Spookathon 2018 is Over 😢

aka the time I changed my TBR on day 2 of a readathon…

 

Wrap Up

 

I read 4 books this time around…except, only 2 of them were on my original TBR. I had every intention of sticking to my list too you know…but…I was weak.

 

Meddling Kids

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Underwhelming after all of the hype. When this book came out, there wasn’t a place on the internet that wasn’t talking about it. In fact, it even made it to the Goodreads Best Thriller category…but, it didn’t do it for me. It had the weirdness for sure but beyond that…I wasn’t really sure what I was reading. I was expecting to fall in love with it the way that I loved Scooby Doo and the Mystery Gang…but alas, none of the characters held me.

I would recommend if: your type of mystery/thriller requires you to suspend reality and you don’t mind not falling in love with the characters.

 

 

Sleepy Hollow

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Not what I was expecting. It wasn’t horrible but I also didn’t feel like it added to my tv show experience. Meh.

I would recommend if: You’re looking for something that’s akin to a fever dream, then this is the book for you.

 

 

 

Hocus Pocus

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The first part was wonderful and nostalgic and all that I had hoped for. The second half was just okay. None of the characters in the second half make much sense, at least not where their reactions are concerned. Aside from that, the ending was a bit up in the air for me.

I would recommend if: Nostalgia is your thing and you don’t mind watching some new characters ruin all of Max, Dani and Allison’s hard work.

 

 

iZombie

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This felt like watching the TV show and yet it didn’t. Definitely interested in continuing this one. There were a lot of new elements that the show doesn’t have, which made it just different enough to be entertaining.

I would recommend if: Zombies and the paranormal are your thing.

 

 


That’s right. Not one 5-star read for this entire thing. I’m so sad. I also didn’t even start 11/22/63 and completely removed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies altogether, but I consider this year a success.

 

How has your week of reading been?

 

Dee ^_^

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Spookathon 2018 TBR

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If you haven’t heard of this challenge before (um, welcome to the book world, it’s nice to meet you) this readathon is based around spooky/halloweeny books, with one main challenge: read a thriller. There are always a few other challenges which aren’t compulsory, but usually easy to complete (and doubling up is fine).

OCT 15 – 21

Challenges:

1. Read a thriller

Any and all of the books on this TBR counts

 

2. Read a book with purple on the cover

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1990. The teen detectives once known as the Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in the Zoinx River Valley in Oregon) are all grown up and haven’t seen each other since their fateful, final case in 1977. Andy, the tomboy, is twenty-five and on the run, wanted in at least two states. Kerri, one-time kid genius and budding biologist, is bartending in New York, working on a serious drinking problem. At least she’s got Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descended from the original canine member of the team. Nate, the horror nerd, has spent the last thirteen years in and out of mental health institutions, and currently resides in an asylum in Arhkam, Massachusetts. The only friend he still sees is Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star. The problem is, Peter’s been dead for years.

The time has come to uncover the source of their nightmares and return to where it all began in 1977. This time, it better not be a man in a mask. The real monsters are waiting.

As someone that grew up with Scooby-Doo, how can I pass this one up?

 

3. Read a book not set in our time period

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Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away…but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke… Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten…and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.

The 60s definitely counts! I won’t hear otherwise.

 

 

4. Read a book with a spooky word in the title

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.

I enjoyed the original, and zombies can only improve it. Right?

 

5. Read a book with pictures

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Since Ichabod Crane woke in present day Sleepy Hollow, New York after dying on the battlefield in the Revolutionary war, he and police lieutenant Abbie Mills have come to expect that evil always finds its way into the town of Sleepy Hollow. But they will learn that sometimes, it’s already there, waiting to be unlocked and unleashed on the souls unlucky enough to find it. Items as harmless as a music box or grandfather clock can be used as weapons in the ongoing war to bring about the apocalypse. Abbie and Crane will have to rely on each other if they are both to make it out alive.

I used to follow this tv show once upon a time. Maybe this might bring me back to it.

 

Group read (optional):

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A young adult fiction anthology of 15 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era.

Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Glinda the Good Witch. Elphaba the Wicked Witch. Willow. Sabrina. Gemma Doyle. The Mayfair Witches. Ursula the Sea Witch. Morgan le Fey. The three weird sisters from Macbeth.

History tells us women accused of witchcraft were often outsiders: educated, independent, unmarried, unwilling to fall in line with traditional societal expectations.

Bold. Powerful. Rebellious.

A bruja’s traditional love spell has unexpected results. A witch’s healing hands begin to take life instead of giving it when she ignores her attraction to a fellow witch. In a terrifying future, women are captured by a cabal of men crying witchcraft and the one true witch among them must fight to free them all. In a desolate past, three orphaned sisters prophesize for a murderous king. Somewhere in the present, a teen girl just wants to kiss a boy without causing a hurricane.

From good witches to bad witches, to witches who are a bit of both, this is an anthology of diverse witchy tales from a collection of diverse, feminist authors. The collective strength of women working together—magically or mundanely–has long frightened society, to the point that women’s rights are challenged, legislated against, and denied all over the world. Toil & Trouble delves deep into the truly diverse mythology of witchcraft from many cultures and feminist points of view, to create modern and unique tales of witchery that have yet to be explored.

