Trick-or-Treat-a-thon 2019

I’m tired I say. I need a break I say. Come back the next day…LETS DO ANOTHER READATHON!

I already discussed the books I’d like to read this month in my monthly updates, but I came across this page of readathons, and I can’t help but want to do a month long readathon for October. I already am doing my own challenge of reading Halloween themed books, so why not take it a step further. It’s undeniable that these challenges make a great motivator. Sure, I am doing #spookathon, but that is only a week. These are month long goals. No reason I can’t use the #spookathon to do this too!

The #ToTathon is a month long readathon themed around Halloween. Participants will earn points for their teams by reading and completing challenges. Points will be awarded 1 point per page. Participants can also earn points by completing challenges. I will stick with reading a couple anthologies and a few physical books if possible. What I want to do now is think about what I can read for the challenges.

Reading Challenges: 25 pts each – Cannot be combined.

  1. Costume Party: Read the group book: Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  2. Monster Mash: Read a book that has your team mascot in it
    • I chose team Ghost (vs Vampires and Witches), but I have to switch to Witches. This will be White is for Witching. If I don’t read one, I’ll read the other!
    • Done! (Click Here to read my review!) 
  3. Fall Foliage: Read a book with fall colors on the cover (red, orange, yellow, or brown)
  4. Spooky Hayride: Read a book that involves a trip or quest
    • I can’t think of anything for this or anything that I am interested in reading, so I may skipping this one. That said, a fantasy novel that isn’t strictly horror I could read is Viscous by V.E. Schwab. This is a book I really want to read. It isn’t strictly a road trip, but two friends turn enemies battle it out, each set on a mission (i.e. QUEST).
    • Done! (Click Here to read my review!) 
  5. Corn Maze: Read a book where someone gets lost and/or finds themselves
    • This is a tough one. I think the closest thing to fit this is going to be Kindred, the graphic novel, by Octavia Butler. I could do Summer of Night by Dan Simmons which as a coming of age story, that ought to count as “finding” oneself.
    • Done! (Click Here to read my review!) 
  6. Black Cat: Read a book with an animal on the cover
  7. Spider Webs: Read a book that gives you the heebie jeebies
    • I don’t have a hard choice for this. I could choose Fearful Symmetries. Is it a cheat if I already started it before this? Yes. That won’t work :(. Instead, I will use The Dark by Ellen Datlow or A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
    • 10/3/19: I am half way through the Dark. I really don’t want to finish this. I’ve read half the stories and have liked one of them. That said, I am only half way and I want the points… It makes me somewhat annoyed at the challenge :-/
    • Done! (Click Here to read my review!) 
  8. Scary Movie: Read a book and watch the movie/tv show adaptation
    • I think I will read We Have Always lived in This House or reread The Haunting of Hill House both by Shirley Jackson. The former has a new film, and the latter is being released in extended edition (which I want to watch!).
    • Done! (Click Here to read my review!) 

Social Challenges

  1. Post a video or blog about the ToTathon – 10 pts
    • Done! (This post obviously)
  2. Post your TBR list – 5 pts
  3. Make a music playlist to go along with your TBR – 10pts
    • Easy! I’ve got a halloween playlist and know just the right songs for each book. TBD
  4. Insta challenges (5 total) – 5 pts each (25 pts total)
    • Secret Bookshelf Passageway: Post a shelfie (Sept 28 – Oct 4)
    • Jack-o-Lantern: Post a pic of your favorite book with *glowing* reviews (Oct 5 – 11)
    • Apple Orchard: Post a pic of your favorite series (Oct 12 – 18)
    • BOO!: Post a pic of your favorite spooky book (Oct 19 – 25)
      •  TBD (It will be IT obviously)
    • Costume Time: Post a pic of yourself dressed up as a literary character (Oct 26 – Nov 1)
      • Easy! I’ve got so many costumes. TBD

Trick-or-Treat!

