My Hallowreadathon TBR!

The nights darken, the sweets are ready for the trick-or-treaters and the sixth Hallowreadathon approaches. So I’ve piled up truly too many books that fit the challenges so I have lots to choose from! Hopefully if you’re taking part, this might give you a few last minute ideas. Don’t forget to follow the official Twitter and use the #Hallowreadathon to be in with a chance of winning a spooky care package!

1. Read a book with witches!

This challenge was inspired by the amount of amazing witch books on my TBR and I absolutely wanted an excuse to buy some off my wishlist. I’ve covered my bases with adult fantasy books; Practical Magic by Alice HoffmanA Secret History of Witches by Louisa MorganThe Witches of Cambridge by Menna van Praag and The Witches Daughter by Paula Brackston. A couple young adult; Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan (I met her at the Edinburgh Lit Festival and really loved her talk about the book) and Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson. And even a historical reimagining with Her Kind by Niamh Boyce*.


Honourable mentions of books about witches that I’ve read and enjoyed: Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff (my review here), Sanctuary by V.V. James(my review here) and Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett.



2. Read a book with black on the cover!
When I picked this challenge I didn’t realise that pretty much every book has black on the cover! So I scanned my shelves for books that were almost all black on the cover. These are the ones that stick out and gave me a halloween vibe! Again I’ve got some young adult books; The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout* and Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy. As well as some adult: The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli*, Fallible Justice by Laura Laakso, Murder by the Minister by Helen Cox* and The Craftsman by Sharon J. Bolton*. All suitably spooky in my opinion!

3. Read two books!
I always add some shorter books to my TBR for readathons because I’m not a particularly quick reader and two book in two days, especially weekdays, is a lot! I apparently read a lot of witch books as a kid and I’m very tempted to re-read some of my old favourites! So I have a separate pile of these like; Witch Child by Celia Rees, Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat by Ursula Moray Williams and Which Witch? by Eva Ibbotson.

What will you be reading this Halloween?
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#Hallowreadathon 6!

It’s my favourite time of year again. The leaves are turning orange, there are little black kittens scampering around as I type and pumpkin spice is being added to every food you can imagine. This is the sixth year I’m doing my little readathon and I’d be thrilled if you spent some time reading with me this holiday! The Hallowreadathon will run for 48 hours, from the 30th to the 31st of October and there are a few challenges too if you feel like creeping up your TBR.

1. Read a book with witches!
There are a lot of really great books about witches coming out lately and I’m hyped about this publishing trend. Whether it’s fiction or a how-to guide, there’s a lot to choose from and a perfect way to honour Samhain!

2. Read a book with black on the cover!
In honour of bats, cats and rats, pick up a book with black somewhere on its cover.

3. Read two books!
It can happen! We can do it!

I’ll be tweeting the whole two days with the #Hallowreadathon hashtag (you can follow me here) and I’ll be giving away a book and some halloween candy to a random person who uses the hashtag over the weekend.

See you October 31st!
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My Hallowreadathon 5 TBR!

It’s getting close to the best day of the year: Halloween! I still need to stock up on chocolate but considering we didn’t get any trick-or-treaters last year and I have an assignment due on the second day of my own dang readathon… it’s mostly for me. You can learn more about the Hallowreadathon and the challenges here, and here’s the pile of books I’ll be picking from!

So what are my choices for the challenges?


1. Read a book with a Magic World!
Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell was a big part of my childhood and I find the world so lovely and, dare I say, magical that I had to add it to the list.
I’m currently re-reading the Magisterium series and will hopefully be up to the fifth and final book: The Golden Tower by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare by Halloween!
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine is an almost complete mystery to me beyond the fact that I really enjoy Rachel Caine, this is a fantasy series with a book/ library theme and it’s currently £1 on Amazon. I had to!

2. Read a book with Green on the cover!
Finding books with green on the cover is surprisingly hard! You’d think with grass, and trees, and just the fact that it’s the best colour (totally not bias) that there’d be a lot more green covers. But what did I manage to find?
A Christmas Return by Anne Perry* dropped through my letterbox and it has so many things going for it: it’s short, it’s very green and the readathon lasts until the day after Halloween = Christmas.
Bodacious: The Shepherd Cat by Suzanna Crampton* has to be on the list because not only is grass green, but this kitty has the prettiest green eyes! Curling up with whatever foster cat I’ll have at the time and reading about cats seems like spoopy goals.
Persuasion by Jane Austen is also on the list because I’m a huge audiobook fan and since the audiobook is 9 hours, I can totally do that in one day! Plus, I’ve been in a real Austen mood lately.

Are you joining the readathon? What are your picks for the challenges?
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#Hallowreadathon 5!

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!

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My Hallowreadathon Wrap-Up!

Another year, another Hallowreadathon over! It’s always really lovely to see people getting their spooky reading on, and this year was no exception. It’s hard for me to believe that this was my fourth year hosting my little readathon! Next year it’ll be half a decade of spooks. But what about my reading, eh?

A pile of pumpkins next two two books: Poison City by Paul Crilley and Dracula by Bram Stoker

Poison City by Paul Crilley
As the readathon approached, I wasn’t sure if I was going to pick up Poison City or Carrie by Stephen King from my TBR pile. But Poison City won out, mainly because I’ve read Carrie before and I find re-reads to be a little slower for me. I really enjoyed this, I didn’t quite finish it but it’s so much fun and I can’t wait for the next book. It’s a similar type of thing as the Ben Aaronovitch books I’ve dabbled with in the past, but the world feels more- real. I loved it, and it ended up having ghosts in at as well as a red cover!

Dracula by Bram Stoker
Oh boy. I don’t know why I thought I could finish a 20-hour audiobook in 48 hours. Even on 1.25x speed, I didn’t even get through half! But even a little Dracula was a relief to me, as I’ve not really been enjoying the gothic horror classics that I’ve been reading lately. Frankenstein? Didn’t like it. My Jekyll and Dr Hyde? Hated it. Dracula? Loving it so far. Finally, an actual scare with a red cover.

So I didn’t complete the challenge of finishing two books, but I’m still really happy with the reading I did and the spooks that came with it! If you want to see a more successful Hallowreadathon Wrap-up, check out Freya, who did great!

What did you read over Halloween? Have you read either of my picks?
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My Hallowreadathon 4 TBR!

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?

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Hallowreadathon 4!

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. 
Good luck!

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#Hallowreadathon Wrap-Up!

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.

#Hallowreadathon Wrap-Up!

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?
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My #Hallowreadathon 3 TBR!

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…

My #Hallowreadathon 3 TBR!

So how do I plan to complete the challenges?

My #Hallowreadathon 3 TBR! Monster books



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.

My #Hallowreadathon 3 TBR! Purple Books

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?
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#Hallowreadathon 3!

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.

#Hallowreadathon 3!

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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