Monday, August 31, 2015

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril X! These Are My Peril Pools!

It's RIP season! It's RIP season! And guess what? Carl needed a little help with the event this year, so Heather and I are hosting RIPX at EstellaSociety.com!

We've been so excited, we almost lost our minds. Without further ado, let's talk about the Perils!

I'll be undertaking (har!) Peril the First: to read four books from creepy-to-me genres.

This is my physical peril pool. Not to be confused with my digital peril pool.


  • A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
  • A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
  • The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • In the Woods by Tana French
  • The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones
  • The Quick by Lauren Owen
And the digital peril pool:
  • Zone One by Colson Whitehead
  • Rivers by Michael Farris Smith
  • 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
  • Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Right now (no really, RIGHT NOW), I'm finishing up The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins, which is also suitably disturbing. 


I always get a little tooooo ambitious during this reading event, but I expect I'll dip into and out of the Peril of the Short Story, and I'm totally onboard for Peril of the Group Read because Amanda, Heather, and I will be hosting a readalong of The Quick by Lauren Owen. 

So tell me, tell me! What's on your pile? 


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23 comments:

  1. OOH. I love the physical pool! I really need to get on Our Endless Numbered Days and In the Woods as well. I mentioned to Heather that this might be a good time for me to get my House of Leaves on. We'll just have to see what sounds creepiest. ;)

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  2. You guys were so sneaky! I saw you discussing RIP picks and I thought, "I hope we get a RIP or these 2 are going to be real disappointed." lol! I'm glad you and Heather were plotting all this time. I can't wait to see what everyone reads.

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  3. I totally read the title as "these are my peril, fools!" ;)
    I'm going to be trying Joe Hill for the first time (besides one short story in a collection) since I was gifted a copy of Horns recently.
    Enjoy your season and thanks for taking up the reins this year! If this challenge died, I probably would too. Lol.

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  4. I can tell how excited you are. Have fun!

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  5. I'm so glad you guys are hosting! I love that you are including a Flavia in your book pile. I wish Bradley had a new one out so I can use it for RIP!

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    1. I was thinking the same thing about a Bradley novel. I feel like I've included one of his for the past couple of years. For shame!!

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  6. The thing about seeing everyone's RIP piles--it makes me want to add more books to my already ridiculously big stacks. I consider this both a good thing and a bad thing. ;) Hope you adore every book you get to!

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  7. That's so you are hosting! I love RIP! I need to figure out which books to read :) The King book is great and so is The Quick - you will enjoy them!

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    1. Yes! Post them so I can take a peek :)

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  8. In the Woods (Tana French) is SO good. I also recommend In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. Just finished it and thought it was very good and quite creepy. Not Stephen King creepy, but enough to make me stop reading in bed one night.

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  9. I've never done this event, but I could totally use an excuse to read some more creepy/gothic fiction. I think I need some Mary Shelley and Shirley Jackson in my life. Your stack looks great! Our Endless Numbered Days is wonderful.

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    1. WHAT?!? How is that even possible. You must do it this year, Leah!!!

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  10. I love your stack! I hope you love the Bradley title (Flavia's my favorite). And I totally can relate to getting a little crazy with my TBR pile for it. BUT. I do feel like I read more than normal because of it so I'm going to keep it up.

    I got an ARC of The Quick ages ago and read like 20 pages and couldn't get into it. I MAY just have to join you guys in this readalong and discussion because I desperately need that in my life. :)

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  11. Yay! It's here. I get so excited to participate in this every year. You've got some great picks.

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  12. Yay! It's here. I get so excited to participate in this every year. You've got some great picks.

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  13. I will be joining up but have to get my post and reading/watching stuff together. I am all over the place with work stuff right now and coming unglued!! I need a day to just catch up. I love this event though and I LOVE this time of year!!

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  14. A STUDY IN SCARLET! <3 I love the Sherlock Holmes stories. I don't know anything about any of the other titles, so I'll have to check-in and see what you thought. I'm excited to be "in peril!" for the first time, after following the event for so many years.

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  15. Love that you snuck some non-fiction in there; Weisman's book is perfect for that. I was thinking of putting Naomi Klein's on there for similar reasons. I recently read Our Endless Numbered Days and thought it was quite absorbing; she moves between times very skilfully. As for Zone One, I ended up loving it, but I had to start it over again, because I picked it up expecting something action-packed and I found it much more character-driven (which is why I ended up loving it so much, it just wasn't what I had expected initially). Enjoy all your picks!

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  16. I've pretty much been reading a Tana French novel every RIP since I began participating, and I wish she had a new one out this year!! It doesn't feel the same. Maybe I'll have to add In the Woods to my RIP Rereads pile. :D

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  17. Our Endless Numbered Days!! So good.

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  18. I'm currently reading The Gunslinger, and depending on my how I'm digging it, I may continue with the Dark Tower series. But I've been planning to read The Library at Mount Char, and since you've deemed it sufficiently disturbing, maybe I'll hit that too! I'm getting lots of great ideas from everyone's TBR!!

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  19. I'm definitely adding lots of titles to my TBR list - I've been loving everyone's RIP reading list posts! Need to check out the Peril of the Short Story now.

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  20. I like how varied the books are that you've found to fit the theme! I still need to put together my sign-up for RIP, hopefully today :)

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