Hello and happy October 1st! October is such a fun and beautiful time of year. I especially love reading mysterious, spooky, and atmospheric books around this time. The past couple of months, I’ve been in a bit of reading slump, but that’s pretty much over now. I have so many books I’m hoping to get to this month, and I’m planning on participating in two different readathons: the Hocus Pocus Readathon, which runs from October 1st through October 13th and the Nightmare Before TBR (which also has an optional scavenger hunt!) that runs from October 1st through October 31st!
So, without further ado, here’s my October TBR!
First up, here are the prompts for my team, which is Team Undead, for the Hocus Pocus readathon!
Zombies, graveyards, and cats. Oh my! Read a book with a non-human
main character (5 points).
Okay, I’m actually still figuring out what book to read for this prompt. As a member of Team Undead, I have a special option to switch out one of my prompts with one of the other teams’ prompts. This may be the prompt I switch. If I do that, I’ll be switching it with Team Sanderson’s prompt, The Sanderson Sisters have risen. Read a book with a female protagonist. And for that prompt, I’ll be reading How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather!
The cemetery is especially spooky on Halloween night. Read a spooky,
atmospheric book (5 points).
I’m planning on reading Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz for a spooky, atmospheric book. This is a short read, but one that I’ve heard is so fun and scary. I somehow missed out on reading this one when I was younger, but I’m looking forward to reading it now!
Winifred Sanderson raises you from the dead. Read a book that can bring someone back from the grave (5 points).
For this prompt, I want to read City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab! So many people love Victoria Schwab’s books, and I haven’t read any of them yet. I feel like this ghostly read will be perfect for October.
Catch those kids, but don’t lose your head! Read a random book from
your tbr list (5 points).
A random book I want to read is October Kiss by Kristen Ethridge. I actually meant to read this book last October, but unfortunately I didn’t get to it. This book is from Hallmark Publishing, so I know exactly what expect and I think it’ll make such a quick and romantic read.
Not all of the undead are monsters. Read a book with paranormal or
supernatural elements (5 points).
For this prompt, I’ve chosen The Last Life of Prince Alastor by Alexandra Bracken. I loved The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding when I read it a couple years ago. So, I’m hoping to love the sequel just as much!
Help your team stand up to Winifred Sanderson. Read the group book (10 points).
There are two different group books to choose from for this readathon. The first is, no surprise, Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel by A. W. Jantha. I actually read that book last year, though. So, I’m going to read the other group book instead, which is Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin. I’ve been hearing great things about that one, so I’m super excited to read it!
Celebrate your eternal rest by watching Hocus Pocus (15 points).
And lastly, every team gets 15 points just for watching Hocus Pocus! It’s a movie I watch every October, and I think it’s such a great idea to incorporate it into my October reading!
Next, here are all the prompts for the Nightmare before TBR (Tim Burton Readathon)!
Nightmare Before Christmas
For this movie, I’m choosing the Read a Book with a Holiday Theme and I’m reading Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell! This graphic novel looks so cute and festive, and I think it will be perfect for this readathon.
I’m going with Read a Book with a Haunted Place/Person and reading Sheets by Brenna Thummler for this prompt. I haven’t heard much about this graphic novel, but I saw it at my library and it looks so cute and fun!
I’m choosing Read a Book with Green on the Cover for this prompt and I’m also reusing The Last Life of Prince Alaster by Alexandra Bracken for this one!
For this movie, I’m choosing the prompt, Read a Book with an Isolated/Lonely Character and I want to read The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hestor Fox. This book sounds very gothic and mysterious and perfect for October!
I’m going with Read a Book with a Murder for this one, and I’m hoping to read The Lost Girl by R. L. Stine. Any book by R. L. Stine is so quick, fun, and spooky, which I think makes the perfect Halloween read combo!
I’m choosing Read a Book with Black on the Cover for this movie and the book I’m choosing is The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury. This is a book that I’ve been meaning to read for literally years and I keep putting it off. Maybe this will be the October I finally get to it?!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Finally, I’m going with Read a Childhood Favorite, and I think I’m going to read an old Goosebumps book by R. L. Stine. Growing up, I loved those books, and let’s be real, once I get to this point, I am going to want a quick book if I hope to get all of these books read! haha 🙂
And if all those books aren’t enough, I’d also really love to get to The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw and A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs!
I realize this TBR is pretty unrealistic for me, but I’m excited and ready to read, so let’s see how many I get read!
Let me know if you’re participating in any readathons this month and what books are on your TBR!
Thanks for reading!