October is apparently the month of Readathons that I want to participate in. I was going to do separate TBRs for each one, but that would be complicated so instead, I’m going to give you one Readathon TBR that is broken down so you can see what I plan to read when and then I’ll recap each of them in one post as well! Follow me on Twitter or Litsy (I believe I’m JenicaDawn on both) and you can see more immediate updates if you’re curious. So, the three readathons I’ll be participating in are Spookathon, which begins on October 16th and ends on the 22nd. Dewey’s 24-Hour-a-Thon takes place on October 21st, which is a Readathon where you read for twenty four hours straight (or as many as possible). And finally, MercysBookishMusings is hosting a reaadthon called the Autumn Readathon, which begins on October 22nd and end on the 28th. So let’s take this one at a time, shall we?
The Spookathon Challenges this year are:
1. read a thriller
2. read a book with a spooky word in the title
3. read a book based on a childhood fear
4. read a book with orange on the cover
5. read a book that has a spooky setting
I am excessive and have basically zero books shorter than 300 pages, so let us all pray that I manage to get through this list here:
First up, for reading a thriller, we have The Girl on the Train, which I really need to read because it’s Jaclyn’s and not mine so… Gotta read it and give it back. However, I’m going to be reading this on the final day of the Readathon and using it for Autumn Readathon as well.
Next for spooky word in the title, I went with monsters and selected Eliza and Her Monsters, which I am ashamed to say that I haven’t gotten around to reading quite yet. I’m so excited for it though! There’s a good chance it will be one of my first reads because I’m genuinely so excited!
Third and fifth, we have a book based on a childhood fear and a book that has a spooky setting, for which I chose The Night Circus because I was and remain scared of the dark (aka night) and apparently The Night Circus counts as a spooky setting, so woo! The Night Circus is over 500 pages so I’m a little nervous about including this, but I need the motivation to read it and get through it so it’s on the list!
Finally, for the fourth challenge, we have The Power, which is orange and black naked. I guess technically it’s an orange-ish red even with the jacket on, but it’s very orange when the jacket is off and I just got it in (it’s my Book of the Month Club pick) and am so excited to read it!
I don’t actually have a TBR for Dewey’s other than trying to get through three of the books above if I haven’t already and finishing up any of the books I still have out from the library, which at the moment (that aren’t due back before then) are Naked in Death by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts), They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, and The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I’m not sure how much reading I’ll be able to get done during the week because fingers crossed I have a full time job by the time these readathons roll around, but well, I’m hopeful that I will be able to get a lot read these two weeks, including the Saturday Dewey’s is happening. We shall see!
Finally, last but not least, we have Mercedes’s Autumn Readathon! The four main challenges for this are to:
1. Read a gothic/spooky book
2. Read a non-fiction book that feels autumnal (I’m classing this as nature writing or cold location travel writing/memoir)
3. Read a novel set in a cold location
4. Read a historical fiction novel
She also has two bonus prompts:
5. Read a short story collection
6. Read an adult novel about a young female protagonist
I’m only mildly confident in my choices for the first four and for a couple I’m providing the options I’m debating between and am hoping that y’all will help me decide between. For the first challenge, I am committed to using The Girl on the Train because it will count for Spookathon and this one. I have tentatively chosen I’m Supposed to Protect You From All This, which is a memoir that has to do with a troubled mother-child relationship and travel to and from Paris, maybe? As for reading a novel set in a cold location and reading a historical fiction novel, I have tentatively picked Girl in the Blue Coat. However, I’m also thinking about My Lady Jane for the historical fiction novel because I’ve heard such good things about it.
For the two bonus prompts, I’m mostly interested in reading a short story collection and if I’m fortunate enough that my library hold on Her Body and Other Stories comes up before this Readathon, I will be so excited and definitely plan to read it right away. If not, I do also have Daughters of a Nation, which is a short story collection of historical romance (including a story by Alyssa Cole!). So in theory I’ll likely complete this challenge as well.
I have zero ideas for an adult novel about a young female protagonist so… If you have any, let me know!
Are you all planning to participate in any of these? If so, let me know! What are your TBRs? If you have ideas for me, let me know!