Monday 28 September 2020

October 2020 TBR + Readathons!

I don't know if I'm being a little too ambitious this month due to the fact that I'm participating in FOUR readathons! This is mostly due to the fact that October is my favourite month of the year, I adore Halloween and I may have got a bit overexcited about it all! Luckily a lot of the books I'm planning on reading this month fit the majority of the prompts across the readathons so I'm going to be doubling up on a lot of them but that will all get explained down below.

My main physical TBR which you can see in the image above is my main priority along with a few Ebooks and an audiobook. Nearly all of these books are for the Spooktober Readathon and that readathon is going to be the main one I'm participating in where as the rest I'll be doing a bit more casually.

I'm so excited to read all of these books this month and I'm hopeful that a few might be five star reads! I've been dying to read My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix all year but I've been good and held off until we reached the spooky season as this book as the exact vibes I want for this time of year. I'm also excited to be reading another Stephen King book and Joyland sounds super creepy with a carnival setting, I'm interested to see what this one has in store.

My classic for the month is going to be The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, another one I've wanted to get to for a while. Once I've finished it I'm also going to be watching the Netflix adaptation too which so many people have hyped up. Finally, my non-fiction this month is Trick or Treat by Lisa Morton which is a book that essentially chronicles the history of Halloween and I just thought it would be perfect for this time of year.

Physical Books



 Spooktober Readathon

This is the main readathon I'll be participating in and I'm going to be competing on Team Horror! A lot of my books on my initial October TBR fit most of the prompts although I did have to squeeze in one or two more. I'm also going to try and read the two group books as well to get some extra points for my team. If you want to take part you can click the link in the header above which will take you to the twitter page where you can sign up.


Group Books


Read a slasher book: Relic by Gretchen Mcneil 
Read a Stephen King Novel: Joyland by Stephen King
Read a book with paranormal elements: Shiver by Maggie Steifvater
Read a book with a black cover: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Read a spooky book that's been on your TBR: My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix  

I'm not going to list all of the books again cause you'll probably get sick of it but the majority of the books from Spooktober will fit nearly all of these prompts. The only one that I couldn't fit in was for reread a spooky old fave and I couldn't really think of a book for this as I don't really have a favourite horror themed book that I want to reread. Eventually I settled on reading a Nancy Drew book so I'm going to squeeze in The Message in the Haunted Mansion by Carolyn Keene for this prompt.   

Hocus Pocus Readathon

I couldn't not take part in a Hocus Pocus themed readathon could I?! I'm joining Team Sanderson Sisters for this one and this only has a handful of prompts so again I can fit books from my TBR into them. I do have to add extra books for the group book and for a book that features sisters though!


Sarah - Read a book that features sisters: A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison
Winifred - Read a book about powerful witches: These Witches Don't Burn by Isobel Sterling
Mary - Read a book about an evil character: My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix     


And lastly, we have probably the most casual of the readathons as with this one you can double up on prompts and pick and choose how many you want to do. This readathon also has movie nights so you should definitely check it out!
Some examples of my books for the prompts would be My Best Friends's Exorcism fitting for Eyeball Soup, Time Warp and Carve Jack O Lanterns. These Witches Don't Burn could fit for I Put A Spell On You and Punch Bowl. Shiver could fit for Couples Costume and Monster Mash. I definitely have plenty to choose from and I like that the prompts are fairly vague so it's easy to mix and match.
So, those are all the books I'm aiming to read in October along with all the readathons I'm participating in. Congratulations if you made it to the end cause that was a long one! Counting them all up I have a total of 16 books on my TBR this month and I'm now a little nervous! I'm excited for all of these books though so it should be a good month! What are you planning on reading in October? Are you participating in any readathons? Let me know in the comments and Happy Reading! 


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