Giving in to the peer pressure & signing up for R.I.P. VIII


R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VIII is an annual challenge kind-of thingy that happens in the fall – it’s hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings, and literally EVERYBODY and their mothers have signed up for it. At least it seems that way. I mean I’ve kind of seen bloggers participating in past years, but this week I’m pretty sure sign-up posts have gone up for about 75% of the blogs that I follow. And everyone’s so excited about it, which got me all excited about it, which led to this.

The point of R.I.P. is to read horror, mystery, thriller, paranormal, spooky, gothic, and other various darker genres of books between September 1st and October 31st. It’s a way to get in the mood for autumn! Which I’m kind of digging right now – tall boots, sweaters, cider, and spooky books all sound pretty nice right now. There are different levels (“perils”) that you can sign up for, and of course I’m going for Peril the First (read 4 books) because go big or go home, right? Right.

So here’s my stack.

Readers Imbibing Peril VIII


  • Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett – I’ve been meaning to try this cozy mystery series for ages. The author is local to my area, and this copy is signed! Need to read.
  • Bag of Bones by Stephen King – Because I hear that this is a good King novel? And I’m trying to dip my toe into the King waters this year, I suppose.
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison – No lie, I started this book about 5 or 6 years ago and stopped because it was freaking me out. Like put-it-in-the-freezer kind of freaking me out. Time to put on my big girl panties and try again.
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins – WILKIE! And I missed the epic readalong for this 1.5 years ago because my grandma passed away, and I think that’s kind of why I haven’t tried reading it since. But it seems like a perfect fall read, so I’m gonna do it!
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of HumanΒ CadaversΒ by Mary Roach – This is actually non-fiction, but I’ve been wanting to try out Roach for a long time, and it’s about DEAD BODIES. So that should totally count.
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – I just bought this at the library for $2, and it seems appropriately dark and creepy.
  • Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-SmithΒ – I STILL haven’t read this or seen the movie. If I do both, then I’d technically be participating in “Peril on the Screen” as well, so yay there.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – The hype for this one had better be worth it. I actually have no idea if it’s dark or creepy, but I saw it on some other R.I.P. lists, so I’m adding it.

Is it wise to add MORE reading to my already overflowing stacks for the upcoming months? Probably not, but I’m doing it anyways! And I’m psyched to start, just as soon as I finish Empire Falls, which admittedly is KILLING me right now.

Ummm so I don’t know how this works exactly – I’m going to aim to read some of these books, and if I do I’ll tag them with “R.I.P. VIII”. I’ll maybe do a wrap-up post in the beginning of November? How do you guys usually keep track of this sort of thing? Is there a Twitter hashtag or anything that we use? Tell me stuff, I’m new at this.

So, does reading some spooky stuff to get in the spirit of autumn sound cool to you? Of course it does! Join in the peer pressure. Do it.





    1. Thanks! I’m really excited that I thought of Stiff – it makes me happy to work some non-fic into this list. (I suppose I could’ve added true crime or something, but I don’t want to actually be scared by real-life murderers, lol.)


  1. YAY PEER PRESSURE! Mwahahahaaaaaaaa, our work is done! I swear, my reading pile is ridiculous, I have enough for an R.I.P. year, not two months. I want to read Bag of Bones too, even though I’d never heard of it until last week (THANK YOU LAURA), the Night Circus is on my list if I can find it in Book Box Mountain, and maybe a bit of Wilkie too, and ZOMG WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF MARY ROACH! I started Stiff from the library years ago and sort of stopped when I found myself reading a particularly icky bit while eating dinner (big mistake), but I have Six Feet Over somewhere. All the dead people, none of the decomposition – perfect for your mealtime reading needs. That should probably be the tagline, actually.

    *swirls black cloak around flamboyantly and disappears in a puff of smoke*


    1. Alright, that’s the second bit of don’t-read-Stiff-while-eating advice I’ve gotten! NOTED. I am surprised I had this much around my house that would fit in these categories- there were a few I left out too, so I guess I’ll still have books for next year too! πŸ™‚


  2. For some reason I was sure you had read The Woman in White. But since you haven’t, Im envious – I wish I could read it for the first time again! Beloved is on my Classics Club list for re-read (this time in English), I remember some spooky stuff from there. And The Night Circus honestly wasn’t as bad as all the hype made me believe it would be.

