Many thanks to Carl V. for organizing the R.I.P. Reading Challenge! Sometimes these challenges are just the impetus I need to get me reading books that have been languishing on my bookshelves! Although I did read five books, they were not the original five I had planned on. I am still working on an additional two from my list, but I am just reading them at my leisure at this point. The five books I ended up reading: The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales by Edgar Allen Poe, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (also watched the film adaptation), and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. I particularly enjoyed the Setterfield and the James (and am looking forward to reading more of his work!). I'd like to read more of Poe's short stories as well.
I am still working on (or will be when I get to them...) Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, The Monsters: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein by Dorothy Hoobler (a biography of Mary Shelley), and The Mystery of the Sea by Bram Stoker. All in all this has been a nice couple of months of atmospheric reads! I have managed to add more than a few books to my TBR pile and reading list as well: The Monk by Matthew Lewis, Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe, Coraline by Neil Gaiman and The Wyvern Mysteryby J. Sheridan Le Fanu (In Gaudy Night, Harriet Vane happens to be researching Le Fanu interestingly enough!). Perhaps later I will pull out the Shelley or Stoker for a little Halloween Eve reading!