Friday, September 11, 2020

Readers Imbibing Peril (RIP) XV Challenge

With Big Book Summer 2020 officially wrapped up, it's time to turn my attention to all things fall, including, of course ... books!

Fall is my favorite season, and every year, I look forward to cooler temperatures and lovely weather, campfires, jeans and sweatshirts, and the Readers Imbibing Peril (RIP) Reading Challenge! I first participated in the challenge in 2015, so this will be my fifth year. The idea is simply to read books with darker themes in September and October.

This year, it's gotten even easier to join the fun - there is no sign-up or registration, no blog posts are required, just:

The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as:
Dark Fantasy.

Basically, read scary.
“Are you reading for spooky season? We need more wicked good books (and screen) in our lives, so being the rule-breakers we are, #RIPXV BEGINS NOW. How do you play? Tag @PerilReaders and #ripxv in your Twitter and/or Instagram posts. It’s that easy. Wicked easy.”
So, I'm in again!

I did pull together a large stack of possible books to choose from, but our TBR bookcase is overflowing with options, so I'll keep it flexible. Here are some of the print books I want to read and will choose from:

I also have a HUGE audio backlog with loads of relevant books there, too.

I am kicking off my RIP XV challenge by reading a true crime nonfiction book, The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson. It was my book group's choice for our first Zoom meeting, and it is excellent so far: a fascinating, truth-is-stranger-than-fiction story. On audio, I just today started listening to Feed by M.T. Anderson, a YA dystopian novel that begins with a spring break trip to the moon!

How about you? Do you like to read darker stuff like mystery, suspense, thrillers, and other creepy stuff in the fall? No sign-ups needed--just use the hashtag and tag @PerilReaders to join the fun!

I love this time of year and can't wait to dig into the rest of this stack of books!


  1. Good luck! I love spooky stuff and have been reading a lot of dystopias lately.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Oooh...sounds good and creepy, AJ!

  2. I want to read another Tana French--she is so good!

    1. I agree, Jane!! I am torn between reading The Witch Elm (which I show here) or the next one in the Dublin Murder Squad because they just keep getting better & better!