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#Spookathon 2017

Reading challenges seem to help get me out of my slumps because they have a deadline attached.  And I have been in one heck of a slump lately.  BUT it is the spookiest time of the year, and my favorite holiday is almost here.  So I hunted for a reading challenge that fits right in with the season, and behold, #Spookathon!

Lala from BooksandLala, Shannon from Bookerly, and Paige from Paige's Pages are hosting the #Spookathon, which runs from October 16 - October 22!  The point is to read some spooky books and have fun!
There are challenges to do for the event, but they are in no way a requirement!  I find the challenges make it even more fun though, so I'm definitely doing them!

For this year, the challenges include:
1. read a thriller 2. read a book with a spooky word in the title 3. read a book based on a childhood fear 4. read a book with orange on the cover 5. read a book that has a spooky setting

So my TBR list is a little ambition for a week to read, especially as I have Junior League things to take care of this week, but I'm optimistic (also I picked two audiobooks, so those will get done quickly) I'll get them all read!

Here's the TBR

  1. Read a Thriller - I chose There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins.  I've heard really great things about this book, and it is a divergence from what I'm use to by Stephanie, so I'm excited to see how creepy it is!

  2. Read a Book with a Spooky Word in the Title - I chose Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy edited by Ameriie really just because I wanted to read it, but then it fit the challenge by having 13 Tales of Villainy in the title.  13 is unlucky and villainy implies evil, so they can be spooky!

  3. Read a Book Based on a Childhood Fear - I chose Dark Eden by Patrick Carmen because, while it is not directly about a personal childhood fear, the characters in the book are all being treated for their personal fears.  I thought this would be extra scary because than I'm not just embracing one fear, but multiple fears!

 4. Read a Book with Orange on the Cover - I chose Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, which I realize is not a scary book in the traditional sense.  But it does deal with mental illness, which takes center stage in a lot of psychological thrillers and it is a sort of mystery story as well.  So I think it can squeak into the #Spookathon (plus I was reading it anyway because it's JOHN GREEN!)

 5. Read a Book that has a Spooky Setting - I chose Asylum by Madeleine Roux because, hello, old sanitarium turned dormitories?  That's creepy AF!  I've also been wanting to read this series since the book came out in 2013.

 6. Bonus Book - If I get done with my other 5 books, I chose to add in Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.  I've heard it's super creepy and dark, so perfect for a spooky reading challenge.  It's also been sitting on my bookshelf for a while, so I feel like I need to get to it!

So that's my TBR list for #Spookathon!  Are you all participating?  If you are, let me know what you're reading!  If you're not, give me some suggestions for future scary books I might read this month!

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