It’s getting close to the Hallowreadathon and I’m getting excited! I prefer Halloween to any other holiday. I love the atmosphere with kids out trick-or-treating and carved pumpkins flickering while I stay in, curled up on the couch with a bowl of candy, a steaming cup of tea and a good spooky book. I’ve got a few choices for each Hallowreadathon challenge so if you’re looking for inspiration, look no further…
1. Read a book with a ghost!
It actually took me a while to come up with a decent list on this one! Especially since I’m the one who set the challenge, I expected it to be easier. The book that prompted the theme was The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell which I won in a Goodreads giveaway and has been tempting me from my shelf ever since. I might not make it to Halloween for this one.
Another option is Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. I’d have to really get my read on to get through this and another book in 48 hours, but it’s one of my required reads for this term at university and from what I’ve listened to on audiobook, it really captures that spooky spirit.And finally The Shining by Stephen King! This is the book to fill this challenge in my Hallowreadathon Preparation box and I’ve never read it. Don’t tell anyone. It was on a list of books with ghosts in it and I really really need to get to this soon.
2. Read a book with red on the cover!
My immediate thought on this one was my beautiful copy of Carrie by Stephen King that I haven’t read since my teens. But red is a popular colour on my book covers so I tried to pick some other spooks…
I love cosy crime, but I’ve never read an Agatha Christie book. Terrible. So I might pick up The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie, it’s a standalone thriller but introduces Colonel Race who features in some of her other books.
Poison City by Paul Crilley
has splatters of red and I’ve been meaning to read this since summer, it’s an urban fantasy type of book that I normally fly though so a good pick!
One book that my dad recommended that I shouldn’t
read because it freaked him out, was The Collector by John Fowles
. So obviously I have to read it, right? Reading about a woman kidnapped is true horror.
Since reading Jane Eyre in September, I’ve been eying up Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
*. A homicidal retelling that’s a little on the long side for a readathon (418 pages) but looks so good!
3. Read two books!
I always like to throw up a couple shorter options because I know two books in two days is a real challenge.
Starting with my last mention of Stephen King; American Vampire, written by Scott Snyder and Stephen King and drawn by Rafael Albuquerque. I’ve read this before but it’s been a while and it’s really great. A super fun 1920s vampire read with red on the cover. I mentioned in my post about Teen Creeps, a podcast I adore about YA pulp that I wanted to read one of those types of books! The only one I have is The New Year’s Party by R.L. Stein, which might be better saved for New Years, but it has red on the cover.Wailing Ghosts by Pu Songling is one of the Penguin Little Black Classics so it’s around 60 pages, and ‘ghosts’ is right there in the title. Perfect for if you’re cramming your second read in right at the end.
The winner of the Hallowreadathon Preparation Box has been announced so don’t forget to check to see if you won here!
What’s on your Hallowreadathon TBR? Have you read any of my picks?
It’s my favourite time of the year! The leaves are starting to crunch underfoot, Christmas chocolates are back on the shelves and Halloween approaches. And for me, Halloween means my lil’ readathon, the Hallowreadathon, is back for its fourth year! It’s 48 hours, starting at midnight on the 31st of October and running all the way through Halloween/ All Saints Day. And I’d be thrilled if you joined me!
There’ll be the usual three challenges again this year to spook up your reading:
1. Read a book with a ghost!
Whether you decide to take this literally and host a séance, in which case I cannot be held responsible for any exorcism costs in the future, or read a book with a ghost in it is up to you.
2. Read a book with red on the cover!
Twitter voted, and the colour this year is red! From bloodstains to autumn leaves, hopefully you’ll all be able to find a suitable read for this challenge.
3. Read two books!
Two days, two books. This is an actual challenge this year as it’s a Monday/Tuesday but I believe in you!
As for the giveaways, there will be one that will be picked from people using the #Hallowreadathon hashtag on Instagram and Twitter after the weekend. I think a Christmas book might be in order for that one!
And again, I’ll be giving away my Hallowreadathon Preparation box! It’ll have chocolates/ sweets/ snacks that fit your dietary requirements so if you’re Vegan, please mention it. And a book for each challenge; Killer Affair by Rebecca Chance has red on the cover. And The Shining by Stephen King features ghosts! The winner will be chosen on the 23rd of October to give it time to get to them before the readathon starts. And all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below.
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Will you be joining the #Hallowreadathon?
