It’s been a number of years since I participated in the Readers Imbibing Peril Challenge that heralds the arrival of Autumn. I love reading mysteries, so it’s always a lot of fun to put together a want-to-read list and join this challenge. It was designed by Carl V. Anderson @ Stainless Steel Droppings and he hosted it for many years. This year, Andi (@Estella’s Revenge) and Heather (@Capricious Reader) are cohosting it, and it’s a very special year for this challenge: Number 13!  So I can’t resist…I’m signing up!

My list of possible reads for this challenge is enormous, but I already own all of these books, so that’s easy. Some of them are also on my TBR Challenge list or my Classics Club list, so that’s another good reason to participate! Plus, these are all books I want to read, so I foresee many hours of very pleasant Fall reading ahead!

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.

Click here to go to the Challenge Website to see how it works, read a description of the different “Perils” you can choose, and learn how to sign up.

I am choosing PERIL THE FIRST  [to read four books of any length during the challenge time period]. Here are some of the books in my pool of choices for this Peril. I am looking forward to starting this reading project on September 1st!



The  books I read for PERIL the FIRST:

  1. The Whispering Statue, by Carolyn Keene
  2. The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith
  3. The Eyes of the Amaryllis, by Natalie Babbitt
  4. This Rough Magic, by Mary Stewart
  5. The Seer of Shadows, Avi
  6. Death in the Castle, Pearl S. Buck
  7. The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen
  8. The Witches, Ronald Dahl
  9. The Coroner’s Lunch, Colin Cotterill
  10. The Seventh Seal, Ingmar Bergman



8 thoughts on “RIP XIII

  1. Les in OR

    I loved Tana French’s earlier novels and thought In the Woods was very good! Have fun with this challenge. It’s been a long, long time since I participated, but I’ve discovered that I’m not very good at follow-thru on blog challenges. I make the lists, but get distracted when it’s time to sum up my results. 🙂

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    1. Robin Post author

      Les, I’m looking forward to the Tana French novel. Byron gave it to me ages ago, and I just haven’t read it yet. I not great at finishing challenges anymore, either, because it seems to take me much longer to read the books I so want to read! But I love to compile the lists, and I give myself permission to read what I can and not stew about the ones I don’t get to.


  2. raidergirl3

    I should look into RIP again.
    Definitely my favourite type of books to read. Case Histories, In the Woods and The Silkworm are among my most fav literary mysteries. I think I’ve read every book of each of those authors. You are in for great reads. That Joe and Obama book looks fun!

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    1. Robin Post author

      Thanks, raidergirl3. I just couldn’t resist joining this year! And your comments make me feel even more excited for it to start! I don’t know how many of this list I will get through, but I’m definitely going to enjoy my reading.


  3. Kristen M.

    Oh, I’m not hosting it! I’m just, usually, the most out-of-control participant. 😉 It’s Andi and Heather who have set up the lovely new site and social media accounts.
    As for your choices, I fully approve. I am picking up Hope Never Dies from the library this week and it will probably be my first RIP read of the season!

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    1. Robin Post author

      Thanks for the correction, Kristen! I’ve fixed the info in my post. I’m so excited to start this challenge this year, and I’m particularly looking forward to reading Hope Never Dies!


  4. iliana

    This is probably the only challenge that I manage to complete every year! I’m totally joining and can’t wait to work on my list. You’ve got a great pool of books – I see a Nancy Drew!

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    1. Robin Post author

      Iliana, I haven’t participated in this challenge for a few years, but always enjoyed it when I did. I’ll look for your list! And, yes, my list wasn’t complete without a Nancy Drew! I’m [very] slowly rereading them, in order. It’s fun!



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