It’s that time of year again. Carl, over at Stainless Steel Droppings, has announced that R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril (R.I.P.) has officially started. For those of you unfamiliar with this event, you can read books or watch movies from the following categories:

Dark Fantasy

Last year I joined this challenge, but I was in the middle of moving from Boston to London. I didn’t read as much as I wanted to. This year, I’ve been setting aside books and the pile has grown. The pile itself is terrifying, which seems fitting for the challenge. I’m hoping to read some books by Arthur Conan Dolye, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett, Neil Gaiman, and more if I can squeeze them in. I’m not promising that I’ll read all that I want to, but I’ll give it a go. Carl’s goal isn’t to force people to read books, but to encourage people to have fun. He’s one of the kindest hosts I’ve come across, so if you feel like getting into the spirit of things, hop on over to his blog and sign up. There are a couple of group reads as well, if you prefer safety in numbers. Happy reading folks and you may want to keep the lights on!

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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24 Responses to R.I.P. VII

  1. Meredith says:

    I don’t read but I will participate by watching two suspense movies. I am thinking North by Northwest and Gaslight.

    • TBM says:

      North by Northwest is so so so so good. It’s on my top 100 movies, but it’s much further down the list so I won’t get to it for this year’s RIP. I also like Rear Window, if you’re in a Hitchcock mood. He used to live in the neighborhood I live in now.

  2. Gilly Gee says:

    I’d definitely have to give that a miss 😦 far too scary for a wuss like me!

    • TBM says:

      Scary movies really get to me, but the better half loves them. Each October we watch a ton of them and then I don’t have to watch any until the following October. So far, we’ve stuck to the classic horror that are less gory, but I’m running out of them. Yikes!

  3. Carl V. says:

    I’ve been meaning to watch Gaslight for years, Meredith. Am thrilled you are participating that way and I may need to finally get to that myself.

    Wonderful to have you in again this year, TBM. So hard for me to believe it has been a full year since your move. So much as happened since then and time has also just flown by, at least it has for me.

    Had to laugh, my list of books and films is terrifying as well and there is no way I’ll scratch the surface, especially considering I’m adding to them day by day. But it is still fun to just go in and embrace the spirit of the season. Look forward to seeing what you end up reading.

    • TBM says:

      Gaslight is one of my favorite movies. Angela Lansbury is so young in it. And what a great movie to debut in and she landed an Academy Award nomination. I may have to add it to my list of movies for this event.

      I really can’t believe I’ve been living in London for a year now. It all still feels so new for me. I am glad that I’m not living out of boxes anymore or sleeping on an air mattress. My back is still recovering 🙂 Oh the joys of moving.

      My goal for this year is to read as much as possible without ruining the fun and then to set aside what I don’t read for next year. I look forward to your reviews as well. Do you listen to books while you run?

      • Carl V. says:

        As of yet I haven’t listened to anything while running except for the sounds of nature. I’m sure at some point I’ll start doing so, but for now I like the sound of the quiet and just being in my head during the time I run.

        I’m never worried about not getting to all the stuff I want to read over these two months. I always have fun with it and that is the point. I’m loving The Little Stranger thus far, and finished another Louise Penny book over the weekend. That is 6 in a row for me. Two more and I’ll be caught up and will have to play the agonizing waiting game with everyone else for her next book.

      • TBM says:

        I’m not sure I would trust myself to run and to listen to a book. I feel I might get distracted and trip or something. Sometimes I listen to music, but not often. However, I run in a city and have to pay attention to traffic, cars and people. Not to mention my dog who loves to cut me off 🙂 The sounds of nature sound divine to me. I love living in a city, but I do miss the quiet. And I miss seeing the stars. I used to love looking at the sky when I lived in Colorado.

        All of the Louise Penny books are checked out from my library so she may have to wait until next year. Both you and Caroline have convinced me that she’s a must read. maybe I’ll ask for her books for Christmas. Soon I’ll have to put my list together 🙂

      • Carl V. says:

        Chief Inspector Gamache and his team and the village of Three Pines have certainly stolen my heart, and a great deal of my time, this past month.

        Yes, running in the city would be a bit unsafe with something chattering away in your ears. At this point I’d just hate to give up that alone time for music or a book.

      • TBM says:

        It’s good to give you mind a rest. I would love to soak in some nature and enjoy the time. Happy running!

  4. Pogue says:

    I to am doing the RIP. I love RIP it is my favorite time of the year.

    • TBM says:

      It is a fun event. And it’s starting to feel like fall in London, so perfect timing to curl up at night and read a terrifying book or two. Happy reading!

  5. Love Poe. Am thinking Raven, Fall of the House of Usher, etc. Your picture today is fabulous!

    • TBM says:

      I can’t take credit for the picture, Donna of gothicrow created the image for Carl to use for his event. It’s pretty darn cool! I do love Poe!

  6. zelmare says:

    Enjoy! Sounds like so much fun. 🙂

  7. Caroline says:

    Did anyone mention Gaslight? I have not seen it, I should.
    I’m in the mood for crime and thrillers, ghost stories and some vampires thrown in for god measure.
    And I’m looking forward to the Neil Gaiman readalong. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I’m joining the Gaiman readalong as well. I loved his novel, Neverwhere. You should see Gaslight. It’s wonderful. I haven’t seen it in years so I may add it to my list for this October. Happy reading!

  8. Grace says:

    I know I won’t get to everything that I want to, but I love the fun and relaxed atmosphere of this challenge. I’m hoping to squeeze in another Anne Rice this year; I like her writing style, even though her vampires are a wee bit emo for my taste.

    • TBM says:

      I remember you didn’t like Interview, which I hope to read this year. It’s on my 1001 list. I hear the rest of the Vampire novels are pretty good. I loved The Witching Hour. I will warn you, that she tends to ramble some in that novel, but I still found it entertaining. The rest of the Witch series isn’t as good and The Witching Hour does end with a cliffhanger. The third novel in the series does pick up some, but the second is painful. Isn’t that one of the things you say, the second novel syndrome.

      • Grace says:

        I’ve heard good things about the rest of the series, so I do hope that it gets better. The only other Anne Rice I read was “The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty,” which I found to be massively disturbing yet extremely imaginative and well-written. I may have to try The Witching Hour.

      • TBM says:

        I hope you like it. It can get odd at points, but that’s just part of her style. I haven’t read “The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty.” I’ll keep an eye out for it.

  9. Novroz says:

    Yaiii…I am also joining in…but my introduction post will be posted tomorrow.
    Which King are you going to read?

    • TBM says:

      I want to start with Salem’s Lot. The Shining is on my list and I have a copy of The Stand, but not sure I’ll fit that one in this year. Can’t wait to read your post and reviews!

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