Sunday, September 18, 2022

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril -- R.I.P. XVII

Once again I am participating in the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril event, otherwise known as the RIP XVII Challenge. I am late in announcing this, but I was reviewing the books I read last year especially for that challenge and I enjoyed all of them a lot. I hope to repeat that experience.

This year I was reminded of the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril event by posts at NancyElin's blog and Kay's Reading Life. This event was originally hosted by Carl V. Anderson at the Stainless Steel Droppings blog. Since then it has been hosted by other bloggers and lately has been primarily on Instagram and Twitter. See this post for the announcement for 2022. The event runs from September 1 through October 31, 2022.

The purpose of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril is to enjoy books, short stories, and movies/television that could be classified as:

  • Mystery.
  • Suspense.
  • Thriller.
  • Dark Fantasy.
  • Gothic.
  • Horror.
  • Supernatural.

I read a lot of mystery fiction and thrillers, so this event is a natural for me. However, it will be more of a challenge this year because I have two longish classic fiction books I also want to read during September and October: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

Two books I plan to read in October that I think will fit the mood of the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril event are:

The Listening House by Mabel Seeley, a mystery published in 1938, set in a boarding house, which promises to have an eerie atmosphere. 

The Ghost of Opalina or Nine Lives by Peggy Bacon, an illustrated children's book about a ghost cat. Published in 1967. Constance at Staircase Wit recently reviewed that book.

I will list my books read for R.I.P. XVII in September and October here:

The Tenderness of Wolves (historical mystery set in 1867, in the Northern Territory in Canada).

Crazybone by Bill Pronzini (#26 in the Nameless Detective series)

The Sanctuary Sparrow by Ellis Peters (historical mystery set in 1140, #7 in the Brother Cadfael series)

Head On by John Scalzi (Science Fiction / Mystery crossover)


Cath said...

I've read The Tenderness of Wolves which is very good and, years ago, The Sanctuary Sparrow which I'm sure was also good as all of the Cafael books generally are. Good luck with the challenge. I'm reading similar books for autumn just not offically doing the challenge.

TracyK said...

Cath, I went back and forth on whether to go the informal route or not, but I have to have a push to try out eerie stories or ghost stories, so I decided to "sign up" to give myself more motivation. I like to do some Halloweeny short stories too but not sure how many of those I can find.

NancyElin said...

So glad you are joining!
Some great books selected for your RIPXVII reading list.
I had difficulty finding CF/mystery book with a "spooky" atmosphere.
I'll have a look at your books on and see if one or two are smth I'd like.

Kathy's Corner said...

This challenge sounds like alot of fun and when I read the categories, mystery, gothic, supernatural, true crime these are my favorite genres. I must make my own list for October and thanks for letting us know about the RIP Challenge.

TracyK said...

Nancy, I have been thinking about the R.I.P. Challenge a lot, so I thought I ought to blog about it. You are right, it is hard to find spooky mysteries, or at least ones I am willing to read. The Mary Stewart mysteries would fit but I have to be in the mood for those, and my copies are paperbacks with tiny print.

You have a book on your list I will read sooner or later, so maybe this year: The Haunting of Hill House.

TracyK said...

Kathy, it is fun and I work harder to include some types of fiction that challenge for this event. When I participate, it prompts me to plan ahead for October reading and include some ghostly or supernatural reading. My husband reads ghost stories and I keep meaning to try some.

Lark said...

These are the kinds of books I love reading the most! :D

TracyK said...

Lark, Horror and the Supernatural are low on my reading list, but I suspect many books that are categorized that way are ones I would enjoy. Mysteries, thrillers, and suspense I like a lot, and I have enjoyed the gothic books I have read too, although I don't have a lot of experience with them.