First of all, I just want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in the readathon. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t even read any books. Your support has been incredible. This is the first time I’ve EVER attempted anything like this and I had so many more people interested than I ever imagined.
The Read-A-Thon will [fingers crossed] be happening again next year. Same dates. Mark it down in your schedules 😉. Hopefully, it’ll be even bigger. I’ll have a lot more time to plan for it.
I honestly didn’t think I was going to finish one book, which I was pretty disappointed with but by some sort of Halloween Miracle I managed to finish 4 books and 1 comic trade. Did I stick to my TBR? ……Not exactly. But where’s the fun in that anyway?
The only challenge I didn’t get to was to read 6 books. With the exception of the first 1/2 of Girl from the Well I read ALL of these this past week and I’m super impressed. Here’s what I read!!
It probably wasn’t the best idea to start reading this right before I was due to leave for a week. I was making really good progress on this book during the first week until I went to Perth, then it – and everything – got seriously put on hold. I FINALLY finished this book at the start of last week. It creeped me out a lot more than I was expecting. I wasn’t terrified, but it featured some of the things that really scare me like: disjointed bodies, girls that look like Samara and mirrors. One of my favourite thing about this book was the Japanese legends and cultures. I’m really excited to read the sequel!
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie
I just finished this on the 30th. It was a reasonably quick read and I really enjoyed the haunting aspect. It did take more of a fantasy-paranormal turn, whereas I was hoping it would be more horror-based. It was really interesting though and I enjoyed the web series it was based on too. I really loved the relationship Sunshine has with her mother. It’s nice seeing a parent involved in a YA paranormal book. I’ll be for sure picking up the sequel.
…So this is kind of cheating. I was supposed to read Black by Fleur Ferris for this challenge. However, being a distracted mood reader I decided I really wanted to read Bird Box. I saw a tweet by Amy @ Inkyspells and I just couldn’t resist. Technically this does have a sci-fi aspect, but it mostly focuses on real people so because it’s my readathon I’m counting it 💁🏻 I didn’t find this is as terrifying as a lot of people, but towards then end it did start making me feel pretty anxious. I can’t imagine being in a situation where you can’t open your eyes because it could kill you. The way Malerman wrote everything was really atmospheric and made you empathise with the characters. It was a really unique take on The End of the World trope.
I was supposed to read The Harrowing for this challenge, but I decided to once again cheat and read a comic trade. I’M SO GLAD I DID BECAUSE I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS SERIES. I’m honestly obsessed. I already finished Volume 2 and Volume 3.
Imagine if The 100 took place in the Upside Down and it was all set on an Alien Moon. Mix it with a much darker version of Lumberjanes. That’s basically the premise to The Woods. I love the characters so, so much. There’s POC characters as well as gay characters – so there’s diversity too! I feel so attached to everyone. This made me laugh and cry. I can’t recommend it enough! It’s great if you’re new to comics and graphic novels too because it’s a self-contained universe and totally stand alone.
Onto the most exciting part of the readathon: GUYS! I DID IT! I READ MY FIRST STEPHEN KING BOOK!!!! I enjoyed this A LOT. It was such a quick read. It was super intense and brought up a lot of important issues. I had to admit it was a bit hard to read at times because it did bring up a lot of memories I had about my own experience with bullying. You really sympathise with Carrie’s character and you almost can’t blame her for snapping and doing what she did. Especially when you add her extremist religious mother and awful upbringing into the mix. I loved how it was mixed with articles and police reports too. I can’t wait to read another King book!