Everyone joins the odd readathon the day they start, right? Denise has created an amazing readathon and I wanted in! You can hear all about it here but in short, there are three levels: Easy, where you use the titles and authors names to get all the letters A-to-Z. Medium, where you use the titles. And Hard, where you just use the first letter of the title. I so want to try that hard version but I have deadlines galore in May and I occasionally have to chose to be responsible. So- medium! I had a blast picking out my books and using a little excel spreadsheet to make sure I hit all the letters. Here’s my TBR…
The Light Fantastic and Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
I haven’t had the best time with Terry Pratchett in the past, but I’ve read enough on the internet to be reassured that his work gets better. And books with Q in the title are super hard to find. So, I’m going to give books two and three again. Especially since book three; Equal Rites is the first of the Witches books. They’re what I’m super interested in getting to.
The Devil You Know by Mike Carey
I’m really excited to get to this book! I bought it years ago and it’s about a gritty London paranormal detective. I completely forgot about it until I searched for books with a V in. I’ve seen a lot of comparisons to the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher, which I wanted to read a while ago and have since discovered it’s pretty misoginistic, so I’m hoping this will fill the gap!
The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Despite loving the first book and the second book in this series, and being really excited for the third book to come out– I completely forgot about The Bronze Key. I ended up buying it months after it was released and still haven’t read it. I’m not good with current series apparently. It’s time I finally read it.
Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides
There were a couple of different books I could’ve picked to get the letter X but I’ve never read a book with an intersex character before. I think it’s about time I did. Plus, I’ve been listening to a couple of modern classics on audiobook lately so I kind of want to see what happens when I try to read-read one.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This was actually the last book I added because J was the hardest letter to find and I still needed P. So why not read my first Jane Austen? This has been mentioned over and over on my blog so I’m glad to get that final push to start it! Plus, maybe after reading this I’ll stop trying to spell Prejudice like ‘Predjudice’.
|Sneaky view of my spreadsheet for the curious!
So that’s my TBR! I think I have a pretty neat little selection too, and a couple of books to read that I hadn’t thought about in a while. I love that about readathons with interesting challenges.
Are you joining the #AtoZReadathon?
Another Halloween goes by, and another Hallowreadathon with it! I actually spent the weekend of the readathon down in London with my family visiting the Harry Potter Experience Tour, which I’ll put a post up on soon if anyone is interesting. This meant I had a 5+ hour drive on Sunday to read, and a bone-deep need to curl up with a good book.
I picked up Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell at a little bit past midnight. Mainly because I had the terrible idea of watching The Woman in Black with my family and couldn’t sleep, that movie is terrifying and even though it was my third time seeing it, it seemed scarier. Anyway, Goth Girl was on my TBR post and I actually only bought this in Summer at YALC when I met Chris Riddell. It ended up being a great readathon choice because it was a quick, easy read and the illustrations were just beautiful. I probably spent more time looking at them then I did reading. I read this during day 1 then went to bed for a fresh start on day 2.
Then it was time for my ‘Monster book’, and I chose Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, another from my TBR. It actually was referenced a lot in the Goth Girl book as well which pushed me towards it, because it’s about time I read it! I didn’t get that far into it though, and I’m still reading it because I don’t think you can rush classics.
However, once I knew that I wanted to draw out Frankenstein, I picked up the sixth hardcover of The Walking Dead. It has monsters galore! This, I finished just a little past midnight after one of those naps that you think will be quick but end up being three hours, so I’m counting it. And blaming it for all of my latest zombie nightmares.
A readthon success! Kind of? I’m counting it.
How did you do in the Hallowreadathon? Have you read any of these books?
Apologies for the delay in posting, I’ve got a really mean case of sinusitis at the moment. Luckily audiobooks exist, and my cat is keeping me company while I type! Now, when I wrote last years #Hallowreadathon TBR it was a little ridiculous. Since then I’ve discovered the beauty of small seasonal TBR posts and how much easier it is to pick your next read from a smaller selection. This year I’m going in with a TBR of just four…
So how do I plan to complete the challenges?
1. Read a book about a monster!
When I was coming up with this years challenges, I was looking at my copy of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It was on my Hallowreadathon TBR last year as well. It’s the ultimate monster story! Thus- read a book about a monster.
My other pick is The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman and Jay Banansinga. By the time the Hallowreadathon is on, The Walking Dead will be back on TV and I’m really looking forward to finally finding out who died in the finale. Cliffhangers are garbage writing, kids! And since it not only has zombies, but also has the Governor, that’s two kinds of monster.
2. Read a book with purple on the cover!
I thought the Welcome to Night Vale novel by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. It’s also perfect for Halloween because it’s a little strange, a little creepy and the cover is super purple. And although I love the podcast, I’ve not read the book yet!
