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The R.I.P. IX reading challenge

Our weather here in the UK turned rather autumnal three or four weeks ago and ever since I've found myself looking forward to the next R.I.P. reading challenge. I even sorted out the books I wanted to read and they've been on the shelf tempting me to start for at least 10 days. Well, no need to resist any longer, it's here!!! R.I.P. IX (*nine* years... gosh!) is upon us.


(Art used for banners is the property of the wonderful Abigail Larson.

“Does something amuse you?’ asked Uncle Montague.
‘I was merely reminding myself, Uncle, that I am getting too old to be so easily frightened by stories.’
‘Really?’ said Uncle Montague with a worrying degree of doubt in his voice. ‘You think there is an age at which you might become immune to fear?”
― Chris Priestley, Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror

Carl's sign-up post is here.

I always love the artwork he chooses and have actually read the book the quote comes from, there are three in the series in fact, and all are excellent.

Anyway, the sort of books to read are:

Dark Fantasy.

Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.

There are two simple rules:

1. Have fun reading (and watching).
2. Share that fun with others.

As usual I'll be doing:


Which is to:

Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (the very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be King or Conan Doyle, Penny or Poe, Chandler or Collins, Lovecraft or Leroux…or anyone in between.

This is the book pool I'll be reading from:


I don't know how many of these I'll end up reading but I want most of the books I read to come from this - part of my tbr mountain - pile. If I can read five of them I would be a happy bunny. I also know I have books on my Kindle and Nook that would qualify for the challenge and one or two library books too. So we'll see. Basically I just want to have fun without putting too much pressure on myself.

Happy R.I.P. reading and many thanks to Carl for once again hosting this brilliant challenge.


Oooh. I can recommend Woman in White. I don't know why, but while I don't care for Dickens much, I love Wilkie Collins. Look forward to hearing about whichever you readl.
The Woman in White is one of those books I always think I've read (like Rebecca) and then realise I haven't. In fact, I've not read much WC at all so plan to put that right asap as I own four or five.
Hurrah - I've signed up! *g*

I love your reading pile. If I ever get my new room sorted out, perhaps I'll try stacking up the books I have that should fit the challenge - the more I thought about it, the more I realised I actually had... *g*

Happy reading!
Good that you relaised you'd got more than you thought. Hope you are able to get organised soon.

I can't really get started properly yet as our grand-daughter is here until Thursday. I've started one of the books of short stories to tide me over.