Anytime of year is a great time to read thrillers, but October is really the prime-time for me because it sets the mood, and with that comes readathons. Now I am not one who typically participates in them, but the Spookathon is one that I love and participate in since it began last year. It is hosted by three BookTubers: Bookerly, Paige’s Pages, and BooksandLala–you can view Shannon’s announcement video here.
As soon as I found out that it will be running from October 16th through October 22nd, I started to think about the challenges (which I’ll post below) and what my book selections will be. What I like about this readathon is that you aren’t under a lot of restrictions and don’t have to complete all the challenges, and you can read at your own pace.
- Read a thriller
- Read a book with a spooky word in the title
- Read a book based on a childhood fear
- Read a book with orange on the cover
- Read a book set in a spooky location
For my choices, I chose Shadow of the Lions by Christopher Swann, which will be for the first challenge, and The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle checks off challenges 2, 4, and 5. I had a bizarre childhood fear that sharks would come out of the vents in pools while I was swimming, so I requested Jaws from my local library because it would be a great choice and I have yet to read it.
The Goblins of Bellwater released on October 1st, and it is the perfect read for this readathon! I had planned on posting a review for the release day, but it’s such a spooky, urban fantasy that I couldn’t resist saving it for the Spookathon. Whether you are participating or just looking for a new read, you really need to pick it up.
Shadow of Lions Synopsis
How long must we pay for the crimes of our youth? It has been almost ten years since Matthias graduated from the elite Blackburne School, where his roommate and best friend, Fritz, fled into the woods, never to be heard from again, in the middle of their senior year. Fritz vanished just after an argument over Matthias’s breaking of the school’s honor code, and Matthias has long been haunted by the idea that his betrayal led to his friend’s disappearance.
Years later, after hitting the fast lane in New York as a successful novelist–then falling twice as hard–Matthias is stuck, a failure as a writer, a boyfriend, a person. When he is offered the opportunity to return to Blackburne as an English teacher, he sees it as a chance to put his life back together. But once on campus, Matthias gets swiftly drawn into the past, and is driven to find out what happened to Fritz. He partners with a curmudgeonly local retired cop and tries to solve the case, dealing with campus politics, the shocking death of a student, Fritz’s complicated and powerful Washington, D.C., family, and his own place in the privileged world of Blackburne.
The Goblins of Bellwater Synopsis
Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out.
Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit’s end trying to understand what’s wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn’t talk of such things: he’s the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract.
Unaware of what’s happened to Skye, Kit starts dating Livy, trying to keep it casual to protect her from the attention of the goblins. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Kit, Skye draws his cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods, dooming Grady and Skye both to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever.
I have a short pile of books that I want to read this month, but some are lengthy reads so I am anticipating getting through all of them.
Her Body and Other Parties by Maria Carmen Marchado, which is a short story collection that blends psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism; The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter, which I am currently reading. If I have enough time and get through those books, I want to read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier because I’ve heard it’s the perfect fall pick, and it’ll be my first time reading it.
Are you participating in the Spookathon? What is on your TBR for October?