R.I.P. XII Reading Challenge

It may not technically be fall yet, but now that it’s September it’s certainly right around the corner. And to be honest, I’ve had fall fever since late July, so I’m just going to go ahead and start getting into that autumn spirit. And what better way to get into the season than to join a seasonally appropriate reading challenge? Enter R.I.P. XII…

The R.I.P. (Readers Imbibing Peril) reading challenge is hosted by Andi from Estella’s Revenge and Heather from My Capricious Life.

As they state:

 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 purpose of  the challenge is to read books that can be classified as: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, and Supernatural.

 Gothic and suspense novels are some of my favorite genres to read any time of the year, but especially in the fall.

There are multiple levels of “perils” to participate in. I’m choosing to aim for Peril the First, by reading (at least) four R.I.P. themed books.

I’ve created a TBR list to pick from, since I’m not yet ready to narrow down my choices:

  • Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon 
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
  • Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie 
  • No Name by Wilkie Collins 
  • In the Woods by Tana French
  • Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer
  • The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine
  • Dragonwyck by Anya Seton
  • Wildfire at Midnight by Mary Stewart
  • Stormy Petrel by Mary Stewart
  • Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton 


The reading challenge runs from today, September 1 to October 31st.

I’m so excited to participate for the first time in this twelve-year event!


Will you be joining in R.I.P. XII? What are some of your favorite gothic, mystery, and suspense novels?

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