Sunday Coffee – R.I.P. XV

This year’s Readers Imbibing Peril reading event (RIP XV) is going to be very informal – just a hashtag used on various media platforms, no official challenge website. I can understand this, as running a reading event can be stressful and time-consuming, and no one needs more of that in their lives right now. However, because I’ve been participating in RIP nearly every year since I began blogging, it feels wrong to skip the introductory blog post, book selections, event details, etc on my own blog. So I’m going to include them here. From past years:

The RIP Challenge runs from September 1st to October 31st and suggests that we read and enjoy books classified as mystery, suspensethrillerdark fantasygothichorror, and supernatural.

There are (were) various levels and subsets of the reading event/challenge, and I always choose Peril the First (4+ books). To be honest, I’ve basically been in RIP-mode all year, since becoming obsessed with ghost story podcasts, so saving up books for this event has been HARD. Still, I have quite a few potential reads on my RIP possibility list this year:

  • One by One by Ruth Ware
  • Twisted by Steve Cavanagh
  • Second Skin by Christian White
  • Henrietta and Eleanor adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Blood Territory by Mark Whittaker
  • Death Notice by Todd Ritter
  • Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas
  • The Whisper Man by Alex North
  • Casting the Runes by MR James
  • The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
  • Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
  • Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
  • The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

I also have a few books on the potential list that may or may not qualify as RIP books (I won’t really know until I read them – unless a fellow reader tells me!):

  • A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne Brown
  • Beyond Strange Lands by David Peterson
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Forest of Souls by Lori Lee
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab

And of course, the season wouldn’t be complete without a few RIP rereads:

  • Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris (I read this every year, plus it’s my September book club selection this year!)
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (because it’s time and it’s been too long)
  • Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater (with a clear head this time)

So what’s on your RIP list this year? Are you participating? Do you enjoy a real autumn where you live?

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3 Responses to Sunday Coffee – R.I.P. XV

  1. Karen K. says:

    I usually sign up to read something for RIP, but I don’t always end up finishing or posting about it. I don’t have much Gothic or horror left to read on my shelves, but I do have a couple of mysteries, and there’s always Victorian sensation! I really love Wilkie Collins and all his works are available free on iBooks or Gutenberg. One of the libraries has an audio download of The Evil Genius which sounds like fun.

    And I am very much looking forward to autumn! It’s been in the 90s and humid almost every day since June. Not nearly as bad as a Texas summer, but I am excited about cooler weather.


    • Amanda says:

      It’s probably time for me to read another Wilkie Collins book. But I have so many others I’ve dedicated to this year. Heh. I tend to save them up all year!

      I’m also looking forward to “autumn.” The weather channel is currently teasing us with temps in the 60s (morning) and 80s (afternoon) in about two weeks, but we’ll see how that goes. As it is, we’ve been under five days of heat advisory with heat indexes over 110, and that will continue today and tomorrow, too. Ugh.


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