RIP-X Reading Event


Welcome to the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril X (RIP-X) reading event hosted by The Estella Society. It runs from September 1st through October 31st and involves reading books and watching movies and TV shows from the following categories: mystery, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, gothic, horror, and supernatural. The rules are simple…

1. Have fun reading (and watching).
2. Share that fun with others.

There are several reading levels called Perils involved in this event. Check out the master post for full details. My chosen Perils are below.


Peril the First involves reading a minimum of four books that fit within the previously mentioned categories. I found a variety of books around the apartment and put them together. I hope they all suit these categories, but if I’m wrong about any of them please feel free to point it out. Here’s the list…


1. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
2. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
3. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
4. Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
5. The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
6. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
7. Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
8. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
9. Dracula by Bram Stoker
10. Horns by Joe Hill
11. Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
12. Poe’s Masterpieces of Mystery by Edgar Allan Poe


If it isn’t already obvious, Peril of the Short Story involves reading short stories. My grandmother gave me an old book of Poe mysteries that includes 22 short stories that I plan on reading, a few of them for the second or third time. My book of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde also includes short stories so I might get to those as well.


Peril on the Screen involves watching movies or TV episodes relating to the previously mentioned categories. If I end up reading Horns then I will probably watch the film version with Daniel Radcliffe. Other than that, I’ll have to think about this category a little more. I’m not a fan of horror movies. I appreciate any recommendations for this part of the event.

I hope to see a lot of friends participating in RIP-X, and I’d love to make new friends along the way as well. Happy reading to everyone participating!

What’s your favorite book that suits this reading event?
Participants: What are you most looking forward to reading/watching?

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20 thoughts on “RIP-X Reading Event

  1. I love that you list is mostly classics. I really should’ve added more to mine. However, that’s what I love about this challenge– you can mix it up every year.

    And I’m pretty anxious to see your review of Dracula. I read it for RIP two years ago and barely made it through. Everyone LOVES it though so something is clearly wrong with me.


    • Thanks for stopping by! I wouldn’t saying something is WRONG with you for not liking Dracula, haha. We all have different tastes. I haven’t read a lot of horror/thriller type stuff before, so this challenge will be interesting for sure.


  2. I also like your mix of classics and contemporary fiction. I think watching Horns is perfectly reasonable substitute if you don’t get around to the book. I still haven’t decided whether to join the challenge yet.


  3. I’m aiming for Peril the Second, but I actually have 3 books chosen – so I may be able to hit Peril the First (I just don’t want to commit to that much). I’m participating for the first time, though this has been on my radar for years. Your list is great! Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books are of course a personal favorite… definitely recommend! Dracula is stunningly beautiful. And Poe. Oh Poe, Poe, Poe!!

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    • POE! My love. I’m excited to be reading more of him. And I’ve since added a Dickens and a few Christie books to my list since this post. I can’t help myself. I might be going crazy. Good luck with your reads! 🙂

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