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It’s not Christmas.  It’s not Thanksgiving.  It’s time for Carl‘s annual R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril (RIP) Challenge V!!!!! 
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The deets:  
“It is time to celebrate things that go bump in the night; that favorite detective that always gets his man, or woman, in the end; that delicious chill of a creak on the stairs, of the rogue waiting in the dark, of the full moon and the flit of bats wings.”

Mystery.
Suspense.
Thriller.
Dark Fantasy.
Gothic.
Horror.
Supernatural.

Running from September 1st through October 31st, there are several different levels of participation, including short stories, movies and even one book for those uncertain about the genre.  As for me, this was my very first challenge I ever tried, so I have a very fond place in my heart for it and have been waiting all year long. I don’t do horror movies, but I can read gothic, mystery, suspense and supernatural novels all year long.

RIP V Challenge Peril the First Button

As a result, I will be going for the highest level. The goal is to read four books of any length that fits Carl’s very broad definition of scary.  Last year, I ended up at 12.  So, I’m not too worried about finishing four books.  At this point in time, I have SO many from which to choose, it will be fun to see how many I can fit into the challenge and knock off my TBR list. 

Which ones am I going to try to read?  Do I really have to list them all?  Here are the ones I truly hope to get to in the next two months, in no particular order:

  1. Dracula by Bram Stoker (it’s a re-read for me and the September selection for my book club)
  2. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
  3. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
  4. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
  5. I am Number Four by Pitticus Lore
  6. Dracula in Love by Karen Essex
  7. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
  8. Evermore by Alyson Noel
  9. Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi
  10. Horns by Joe Hill
  11. In a Perfect World by Laura Kasischke
  12. Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
  13. Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz
  14. Spooky Little Girl by Laurie Notaro
  15. The Likeness by Tana French
  16. The Passage by Justin Cronin
  17. The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris
  18. Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

This is just the short list too.  The one thing I love is to compare lists.  I know that I will add books to this list based on what other people have on their lists.  I also know that my final list will look nothing like this one.  That is half the fun of the challenge.  The other half is celebrating my favorite season, even if it is in the mid- to upper-nineties every day this week.

Are you going to participate in the RIP V Challenge?  Any books on here that I absolutely need to read immediately?  What is going to make your list?

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