    I haven’t really thought how the RIP updating goes, but I think I’ll just read a few things and then follow the general sheep herd, keeping an eye on Carl’s page meanwhile. If there are no instructions, I guess I can just make thematic posts on my blog. I didn’t see anything about Twitter hashtag unfortunately.


    1. I’ve read The Moonstone by Wilkie, but not The Woman in White yet. I’m so excited! And yayyyy, I’m glad you didn’t think The Night Circus was bad – I trust your judgement πŸ˜‰ Hopefully I’ll start that this week.

      Someone should settle this Twitter hashtag question! I would think #ripviii would be sufficient, but it’d be nice if Carl created an “official” one for everyone to use.


  3. I love the RIP event! And can I tell you how excited I am that you are going to read Bag of Bones? Because I’m really, really excited.

    As to ALVH, I’ll be curious what you think. I’ll save my opinion for later…


    1. I hope I like Bag of Bones! And that it doesn’t scare me…

      Did you hate ALVH? Because I know a lot of people felt that way, but I also saw a lot of people say that it was surprisingly good… I hope I like it. And if I like it, then I hope I like the movie. It’s just such a weird, fun idea.


      1. I didn’t hate it, I thought the book was fine. The movie was truly awful though – really, really awful.

        I don’t think Bag of Bones is too scary, just scary enough.


  4. I’m not signing up officially (at least, yet… I am certainly feeling drawn towards it, though…) but I do have some dark or scary books on my to-read pile, and this would be a good time to read them: Let the Right One In, and a book called The Last Werewolf. I recently finished a non-fiction book all about death in London: burial, mourning, rituals, etc, and I also want to re-read something by Neil Gaiman (always, but now is a good time) and Sarah Waters’ ghost story “The Little Stranger.”


    1. Ooooo Let the Right One In is really good! Like I didn’t think I was enjoying it at the time and some parts of really disturbing, but it lingered with me for a long time. That non-fic book about death in London sounds interesting! Yayyy for creepy non-fic πŸ™‚


  5. I feel the same. I’ve been seeing this EVERYWHERE too and am tempted to sign up. I’ll try to read a few books for it but haven’t put up an official post yet.


    1. I think actually signing up gives me that extra bit of motivation, you know? Because there are so many books that I think to myself “Oooo I should save that for the fall / Halloween”, and then I never get around to reading it.

      And yeah, part of me just wanted to join in all the excitement πŸ˜‰


  6. Hoorah, RIP! Glad you’re doing this, too. I’ve seen #ripviii around a lot, and that’s what I use, but yes, I don’t think Carl’s created an official one.

    WOMAN IN WHITE!! Oh Sarah, I think you will like that one. It’s super, super fun.

    I *almost* put Beloved on my list, and then I took it off because the internet said it wan’t really a ghost story. But then I read the first bit of it last year before the library wanted it back, and it seemed pretty ghosty to me. I may add it back in.

    Happy spooky reading to you! (And excellent work, getting some non-fiction in there.)


    1. I distinctly remember being scared of the scary ghost-like thing in the beginning of Beloved! Maybe it turns out it’s not, but it seemed ghost-like and it seriously freaked me out, so the internet is WRONG, obvs.

      I’m so psyched for The Woman in White. I bet I’m gonna luuuurrve it.


  7. I really enjoyed Stiff when I read it. It definitely got me a lot of funny looks, though.

    I haven’t heard of RIP VIII before, but it’s tempting to join. It would give me a good excuse to reread one of my favorite books. I’ll have to think about this.


  8. I didn’t sign up for RIP because I have commitment issues. I have been saving up some of my scary reads for October though, because Halloween is nearly tied with Christmas for my favorite holiday. Eeeeeep FALL!!!!!!!! (It’ll be 90+ degrees all week here, but who’s counting?)


    1. It’s 90 here today. MADNESS.

      I usually do the same thing, save up my scary reads for the fall… and then somehow never get around to them! I don’t know how, but that happens to me almost every year, so I’m hoping this RIP thing gives me that extra push.


  9. Ohhh I love Wilkie Collins ! The woman in white is very good!..

    I have to say I did a bit of a *snort*chuckle* at the “…putting on the big girl panties”! lol If that doesn’t work try Poise!


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