Challenge: R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XIII

September is almost upon us and that means it’s time for one of my favourite reading events: Readers Imbibing Peril, this year hosted by Heather of My Capricious Life. As much as I have loved the glorious summer we have enjoyed here in the UK, now I am ready for autumn and all the small pleasures it brings: golden leaves, darker nights, woolly tights, comfy boots and curling up in a blanket to enjoy something suitably mysterious and comforting. The latter of which is exactly what R.I.P is all about!

The idea of this event is to spend September and October reading books from the following categories:

Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror and Supernatural.

There are also different levels of participation to choose from, including a one-book option for those readers who don’t want to commit to too much. As usual, I am signing up for Peril the First, which means:

‘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’

With a quick glance over my bookshelves and in my Kindle’s to-be-read folder here are some of the books I could read:

  • A Letter of Mary by Laurie R. King – The next instalment in King’s Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mystery series.
  • Zombie edited by Christopher Golden – A collection of short, horror stories, that will also be perfect for my What’s in a Name 2018 reading challenge, as a title that begins with Z.
  • A Gathering of Ghosts by Karen Maitland – After being suitably chilled by The Raven’s Head and The Plague Charmer, I am looking forward to Maitland’s newest dark historical fiction.
  • Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist by M. C. Beaton – The next book in Beaton’s long-running, cosy-crime series.
  • Kin by Snorri Kristjansson – This has been described as a dark, intense and compelling Viking mystery. Exciting!
  • The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins – I have long wanted to read this classic off my Classics Club II list, which is hailed as the first detective novel.
  • The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley – Recommended by my dad, I am intrigued by the premise for this modern gothic horror, with its old house and desolate coastline setting.
  • Stop Press Murder by Peter Bartram – After enjoying Bartram’s nostalgic mystery, Headline Murder I am looking forward to the next in the series.

It is highly unlikely I would ever read all these books and I am not restricting myself exclusively to these books either, however I do love making a list of possibles! See you back at the end of October to discuss what I actually read.

Are you taking part in the event this year? What are you hoping to read? Out of my possibles what do you think I should read?

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18 thoughts on “Challenge: R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XIII

  1. My picks would be Zombie and The Moonstone (somebody should write a book with that title, now I think about it… 😉 ) I’ll be reading spookily but not joining the challenge – I have way too many challenges to juggle already! Hope you enjoy your RIP reading – don’t forget to lock the doors and windows before you begin…

    1. HAHA FF that would be a pretty awesome book title! And thank you – I certainly won’t forget to lock the doors and windows before I begin… 😀 Happy spooky reading 🙂

  2. I would be happy if you read The Moonstone so I can read your review. I don’t know what makes a book “dark fantasy” but I have Naomi Novik’s follow up to Uprooted, which I loved and it had some dark moments for sure. After quite a long wait I finally got Spinning Silver so will read it in September.

    1. Judy, I am particularly looking forward to reading The Moonstone, so it is very likely you will get that review. As for the definition of ‘dark fantasy’, I can’t claim to be an expert but if Uprooted is fantasy with dark moments I would say it would fit. I hope you will enjoy Spinning Silver.

  3. I’m glad you’re taking part in R.I.P. too! I enjoyed The Moonstone, but haven’t read any of the other books on your list. A Gathering of Ghosts is on my list too, though – and A Letter of Mary will also be my next Mary Russell book, although I’m not sure when I will get round to reading it. I hope you enjoy your R.I.P. reading. 🙂

    1. Thank you Helen, I am particularly looking forward to reading The Moonstone. I hope we will both enjoy A Gathering of Ghosts and I hope it won’t be too long till we both get to A Letter of Mary. Happy R.I.P reading to you too! 😀

  4. I saw this challenge on another blog, and it seems like one of the (very few) challenges I can actually participate in and commit to! Looking forward to seeing what you and I end up reading 🙂

    1. Hello Anne, thank you for stopping by and commenting 🙂 I hope you are able to participate in this event too.

      p.s. I am loving all the lovely photos of your gorgeous cat/s on your site ❤

  5. I’ve always loved R.I.P. in the past, but had about decided not to participate this year, despite having plenty of options on my shelf and in my Kindle. Your post is causing me to have second thoughts.

    Seeing the Moonstone on your list reminds me I have another of his, The Woman in White, in my Kindle. It’s been there far too long!

    Good luck with the challenge!

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