Sunday, September 1, 2019

R.I.P. Challenge 14

It's the FOURTEENTH year of Readers Imbibing Peril, or RIP, as it is affectionately called. For these many years, we here at RIP headquarters have embraced the spookiness of the seasons’ change.
The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as:
Dark Fantasy.

The emphasis is never on the word challenge, instead it is about coming together as a community and embracing the autumnal mood, whether the weather is cooperative where you live or not.
The goals are simple. 
  1. Have fun Reading
  2. Share that fun with others

There are multiple levels of participation (Perils) that allow you to be a part of R.I.P. XIV without adding the burden of another commitment to your already busy lives.
Peril the First:  Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (our very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be Stephen King or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Shirley Jackson or Tananarive Due…or anyone in between.

Peril the Second:  Read two books of any length that you believe fit within the challenge categories.

Peril the Third:  This Peril involves reading one book that fits within the R.I.P. definition.

Peril of the Short Story:  We are fans of short stories and our desire for them is perhaps no greater than in autumn. 

Peril on the Screen:  This is for those of us who like to watch suitably scary, eerie, mysterious gothic fare during this time of year. It may be something on the small screen or large. It might be a television show, like Dark Shadows, or your favorite film. If you are so inclined, please post links to any R.I.P.-related viewing you do on our book review pages as well.

Starts September 1st. Use the #ripxiv hashtag on all the socials. 

You can sign up; HERE
I plan to read (4) of these (5) books for the Peril the First.
  1. The Institute; Stephen King
  2. The Whisper Man; Alex North
  3. The First Mistake; Sandie Jones
  4. Someone We Know; Shari Lapena
  5. The Escape Room; Megan Goldin


  1. I really want to read 'The Institute' by Stephen King. It's a shame I haven't got time to plan for this year's R.I.P. Maybe next year. Have fun!

  2. That’s a nice list! I haven’t read that Nevada Barr, but I like the series. Enjoy your R.I.P. reading!

  3. So glad to hear you are also participating. I can't believe it's been 14 years of this challenge and I just love it. I'll be signing up soon.

  4. Enjoy! I've heard great things about Lady in the Lake. Looks like a great list!

  5. Wow, this has to be one of the very oldest challenges out there.

  6. Diane, I have every single one of the books on your list on my possible list as well. I'm definitely going to try to read the new King book when it comes out - it's preordered. Also, our mystery group goes a bit 'Gothic' each October and this year we're having Shirley Jackson month. Can't wait!

  7. I love checking out these lists! I liked The Family Upstairs, but I need the new Stephen King and Laura Lippman. :)

  8. Ah yes, time for RIP. The only not-a-challenge I still participate in.

    All your choices look good to me.

  9. I haven't actually made a list besides King's new book.

  10. I didn't know you were one of the hosts of RIP! I just signed up, too - I look forward to it every year. I love reading seasonally, especially this time of year!

    You've got a great list there. I have a Stephen King on my list, too, and I didn't list my audio options, but I think we will probably listen to Lady of the Lake.

    Enjoy your dark and creepy reading this fall! And thanks for hosting -


    Book By Book

  11. It sounds like you are going to have great fun with RIP. Enjoy!


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