Alright, folks. This weekend is the #8inBoo Read-a-thon over on Bookstagram. It’ll be hosted by the ladies of 25inFive and it’s going to be so fun!
What is a read-a-thon?
A read-a-thon is just a challenge to read as much as you can over the course of a few days. For example, 25inFive stands for “25 hours of reading over the course of 5 days.”
For 8inBoo, the challenge will be reading for 8 hours over the course of two days. The “boo” in this reference is because it’s freaking Halloween time and we’re going to read something scary. This weekend (October 19 – October 20) will be the weekend to die for.
Of course, you don’t have to read something scary, but I will. I don’t normally read horror or thriller fiction because I’m a huge baby and I can’t stand the scares. However, it’s a very important time of year where the folks of America scare the ever-living daylights out of each other in good cheer. I don’t get into that, but I do get into reading.
Here’s what I’ll be reading this year for #8inBoo
Aside from the infamous On Writing, I haven’t read anything by Stephen King. For the most part, his books intimidate me. They’re these bricks of reading, everything is scary, and I would much read a simple romance than be scared out of sleeping at night. But this is Halloween and it’d be a waste to go another year without reading the King of Scary.
Weirdly, I’ve only watched Misery and that movie scared me out of my wits. It’s about a famous writer who is kidnapped by his biggest fan and then tortured basically to write more for her. It’s not like It or Cujo or even Carrie, but I think that the reality of a crazed fan kidnapping you to write more of their favorite series is scary enough.
I was so happy to introduce myself to Caroline Kepnes over the summer and I’ve been dying to read something more by her. This is supposed to be one of her freakiest and jaw-dropping novels. It’s also got its own series right now, so you know I’ve got to read it before I can watch it.
I’m a little nervous about this one, tbh. In fact I’m more nervous about this book than Misery and Stephen King is known for his horror. Will I be able to handle an entire weekend of haunted reads? We’ll soon find out.