R.I.P.X – Completed

This year (the 10th anniversary) the annual R.I.P event was hosted by Andi and Heather of The Estella Society. It ran from September 1st to October 31st.

It involved reading books that fitted into one or more of the following categories:

Dark Fantasy

There are several levels, depending on how many books you read. I initially thought I’d aim low with just one book. But I actually read eight, more than enough for –

Peril the First – to read four books.


This is what I read:

  1. Dead Scared by Sharon Bolton
  2. Like This, For Ever by Sharon Bolton
  3. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
  4. The Ghosts of Altona by Craig Russell
  5. The Moth Catcher by Ann Cleeves
  6. A Dark and Twisted Tide by Sharon Bolton
  7. The Devil’s Promise by David Stuart Davies
  8. Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

Just two were from my initial list and the others just turned up, as it were! I still have these books I want to read/reread:

  • The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
  • A Song of Stone by Iain Banks
  • Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen ‘“ I read this so many years ago that it will be like reading it for the first time. It was one of the set books at school and I don’t think I appreciated it then.
  • Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham
  • The Rottweiler by Ruth Rendell

14 thoughts on “R.I.P.X – Completed”

  1. You had a Sharon Bolton fest, Margaret! I laughed when you said only two were from your initial list and the other just ‘turned up’. That would be my experience too. If I disclose my plans for reading, I immediately want to change the plans. LOL


  2. That’s exactly what happened to me too. Choosing a pool of books is fatal and I know that and yet I still do it. Anyway, you read a good selection, Margaret. Well done on finishing the challenge.


    1. Sometimes I think that making a list (which I enjoy doing) means I don’t read the books in time for the challenge – but they do get read eventually (I hope). 🙂

      I’m thinking of cutting right back on challenges next year!


      1. Me too, Margaret. I shall do Mount TBR and try hard not to be tempted by anything else. I’m not even sure I’ll RIP or OUaT. We’ll see.


    1. Thanks for your comments, Irene, I read The Moth Catcher in September – it’s the 7th and latest Vera Stanhope book, in which Vera investigates two murders at Valley Farm, a quiet community in Northumberland. With a complex plot, convincing characters and a seemingly effortless style of writing I loved this book. I may eventually get round to writing a proper post about it.


  3. Well done on getting that challenge done, Margaret! And you read some great books, too. I know all about reading a book so long ago that it seems like reading it for the first time; I’ve done that, too. And I think we do look at books differently when we read them as adult.


  4. Any list with all those Sharon Boltons on it is bound to have been fun! I’m intrigued to see what you make of Iain Banks – I’ve never been able to get on with him, though I feel I should…


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