Reading Challenge–RIP IV

Posted By on September 1, 2009

While frittering away my time twittering last night, I stumbled across the RIP IV challenge. (Visit for details on the challenge.)

Here’s an excerpt from the site.

It was a desire to celebrate and share that love of the elements of gothic fiction that inspired me to create the firstR.I.P. Challenge, four years ago.

Readers Imbibing Peril, that is what it is all about. I hope you’ll consider joining us on this more eerie road less traveled.

Walk this way.

Dark Fantasy.

The desire for the thrill that comes with this kind of reading drifts in on the autumn winds. You breathe it in and it takes hold of you, tempting you to late nights, book-in-hand, turning pages and starting at every unknown noise. Something wicked this way comes…

I find that kind of melodramatic fear to be a delicious intoxication, one that makes this time of year an especially enjoying time to be a reader. There is enough bad fear in the world: fear of losing one’s job, fear of the state of the world, fear of failure…the list is endless. It is time to reject that fear, embrace hope, and while doing so embrace the fun kind of fear–the kind that had us sitting around camp fires as children, listening to adults tell us ghost stories. The kind that made you want to stay up past your bed time to peek at the late night scary movie on television.

There are two simple goals to the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge:

1. Have fun reading.
2. Share that fun with others.

As I do each and every year, there are multiple levels of participation that allow you to be a part of R.I.P. IVwithout adding the burden of another commitment to your already busy lives.

R.I.P. IV officially runs from September 1st through October 31st. But lets go ahead and break the rules. Lets start today!!!

Multiple perils await you. You can participate in just one, or participate in them all.

I’ve chosen two read two mysteries for the two months, and my first two will be by Krista Davis. I read The Diva Runs Out of Thyme last year and loved it, so I’ve been planning to read it again. I also bought the second book in the series, The Diva Takes the Cake, and I still haven’t had time to read it. (See? I needed this challenge!) I have a copy of Agatha Christie‘s Halloween Party, which I haven’t yet read, but it seems appropriate, and I’ll probably choose a Peter Robinson after that. Over the summer I had myself a Peter Robinson binge. Mind you, I’m still finishing Still Life, by Louise Penny. Anyway, apparently, after you read your selections, if you’re planning to review, you go to the RIP IV Review Site to post a link to your review.

That’s my plan. Hope I’ve understood the directions, but since the point is to have fun and read, I think it’ll all be great!

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2 Responses to “Reading Challenge–RIP IV”

  1. Bluestocking says:

    The Hallowe’en Party is a good read. R.I.P. IV

  2. admin says:

    Thanks! Can’t wait to read it, although work is slowing me down. Hope you’re enjoying the challenge with excellent reads!

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