Saturday, September 4, 2010

Horror, Mystery, Suspense: The R.I.P. Challenge

It may be hard to believe, but Fall is just around the corner! In two months it will be Halloween, time for trick or treating, dressing in costumes, bobbing for apples and all that fun stuff! One of the best ways to get in the mood and celebrate these upcoming months is by reading the kind of good books that send chills up our spines, cause the hairs on the back of our necks to stand up and make goose pimples form up and down our arms!

Dark fantasy,

Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting the R.I.P. Challenge or Readers Imbibing Peril. This is Carl's 5th time hosting this challenge which gets rave reviews across the book blogging community. I'm excited to participate for the first time!

I signed up for several challenges that began in January but due to various family problems and health issues, I haven't made any headway with them and I don't expect I'll finish any of them this year. But I know I don't want to miss this challenge! I can definitely manage, at least, a book or two of the horror, suspense, mystery kind! Carl has made it easy to participate with a variety of different challenge levels whether you feel like reading several books or just a couple or, possibly, short stories or film are more your speed, it's all fine so long as you're Imbibing Peril!! There's room for everybody! And if you don't have a blog, it doesn't matter so check out the R.I.P. Challenge at Carl's blog and sign up!

I have several books I'd like to read but I think I'm going to play it safe and opt for Peril the Second and vow to read at least 2 books!
My list of books to choose from:

1. An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
2. In the Woods by Tana French
3. The Likeness by Tana French
4. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
5. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
6. The Grey Woman and Other Stories by Elizabeth Gaskell
7. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
8. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
9. Die for You by Lisa Unger
10. When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson
11. Any of several of Laura Lippman's books


  1. What a fun challenge! Good luck with it.

  2. You have such a great list of books . . . Laura Lippman, Stieg Larsson and Tana French. I don't even know where you should start!

  3. I am in the middle of a serious love affair with Tana French, having read The Likeness, just finished In the Woods and in the middle of Faithful Place. She is wonderful.

  4. Welcome, I am so glad you found out about the challenge and joined in. I have no doubt you'll have success and sincerely hope that you have a lot of fun in the process. I just started listening to the audio version of In the Woods. French has been much talked about of late and I look forward to seeing what all the hubbub is about. I'm hoping I am as drawn in as others because each book just looks so darn inviting sitting on the bookstore shelves.

  5. Oh AMY, you have selected some perfect books for this challenge. I'm in as well and love this one. HAVE FUN

  6. Neat list, Amy! Did I tell you that Laura Lippman attended the high school where I taught?

  7. Those all look like great books for the challenge, Amy. I really enjoyed In The Woods when I read it and several others you list are on my TBR shelf. Good luck with the challenge!

  8. This is my favorite challenge of the year. I love all the good book ideas I get from reading all of your posts about your progress in the challenge. Enjoy the challenge and I can't wait to hear more about your reads.

  9. Several of the books on there I want to read at some point and time. If I read everything that I want to for the RIP challenge, though, I will never have time for anything else! lol

  10. I'm tempted to join this challenge too, although I've been horrible at challenges this year. I'm not even doing very well with the one I'm supposedly hosting!

    I loved both of French's novels and also recommend the Shirley Jackson novel on your list, as well as Laura Lippman! Good luck with this challenge!

  11. Oh and thank you for continuing to comment on my blog even though I've been crap at responding to comments! I'm glad you've been enjoying my Cairo pics!

  12. I am very behind on responding to comments & I'm sorry about that. I really appreciate and love getting visitors and reading your comments. I'm working on getting more organized so I respond within a much shorter time frame!

    BERMUDAONION: Thank you! I am pretty sure I will manage to complete this challenge & enjoy doing so! lol

    LOLA: Thank you! I started "The Girl Who Played With Fire" a few days before the challenge so I'm going to cheat a bit & include it. I'm really enjoying it but I also cannot wait to read Tana French's books. I see them every day and my fingers are itching to grab one up & start reading! lol Have you read any or all these authors?

    SANDY: I'm happy to hear you've enjoyed all 3 of those books by Tana French. I cannot wait to start reading them. I picked up "The Likeness" & "Into the Woods" at the local flea market, yay! Happy Reading!

    CARL V.: Hi! Thank you for visiting my blog! I remember wishing I had joined your RIP Challenge last year so I was determined to sign up this year! I am looking forward to experiencing Tana French for myself and many other mystery, suspense, thriller authors. I'm looking forward to reading your opinion of French and will stop by soon!

    BIBLIOPHILE: Thank you! I'm very excited about this challenge! Enjoy!

    KATHYA: Thank you! That's really cool about Laura Lippman! Did you ever meet her or chat with her? I haven't read any of her books yet but I want to soon! Have you?

    LITERARY FELINE: Hi! Thank you for stopping by! Oh good, you liked "Into the Woods" I'm going to try to remember to look for your review when I visit (in case you reviewed it). Hopefully I'll finish this challenge! lol I have a feeling that challenges, the big ones, may not be my thing since I tend to choose books depending on my mood/what I feel like reading.

    KATHLEEN: Thank you! I'm looking forward to this challenge and the books I have to read. I don't really need to buy any but if I happen to see a good book that fits the challenge at the flea

    KAILNA: I know what you mean! Sometimes it's so hard to choose what to read..or what not to read. I think some challenges could be a good to help me decide what to read. Happy Reading!

    AVISANNSCHILD: The RIP Challenge is the only one I'll complete this year but I've already learned that if I join any challenges next year I'll limit myself a lot and limit the # of books too. Thank you for the book recommendations! No worries about commenting/responding etc. I have difficulty responding to comments to my posts and I'm trying to be better about it!!