It’s intriguing…but I’m not sure my schedule can take it.

 


Are you planning to participate? What would your TBR be?

 

Dee ^_^

 

 

Friday Reads!

aka that time I didn’t have a post ready so I went with this one.

 

This week, actually this month, has been pretty slow reading wise for me, so maybe telling you what I’m reading this weekend will motivate me to actually read.

 

So…enough stalling,

 

This

 

Weekend

 

I’m

 

Reading

 

 

 

 

I feel like everyone and their grandchild knows the synopsis of It, but for the few of you who live under a rock –

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality

I haven’t gotten very far into this (this shit is MAMMOTH) but I see why people say this is one of his most memorable pieces. It’s a lot to take in.

 

Wicked River is set to come out in May 2018, and it’s also very intense. If it does it right, this one could definitely be a top contender in its genre.

Synopsis:

Six million acres of Adirondack forest separate Natalie and Doug Larson from civilization. For the newlyweds, an isolated, back country honeymoon seems ideal: a chance to start their lives together with an adventure, on their own. But just as Natalie and Doug begin to explore the dark interiors of their own hearts, as well as the depths of their love for each other, it becomes clear that they are not alone in the woods.

Because six million acres makes it easy for the wicked to hide. And even easier for someone to go missing for good.

As they struggle with the worst the wilderness has to offer, a man watches them, wielding the forest like a weapon. And once they are near his domain, he will do everything in his power to make sure they never walk out again

 

Tell me that doesn’t sound intriguing to you?

 


 

Anyhoo, I’ll get back to it.

 

Dee ^_^

 

 

Horror Villains Halloween Tag

aka This one is ALL MINE (as far as I know)

 

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I created this one last Halloween, and never got around to posting it. Idk how come I never posted it, but, I’m doing it now!!

 

jason vorhees
A series that just won’t die (seriously, how many books do you need?)

The Southern Vampire Mysteries. Don’t get me wrong, it was a series that I enjoyed while I was reading it, then it just kept grooooowing, and growing. I can’t.

 

 

 

 

chucky
A book that started off cute/fluffy/safe and quickly broke your heart/escalated

This one can have a couple answers, but my first initial answer is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I mean, that ending!

 

Aisde from that I would choose Carry On by Rainbow Rowell or This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab, both of which were slow burns. You go into them expecting a lot to happen, but it doesn’t. Not until you’ve let your guard down.

 

 

 

 

 

pet sematary
A character that bought his/her headache as cheap as it comes

Jackson Oz of Zoo by James Patterson. I mean, he already KNEW about the changes happening with the animals, and yet he has a PET CHIMPANZEE. I am STILL not over this stupidity.

 

 

 

 

 

fenrir greyback
Favorite hybrid/shifter story

Full disclosure: I haven’t read very many of these (outside of fanfiction, which I can’t remember half the names of so I can’t rec them here), so my choices are limited. At face value, and the emotions that I  remember having while reading this book, I’d have to say Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.

 

 

 

 

ahs
Favorite paranormal/horror anthology

By default, October Country by Ray Bradbury. It’s the best of the ones I’ve read, so….

Please rec me your favorites???

 

 

 

 

 

dracula
Favorite adult vampire/paranormal books

Toss up between Black Dagger Brotherhood by J R Ward and Midnight Breed by Lara Adrian. Both hooooot and action packed. If you want to read about a clan of vampires protecting the world from other vampires, with a heavy helping of sex and romance, this is where you start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

freddy krueger
A high fantasy book that you enjoyed

There are so many beautiful options for this one, there’s Heartless and Winter by Marissa Meyer, The Wee Free Men (Discworld) by Terry Pratchet and of course The Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum. The characters, the world, the adventure!

 

 

 

 

the alien
A horror that features a non-human, non-vampire/shifter character

Off Season by Jack Ketchum. My lord does this book give: The Hills Have Eyes type of vibes. Yiiikes. There is so much gore! Soooo much (and I definitely need to see the movie that I heard it was made into).

 

 

 

 

 

 

pennywise
A book that scared you beyond words/started your love of the genre

Goosebumps and Fear Street was where it all began. I can still remember staying up on weekends flying through these books. Aaah, the memories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

predator
A character that had a complete turnaround (Predator vs Alien version)

The easy answer would be The Darkling (Grisha series), I mean, the way he started the series is NOT the way he enters book two! But there’s also Jamie Lannister and The Hound from GOT (but since I’ve only watched the tv series and not read the book…)

 

 

Until next Halloween,

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Spookathon Wrap-Up

Up until 8pm last night, I was sure that I wouldn’t have completed all five challenges. But, I managed it???

 

 successssss

And I only made one change to my original TBR (which is a miracle in and of itself).

 

Thriller

 

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero Continue reading “Spookathon Wrap-Up”

Spoopy Book October

Maybe-TBR.

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Before I get into what I want to read/might read, I just want to say thank you for your patience. Real life is hard, so thank you for sticking with me through it all. Things haven’t gotten back to normal yet, but they’re close enough.

Aside from my Spookathon TBR (coming later), I’m hoping to get to a few ‘spooky’, ‘paranormal’, ‘magical’ books this month.

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