Hello, everyone! I know everyone is sitting there going, um, Mandy, you do realize it’s August, right? Not only is it NOT September but we still have two months to go for October for grand ole Halloween. However, somehow, Sha and I put our brilliant minds together and thought about doing a first official Book Princess Reviews readathon and created the Nightmare Before Book Princess Reviews Readathon! Basically, it’s a readathon that is based off the classic Disney movie, Nightmare Before Christmas, and you can find out more here!
But alas, it’s time for me to get together a list of books that I want to tackle this Nightmare Before Book Princess Reviews Readathon so I’m prepared for the ultimate creepy holiday. Will you join me in this challenge? Below are some of the books I’ll be tackling!
- City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (Prompt: Zero – A Book with Ghosts)
- Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco (Prompt: Doctor Finklestein – A Spooky Book with an Eccentric Character i.e. like a Mad Scientist)
- Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz (Prompt: Lock, Shock, and Barrel – A Spooky Book with a Gang/Crew)
City of Ghosts is bound to bring me some ghostie goodness. Schwab is a master of mood, and this story is about a young girl whose parents run a paranormal hunting show, tackling one of the most haunted cities in Scotland. Plus, she can see ghosts. So clearly, there will be ghosts. GHOSTS. Escaping from Houdini is the latest installment in Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series, and while this may not bring all the scares and thrills as her other previous villains (Jack the Ripper and Prince Dracula), she continues to bring a dark, atmospheric vibe to the book that has gets me in such a spooky Historical Fiction feel. Project 17 is one of my favorite books ever, and is the ultimate Halloween book for me. It follows 6 kids who go into an abandoned insane asylum to film a movie and encounter terrors along the way.
- Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova (The Citizens: A Book with Any of the Following – deformed monsters, ghosts, ghouls, goblins, zombies, demons, mummies, vampires, werewolves, and witches)
- The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín (This Is Halloween: Spookiest Book on your TBR)
- Campfire by Shawn Sarles (What’s This: A Book with a Mystery)
Hopefully Labyrinth Lost will be a buddy read with the great and powerful Rendz from Reading With Rendz since we have been so geeked about this book from the beginning. It’s about brujos and brujas getting into some messy business, and that cover is one of my favorites of all time. The Call is a book based in Ireland that sounds part The Purge and part Hunger Games with evil fairies out to kill. Definitely sounds like the spookiest book on this TBR especially with how it could hit close to home. And Campfire? It sounds like your average, Going-Into-The-Woods-Will-Forever-Get-You-Murdered plot, so, you know, my type of book.
- The Truth Lies Here by Lindsey Klingele (Halloween Town: a book with a spooky town)
- A Vision of Fire by Gillian Anderson (Sally: A Spooky Book with a Voice of Reason Character)
- Hocus Pocus: The All New Sequel (Mayor of Halloween Town: A Book that Has Two Faces – either two main characters, two separate plots, or one big plot twist)
The Truth Lies Here is 200% my kind of book – small town, aliens, people dead in woods, conspiracy theories, aliens, men in black, creepy townspeople, ALIENS. Yeah, I need this now. Speaking of aliens, I will also be tackling a book by the alien queen herself, Gillian Anderson who plays Agent Scully in the X-Files. The book sounds like something straight out of the X-Files with people speaking in tongues and bursting into flames, so, I’m just going to pretend it’s really Solo Scully (who is voice of reason always) and have some fun. And Hocus Pocus is a two part story – you have the novelization of one of greatest Halloween movies of all time and then the brand new sequel. I can’t wait to get back to the queens, the Sanderson witchessssss.
- Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe by Stacy King (Jack, the Pumpkin King: A Book Where a Character Has Skeletons)
- Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson (Jack’s Lament: A Book with Sad Overtones)
- The Diviners by Libba Bray (Oogie Boogie: A Spooky Book You’re Taking a Gamble On)
Well, clearly, Poe is up there with the spookiness and he needs to be there for October-ness time. Plus, his characters always end up having major skeletons in the closet. I thought I would give his stories a try in manga version which sounds amazing. Monday’s Not Coming has such an intriguing premise – Monday Charles is missing and only her best friend seems to care. And no one can even pinpoint when she disappeared? It’s sounds like it’s going to be total heartbreak for this one. And The Diviners? I’ve seen majorly good and bad reviews, but it sounds pretty cool, so I’m going to try and take a gamble on this 1920s paranormal read.
This isn’t a final list, since I’m going to be actively trolling for new manga/graphic novels as well as new ARCs. I still have 3 more prompts to figure out, so I have still have more to add. Perhaps you have some thoughts on what I should add for the last 3?
Sally’s Song: A Spooky Book with a Love Story Featured
Kidnap The Sandy Claws: A Book with a Disastrous Plan
Santa Claus: A Non-Spooky Book for a Palette Cleanser – I’m thinking Home and Away by Candice Montgomery!
So, join me – and if you do, please let me know by tagging us back!
What do you think? Will you be joining us with readathon? Do you have any books that I should definitely be adding to this list? Will be reading any of the same? Let’s discuss in the comments below!