October is looking to be another busy readathon month for me. lol First and foremost among them is the Trick or Treat Readathon aka ToTAThon 2019. Taking place October 1-31st, it’s celebrating the spooky, the creepy, and the haunted, plus any other book you can think of that fits the prompts for your team.
There are three teams: Ghost, Vampire, and Witch/Wizard. I am one of the co-hosts for Team Witch/Wizard along with @NeverlandIngrid.
Each team has a Treat and a Trick they’ll have to abide by. *shocked horror movie face* For Team Witch/Wizard, our Treat is that we can read a non-prompt book in place of one prompt. Our Trick is that we have to read a 500+ page book (how do I always end up on those teams? lol).
I’m so excited with the selections I made for my TBR for ToTAThon2019. Hopefully some of y’all will want to join as well when you see the prompts and my selections. 🙂
Costume Party (Read the Group Book)
The group book is Coraline by Neil Gaiman. I’ve read this book a couple of times in multiple formats. This time around, I’ll be going with the audiobook which is narrated by the author himself. Neil Gaiman is the perfect narrator, especially for a spooky tale.
Monster Mash: Read a book that has your team mascot in it
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson is likened to The Craft meets Veronica Mars and as I loved both those things, I couldn’t resist the urge to read this, especially with the new cover for the paperback release.
Fall Foliage: Read a book with fall colors on the cover (red, orange, yellow, or brown)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern audiobook has been on my TBR for ages because Jim Dale narrates it and I think it will be well worth it to hear the man that narrates Harry Potter say some of the iconic lines from this book.
This is the book I’ll be reading for my team’s Trick challenge. The paperback edition of this book has 516 pages, so it fits our 500+ Trick. The Red fits for Fall, plus I think the Black adds an extra element as a Halloween color.
Alternate Book: Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older. The cover is a brilliant combination of colors, half of which fit this prompt. It’s chock full of magic, so it’ll be a good October story.
Spooky Hayride: Read a book that involves a trip or quest
This is a classic series of wizardry and I can’t wait to dive back in. So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane was a childhood staple and I still remember key scenes. It’ll be a great time of year to revisit it and the epic adventure Nita and Kit go on to fight the Lone One.
Alternate Book: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova – Alexa is a bruja who must go on a quest to rescue her family when her Deathday spell backfires.
Corn Maze: Read a book where someone gets lost and/or finds themselves
Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw looks quite spooky. Whether it’s Nora Walker or Oliver Hunstman that’s going to be the one finding themselves in this book, I’m not sure, but I have a feeling it’s going to be a multi-level story. Shea’s books look very atmospheric, if the covers are anything to go by.
Black Cat: Read a book with an animal on the cover
xxxHolic by CLAMP is one of my favorite series. Butterflies are a huge theme throughout the series, as they’re a symbol of Yuko the Time Space Witch (featured here on the cover). I think I finished this series, but I can’t remember so hey, time to start again!
Spider Webs: Read a book that gives you the heebie jeebies
I started watching the Netflix adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson when it came out. If that is anything to go back, even taking into account the sure changes I can gather by the synopsis of the book, I’m sure this is going to give me the heebie jeebies for sure.
Read a book and watch the movie/tv show adaptation
Practical Magic is one of my favorite Halloween movies but I’ve never read the book Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. I figure it’s finally time to read the source material and see what that’s like.
And those are all the challenges for Team Witch/Wizard! There will also be social media challenges to complete for some extra points, so be sure to check those out once the readathon starts. 🙂
If you’d like to signup, you can do so here: Trick or Treat Readathon Signup
I look forward to reading with Team Witch/Wizard and with everyone else too!