Last month we posted about the spook-a-thon our friend Kwante was hosting. We both made a little TBR with books we hoped to read during this read-a-thon. It’s the beginning of November now, so we wanted to talk about what we actually read. So it’s time to take a look at our spook-a-thon wrap up.
I actually wrote down a pretty specific TBR for this spook-a-thon. I read three of the six I wanted to, but didn’t get to the other three, haha. October was a good reading month though, so I may be able to add a different book to the prompts. Let’s take a look at what I read.
#HauntedMansion : I wanted to read Scream All Night for the prompt and I did. Scream All Night was a lot different than I expected, but it was a fast read. Horror really isn’t my genre, so I missed a lot of the little details I think. The characters and writing were amazing though. Read my review here.
#HocusPocus : I planned on reading City of Ghosts for this prompt, but didn’t get around to it. I did read The Purloined Prophecy this month and there were some magical creatures. Two of the characters barely escaped. Besides that, there is some magic in this book, but we’re still figuring out what it is. Read my full review here.
#UrbanLegend : Another planned prompt that I failed, haha. Contagion was the book I wanted to read, but that didn’t happen. Girl at the Grave isn’t really a thriller, but a mystery. There are some exciting moments in it though. And I couldn’t figure out who actually was behind everything. I think this book counts here!
#TheDevilsHour : I was able to read Hunting Prince Dracula during the spook-a-thon. This was also a really good choice to read after midnight. Being in a castle in Romania with a dark atmosphere was very creepy. Add spiders to the mix and I didn’t want to get out of bed in the dark, haha.
#HalloweenCoverHunt : I’m so happy I chose Hocus Pocus & the All New Sequel for this prompt. I read this book in about a day (and it’s over 500 pages). I loved the story and was sucked into the Halloween feeling. The ending makes me wonder if there will be another book and I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
#AllHallowsEve: I didn’t start my reread of Mara Dyer, but I did read Carols & Chaos. Yes, it’s set around Christmas, but it does have a mystery, haha. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as good as I expected. You can read my full review here. And I know, I read a Christmas book for a Hallowen challenge. I can so I did, haha.
All in all, I’m pretty proud of how I did. I read three of the books I wanted to read for this. I’ll have to make sure to make more time for Halloween reads next year!
I didn’t do that great for this spook-a-thon and I’m so sad about it! But in my defense, we had the release of Kingdom of Ash in the middle of the readathon and it took me about a week to finish that beast of a book. So in the end I did manage to read 6 spooky reads, now lets see if any of those fit the challenges.
#HauntedMansion : Read a book with a creepy cover. –> Witch Slapped – Danielle Garrett
Now this one is a bit of a stretch, I wouldn’t call this cover creepy at all. However, our main character Holly lives in a house with a ghost as the landlady. So that is definitely a haunted mansion! I highly enjoyed this series of cosy supernatural mysteries and I listened to three during the spook-a-thon.
#HocusPocus : Read a book with a supernatural element like ghosts, vampires, witches, werewolves etc. –> Witch Way Home – Danielle Garrett
This is the fourth book in the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery series and these books have ALL the supernatural elements haha. Our main character is a witch, but we also have ghosts, vampires, and werewolves. And it doesn’t end there! This series was perfect for this time of year.
#UrbanLegend : Read a horror or (YA) thriller –> Contagion – Erin Bowman
This YA sci-fi novel definitely counts for the thriller category! I was creeped out the whole time and the suspension was great. This was another audiobook for me, and the way certain chapters were read was so creepy.
#TheDevilsHour : Read a book after midnight! –> Dare You to Lie – Amber Lynn Natusch
I love love loved Dare You To Lie. This was an amazing novel and the comparison to Veronica Mars is very well deserved. I couldn’t put this book down and as a result I read a big part of it after midnight. The ending also left me wanting MORE and I’m so happy there will be more books.
#HalloweenCoverHunt : Read books with covers that have Halloween colors: black, orange, red or Halloween theme’s: pumpkins, skulls, etc. –> Nightfilm – Marisha Pessl
I never really loved this cover, and I didn’t end up liking the book that much either unfortunately. But it fit well with this prompt. It has red and a bit of black on the cover. I’ll admit it’s not the most Halloween-y cover ever but the colors aren’t too bad.
#AllHallowsEve: Read 6 books in total –> Lucky Witch – Danielle Garrett
The last book (for now?) in the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery was my last, and sixth book in the readathon. I truly hope this is not the last book in this series, I highly enjoyed these easy to digest cosy mysteries and we didn’t get a satisfying ending in my opinion. These books make perfect fall reads and I would recommend them to anyone enjoying supernatural books or cosy mysteries.
I can’t believe I managed to complete all the challenges for this Spook-a-thon! Or at least more of less completed them all 😉 Next year I do hope to read some more spooky reads, and since we don’t have KoA coming out then I am hopeful!
So that’s a wrap for the spook-a-thon this year. Hopefully we will be able to find a fun readalong next year! What spooky reads did you enjoy in October? Let us know so we can add them to our list for next year!