October Owlcrate Unboxing AND a Spookathon Update

Well it’s THAT time of the month again… the time when I stumble home from work to find a treat on my doorstep: 

OWLCRATE IS HERE!


October’s Theme: Find Me in the Forest


I was pumped for the theme because I love woodsy rustic aesthetics and I had a really good feeling what the book would be (I was right). I was excited to hear that there would be a candle and a mug… so without further ado…

This coaster Kristin Askland coaster is easily my favorite item! I love the art style, foxes are my favorite animal and it’s a nice Thoreau quote.

An In the Wick of Time candle based on The Raven Cycle series… a series I DNFed hardcore. But it smells pretty. 


Loose leaf tea from Riddles Tea Shoppe

The much buzzed about Harry Potter mug…  I was slightly disappointed in it. It’s not really my taste and I actually prefer the design of the box… oh well, I’ll still use it. 

A Princess Mononoke art print by Audra Auclair.

Adorable magnetic bookmark from Craftedvan. I love them. 

Finally, THE BOOK! Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. I knew this would be the book, and I’m so excited!

Here’s the whole thing. It’s a nice box with some really great things in it. I was a little underwhelmed by the mug and candle but I love everything else.

I did skip November’s box because I think I know the book and none of the fandoms mentioned appeal to me.

SPOOKATHON UPDATE

Finished:


Started but will probably DNF it:

I’ve given it 75 pages and it’s just doing nothing for me… I’m taking a break from it for now. 

Currently Reading 

I love the cover, I love the premise… I’m giving it a shot. I’m also watching Addams Family Values, so we’ll see how much reading actually gets done tonight. 

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Spookathon: Read a Thriller

Alright, let’s kick this readathon off with 

In a Dark, Dark Wood Ruth Ware


Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back. 

There was a dark, dark house
Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room

But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room…. 

Some things can’t stay secret for ever.
—————-

I’ve been seeing this book around for a while and I’ve always been curious. So when I saw it praised on a blog I frequent, I knew now was the time, and the fact that it happens to fit into a Spookathon challenge is just gravy!

I’m starting it tonight and can’t wait!

Spookathon Reading List!

As you, faithful readers, know, I’ve been suffering through a bit of a book slump. I haven’t really been grabbed by anything lately that makes me want to read all the way to the end. I’ve tried all the old standby remedies, and as I was trolling booktube for recommendations and slump-busting tips, I was reminded that October is a HUGE month for readathons! So I decided on two to participate in. Each one is a week long readathon with specific reading challenges.

This Week’s Readathon: Spookathon (Oct.16-22)

Spookathon is hosted by booktubers:

The Challenges:

  1. Read a Thriller
  2. Read a Book with a Spooky Word in the Title
  3. Read a Book Based on a Childhood Fear
  4. Read a Book with Orange on the Cover
  5. Read a Book Set in a Creepy Location 

My Spookathon TBR


Thriller: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

I saw this book praised on Stacked and immediately felt like I had to read it. I loooooove a good creepy forest, so I’m here for it.

Spooky Word in the Title: Before the Devil Breaks You Libba Bray


The Devil is spooky, being broken by the Devil is very scary… basically I’m looking for an excuse to squeeze this one into the readathon, because I love this series and I’m too psyched for it.

Based on a Childhood Fear: There’s Someone Inside Your House Stephanie Perkins


So, when I was little I was certain that there was someone sneaking into my house at night. No amount of reassurance from my parents could convince me that we were safe from intruders. For a long time I was positive that The Penguin (Danny DeVito) was climbing in through my bedroom window… it didn’t matter that we lived on the fourth floor of an apartment complex.

Book with Orange on the Cover The Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson 

I have already told you that I love this book. I love Shirley Jackson, if I could do grad school over again, I would focus on her. This book is all kinds of creepy and I love it. Full Disclosure: the copy I’m reading has SIGNIFICANTLY less orange on the cover, but I’m not dropping unnecessary money on readathon material.

Book Set in a Spooky Location And the Trees Crept In Dawn Kurtagich

Creepy house? Menacing woods? Unconventional narrative and book design? SIGN ME UP!

The Group Book: The Stranger in the House Shari Lapena

I am not reading the group book this year, because I can’t really rationalize buying ANOTHER book and my library doesn’t have it on the shelf… so… yeah.

 

So, there’s my Spookathon TBR! I’m excited to get started and will post updates throughout the week.

Are you doing Spookathon? What are reading? Let me know and let’s get spooky together!

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So Basically… I’m exhausted, or 24in48 Readathon Wrap-Up Post

Well, dear readers. We did it. I say “we” because a good number of you were with me throughout most of the 24in48 journey, and for that I’m pretty darn grateful.

I’ve now put roughly 48 hours between me and the readathon, I gone to work, I’ve watched a lot of The Great British Baking Show, and I think I’m recovered enough to reflect and wrap up.


It was definitely an experience. I mean I went into this assuming I would cop out around hour 12 and be proud that I made it that far. But somehow (I’m going to say that it was the much needed boost I got from reading Moxie) I managed to read for 24+ plus hours. Which is pretty cool. I read six books in the equivalent of one day. I managed to live blog pretty much the whole thing AND I won the Hour 42 challenge!

Before I close this chapter for good, I’ve got a few reflections:

Best Book I Read: A Million Junes by Emily Henry This book was so good and such a surprise. I cried ugly tears and hugged the book to my chest when it was over. Loved it.

Worst Book I Read: Universal Harvester by John Darnielle ugh… this book. I was so excited to read it! It had such a cool premise! But it was SOOOO boring! I just ugh… so bad.

Favorite Book I Read: Moxie by Jennifer Matheiu THIS BOOK! This book excited me so much as I read it. I listened to Riot Grrrl music and wanted to smash the patriarchy from start to finish. It’s not perfect, it isn’t as intersectional in its feminism as I’d like it to be. But I really liked reading it.

Highlight: All the awesome support from the online book community! It was amazing! 

Highlight 2: Finishing my 4th book and realizing I was kind of crushing it.

Lowlight: Losing my entire clock at 19:50 hours…I legit cried.

Lowlight 2: Being bit by a f@*#ing spider! BTW it still itches sooooo bad.

I had so much fun! Bonus, I earned my book buying ban relief day! I’ll share what I got when they arrive from Amazon.

I will totally do this again.

Moxie Girls Fight Back!

I just finished Moxie by Jennifer Matheiu and IT IS SO GOOD!


I’ll be doing a full review later this week. But ugh it is so good! I can’t wait for people to start reading this book!

Speaking of fighting back…

I’m still pushing on despite my loss of my official clock…


I’ve got roughly 2 and a half hours left to go. I won’t be able to start and finish a whole book in that time, so I’m going to try to finish my eARC of Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust.


See you on the other side!

Day 2: The Home Stretch.

I have EIGHT HOURS to go!

I’m breaking from my original TBR and am going to kick today off with the e-ARC of Moxie by Jennifer Matheiu that NetGalley sent me.


I’ve read too much about murder and violence this readathon… I had nightmares…weird nightmares.


See you in a bit!