Reading Challenge: READERS IMBIBING PERIL XV 🦇 @PerilReaders 🎃 #RIPXV 🕷️

🦇 It’s time once again for my favorite fall reading challenge, Readers Imbibing Peril! It’s very simple, just read as many mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, or Gothic books as you’d like between September 1st and October 31st, and discuss on Instagram or Twitter.

🎃 Use #RIPXV or tag @PerilReaders to connect with other challenge participants!

🕷️ Books I’ve read for RIPXV:

  1. ONE STEP BEHIND by Lauren North
  2. SCRITCH SCRATCH by Lindsay Currie
  3. THE HEATWAVE by Kate Riordan
  4. THE TWO MRS. CARLYLES by Susan Rindell
  5. THE COMPANION by Katie Alender
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2016 My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge

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I’m participating in one additional year-long reading challenge, the My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge, hosted by Riedel Fascination. I love all kinds of mysteries, so this one is a perfect fit for me. The challenge runs from 2/1/2016 – 1/31/2017. For more info, please visit https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/my-kind-of-mystery-2016.

I plan to read 12 books for this challenge:

1. THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton
2. OFF THE BOOKS by Lucy Arlington
3. THE GOOD GIRL by Mary Kubica
4. TRY NOT TO BREATHE by Holly Seddon
5. STILL MINE by Amy Stuart
6. THE EVENING SPIDER by Emily Arsenault
7. LEMON PIES AND LITTLE WHITE LIES by Ellery Adams
8. IN A DARK, DARK WOOD by Ruth Ware
9. FOOL ME ONCE by Harlan Coben
10. THE QUALITY OF SILENCE by Rosamund Lupton
11. CRIME AND POETRY by Amanda Flower
12. ALL THINGS CEASE TO APPEAR by Elizabeth Brundage

** Challenge completed on 3/30/2016.

Gothic Fiction Reading Challenge 2016

{Background image is from the New York Public Library.}

{Background image is from the New York Public Library.}

I’ve searched high and low for a Gothic reading challenge going on this year, but to no avail. So, I decided to throw one together for myself. As far as reading challenges go, I’m not sure how much interest there would be in a year-long Gothic one, but anyone is welcome to join me. Maybe next year I’ll make it official and post the challenge earlier. 🙂

Basically, this is a way for me to track the books I read in this genre. I’m aiming to read at least twelve throughout the year. What is a Gothic novel? I found good explanations HERE and HERE. I usually consider a book Gothic based on the overall feeling it gives me. If it’s iffy, I’ll probably add it to the list anyway. 😉

Here are several Goodread’s Listopia lists with examples of Gothic novels:

If you’d like to join me for this challenge, simply grab the badge for your own blog post and/or add your reviews to the “Linky” below. Having your own blog is not a requirement! You can keep track of the Gothic books you read on Goodreads, LibraryThing, Pinterest etc., or anywhere else you’d like. Jump in anytime throughout 2016!



Books I read for this challenge:

1. WAIT TILL HELEN COMES by Mary Downing Hahn
2. THE WOMAN IN BLACK by Susan Hill
3. THE GATES OF EVANGELINE by Hester Young
4. WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE by Shirley Jackson
5. THE EVENING SPIDER by Emily Arsenault
6. STILL MINE by Amy Stuart
7. IN A DARK, DARK WOOD by Ruth Ware
8. ALL THINGS CEASE TO APPEAR by Elizabeth Brundage
9. LOST AMONG THE LIVING by Simone St. James
10. JUNE by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
11. MISTS OF MOURNING by Suzanne Somers
12. A DARK AND STORMY MURDER by Julia Buckley
13. THE HOUSE BETWEEN TIDES by Sarah Maine
14. ARROWOOD by Laura McHugh
15. THE PROPHET by Amanda Stevens
16. THE LOST GIRLS by Heather Young
17. INK AND BONE by Lisa Unger
18. JANE STEELE by Lyndsay Faye
19. THE LAKE HOUSE by Kate Morton
20. THE TAXIDERMIST’S DAUGHTER by Kate Mosse
21. THE VISITOR by Amanda Stevens
22. THE SINNER by Amanda Stevens
23. NAMED OF THE DRAGON by Susanna Kearsley
24. THE SHIMMERING ROAD by Hester Young



♠ Share Your Gothic Fiction Reviews ♠

Optional – Link up reviews for this challenge using Mister Linky below. (Links to Goodreads reviews are fine too!)

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril IX {RIP Reading Challenge}

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I’m temporarily lifting my ban on reading challenges to join R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril, hosted by Carl @ Stainless Steel Droppings. It’s all about my favorite types of books – mystery, suspense, thrillers, spooky tales, Gothic, and paranormal. The challenge runs from September 1st through October 31st. Reviews may be linked up HERE.

I’m doing the Peril the First level, which is to read at least four books of R.I.P. literature. I’m also participating in the Peril of the Group Read, which is a readalong of THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson. The group read is hosted by The Estella Society.

I’ll be posting my progress here:

  1. THE BARTER by Siobhan Adcock
  2. A HAUNTED LOVE STORY by Mark Spencer (true haunting)
  3. THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Washington Irving (audiobook)
  4. THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson
  5. GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn
  6. MIND OF WINTER by Laura Kasischke
  7. THE LOTTERY by Shirley Jackson (short story)
  8. ONE POTION IN THE GRAVE by Heather Blake
  9. THE RIPPER’S WIFE by Brandy Purdy
  10. THE HAUNTING OF MADDY CLARE by Simone St. James

Happy Haunting!