It’s that time of year again!
I’m going to be hosting my annual halloween readathon again this year! It’ll run from the 31st of October to the 1st of November and it’s a pretty chill readathon. There’s no sprints, no failure, just a couple people spending halloween with their nose in a book or two! The challenges, just to spice up your TBR, are:
1. Read a book with a magic world!
From Hogwarts to Narnia, Middle Earth to the Magisterium, this Halloween I’m going to be picking up a book that’ll take me into a world where magic exists and away from the reality of trick-or-treaters making my chocolate supply dwindle!
2. Read a book with Green on the cover!
I actually picked this years colour before dying my hair bright green but if you can’t tell- green is my favourite colour, and I’m excited to get some of my green covered books down from my shelf!
3. Read two books!
I believe in us! We can do this.
As for the giveaways! You can enter to win the Hallowreadathon Prep box, with two books fitting the readathon challenges and everything you need for two days of spooky reading, by going to this tweet and RTing!
And anyone who uses the #Hallowreadathon hashtag during the readathon will be automatically entered into a random draw for a Christmassy themed box of goodies that will be picked when the readathon ends!
Will you be joining the Hallowreadathon?
This unhaul has a theme of just questionable content. Not only do I not want these books on my shelf, I feel weird about taking them to the charity shop where I normally unhaul books. While everybody has the right to read what they want and I believe that no book is for everyone and people have different experiences with reading, these books are where I struggle with that.
Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, Untamed, Hunted, Tempted and Destined by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast
Oh boy. I read at least a few of these as a teen, and way back in 2014 I actually hauled one of these! But in June I decided to get the audiobook of Marked from my library and ended up listening to the whole thing (in 2.5x speed) with a grimace on my face. I went into it in my June wrap-up but I have no interest in reading these.
Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti*
I was pretty excited about this because a post-apocalyptic romance? Heck yes! However, the fact that sexual assault is sandwiched between repeated claims that nothing will happen without the main character’s consent and some other bogus gaslighting just made me close this book with no intention of picking it up again.
How to be a Woman and How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
I’m a Feminist, and I like reading about Feminism and I know other feminists who have read and enjoyed these books. But I have trouble with feminism that includes ableism, transphobia, xenophobia, or the exclusion of POC. I just have no intention of spending my time reading them when my TBR is at 432.
Have you read any of these? What did you think of them?
June was such a strange reading month. I’m still catching up on my reading wrap-ups and looking at this pile of books three months later, most of my thoughts are how there was no pattern to my reading in June. After May I was determined to not hate-read, but I did that again! As well as continuing two series and starting another!
Marked by P.C. and Kristen Cast
I truly believe that all books that I don’t like, have an audience that I’m not a part of and that’s fine. I liked this book as a teen and it has an unbelievable sales record. But here’s the thing, everything you don’t want a teenage girl thinking is in that book: Racism, fat-shaming, joking about eating disorders, homophobia, slurs (everyone is called a r*tard or a f*g), weird references to “ancient Cherokee magic”, Slut-shaming. And just the oddest comments on sex. I had to pause and read aloud to several friends, the paragraph about “the blow job issue“, where the MC tells us that: “those of us with functioning brains that it is not cool to be used like that“… I have no idea how to even start to unpack that.
I don’t think a book has to have a likeable MC, or even an unproblematic MC, but damn. I wouldn’t want a teenage girl reading this. I feel bad for past!Imogen for reading this and thinking badly about herself and others because of the narrative.
Spoiler Alert for my next unhaul: all the books I own from this series.
Kitty Steals the Show by Carrie Vaughn
It’s been two years since I last read a Kitty Norville book but returning to this series felt like coming home, especially since this one was set in London! I love this world and these characters so much.
It is different from past books, with the different setting meaning little interaction with the pack and the radio show that I love so much, but I liked the change- there’s 9 previous books chocked full of that. Seeing Kitty gain status through the radio show, enough to be invited to a conference of paranormal studies, shows the world adapting to the news that werewolves and vampires are real. And I’m always interested in that kind of thing.
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
After reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in May, I thought I was going to love this entire series but this is such an odd sequel. I enjoyed the book just fine when I was listening to the audiobook, although Martin Freeman isn’t as good as Stephen Fry when it comes to narrating. But by the end I couldn’t tell you what happened in those eight hours!
The Haunting of Mount Cod by Nicky Stratton
You can find my full review for this here!
What have you been reading lately?