Joining the R. I. P. Challenge


I’m joining the R. I. P. VI Challenge! That stands for Readers Imbibing Peril. It’s hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings. I joined in last year and it was great fun!

The challenge runs for the next two months, between September 1st and October 31st. Participants should read novels (or watch movies) in the following categories:

Dark Fantasy.

As I’m a fast reader, and I have enough reading material left on the shelves to fulfill the criteria, I will go for the highest level, which is that of Peril the First.

For the Peril the First level, you’re required to read four books that fit the definition of scary. I’m going to read the following:

  • Taboo by Casey Hill
  • The Cosy Knave by Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen
  • What To Do When Someone Dies by Nicci French
  • The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas
Taboo by Casey HillThe Cosy Knave by Dorte Hummelshoj JakobsenWhat To Do When Someone Dies by Nicci FrenchThe End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas

I’m looking forward to reading these.

Over 80 people have signed up for this challenge so far. How about you? You can read 1, 2 or 4 books, or watch one or more scary movies. Isn’t it nice to be scared sometimes?

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55 Responses to Joining the R. I. P. Challenge

  1. KimvA says:

    Ooh nice. Haven’t heard of this challenge I love it I’m joining in. Love to read ‘scary’ books. And have a lot on my to read list so it shouldn’t be a problem to do four books.
    I got Taboo too that one sounds great and is quite high on my to read to list.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Nice that you’re joining in too, Kim! I think Taboo will be my first book, hopefully next week as I’m really ready for a thriller, it’s been a while.

  2. I’m joining this one too! My post comes out this afternoon about it – LOVE this challenge!

  3. Cindy says:

    I think I’ll have a scary movie night with my daughter 🙂

  4. lemon123 says:

    Would join, I just do so badly when it comes to challenges.:)

  5. Louise says:

    I love to be scared, and I like reading creeping, gothic, scary books..they just have to be the right type of scary, I’m not easily scared, so I’ll be looking out for your reviews, and maybe I’ll be adding some more good books to my wishlist 😉

    • Leeswammes says:

      Louise, I don’t actually think all these books are very scary, but who knows? My recent Stephen King book (Duma Key) was a disappointment so I’d love a nice and scary read.

  6. I loved The End of Mr Y – I hope you do too. 🙂

  7. deslily says:

    I think you joined not only the right challenge..but the best one around!… I hope we all have some dreary days with a good RIP book in our laps!

  8. Novroz says:

    I am the 102nd person who had entered 🙂
    I remember that i knew about this challenge from you

  9. trish says:

    It’s a great time of year to get all those scary books read!

  10. Rikki says:

    I’ll give this one a pass this time. I participated last year with one short story (I don’t like being scared too much). But I am already behind with everything, so I can’t do one more challenge with a good conscience.
    I love the cover of “The end of Mr. Y”…

  11. Leslie says:

    This does look like fun. I started listening to The Lantern yesterday so there’s one, and I’m sure I could squeeze in another mystery by the end of October.

  12. suzigun says:

    Great idea & love your choice of books. Will be interested to see what you think. Of the three you’ve picked that I’ve read I’d have to put the Nicci French top.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Nicci French has been on my shelves since the beginning of the year, Suzi, and I never seem to get round to it. So this is the ideal time to finally read it.

  13. The books on your list look great, especially the last two!

  14. I was looking at The End of Mr Y and wondering whether to read it, so I shall be very interested to read what you think. My own short list is rather long, I like to be able to change my mind 😉

    Happy reading!

  15. I am so excited to join this challenge! I’m horrible with keeping my commitments to challenges, but I’m ready for this one! Looking forward to the books you’ll be reading/sharing – I love scary books and am always looking for more.

  16. Cat says:

    This is a great challenge – the hardest part is deciding what to read. I read Taboo last week – enjoy!

  17. JoV says:

    it never occur to me that The End of Mr Y would be scary! is it really scary? 🙂

  18. Amanda says:

    Noooo! No more books! LOL My TBR list is already 1,000’s of books long. (Seriously. It’s part of the reason my Goodreads account is private. It’s almost embarrassing.) So, I’m not doing this formally, but I just agreed to review Dreams & Nightscapes by Ann Werner, so there’s my one thriller. LOL

  19. Kristen M. says:

    I’ve only heard of one of these before so I’m very excited to see your reviews! I absolutely love RIP reads!

  20. Kailana says:

    I have to admit that I haven’t heard of any of those books, so I look forward to your thoughts. Happy reading!

  21. diane says:

    I hope you have fun with these. I love this challenge. Off to email you some ugly covers..LOL

  22. No more challenges for me this year. I am in over my head already…

    And I am thrilled that you are going to read my book for this challenge, but honestly, if you are scared by that one, I think the others may be a bit too much for you ;D

    • Leeswammes says:

      Ha ha, Dorte, I don’t think you’ll book will be very scary but it fits “mystery”, so that’s OK. I’m hoping it really *is* a cosy mystery so nothing scary.

  23. winstonsdad says:

    I m not sure if I will join took part last year although Rebecca is dying for a reread as my brother brought me a lovely edition just recently all the best stu

  24. Mrs.B. says:

    I want to join too but I’m still compiling a list of books I want to read.

  25. sakura says:

    You have some interesting titles there Judith. I’ve only read The End of Mr. Y which I loved so I hope you enjoy it! This is one of my favourite challenges and it makes the darkening days a little more bearable!

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