Autumn is coming! Autumn is coming! I’m so excited 😀 Ok, so autumn isn’t my favorite season (allergies suck, ugh), winter is, buuuut… I still love autumn.
Maybe it’s because it’s the promise of winter arriving soon, or because of Halloween (!!!), or because my birthday is 2 weeks before Halloween, or any number of other things, but I love autumn. Not as much as winter, but a lot.
This year, I’ve been in a reading funk and I haven’t been in the mood for the genres I reach for the most. For the past few days, I’ve really been feeling darker books (horror, thrillers, mysteries, gothic lit, etc.), and I’ve been searching for reading events/challenges, read-a-thons, etc. that center around those genres. And I found some!
R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge
This challenge that runs from September 1st through October 31st is one I think I’ve heard of, and possibly participated in a long time ago. It’s now being hosted by My Capricious Life and Estella’s Revenge, and it sounds like a really relaxed, fun thing, with several “Perils” (levels) to choose from. I’m going with Peril the First, which is to read four books for the challenge.
Some of my possible reading choices for this challenge:
- Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
- Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
- House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
- The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero
- The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni
- Bird Box by Josh Malerman
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaimon
- The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
- The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill
- The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
I’m also thinking about reading some Agatha Christie and/or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for this one.
If anyone wants to buddy-read any of these, please let me know because I’d love to partner up to talk about them!
This one is hosted by Seasons of Reading and runs from October 1st-31st, and (as far as I can tell), the only requirement is to read at least one scary book. I’ve been itching for good horror books for ages, so I’m really excited for this one, and I hope I find something that actually scares me.
If you guys have any suggestions for truly terrifying reads, let me know in the comments!
For this month, I’m joining this read along hosted by Castle Macabre and it’s So! Exciting! ❤ I love Edgar Allan Poe, and I’m definitely going to try to keep up with the schedule.
Bookish Bingo: Fall 2017
I came across this one, hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews, by accident, and it looks like fun! This seasonal bingo runs from through the autumn season. I’m not sure how well I’ll do, but I love bookish bingo, so I’m going to play. (I wonder if you can count a graphic novel for “Illustrations…” If so, I’ve got one square already.)
I’ve already thought of some picks for about 6 of these, so yay!
And, there’s also a Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon coming around on October 21st! I’ve missed the last, like, 4 of these, so I’m hoping to remember this time and actually participate.
Whew! That’s a ton of things to (hopefully) inspire me to read a bit more, and more broadly, for the next 2-3 months. I’m super excited about all of these, and I can’t wait to post wrap-ups and see how many things I managed to complete.
Are you participating in any reading events this fall? Let me know about them in the comments!