Monday, August 27, 2018

Time for the #RIPXIII Madness to Begin

Friends, I have the best of news! It is time to imbibe peril again! This is the lucky 13th year of the Readers Imbibing Peril challenge, a.k.a. RIP XIII. If you want to learn about the ways to participate (books, short stories, movies) and/or to sign up, head on over to the site that is run by the ever lovely and only mildly terrifying Heather and Andi.

As per my usual habit, I will be reading only perilous books for the next two months at my self-created Infinite Peril level of participation -- meaning I will read as many books and short stories as is (in)humanly possible. How could I settle for anything less, right? I've been sharing my book stacks (yes, stacks) over on Instagram and Twitter but let's take a look again here and make some lists. Feel free to steal any of my awesome book ideas. I am good at this RIP thing.

First, I shared the books that I have on my review shelf. These are ones that happen to be coming out in September and October (or are just shamefully overdue for reviews) and fit the theme.

Capital Crimes, edited by Martin Edwards
The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe, Manga Classics version
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin (25 Sept)
The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (18 Sept)
Melmoth by Sarah Perry (16 Oct)
The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton (9 Oct)
Ghostly Tales, a collection from Chronicle Books
Monstress Vol. 2 by the Hugo-winning Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
The Pierced Heart by Lynn Shepherd

Then there are the books that I gathered together onto the TBR shelf by my bed. SO MANY PERILOUS READS.

The Curse of the House of Foskett by MRC Kasasian
The Devil's Workshop by Alex Grecian
The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries, edited by Otto Penzler
The Kairos Mechanism by Kate Milford
Hexwood by Diana Wynne Jones
Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
The Mistaken Wife by Rose Melikan
Farthing, Half a Crown, and Ha'Penny by Jo Walton
The Anvil of the World by Kage Baker
Unnatural Creatures, edited by Neil Gaiman
Peril at End House by Agatha Christie
The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katherine Green
The Mammoth Book of Dickensian Whodunnits edited by Mike Ashley
Don't Look Now by Daphne Du Maurier
The Moving Toyshop and The Case of the Gilded Fly by Edmund Crispin
The Incredible Crime by Lois Austen-Leigh
The Female Detective by Andrew Forrester
Antidote to Venom by Freeman Wills Crofts
Murder in the Museum and Calamity in Kent by John Rowland
Thirteen Guests by J. Jefferson Farjeon
Murder of a Lady by Anthony Wynne
The Dire King by William Ritter
The Apparitionists by Peter Manseau
Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

And, kids ... these weren't all of the RIP-eligible books on my TBR stacks. I stopped when I filled this shelf.

Then we have to remember rereads because these are my favorite books and why wouldn't I revisit some of them?

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
(movie out this weekend)
Jackaby, Beastly Bones, and Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter
(before I read the series-concluding The Dire King)
The Shadow of the Wind, The Prisoner of Heaven, and The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
(before I read the series-concluding The Labyrinth of the Spirits)

And, lest you think I don't have enough books, there are the library books and audiobooks and new releases that I want to get to. I am actually kicking off my reading early with European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss. It's due back to the library on 1 Sept and has a waitlist so it gives me a nice excuse to start. When I drop this off, I'll pick up my hold on Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer, the Obama/Biden buddy mystery, and maybe Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah Dawson and Kevin Hearne or All Systems Red by Martha Wells will be ready too. I have also already downloaded the next Lockwood and Co. audiobook, The Creeping Shadow (#4). Then, I'll likely be placing book orders for a few new books -- Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel by A.W. Jantha, Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson, The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart, The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin, Bluecrowne by Kate Milford, and The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.

So, dare I count how many books I have mentioned in this post? Oh, only 56! That's doable in two months, right? After all, there is the October Dewey's Readathon (20 Oct) in there! ::maniacal laugh::

What do you think of my books? And more importantly, what are you planning to read?

Preparing for death by books,


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks! I could just complete every listed level but that's too much work. This covers whatever I do. :)

  2. Oooooh PERIL TIME! I love your Infinite Peril Level. Awesome. Every year I participate and make so many plans, and read so few of the books I choose...Imma have to invent a Peril Level for myself that involves promising nothing and hoping for the best. Otherwise it's going to be me posting the same exact book list that I did last year, and getting to like .5 of one of those books in reality. But man the change in weather really does have me wanting to read more, and esp read some horror and crime, so maybe, just maybe...

    1. Oh, there are definitely some of these that have been on my list for one or more years. Maybe I should look back and prioritize those? Hah!
      Let's create the Possible Peril level for you. ;)

  3. Awesome list of books! Sounds like you're in for some great reading over the next two months. :D

  4. Infinite Peril, ahahaha! That is excellent. I just wrote my post (look for it tomorrow) and in comparison, I have a sad, piddly collection of books.

    1. I think almost everyone else will have a piddly list compared to mine. I am ridiculous when it comes to this reading event.

  5. Ooh I love the idea of Infinite Peril!! I always read far more than four books during this challenge. Right now I only have about eight books on my list, but that always grows as I start seeing others' lists!!

    1. I don't know when I stopped reading any other types of books at this time of year but it makes me happy to stick to only RIP books. They obviously fall within my interests!

  6. I love that you have an “Infinite Peril” category going! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!