This weekend – October 15th to October 17th – Lesley over at YA Books Reviewed is hosting a Halloween Read-A-Thon! The goal for this weekend? “read Halloween themed stuff. Not necessarily with the day of Halloween, or even the month. None of that (unless you want to). What I am thinking is examples like this: vampires, ghosts, witches, werewolves, shifters, immortals, urban legends, zombies, anything horror or paranormal related.”
Since I’ve been planning for a while to read and review some Halloween-ish themed books for the week of Halloween (coming up, from October 25th – 31st), this is a great opportunity for me to get a little bit ahead of myself!
Here’s what I’ll be trying to read this weekend:
- The Wizard, the Witch, & Two Girls from Jersey by Lisa Papademetriou
- Vampires: Encounters with the Undead edited by David J. Skal
- Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne-Jones
- A New Dawn: Your Favorite Authors on Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Series edited by Ellen Hopkins
- Body Snatchers, Stiffs and Other Ghoulish Delights by Frederick Drimmer
I probably won’t get through them all, but I should get through some!
As well, I’m participating as a mini-challenge host! At the end of the weekend, I’ll be drawing a winner using random.org, who will receive a supernatural-themed book of their choice from Book Depository (up to a value of $15 Canadian).
Mini-Challenge: Halloween Treats
When I went trick-or-treating as a kid, I always went with my younger siblings – at first just my brother, then later my sister and then a second one. As soon as I was old enough to be considered “responsible”, my siblings and I would walk up to front doors together, while my parents (or just one of them) followed along with us on the sidewalk or (on colder years) in the car.
We used to carry around these cute little orange plastic jack-o-lantern shaped buckets (exactly like the picture on the right!) that we would get candy in, which we loved because they made fantastic rattling noises when there was candy inside! My parents, who were trying to get us the “best” Halloween experience possible, would periodically empty out our little buckets into a centralized bag in the car, which we would share equally once we got home.
There were always certain kinds of treats, though, that each of us preferred, and would try our hardest to trade for!
For this mini-challenge, I want you to think back to your time trick-or-treating, and tell me what “treat” you wanted most to get on your ramblings! What treat would you have traded the rest of your haul for?
You can answer in the comments below, or answer on your own blog and leave the link in the comments.
Enjoy the read-a-thon!