The other book I’m thinking about reading is Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell would make a perfect Hallowreadathon read since it’s set in a creepy house and about ghosts. Plus, it’s a children’s book with images so a fast read. Not only does it have purple on the cover, it has metallic purple edges to the pages.
3. Read two books!
Everyone likes options though. So if it hits the 30th and I want to read something else, I’ll be looking to my Autumn TBR.
As for the giveaway, not only can you win the first three Aurora Teagarden books in a #Hallowreadathon preparation box in this post. I’ll also be giving away the first book from the Harper Connolly series; Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris to a random person who uses the hashtag over the 30th/31st!
Will you be joining the readathon? What do you plan to read?
This is halloween. This is halloween. Books are read in the dead of night.
It’s October again, halloween approaches and with it, the Hallowreadathon returns for it’s third year! The Hallowreadathon is a 48 hour readathon on Halloween and is a low-key way of celebrating the holiday by reading books. There are challenges, giveaways and it’s all themed around the spooky, scary season.
This year the dates are going to be a little different. It’ll still be on Halloween, Monday the 31st. But rather then All Saint’s Day, it’s going to start on Sunday the 30th to give people more time to read at the weekend. And the challenges this year…
1. Read a book about a monster!
2. Read a book with a purple cover!
3. Read two books!
As for the giveaways, there will be one that will be picked from people using the #Hallowreadathon hashtag on Instagram and Twitter after the weekend. The prize will be announced in my TBR post on the 17th because I haven’t actually bought it yet, but this year I wanted to add a little extra prize.
I call it, my Hallowreadathon preparation box. It’ll contain the first three Aurora Teagarden books by Charlaine Harris, perfect readathon reads as they’re spooky, 200 pages and contain murderers that could count as monsters. It’ll have chocolates/ sweets/ snacks that fit your dietary requirements so if you’re Vegan, please mention it. And a few surprises!
The winner will be chosen on the 23rd to give it time to get to the winner before the readathon starts. And all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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Will you be joining the Hallowreadathon?
Okay so my Quiet Re-Read-a-thon TBR was a bit eager. I ended up spending the long weekend marathoning various comedy TV shows, working on self-care and completely failed the readathon. But I thought I’d write a wrap-up anyway because we all fail things sometimes…
The only book I started re-reading was Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and got a ridiculous amount of sticky-notes out. I wrote down so many lovely quotes and felt really inspired. It took me the whole four days to get 178 pages in, I think because I’m so used to listening to the audiobooks that I read it so slowly.
Either way I’m going to finish re-reading it, I know I’m going to go on and re-read Conquest and Empire, but I might read some un-read books first. That’s just me. Lastly, thank you to Beth for hosting the read-a-thon!
Did you participate? Did you do better than me? (Probably)
I love a read-a-thon and I love Beth’s blog; The Quiet People [Edit: Unfortunately her blog is gone!] so, on finding out that Beth was hosting a read-a-thon through the Easter weekend, of course, I was going to join! So, the Quiet Re-Read-a-thon. It’s a little different in that it’s all re-reads (something I’m horrible at since I started blogging) but it’s going to be fun. Here are some books I’m hoping to read…
First, We all know I adore Lexicon by Max Barry*. I love it. I love love love it. But I’ve never re-read it and after being let down by Jennifer Government, I’m wondering if Lexicon will hold up two years later. I hope so.
Next it’s everyone’s favourite re-read! It’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone!
Or Sorcerer’s Stone if you’re wrong. I’ll be honest, the main reason I want to re-read this one is because when I read it with my friend I went a little overboard with the sticky notes to the point where I’d basically be re-reading it anyway trying to get them all out.
Another book I loved when I originally read it was The Three by Sarah Lotz**. The mark of a good book is the way it resonates with you and I still think about this book. The working title of my novel is The Six (don’t sue me please, I will change it eventually) because it made sense and a minute later I was kicking myself at the obvious influence.
However, there are only two books I am absolutely definitely going to re-read in this re-read-a-thon and those are Conquest and Empire by Jennifer Ridyard & John Connolly**. I’ve been in love with this series since it was first published but I haven’t got around to reading the third and final book, Dominion, yet. Why? Because I want to re-read Conquest and Empire. Why haven’t I done that? Because I don’t want this series to be over! I’m not ready! But like a sign, the Quiet Re-Read-a-thon popped up on my Bloglovin’ feed and it’s time. I can do it.
Are you joining the Quiet Re-Read-a-Thon? What are you going to read?
*I won this book on Goodreads!
