Fall 2017 Readathons

Maybe it’s the approach of sweater weather and the need for an excuse not to rake leaves, but autumn seems to be a popular time for readathons. And Hallowe’en means it’s time for reading spooky books! Some of the readathons started on September 1st, but some don’t start till October. Here are the ones that interest me the most:

#GothicSept at Castle Macabre and #RIPxii. Both of these started yesterday, so this means you can get started early on your Hallowe’en reads. Gothic September focuses on four different Edgar Allan Poe stories. If I locate my giant book of Poe soon, I might join up. I know, I know, I could find the stories on the internet and/or borrow them from the library, but it’s just not the same. The twelfth R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril runs through the end of October and offers many options for participation, from a group read of Slade House to watching movies. In addition to Peril of the Short Story and Peril of the Screen, I will be doing Peril the First, which is a challenge to read four books of perilous content.

#FrightFall at Seasons of Reading. This one runs for the entire month of October and requires the reading of at least one scary book.

So, what will I be reading for these challenges? I will be finishing off a few Agatha Christie short story collections, including The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories and The Tuesday Club Murders. I hadn’t been planning to read Christie’s Peril at End House until December (for GenreLand), but how can I not read it for RIP? I also have some hope of finishing A Game of Thrones and Wuthering Heights by the end of October. Other books I plan to read that will likely count are Borderline by Mishell Baker, Poe by J Lincoln Fenn , We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones, The Conjure Woman by Charles W Chesnutt, At the Mountains of Madness by HP Lovecraft, Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff, The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle, and Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

I have no specific movie-watching plans at this time, but this year’s My Cousin Rachel will likely be out on DVD by the time I read the book for book club, so maybe we will watch it as a group. I’m also watching Season 1 of Game of Thrones as I listen to the audiobook. So far, one DVD of the show lines up nicely with 5 CDs of the book.


2 thoughts on “Fall 2017 Readathons

  1. Great line up, if I do say so myself. lol We are doing the exact same perils on R.I.P. I hope you find your Poe book. I have his collection on Kindle, but it’s not the same as holding that big ole tome. I listened to the second Song of Ice and Fire book on audio and man, I could not wait to get back in the car each day. Riveting! I’m working on reading Book Three…slow going. I’ve seen the show up through the current season, but I’ve heard they’ve deviated quite a bit from the books so it will be interesting to see the differences.

    Looking forward to having you join me for some of my events! Happy spooky reading!

    • Thanks! There are several books I’d like to locate soon, so I will probably make an expedition into the library annex (aka the garage) within the next week or so. Note to self: pack snacks.

      I’m liking both the book and the TV show of GoT, but in different ways, and I’m also finding things that bother me about both, again, in different ways. I’m not entirely certain yet, but I suspect I will continue on with only the show. I’m not crazy about the narrator for the audiobooks, and switching to print would be too much of a timesuck for me.

      I’m already deviating from my reading plan. I won a copy of Murder at the Male Revue in a Kings River Life giveaway, so that and class texts are getting priority right now.

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