Spookathon (Oct 15-21) has been my most successful readathon I’ve done, and I think that’s because I discovered how cool audiobooks are!
Audiobooks are where it’s at! I listened while driving in my car, cooking for my family, doing laundry, cleaning. Thanks to Scribd I’m going to be able to read so many more books. It’s like Netflix, but for books. Cheaper than Audible! I put the Scribd APP on my phone, I can stream audiobooks or ebooks over WIFI, data, or download to listen offline.
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Thanks to the hosts for all your hard work on Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube!
Kayla from BooksandLala
Shannon from Bookerly
Peter from Peter Likes Books
I completed the challenges! YAY!
1. read a thriller: Sadie
2. read a book with purple on the cover: The Mystery Boxes
3. read a book not set in the current time period: Frankenstein
4. read a book with a spooky word in the title: DEAD End
5. read a book with pictures: The Mystery Boxes
What I read! 🤡
My kids and I listened to Charlotte’s Web while driving in the car. We’re about 50% done. This book means a lot to me. It was the first chapter book I ever read, and it’s been really nice listening to it with my kids.
My son and I read The Mystery Boxes by Kazu Kibuishi (the author and illustrator of the Amulet series).
“WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
Find out in these seven clever stories by eight incredible comics creators!
Under the Floorboards by Emily Carroll
A box, a doll…but it’s no ordinary plaything!
Spring Cleaning by Dave Roman & Raina Telgemeier
There really is mystery in the back of a messy closet!
The Keeper’s Treasure by Jason Caffoe
A treasure inside a labyrinth inside a temple which way to turn now?
The Butter Thief by Rad Sechrist
There’s more than one way to trap a house spirit!
The Soldier’s Daughter by Stuart Livingston
There are mysteries of life and death–and beyond.
Whatzit by Johane Matte
Oh no, not that box! Watch out, little alien!
The Escape Option by Kazu Kibuishi
A strange, meteoric box and an otherworldly choice.
Open the book! Let the adventure begin!” https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12833770-the-mystery-boxes?from_search=true
We also made it halfway through The City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau.
“In the spring 2003, kids, parents, teachers, librarians—whole communities—discovered and fell in love with Jeanne DuPrau’s story about a doomed city, and the two children who found a way out. Nearly 10 years later, that story, The City of Ember, is a bona fide classic, with over 1.7 million copies sold. Now experience Jeanne DuPrau’s vision anew as artist Niklas Asker faithfully brings to life the glare of the lamps, the dinginess of the streets, and the brilliance of the first sunrise.”
My son doesn’t like scary stories, so when my daughter and I are alone in the car we listen to City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. We’re only about a quarter into that one (and loving it!).
“Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.
When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.” https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35403058-city-of-ghosts?ac=1&from_search=true
This week I finished Sadie by Courtney Summers. This was the first audiobook I’ve ever listened to and I loved every second. It’s a hard story to hear. I shed many tears, but it is SO GOOD. I’ll have a full review coming out soon.
“Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.
But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.
When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.” https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40820097-sadie
THEN I read Dead End by Rachel Lynch. Full review coming soon for this one too 🙂
It was just published this month! October 8th.
“When the seventh Earl of Lowesdale is found hanging from the rafters at Wasdale Hall, everyone assumes the aging, hard-partying aristocrat had finally had enough of chasing the glory of his youth. But when the coroner finds signs of foul play, DI Kelly Porter is swept into a luxurious world where secrets and lies dominate.
At the same time, two young hikers go missing and it’s up to Kelly to lead the search. But digging deeper reveals ties to two other unsolved disappearances and Kelly and her team find themselves in a race against time.” https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41152149-dead-end
To end Spookathon I listened to and read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It’s been two hundred years since this book was first published, so it was time that I read the original story. It’s SO DIFFERENT from what I’ve ever read and watched about Frankenstein. Full review coming soon for this one as well.
“Mary Shelly’s classic tale of terror is the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young student, who learns the secret of imparting life into a creature that he has constructed from corpses he finds.”
I tried to read Alice Cooper Vol. 1: Welcome to my Nightmare (Alice Cooper 1-6) by Joe Harris, but couldn’t get into this one at all.
“Rock n’ roll legend Alice Cooper has never been a stranger to the mystic and the macabre. His stage shows were the stuff of legend, featuring snakes and pyrotechnics, the invocation of dark themes and darker forces. But while he was a legend in the waking world, few knew his service as “The Lord of Nightmares” beyond it, where he watched over us while we dreamed, and delivered horrors unto the deserving. Only someone took it all away from him, cast him out of his realm, and locked him away. No longer enslaved to the Clan Black, Alice Cooper will reclaim his dark throne at all costs. All hail the Godfather of Shock Rock!”
💀 What spooky books are you reading this month? 🍬🍬🍬