Monday, September 07, 2020

R.I.P. XV - Readers Imbibing Peril

Everything about 2020 may be different from years past...except the excitement around the yearly reading challenge, Readers Imbibing Peril, or R.I.P, now in its 15th or XV incarnation.

I usually stick to mysteries for R.I.P., but I have been reading a lot this year already so I am going to branch out a bit.

Here are two that I will definitely be reading. I feel good that one is a new book and one is a classic, and both are out of my comfort zone.

Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia - set in 1950s Mexico in a very spooky house.

Carmilla, by J. Sheridan Le Fanu - it's a vampire story that predates Bram Stoker's Dracula, by the leading ghost-story writer of the 19th century, at least according to GoodReads. My good friend, Charles Dickens, also wrote quite a few ghost stories as well.

 And then, of course, I have a slew of mysteries that I can always fall back on as the mood strikes.

Hope you all remain healthy as we march toward the equinox.

Take care and read on!


  1. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on Mexican Gothic! :)

  2. I am looking forward to everybody’s posts this year. I am currently reading a good candidate for the event so I should be able to get at least one post up.

  3. Jane, I've been eyeing Mexican Gothic - lots of holds on that one at library. Hope you enjoy it.

  4. I have never heard about Le Fanu before. Might check on him soon, though I don't think vampire story is my cup of tea. Have fun with the RIP! :)

  5. Thanks for the reminder Jane. I've been so out of the loop but I did want to read at least one book for RIP! I've heard lots of interesting things about Mexican Gothic. I have it on hold from the library, but it will be awhile.

    I read Carmilla a few years ago now. I think you will like it for what it is, considering when it was written.

  6. I haven't heard of Carmilla .... so you will have to vet it for us. Enjoy.

  7. These seem like great additions to the RIP challenge. Look forward to your reviewing these. And the only ghost story from Dickens that I know of is Christmas Carol, I think.