Autumn’s in the air – time for the R.I.P challenge!

So, you would think that given I have just completed a three month, 20 book challenge, that a new challenge would be the last thing I would want to dive into.


I have a very soft spot for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril which is now in its fourteenth year. It’s a challenge I have done once or twice before and one that gets me firmly in an autumnal frame of mind.


I wasn’t going to participate this year, but I have seen a lot of your lovely (or should that be creepy?) posts detailing your plans and just couldn’t resist.

I’m going to go for Peril the First and read 4 books between now and 30 October that fall into one of these categories:

  • Mystery
  • Suspense
  • Thriller
  • Dark Fantasy
  • Gothic
  • Horror
  • Supernatural

I’ve had a look through the old TBR and NetGalley backlog and am going to read at least four of the following (click on the links for Goodreads descriptions):


The Exorcist by William Blatty

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ratman’s Notebooks by Stephen Gilbert

The October Country by Ray Bradbury

Hell House by Richard Matheson

You Should Have Left. by Daniel Kehlmann

Gnomon by Nick Harkaway

Now You’re One Of Us by Asa Nonami, translated by Michael Voleck & Mitsuko Volek

I’ll try and read four from the 746 first – either Hell House, The Exorcist, Now You’re One of Us, The October Country or Ratman’s Notebooks – and leave the others as back-up but I’m looking forward to some dark evenings in front of a warm fire, cuddled in a blanket with these scary pals for company.

Do any of these take your fancy or are there any you would recommend? Is anyone else taking part in R.I.P XIII?

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  1. I used to participate every year when I first started blogging. Also in the Once Upon a Time sister challenge in autumn. Loved them and met love,y people. Sadly, most of them stopped blogging so I didn’t participate any more but I miss it. Maybe . . . Although I’d be very late.
    I’m looking forward to your thoughts on your choices. Some of them look very appealing.

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  2. I’m not joining in officially but I shall, like you, be choosing four titles to read from books currently on my shelves that I hope match four of these categories. I suspect I would have read them anyway, given that I’d probably get through eight or so books before that deadline in the given timeframe! 🙂


  3. I noted Gnomon on your list simply because as I was reading Melville’s crazy chapter all about whales this week (you know that chapter everyone warns you about – pages and pages of facts and details about whales.) However one of the facts was the whale with a fin that looked like a gnomon. Thankfully I’m reading an annotated version that told me that a gnomon is the part of a sundial that makes the shadow so I was curious to see whale or perhaps shark fins on your cover rather than sundials! I wonder how all of that is woven into the story?

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