This readathon was created and will be hosted by Jasmine from the channel Novel Thoughts. Find her channel here, the announcement video HERE, and the more detailed blog post/instructions for the readathon hereeee! The readathon runs for the last week of October (24th-31st) right up to Halloween!
When I first saw the map for the challenges, it did look quite daunting! But I think I’ve got a solid TBR set up. I followed the path to the witch, and below are my picks for each of the challenges/sign posts! Again, it was so fun organising the TBR and I’m hoping to stick to it; I’ve chosen loads of shorter books in order to complete the challenges without dying!
1/ Read a book of your choice
This was an easy one; I originally planned to read this for Spookathon, however I got wrapped up in other books and could only get halfway through. That’s The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman! This will be a re-read, but because it’s been so long, I’m reading it like it’s fresh.
For this I chose a book for the past, and that was The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I wanted to read this for the longest time, and I’m wanting to read something different to a futuristic setting. This is set far in the past, so it’ll be interesting to see how social norms have changed.
I chose the path towards non-magic, and for that I plan to read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It’s been years since I read this so I don’t remember much of the story except the basics. I’m looking forward to getting into this!
4/ Red spine/Orange on the cover
As I chose the ‘non-human’ path, I had to choose a book with a red spine, and I chose this beautiful edition of Wizard of Oz! It’s so beautiful and I had been putting off reading it, and now I have an excuse! I’ll be interested to see how the original story differs from the infamous movie adaptation!
5/ Read a book after sunset
I just had to choose a really short, quick read for this, and I heard good things for A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman. It’s less than 200 pages so should easily read this after sunset in one evening!
6/ Read a book containing ‘dark’ in the title/ First book in a series
I went for a first book in a series, as I’ve wanted to try this series for a long time! And that’s Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer. I heard Jade from Jadeyraereads speak so highly for this series so I decided to give it a try!
7/ Gothic novel/Fantasy novel
From the previous challenge, I had to read a fantasy book which I never have any problem over! I chose Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, and as many books on this list I have been meaning to read this for a very long time! This could fit for both this and the previous challenge so I can still complete the challenges if I don’t want to read Annihilation.
This is quite the ambitious TBR! But these are relatively short books so I shouldn’t struggle too much and I can’t wait to dive straight back into another readathon! Are you guys participating, if so, which books are you hoping to get to? Are you as excited as I am?! I’d love to know!
THANKS FOR READING!