New Reading Experience: RIP VII

The “Readers Imbibing Peril” challenge (experience) is starting up at the beginning of September.  This is another reading event from Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings, and it’s my first year joining in.  As you might guess from the acronym, this challenge is about a creepier side of literature, focusing on mysteries and horror and gothic writing.

This is not quite so much my area as the Once Upon a Time challenge–in fact, it’s not at all my area!  But since Carl’s events are so much fun, I can’t resist jumping in anyway, and I’m willing to try a few books from the darker, more mysterious region of writing.

I have less planned than I’ve done for other challenges.  I think I’ll be conservative and aim for Peril the Second (read two books), Peril of the Short Story, and Peril on Screen.  I have Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie and some Sherlock Holmes to get me started on mysteries.  Northanger Abbey is next on my list from Jane Austen, to bring in the gothic.  And maybe I’ll watch some Twilight Zone or Alfred Hitchcock.  Other than that, I’m curious to see what other people read and review, and expect to pick up some new ideas from that.

And I expect to have an excellent good time. 🙂

16 thoughts on “New Reading Experience: RIP VII

  1. All your plans sound great. We watched some Twilight Zone last year as part of the RIP event. And I read my first Sherlock Holmes for RIP as well. The Sign of the Four would be the next book in order of publication that I would need to read, so I may consider that one as well. As always there are too many books I want to read and not enough time to get them all read.

    So happy you are participating even though this isn’t the kind of stuff that you normally enjoy reading.

    1. I can’t quite remember if I’ve read The Sign of the Four–it was a long time ago if so, and they start to blur. My library had The Valley of Fear, so that one became the plan. Always love Holmes, and I’m planning to visit 221B Baker Street while I’m in London this month, so I think I’ll very much be feeling in the mood!

          1. Oh I would too. I’ve promised myself if I ever get to London I will be spending an inordinate amount of time doing “bookish” things, Baker Street being one of them.

  2. I’m really torn about taking part in RIP this year. I’ve done it before and really enjoyed it, but after my moment a few months ago maybe best to give challenges a break. Everything soon adds up!

    1. I definitely can understand that. There are too many great things to do, and something has to go sometimes. On the other hand, Carl’s “challenges” are SO low-key…I plan to pull back on challenges a bit next year, but I’ll still participate in these. But of course, do what’s going to be right for you!

  3. mervih

    I participated in the RIP challenge last year and had a lot of fun. I also want to read mysteries, with some sprinkling of dark fantasy, rather than creepy books.

  4. dianem57

    Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes aren’t too creepy – more intellectual in solving the mysteries. Those should be good for you to read to get involved in this challenge. Let us know how you’re doing with it.

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