πŸ‘»πŸŽƒ Halloween Readathon Wrap Up πŸŽƒπŸ‘»

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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 supportΒ 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 πŸ˜‰. 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 ofΒ Girl from the WellΒ I read ALL of these this past week and I’m super impressed. Here’s what I read!!

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the-girl-from-the-well-by-rin-chupecoΒ The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

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 – andΒ everythingΒ  – 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!

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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.

 

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman.pngBird Box by Josh Malerman

…So this is kind of cheating. I was supposed to readΒ BlackΒ by Fleur Ferris for this challenge. However, being a distracted mood reader I decided I really wanted to readΒ Bird Box.Β I saw a tweet by Amy @ Inkyspells and I just couldn’t resist.Β TechnicallyΒ this does have a sci-fi aspect, but it mostly focuses on real people so because it’s my readathon I’m counting itΒ πŸ’πŸ»Β 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.

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The Woods Vol 1 by James Tynion IV.pngThe Woods, Vol 1: The Arrow by James Tynion (writer) & Michael Dialynas (art)

I was supposed to readΒ The HarrowingΒ 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.Β That’s basically the premise toΒ 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.

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Β Carrie by Stephen King.pngCarrie by Stephen King

Onto the most exciting part of the readathon: GUYS! I DID IT!Β I READ MY FIRST STEPHEN KING BOOK!!!!Β 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!

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If you participated in the Read-A-Thon how many books did you get through? I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the books I read!

Feel free to leave a link to your own wrap up post if you have one.

Hope you’re all having a fantastic day xx

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31 thoughts on “πŸ‘»πŸŽƒ Halloween Readathon Wrap Up πŸŽƒπŸ‘»

  1. Thanks for hosting the Read-a-thon Lauren, it was a lot of fun and a nice little ‘push’ for me to read some books outside of my comfort zone! Next year I’ll try to read a Stephen King myself πŸ˜‰
    I did finish 6 books (just barely on time) but I didn’t do so good in following the challenges… (I also suffer from the distracted mood reader symptoms) But I had a lot of fun and read some new books and that’s what matters right πŸ™‚

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    1. Aw, no worries Lindsey!! Thanks for joining in ❀️ And yay for reading 6 books!! It’s totally fine if you didn’t stick to the challenges because what you mentioned is the exact reason why I wanted to host this readathon. So people had a chance to read things they may not normally read!!

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  2. Carrie was my first Stephen King and I read it recently and really enjoyed it. I read two properly spooky or supernatural books for the readathon and two thrillers which could count as a stretch. Wish I could have joined in onlin more but time got away from me…next year!

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  3. It seems like you had a lot of fun with this read-a-thon Lauren, and you got through some great books as well. I haven’t read any of them myself but even I know Carrie is a classic, and if I ever decide to scare myself by picking up some horror books Stephen King’s work will probably be at the top of that list.
    It seems like you really enjoyed all the books you picked as well which is just an added bonus.
    Hopefully next year your read-a-thon will be bigger and better! πŸ˜€ Good luck in advance.

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  4. Thank you again for hosting the readathon! It was so much fun! πŸ™‚

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Bird Box! I do think that I wouldn’t have found it as scary as I did if it weren’t for the fact that I practically read it in total darkness, but it was such a cool book. I’m pleased I’ve finally read it. I’m glad you enjoyed Carrie too, and you’re right about it being hard to read at times. I think at its heart its actually a really sad book, and it makes you feel so bad for Carrie.

    Also, The Woods sounds so cool?? I need to read it! I can’t believe I haven’t heard of it before!

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    1. Thank you for joining in ❀️

      And reading Bird Box in the dark would have been AMAZING. I’d love to reread it that way because it would definitely make you really immersed in what was happening. Even in daylight, towards the end, I started feeling the anxiety. Like knowing something’s there but not being able to see it is super terrifying.

      It was SO GOOD!!! I can’t recommend it enough.

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  5. Your wrap up is great! The Woods sounds like such a good read, I’ll have to read it sometime soon as well. I’m glad you liked Bird Box, it’s been on my radar since it got published and the cover is really beautiful as well. Also πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ on reading your first Stephen King book! πŸ˜„πŸ™Œ

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  6. Awesome job, Lauren! 5 books in a month is commendable. Actually, you read them in a week? That’s amazing!!
    How many books did you read outside of your TBR?

    I’m glad you’re doing it next year as well. It seems this year’s readathan was a success so I know it’ll be even bigger next year. I loved A Monster Calls so much. It wasn’t really spooky or scary but reading it during Halloween weekend was perfect.

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    1. Thanks, Naz! I changed my Halloween Readathon TBR up a little so there was a couple of books there that I hadn’t planned. I also read 1 book at the start of the month that wasn’t on my TBR and a couple of comic trades. I honestly don’t know why I even make TBRs because I never stick to them πŸ˜‚

      Yes πŸ˜€ I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed A Monster Calls. It broke my heart in the best way.

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