It’s time for R.I.P. VIII


September is rapidly approaching, the nights are starting to get darker again, and that means it’s time for R.I.P. (R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril), the annual reading event hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings.

For those of you who are new to R.I.P. the idea is to read books that could fit one of the following categories:

Dark Fantasy.

As always, there are different levels of participation to choose from and I am signing up for Peril the First, which means reading at least four books between now and the end of October.


I’ve listed below some of the books I’m thinking about reading for R.I.P. this year. I don’t expect to read all of them, of course, but I like to have lots of books to choose from!

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe
These first three books are all taken from my Classics Club list so I’m hoping to read at least one of them.

Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley – I loved the first four Flavia de Luce books and can’t wait to read this one.

What Angels Fear by C.S. Harris – These books have been recommended to me a few times and I’ve finally managed to get a copy of the first one in the series.

Blood Harvest by S.J. Bolton – The only Bolton novel I still haven’t read.

Ten Second Staircase by Christopher Fowler – It’s been too long since I last read a Bryant & May book and this is the next in the series.

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill – This was on my R.I.P list last year but I didn’t have time for it so will try again this year.

Dragonwyck by Anya Seton – Another one I was hoping to read last year and never got round to.

The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters – Hearing about Elizabeth Peters’ death a few weeks ago reminded me that I really want to continue the Amelia Peabody series!

A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King – I’ve also been meaning to continue this series since reading The Beekeeper’s Apprentice more than a year ago.

The Asylum by John Harwood – I loved both of John Harwood’s two previous books so I’m looking forward to this one.

Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield – I requested this book from Netgalley and can’t wait to start reading it. I’m sure it will be a perfect R.I.P. book!

I’m also planning to take part in the Mary Stewart Reading Week so will be reading one of Mary Stewart’s suspense novels in September too – I still haven’t decided which one yet!

Are you going to join in with R.I.P this year? What are you planning to read?

24 thoughts on “It’s time for R.I.P. VIII

  1. Elena says:

    The Woman in Black will keep you on the edge of your seat and it makes a perfect addictive, one-sitting reading. I hope you enjoy it!

    I’m thinking of maybe joining to read Uncle Silas. Have you read it?

    • Helen says:

      I read Uncle Silas for RIP two years ago and enjoyed it. It’s a perfect book for RIP! I’m looking forward to reading The Woman in Black – I’ve been wanting to read it for such a long time!

      • Elena says:

        How great! Regarding TWINB I don’t recommend you the movie, just don’t even consider it after reading the book because it’s not worthy.

        I’ll let you know if I finally read Uncle Silas 😀

  2. Lisa says:

    I am excited to join in this year. In past years, I’ve only see the posts after the challenge had started. You have a great list of books to choose from!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Oh, don’t fail to follow up on Laurie King! My favorite, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice and one of the sequels, Locked Rooms on down the line. You’re in for a treat!

    • Helen says:

      I definitely want to continue with Laurie King! The Beekeeper’s Apprentice was one of my favourite books of last year but I just never got around to reading the second one.

  4. jessicabookworm says:

    Great list Helen! I hope you get round to Frankenstein by Mary Shelley I really love that novel. It has a wonderful atmosphere. I also enjoyed The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson although for me it wasn’t quite as strong as We’ve Always Lived in the Castle. Happy reading! I’m really looking forward to reading The Beekeeper’s Apprentice 🙂

  5. Ludo says:

    I read and loved The haunting of Hill House and The woman in black. I am planning to read Dragonwyck soon enough and I look forward to reading Bellman & Black.

    • Helen says:

      I think I’ll make Frankenstein one of the first books I read for RIP this year. I wanted to read it for last year’s challenge but didn’t have time. The two months go by so quickly!

    • Helen says:

      I loved the first four and was really looking forward to the fifth one, but for some reason just haven’t been able to get round to reading it yet!

  6. Samantha says:

    So many books here that I want to read as well! And a Mary Stewart week? How exciting is that?!?! I just bought The Rose Cottage by her not that long ago from the used bookstore and this would be the perfect excuse to get it read 🙂 I hope you enjoy all of these (and I’m definitely looking forward to hearing your thoughts on what you do read)! Enjoy!

    • Helen says:

      I read Rose Cottage a couple of years ago and found it slightly different from her other books – not as suspenseful – but still an enjoyable book. I hope you like it. And I’ll look forward to seeing what you read for RIP too!

  7. Carl V. Anderson says:

    Holy crap that is a great list of books! I loved Speaking from Among the Bones. I can’t wait to hear what you think about it.

    Harwood has been on my list for years, I need to check out his work.

    Great to have you in on RIP again this year, hope you enjoy the books you read.

  8. CAS says:

    I am looking forward to reading about your R.I.P. choices! In particular, I hope that you do get to “What Angels Fear”, as I would love to know what your think of it. I hope that you have a lovely time selecting from your impressive list.

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