Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Readers Imbibing Peril (RIP) XIV Challenge - Fall 2019

Hurray! It's September! While I am sorry to say good-bye to another excellent Big Book Summer, I am already immersed in my fall reading for the RIP (Readers Imbibing Peril) XIV Challenge. I have participated in this great seasonal reading challenge for the past few years, and I really enjoy it. September has only just begun, so join the fun!

You can read all about RIP XIV here, but the rules are simple - read some dark, creepy stuff between now and the end of October (not too dark, if you prefer) and have fun! They define the bounds of the challenge very broadly, to include all of these genres:

Dark Fantasy.
So, you can read flat-out scary horror if you want or classic ghost stories or cozy mysteries...or maybe a little bit of each! You only need to read 1 book that fits the challenge in the next two months to participate, but I plan to go all-in and devote all of September and October to dark and creepy reading. My To-Be-Read bookcase (yes, an entire bookcase...with double rows now) is overflowing with great choices since my husband reads mostly from these genres, and I enjoy them, too but don't always fit them in.

So, I am signing up for Peril the First, which is 4 books, as well as Peril on the Screen (I will watch some dark TV shows and movies) and Peril of the Review, since I plan to review all of the books I read, plus TV shows and movies.

I have already jumped into the spirit of the season with these three books:

  • The Likeness by Tana French (just finished), a murder mystery
  • Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel (just started in print), a sci fi thriller
  • The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth (just started on audio), a middle-grade dystopian novel described as a "spine-chilling adventure"
See the variety already?

Like I said, I have a LOT to choose from right on my own shelves (so this will help with my TBR Challenge, too). Here are some of my top choices for adult novels - obviously, I won't get to all of these, but I like to have options:

Oh, and I forgot to include an Agatha Christie novel I bought in the spring to also count for my Classics Challenge.

And here are some of my options for graphic novels (the bottom three) and middle-grade and teen/YA novels:

PLUS...I will be listening to RIP books on audio, too.

Oh, boy, it's going to be a dark and creepy fall! Now, if it would only cool off so I can wear jeans and a sweatshirt...

Happy Fall!


  1. Nice list. I also have a Walter Mosley on the list that I'm currently putting together. Down The River Unto The Sea. It won an Edgar Award this year. Hope Never Dies was fun. Good luck!

    1. My husband and I just discovered Walter Mosley a few years back, when he gave a talk locally and one of his books was our All-County Reads picks - we love him! I really want to try some of his sci fi.

      Hope Never Dies is especially fun for us (my husband already read it) since it is set here in DE! Joe is a big local celebrity and hometown hero here :)

  2. I see Hope Never Dies in one of your book stacks and it reminded me that I bought it last year but never read it. I’d better add it to my stack, too! Enjoy your reading. You’ve got some great choices there.

    1. Yes, Robin - you're a Delawarean now and that's local lit! :)