I’ve signed up for my first readathon! I hope I’m doing this right! I generally don’t do these because I’ve got too much going on or I find them a bit too confusing or they’re 24 or 48-hour ones and I am a boring grown-up who has to do things like work and sleep.
But the Hocus Pocus Readathon goes for 13 days and only requires us to read six books (plus watch the movie) and I can do that! I’ve just emerged from a reading slump so I’m feeling energised, and besides, who doesn’t love Hocus Pocus?
This readathon is hosted by Tiffy and Alyssa. I have chosen to participate as part of Team Undead, since those are the prompts that worked best for me. Our team leaders are Nox and Fyrekatz. If you’re interested in signing up last minute, here is the official Twitter with links to the prompts and the sign-up spreadsheet.
Here are the Team Undead prompts and the books I intend to read for them.
- Zombies, Graveyards and Cats. Oh my! Read a book with a non-human main character. (5pts)
I just heard about The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg yesterday and I love it already! (Don’t develop unrealistic expectations, she tells herself, already hyping this to beyond in her head). It’ a bit of a cross between Westworld and Disneyland, with courtroom drama thrown in.I’m pretty certain that the main character is a robot, given the references to her programming and the fact that she has never experienced love before.
- The Graveyard is especially spooky on Halloween night. Read a spooky atmospheric book. (5pts)
I don’t actually know that The Dead of Winter by Chris Priestley will be spooky and atmospheric, but considering it’s about a child alone in a haunted house at Christmas, it definitely sounds like it! I was looking through the library shelves this morning with this readathon in mind and thought this sounded perfect.
- Winifred Sanderson raises you from the dead. Read a book that brings someone back from the dead. (5pts)I’m going to swap this one out with one of the prompts from the other teams. See below.
- Catch those kids, but don’t lose your head! Read a random book from your TBR. (5pts)
Briar Rose by Jana Oliver has been on my TBR for a little while now and I spotted it at the library today. Love a good fairytale retelling.
- Not all Undead are monsters. Read a book with paranormal or supernatural elements. (5pts)
I have a feeling that I have avoided Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble before due to the mixed reviews, but I couldn’t resist an Anastasia Romanov-inspired story when I walked past it at the library. In this book, Anastasia and another character are linked through their dreams. There might be other magic stuff going on, too. Not sure.
- Help your team stand up to Winifred Sanderson. Read the Group Read. (10pts)
There are two group reads to choose from for this challenge and I’ve decided to read Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin. I know nothing about this one so I’ll be going in blind. Sounds good from the synopsis, though!
- Celebrate by watching the movie. (15pts)
Well, okay! That’s easy enough. 😀
Team Strengths: You can switch your prompt with another team’s prompt.
I’m going to swap out the “book that brings someone back from the grave” prompt with “Don’t get caught by the Sanderson Sisters. Study magical foes by reading a fantasy novel” from Team Trick or Treaters.
For this prompt I’m going to read Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, which I picked up at a second-hand book fair a couple of weeks ago. I’ve heard really good things about it so I have high hopes!
Team Weakness: you are trapped in the cemetery. Read one book all in the same spot.
The Dead of Winter is under 250 pages so I’m pretty sure a couple of sessions on my couch of an evening should see this one done!
Team Goal: Help defeat the Sanderson Sisters and enjoy your eternal rest (50pts)
And that’s it! I’ll post an update at the halfway point and a conclusion post at the end. See you on the other side!