Halloween Read-A-Thon

halloween-readathon

I always like to read spooky books during the month of October, so I have decided to join the Halloween Read-A-Thon, a challenge hosted by Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays – I love any excuse to dress up in costume! I also love any reason to participate in a themed read!

This year, we are doing a costume theme for the whole family, a first for us. Our theme is villains…villains often have the coolest outfits! My daughter will be dressing up as Harley Quinn and I will be Maleficent, and dear hubby is still deciding. Halloween is so much fun, especially in our neighborhood where some houses hand out treats for both the kids and adults! Our next-door neighbors have chili and beer, another house has margaritas, and we even have a neighbor that sets up a walk-through haunted maze in their backyard! It’s always a lot of fun.

Here is the info on the Halloween Read-a-Thon:

  • The read-a-thon will run from 10 October – 31 October.
  • You can join in at any time until the end of the read-a-thon.
  • You can read as many or as little books as you want!
  • The books have to be horror, thriller, and/or have some kind of supernatural element.
  • When posting your Halloween TBR list, link back to Lauren’ts Read-a-thon post.
  • Use the hashtag #HalloweenWR to share your progress on social media!

costume-party

 

kk01

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz – I’m planning on going back to a few childhood favorites this month. M is really into spooky stories right now, so we will be reading these together in the weeks leading up to Halloween!

haunted-house

51taoalah7l-_sx334_bo1204203200_

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I can’t believe I have never read this book, and Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors to read in October!

Blurb:ย After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jackโ€”who has already killed Bod’s family…

urban-legends

51496ย *A book where people are the ones who are causing all the scariness*

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. A scientist unlocking his inner evil? Yeah, this seems like the perfect fit for this category!

Blurb:ย In this harrowing tale of good and evil, the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll develops a potion that unleashes his secret, inner personaโ€”the loathsome, twisted Mr. Hyde.

 

witching-hour1

I do a lot of my reading after sunset, so most of these books would apply. Especially Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which I mentioned above. It just doesn’t seem right to read those books when the sun is up!

trick-or-treat

18490Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I choose trick, reading a book that I have been putting off.ย I have been meaning to read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for years! Our county public library chose Frankenstein as this year’s Community Read book in October, too.ย I take that as a sign that it’s time I read it.

Blurb:ย Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

all-hallows-eve

17675462

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.ย It will be a miracle if I read six books for this challenge! But I had to add this to the challenge, as I do really want to start The Raven Cycle soon.

Blurb:ย Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

These are my selections for the Halloween Read-a-Thon! Are you participating? What spooky books are you planning on reading in October?

 

Advertisements

22 thoughts on “Halloween Read-A-Thon

  1. That’s awesome!! You’ve got some great books here!! I’ve read the first installment of the Scary Stories to Read In the Dark, but I did not realize there were more! Happy reading an thanks for the visit ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Wow, the covers for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark really are incredibly creepy looking. I really hope you enjoy Frankenstien. I read it earlier this year (after seeing dozens of adaptions) and it was brilliant and completely not what I had been expecting.

  3. Great selection!!!
    I really need to get my hands on a Neal Gaiman book! They all sound amazing!!
    I would also love to read The Raven Cycle, can’t wait to see what you think ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I love your list! I’ve bee meaning to read the Raven Cycle forever, and I have so many fun memories reading those Scary Stories books at childhood sleepovers back in the day. Those illustrations were terrifying!

    • Oohh….they were the best books for sleepovers! I remember reading them once when I was “camping” in the backyard with a friend….we didn’t stay outside for very long after a few of those stories, LOL.

  5. Ahhh you NEED The Raven Boys! It’s confusing but so great โค I hope you enjoy it bc it could be a miss for some people ๐Ÿ˜› anywayyy, I also want to read The Graveyard Book because (surprise) I never read ANY of Neil Gaiman's books </3 Happy reading!

  6. Awesome! I’ve been dying to check out the Raven Cycle! I really loved Shiver and have been hearing wonderful things about the Raven Cycle. I hope you have a chance to get to it! You’ve got some awesome books on there – Frankenstein is one of my faves and I’ve been dying to get to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Good luck! Awesome list!

  7. Pingback: Are you ready for Halloween? A read-a-thon update. | 4thhouseontheleft

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s