This is the reason I had to switch to Witch/Wizard team rather than Ghosts. Each team has a trick and a treat. Ghosts can start 3 days early (I am too late for that), and they have to read it in order that they are listed above. That makes it hard to do this and the #spookathon. Therefore, I choose Witch. I have to read a book more than 500pgs (the Institute by Stephen King), and I can change any of the challenges to any book of my choice. Right now, I am changing the first prompt from Caroline to Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.

I finished The Institute by Stephen King. Read about it here.

Final TBR

  1. Gather Together in My Name, Maya Angelou (finishing)
  2. Fearful Symmetries, by Ellen Datlow (Anthology) (finishing) ★★
  3. The Dark, by Ellen Datlow (Anthology) ★★★☆☆
  4. Viscous, by V.E. Schwab ★★
  5. White is for Witching, Helen Oyeyemi ★★★ (#spookathon)
  6. Summer of Night, by Dan Simmons ☆☆ (#spookathon)
  7. The Ancestors, by Brandon Massey (Anthology) ☆☆ (#spookathon)
  8. The Institute, by Stephen King ★★☆ (#spookathon, )
  9. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury ★★☆ (#spookathon)
  10. Mongrels, by Stephen Graham Jones ★★
  11. We Have Always Lived in This House replaced by The Lottery and Other Stories, by Shirley Jackson
  12. A Head Full of Ghosts, Paul Tremblay
    Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
  13. Kindred, Octavia Butler (Graphic Novel)
  14. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
  15. Wizards of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin ★★★
  16. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire ★★★★★

Update 10/17/19: I’m not sure if I’m feeling the last two books on my TBR. They aren’t for any challenge. I may throw in Caroline instead, or I may do that and these! I’m going to have nearly 2 weeks of reading to do. I’m getting Harry Potter Illustrated. Maybe I’ll read those (or rather, continue my HP reread).

Update: 10/21/19: I think I may skip A Head Full of Ghosts and Coraline. I’ve cued up my TBR for next month, and there are a lot of books I want to read but don’t have time for. I’m going to use the rest of this month to start those! A Head Full of Ghosts was always a maybe option anyways. I didn’t expect to finish all of these so fast! I’m going to start with Middlegame because it’s getting so much hype from BooksandLala.

Its scfi-fantasy adult fiction which seems perfect for me. It’s also the same author who wrote the Wayward Children series of novellas that have been on my TBR. They’re also hugo and nebula winners. Then there is Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield. She wrote The Thirteenth Tale which has been on my TBR for so long. I didn’t realize that when I bought this one. I decided to read it for the upcoming Buzzwordathon next month with numbers in titles. There ended up being a lot of other books I wanted to read with numbers in the title (including the Thirteenth Tale), and Once was a stretch for a number anyway. Plus this is nearly 500 pages which is a lot longer than I should try to read for a readathon. More on that readathon to come! Point is, I got excited for this book and bought it, so I want to read it sooner rather than later. I don’t want to risk it becoming like The Thirteenth Tale.

Finally, I bought the Ursula K Leguin’s Earthsea collection in a giant illustrated edition. I need to read this since I bought it. I am going to try hard to get this one done this month; it isn’t long! I just hope I like it since there are 6 more.

Update: 10/21/19: I am done with Once Upon a River and Middlegame. I have less than an hour left on Wizards of Earthsea. I don’t think I will get to Every Heart a Doorway, but I haven’t given up yet! As for the challenges, I don’t think I will be doing the last two. I have other things to worry about, and they aren’t worth a lot of points. Honestly, I struggled to update my pages. I like the reading challenges, especially if I need help choosing books, but it is a lot to keep up with. I think I’ll stick to a weekly readathon.

Update 10/31/19: I didn’t finish Maya Angelou’s book or get to Kindred, but that’s okay! I finished 14 others. This includes novellas and 5 from Spookathon, but all in all I am thrilled. I think I read more this month than I did last year (or most years of my life).

All in all, this was a success, but I don’t think I’ll do a month long readathon anymore. It is too much logistics. I have what I want to read. I’ll do that until I have trouble choosing.

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