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!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Will you be joining the Hallowreadathon?
Round Two! Last year I started the #Hallowreadathon as a way to spend a holiday that I don’t really tend to celebrate. It was a lot of fun and turned Halloween into my favourite holiday. So I thought I’d continue it again this year. It’s a low key, two day readathon on Halloween and All Saint’s Day which happens to be a Saturday and Sunday this year so all the more reading time!
I also decided to put up a few challenges this year. Nothing too difficult but I think it’ll spice it up a little, the challenges for booktubathon are always really fun.
1. Read a book with orange on the cover!
Halloween has a lot of colour choices I could’ve gone with but when I think Halloween, I think pumpkins. So- orange!
2. Read a book you’re scared of.
This can be taken different ways, you can read a book that is going to be scary with zombies or vampires or whatever, or a book that scares you because it’s so big/ old/ etc. Anything out of your comfort zone.
3. Read two books.
Two days. Two books. We can do it!
I’ll be putting up a post with my choices in a couple days once I narrow it down. I was surprised at how many books in my TBR pile had orange on the cover. And of course, have fun! I’ll be tweeting through the whole thing with the #Hallowreadathon hashtag and as a little bonus, I’ll be giving away a book and some halloween candy to a random person who follows me on Twitter and uses the hashtag over the weekend.
Will you be joining the readathon?