Looking at my bookshelves, I realised I had a fair few books that would be perfect to read before Halloween. I headed over to Twitter to ask if there are any Halloween-themed readathons going on, and I was in luck! What better time to get through some of my TBR than with a readathon?!
This month, I’m going to join in with Wonderless Reviews’ Halloween Readathon. The goal is to read however many spooky books we want to read between October 10th – October 31st. The only rule is that the books we read have to be horror, thriller and/or have some kind of supernatural element. There are a few extra challenges to go along with it too, so I’ll see if I achieve any!
My TBR for this readathon isn’t going to be very long. I’m not getting through books as quickly as I like at the moment, so I don’t want to set a massive goal and fall short! I’d much rather set a smaller goal and try and read more than I intended, if I can. So, I’m going to set my goal at 4 books, one of which I’m already reading.
My Halloween TBR
Book 1: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, atraveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.
Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.
But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.
Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca. Their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all her loved ones disappear.
I’m actually already reading this book. I almost didn’t include it in the list because I completely forgot about it! I think it’s pretty suitable for a creepy readathon though, don’t you think?! I’m enjoying it so far so it’ll be good to finish it and see what happens!
Book 2: Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell
Dunvegan School for Girls has been closed for many years. Converted into a family home, the teachers and students are long gone. But they left something behind…
Sophie arrives at the old schoolhouse to spend the summer with her cousins. Brooding Cameron with his scarred hand, strange Lillias with a fear of bones and Piper, who seems just a bit too good to be true. And then there’s her other cousin. The girl with a room full of antique dolls. The girl that shouldn’t be there. The girl that died.
My sister Emily got this book for me for Christmas last year. We had a challenge for our Christmas presents: we had to get everything in a colour theme, and Emily’s for me was blue. This book cover is blue and it has my name in the title, so it was perfect!
The only thing is… I still haven’t read it yet. It’s been 10 months and I think it’s about time I read it. I even got the book signed when I met the author at YALC earlier this year! I think it’s about time I read this, and the Halloween Readathon is the perfect opportunity.
Book 3: Charlotte Says by Alex Bell
The much-anticipated prequel to the bestselling FROZEN CHARLOTTE.
Following the death of her mother in a terrible fire, Jemima flees to the remote Isle of Skye, to take up a job at a school for girls. There she finds herself tormented by the mystery of what really happened that night.
Then Jemima receives a box of Frozen Charlotte dolls from a mystery sender and she begins to remember – a séance with the dolls, a violent argument with her step-father and the inferno that destroyed their home. And when it seems that the dolls are triggering a series of accidents at the school, Jemima realizes she must stop the demonic spirits possessing the dolls – whatever it takes.
As you can see, Charlotte Says is the sequel the first book in my TBR, Frozen Charlotte. I was lucky enough to win a proof copy of this book at YALC when I took part in Alex Bell’s horror writing workshop. The book was released last month so it’s still fairly new – perfect time to read it, I’d say!
Book 4: The Creakers by Tom Fletcher
What silently waits in the shadows at night? What’s under your bed, keeping just out of sight?
Do you ever hear strange, creaking noises at night? Ever wonder what makes those noises?
Lucy Dungston always did.
Until, one morning, Lucy discovers that all the grown-ups have disappeared – as if into thin air. Chaos descends as the children in Lucy’s town run riot. It’s mayhem. It’s madness. To most kids, it’s amazing!
But Lucy wants to find out the truth. Lucy lost her dad not long ago, and she’s determined not to lose her mum too. She’s going to get her back – and nothing is going to stop her…
…except maybe the Creakers.
Okay, so this one is a bit different to the books above. Tom Fletcher is one of my favourite people, and he has been since I became a McFly fan at 9 years old. (If you don’t know, Tom is a member of the band McFly and also a children’s author. He’s also an all-round awesome human being.)
The Creakers is a children’s horror book, but it still counts for this, right?! To be honest, I’m such a weakling that I’ll probably find it creepy, even though it’s for people half my age. I can’t wait to read it because I loved Tom’s first novel, The Christmasaurus. If you want an adorable Christmas book for later this year, I’d recommend it!
What do you think of my choices? I’m pretty excited to start reading them (just after I’ve finished one of the books I’m currently reading). I’m going to review the books on my blog as always, and I’ll also be tweeting about my progress (if I remember!) using the hashtag #HalloweenWR.
The readathon starts TODAY and ends on 31st October. It’s not too late for you to join in too! You can join in at any point throughout the readathon. Head over to Wonderless Reviews for the info!