enjoyable for that! As for A Sicilian Romance, I loved every word: so full of suspense and improbable plot twists and swooning ladies that it becomes hilarious. It’s the kind of novel that is so dated that it must be read tongue in cheek or you can’t really enjoy it. Once you accept that, it becomes sheer laugh-out-loud entertainment… I do hope you enjoy it!

  3. Jane, thank you for visiting my blog. I am now following yours! I saw your comment last night on my phone and I think I accidently deleted it because when I pulled out my laptop it was gone 🙂 My phone and I don’t get along well, so I probably pushed the wrong thing. I know what you mean about trying not to plan, but this time of the year there is just too much temptation! I like your reading plan – we have some of the same books planned. I am also doing James a day and reading Dracula (looking forward to that!). I am rereading Wuthering Heights for a read along and am enjoying it so much reading it slowly. I was actually thinking of rereading Jane Eyre slowly in Nov and Dec. Happy Reading!

  4. You put me to shame, you really do. Here I am trying to finish up a sock for Himself, for our anniversary which was yesterday, and there you are planning all your autumn reading. *sigh*

  5. M.Zola is making his presence felt. 🙂 I’m finding all the planning for October a bit overwhelming and hope when it arrives I still want to read the books I’ve chosen.

  6. I’m glad that you couldn’t resist, lol! 🙂 It is wonderful to have you joining in for RIP 7. Thank you! And the gothic event in October is perfect too as anything you read for that will count for RIP as well. You’ve got a great couple of months of creepy reading ahead of you.

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