RIP IXGuys, I just can’t even. RIP IX?? IX?? It is amazing to me that Carl has stuck with this challenge for nine years, let alone that I’ve stuck with it and with this blog for six. I am sooo old, guys. One foot in the grave (see what I did there?).

If you haven’t been around this blog for six years, or one year, or whatever, you can get more info on the event at Carl’s site, but for those who hate clicking links, here’s the deal with RIP: It stands for Readers Imbibing Peril, it takes place in September and October, ish, and it involves reading any story that you feel puts you in a sufficiently mysterious or Gothic or fantastical mood. It’s basically the greatest event ever, is what I’m saying.

Carl offers different “Perils”, or levels of participation, so that everyone can have fun in their own special way, and while in the past I have been perhaps a bit dismissive of Carl’s participation trophies, I am happy for them this year, because the way I read and blog has changed quite a bit since the last RIP.

I will definitely be participating in Peril the First (read four books on the theme), Peril of the Short Story (read short stories on the theme), and Peril on the Screen (watch TV and movies on the theme), because of course I will. But since I don’t know when I’ll get around to reviewing any of these things, my plan is to pop in here on Sundays and let you know what I’ve been up to RIP-wise, with brief thoughts and links to reviews and whatnot.

For instance, this week I reviewed The Secret Place, by Tana French, which you should go read immediately because it is a perfectly suspenseful and creepy and Gothic read and then you should go read her other four books, too, and then you are super done with Peril the First! I also reviewed The Last Child, by John Hart, which I didn’t like as much but would be an appropriate read for RIP if you’re into that sort of thing.

In current reads, I finished The Silkworm, by J.K. Galbraith (Robert Rowling?), which was just as awesome as The Cuckoo’s Calling and which you should see a review of soon.

In current listens, I am still enjoying Welcome to Night Vale, which is just as weird and creepy as ever and which you should totally be listening to, right now.

In current watches, I’ve been mainlining the second and third seasons of Grimm over the last few weeks, and it’s been… an adventure. The first season finale left me kind of angry, which is why it took me so long to get around to the second season, and although the second season is pretty good monster-wise I was pretty ready to kill the writers and Nick over the whole Juliette thing, which dragged on approximately fifteen episodes too long. Luckily things went the way I wanted them to, and this third season has been really entertaining. I’m getting a bit concerned again, this time that the show is starting to veer off into Dresden Files territory with Royals and Councils and whatnot, but it’s hanging on to my interest for now.

What are you all reading/watching/listening to for RIP this year?

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