RIP [Challenge] VII


As I say probably every year, how is it already time for RIP? This is my absolute favorite reading challenge event but somehow it always sneaks up on me.

You’ll notice that it’s not a challenge this year, as Carl descends further into communism. He says, “While I donโ€™t have any personal grudge against folks challenging themselves to read a certain number of books, or books outside their comfort zone, this event is primarily about the great pleasure that can be found in embracing this type of fiction/non-fiction during this season of the year.”

But what if my pleasure is in winning, Carl?

I kid, of course, not leastly because I do not have the time to read ALL THE BOOKS like I threatened to last year. But I will definitely do my best to read a bunch of awesome books!

As per usual, I will be throwing my hat into Peril the First, which involves reading four books that fall into the purview of RIP, which is very specifically “Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. Dark Fantasy. Gothic. Horror. Supernatural. Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.” I think I can handle that.

I’ll also be back for a second round of Peril of the Short Story, which I will attempt to do without the help of a readalong or book club discussion, and of the just-mentioned Peril of the Group Read. I’ve actually read both of the selections for this particular Peril, but I think I will join in October’s reading of The Graveyard Book, which I did not love when I read it three years ago but which I also have a feeling I didn’t read correctly the first time. We shall see!

And lastly, I want to give Peril on the Screen a better go this year, as last year I only managed to rack up one film for it. I guess I can count all the Doctor Who that’s about to come out, but I don’t have a clue otherwise. Please suggest things are delightful and possibly even creepy in the comments!

What is RIP without a giant list of perils to imbibe? Here’s what I’ve got, though I’m sure most of what I actually read will be added later!

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier (how many times has this been on the list?)
A Fine and Private Place, by Peter S. Beagle
Raising Stony Mayhall, by Daryl Gregory
The Edinburgh Dead, by Brian Ruckey
The Stand, by Stephen King (since I’m already halfway through…)
Horns, by Joe Hill
Wild Thing, by Josh Bazell
The Prince of Mist, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (Review)
Blackbirds, by Chuck Wendig
Girl Genius Vol. 1, by Kaja and Phil Foglio
Let the Right One In, by John Ajvide Lindqvist
*Guards! Guards!, by Terry Pratchett (Review)
*The Prisoner of Heaven, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Review)

Short Stories:
All things Poe
Zombies vs. Unicorns, ed. Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
These Children Who Come at You With Knives, by Jim Knipfel
Shadow Show, ed. by Sam Weller
Other Worlds Than These, ed. by John Joseph Adams

Things of a Hitchcockian nature
Doctor Who!
A Sherlock re-watch, perhaps?
*Dial M for Murder (Review)
*TV roundup

8 thoughts on “RIP [Challenge] VII

  1. Cory Hersh says:

    Hmmm…this may just have to be the year I join in the fun! I always read creepy stuff around Halloween anyway. I’ll work on a post this afternoon.

    My highest recommendations go to Rebecca and Gone Girl. Horns is also quite good.


  2. Carl V. says:

    Ha! I’m too much of a rabid consumer to descend into communism. Just check out my book buying addiction! So great to have you joining in again. Like you this time seems to come out of the blue for me. I’m looking forward to it every year and it seems so far away and then suddenly it is coming on September and I’m scrambling to get the R.I.P. post up and rolling. Have to say I have really been enjoying getting lost in mysteries for the last month as the R.I.P. mood struck me early in August.

    Absolutely fantastic list of potential reads and viewings there. I have books, like Rebecca for you, that have been on my list every year and I still haven’t gotten to them. The Historian springs to mind, as does Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black. I’m glad the group read is getting me to read The Little Stranger as that one has been on for the past several years.

    I’ll be watching Dr. Who on Amazon Prime, I believe. I don’t have BBC America and I’m not sure I can wait for several months for the DVD’s to come out.

    • Alison says:

      Seriously, I swear I was just making lists in my head of things to read for RIP, but can I remember them now? Of course not! I’ve got to learn how to get the lists out of my head.

      And now I’ve got The Woman in Black to add to my list, because thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoy The Little Stranger! I liked it but read it recently enough that I’m not ready to do it again.

      And and, I will totally be watching Doctor Who on Amazon because I am also without the Beeb. Happily I was at my parents’ house this past weekend and so I could mooch off of their super-cable for the first episode. It was lovely watching it in “real time”!

      • Carl V. says:

        Just watched the Christmas special of Dr. Who from last Dec. Loved it. Got all chocked up at the end. Am getting ready to watch Ep. 1 of this season.

        And I know what you mean, I’m always making lists in my head and then forgetting essential things from said lists. The good news is there is never any shortage of ideas for what to read for this thing.

        • Alison says:

          I just watched Saturday’s episode for a second time. ๐Ÿ™‚ Why is it not Sunday morning yet?!

          And, seriously, I’ve already put a bunch of non-list books on hold at the library. I’m pretty sure I can’t read all these books in two months!

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