** I was sent these books for review! I then went out and bought a hardcover copy of Conquest because I loved it so much.
Halloween has passed, the pumpkins are pie, the leftover candy has mysteriously disappeared and the #Hallowreadathon is over! Seriously thank you to the people who took part, and read along with me over the weekend. Hopefully, next year will be just as fun. And here’s my wrap-up for the weekend!
So I started out at midnight with Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris, which was just the book on my TBR I was most drawn to. I didn’t get a lot read as we were celebrating my brothers birthday, but I finished it! Early Sunday morning. Really early. Up-all-night-reading early. Challenge 1; to read a book you’re scared of? Check! And just like facing most things you’re scared of, it wasn’t half as bad as I thought it might be.
Then I moved on to a book with an orange cover and my copy of the book I’m giving away, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick and I got 20 pages in before realising that it wasn’t readathon material. I wanted to savour that book. So I switched over to True Fire by Gary Meehan which is YA and looked like a quicker read. I managed to get 106 pages in before switching, again, to Chew, Volume 1. This I finished and since there’s orange on the cover- Challenge 2? Check!
Generally I’m a little so-so about comic bind-ups in readathons but I’m going to be nice to myself and say I read 2 books in 2 days. And I’m really excited to complete the books I started, in November.
How did you do?
The #Hallowreadathon approaches and I’m still trying to pick what I’m going to read. I think, when it gets to it, I’ll just pick up what I’m in the mood for. But that doesn’t mean I can’t narrow it down a little and maybe my dear readers can give me your opinions. Because a two-day readathon doesn’t need a TBR pile of 7 books and 6 comic trades/ graphic novels!
So how does this ridiculous pile fit with the three challenges?
1. Read a book with orange on the cover!
I’ve picked out five options for this challenge just from flipping through one of my boxes of stand-alone novels. Who knew there were so many books with orange on the cover?! Here was me thinking this would be an easy choice for lack of options.
My first pick is Frankenstein by Mary Shelly, a true spooky classic and a book I haven’t actually read cover to cover despite studying it at school. Oops. I have the Penguin English Library cover with the classic Penguin orange on the spine.
Then there’s the most orange cover I found; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick, I really feel I should have read this by now, a true Sci-fi must read.
Another is the first book in a trilogy I’ve wanted to start for a while; True Fire by Gary Meehan*. I won this on Goodreads a while ago and keep meaning to start it, especially since the author is from my town. But I’m bad at procrastination.
At 470 pages, my most unlikely pick is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn but it’s calling to me. I’ll get to you Gone Girl, someday.
And lastly, Under The Skin by Michel Faber. My dad read this and it spooked him so it sounds like a good Halloween read. Also, knowing that Scarlett Johansson is in the movie. I love her!
2. Read a book you’re scared of.
I left this pretty deliberately ambiguous so people weren’t too closed in with their choices and I still found it tricky to find books that filled the challenge. I have a pretty well documented big book fear but it’s a readathon! I don’t want big! So my ‘scared of’ reason is another fear; expectations.
World War Z by Max Brooks has been mentioned on my blog before. Not once, not twice, not three times, but four separate times. And you know what? I’ve hyped myself up so much I’m scared it’s not going to match my fond memory.
My other choice is Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris. It’s pretty widely thought that the Sookie Stackhouse books drop off in quality towards the end of the 13 book series and I’m a lil’ scared because I love the first ten books of this series.
3. Read two books.
Two days. Two books. I can do it! We can all do it! Along with those I’d also kind of like to read some of my comic trade paperbacks that I just bought and some I’ve had for a while.
Captain America: Man Out of Time is new to my shelves and is calling to me. I just love Steve Rogers!
I am Legend is one of my favourite books, I raved about it this time last year! And I’ve had the graphic novel in my collection since I was 16. I bought it in Borders, in New York, while I was reading World War Z for the first time. Hello, random detailed memory. Anyway, it’s been a while since I picked it up.
Then there’s American Vampire Volume 1. Vampires, Halloween, it mixes.
Marvel Zombies Destroy! is another that’s just joined my shelves and I’m pumped to read this. Marvel and Zombies!
The Walking Dead Book 1 and the rest of my Walking Dead Comics have been calling for a re-read ever since the new season came out and I’m ready to listen.
Shout-out to Amazon for reminding me I bought Chew Omnivore Edition Volume 1 on the 9th of January 2012! I don’t think I’ve read it since the first time way back then so it’s time. Who knows! I’m bad with decisions!
What do you think I should pick? What’s on your #Hallowreadathon TBR?