It’s just plain fun to put together reading piles, despite the fact that I have a horrible record of actually sticking to them.
So first up, is the Spookathon, hosted by three new-to-me book tubers: Books and Lala, Paige’s Pages, and Bookerly. It runs from October 16–October 22. Very laid-back, non-stressout-able. They have 5 challenges this year, but overlapping of books for more than one challenge is not just acceptable, but even encouraged. And interpretation of challenges is flexible, so everyone can somehow make the challenges work for them.
- Read a thriller. For this I chose The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook. For the simple reason that I impulsively checked it out from the library.
- Read a book with a spooky word in its title. I’m going with See No Evil by Eleanor Taylor Bland. I adore the Marti MacAlister mystery series. And I actually started this book several months ago, but it got set by the wayside (likely because of school, though I don’t honestly remember). I will be starting it over from the beginning.
- Read a book inspired by a childhood fear. Well, the only two childhood fears I can remember having were fear of the dentist (and I sure as hell don’t want to read about dentists as that fear is still too strong…yeah, I’m being serious) and fear of rats (brought about when my cousin chased me with a dead rat). I’ve somewhat overcome this fear, though maybe not entirely. I’m also afraid of bridges and drop-offs, but I don’t remember being so as a child, so rats it will be. And thus my pick for this challenge is the non-fiction Rats: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan. It is a bonus for me that I needed to read this book sometime in the coming months anyway for homeschooling.
- Read a book with orange on the cover. I could have doubled this one up with challenge 2, but I’m being extravagant and picking another book. My pick is Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo. Largely because I’ve been dying to read this book anyway, and my library hold on it just came in.
- Read a book with a spooky location. For this one, I’m going with The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton. I first heard of this book from Dewey…
Next up, and overlapping with Spookathon is Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon. This readathon is such a mix of emotions for me. Dewey was a much-loved friend. And you never stop missing people you love, no matter how many years its been. I participated in that very first readathon 10 years ago. To say I have fond memories of those first few 24-hour readathons when Dewey was alive would be an massive understatement. Our friendship grew well beyond books, but the 24-hour readathon always stirs up such a pile of overwhelming feelings. Yes, joy, in the fact that her “baby” still lives and thrives thanks to Andi and Heather. But also, the never-ending sadness of not having Dewey in my life always seems more acute around readathon times. My surprisingly small tbr pile (I usually make hugely extravagant piles to choose from) for Dewey’s Readathon this year features books that specifically are linked to Dewey in my mind.
- The Maternal is Political edited by Shari MacDonald Strong is a book that Dewey sent me.
- Freak Show by James St. James is a book that I immediately went out and bought after Dewey reviewed it.
- The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket is actually a book I’ve read before. In fact, I read the first six books in this series before giving up. But Dewey convinced me that I needed to give the rest of the series a chance, that the reasons for my quitting in the first place would soon be resolved. So I’ve long planned to start the series over and actually complete it.
Overlapping the tail end of Dewey’s Readation in the Autumn Readathon, hosted by book tuber Mercy’s Bookish Musings. The Autumn Readathon runs from October 22 to October 28. Mercy has come up with 4 main prompts, and 2 bonus prompts for this readathon.
- Read a gothic/spooky book. I’ve chosen My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due. I started this book a while back haven’t gotten far. Not because I’m not enjoying it, but because this horrid reading slump I’ve been in for the past several months. Worst reading slump of my life…and I’m hoping so damn much that all this readathon fun will be the thing that finally pulls me out of it.
- Read a non-fiction book that has an autumnal feel to it. Going with Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures by Bill Schutt. Another book I’ve previously started but that got set aside. Will be starting it over.
- Read a book set in a cold location. I’ve chosen The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas. Largely because I need to read this sometime soon anyway for homeschooling. And it does sound wonderful.
- Read a historical fiction novel. And for this one, I’ve chosen The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. A book I’ve been wanting to read for ages. Adored, adored, adored Fingersmith and loved The Night Watch even more. Definitely past time for some more Sarah Waters in my life.
- Read a short story collection. Going with The Migration of Ghosts by Pauline Melville. I honestly have no idea what these might be like, the blurbs on the book don’t give much of a clue. I just know that Eva really enjoyed Melville’s novel The Ventriloquist’s Tale.
- Read an adult novel featuring a young female protagonist. And for this prompt, I’ve chosen The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi.
And one last TBR list…books that aren’t included in my readathon picks, but that I would love to read/finish soon.
- Zodiac by Robert Graysmith. I’ve owned this book for several years. Gray actually borrowed it and read it. But I hadn’t been compelled to pull it off the shelves and read it myself until I watched the movie last week. Usually I won’t watch a movie until I’ve read the book, but I’ve found that in a few instances it’s actually the movie that gets me off my ample bum to read the book. (Another example of this would The Lord of the Rings.)
- The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy by Raj Patel. Started this early this year…as much as I’ve been enjoying it, it’s been slow going…really would like to finally finish it.
- The Sibyl by Par Lagerkvist. Currently reading this one for school. Not quite sure what I think of it yet, but I need to finish this one for later in the week.
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Because I really need to read it before the movie comes out (am planning to visit Annie so we can go see it together).
- One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. Because my audio hold came in from the library.
- They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera. Because this audio hold also came in at the library. It really does seem to be feast or famine, the way holds come in.
So yeah, lots and lots and lots of reading. Much of which I won’t actually get to over the next few weeks, but dreaming is always nice…