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24 Hour Read-a-Thon: My Book Pool

by Ann-Katrina

There are a ton of books marked as “To Be Read” around here, but since it’s October and I’m participating in the R.I.P. IV challenge, I’ve decided to limit my book pool to all things macabre, supernatural, and spooky. Werewolves, ghosts, ghouls, vampires, witches, poltergeists, mythological beasties, aliens, faeries, and psycho killers are all fair game.

And since I don’t know exactly what I’ll be in the mood to read from minute to minute come October 24, this list is going to be long and unwieldy and there’s a good chance I won’t finish all of them…I’ll probably be lucky if I finish four. :D


Title Author Genre
Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales Brothers Grimm Children’s Fantasy/Story Collection
The Mediator (Shadowland) Meg Cabot Young Adult Supernatural
Shiver* Maggie Stiefvater Young Adult Supernatural Fantasy
In This Way I Was Saved Brian DeLeeuw Adult Suspense
Hush, Hush Becca Fitzpatrick Young Adult Supernatural
The Sisters Grimm (Books 1 & 2) Michael Buckley Children’s Fantasy
Story Time Edward Bloor Children’s Supernatural/Suspense
Dracula Bram Stoker Adult Horror
Tamsin Peter S. Beagle Young Adult Supernatural
Devil’s Footsteps E. E. Richardson Young Adult Horror
Red Handed Gena Showalter Young Adult Supernatural/Sci-Fi
Dark Time (Mortal Path) Dakota Banks Adult Supernatural
The Great and Secret Show Clive Barker Adult Horror
The Tarot Cafe (Books 1-4) Sang-Sun Park Manga/Supernatural
Ash Malinda Lo Young Adult Fantasy
The Hollow Jessica Verday Young Adult Horror
M is for Magic Neil Gaiman Young Adult Fantasy/Story Collection
Soulless Christopher Golden Young Adult Horror
Mr. Darcy, Vampyre Amanda Grange Historical Adult Horror
Howl’s Moving Castle Diana Wynne Jones Young Adult Fantasy
The Ferryman Christopher Golden Adult Horror
Bad Things Michael Marshall Adult Supernatural Suspense
Wait Until Twilight Sang Pak Adult Psychological Suspense
Pharos Alice Thompson Adult Supernatural
The Host Stephenie Meyer Adult Sci-Fi/Suspense

There’s some overlapping with my RIP IV reading pool, but I figure that’s OK.

* I decided to swap Unholy Child by Catherine Breslin for Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, but didn’t feel like taking another picture. Sorry. I got hit up by The Lazies™.

Comments on 24 Hour Read-a-Thon: My Book Pool

  1. # Shanra wrote on October 10, 2009 at 3:28 pm:

    (Completely random, but… Your layout. It is GORGEOUS. Especially this comment form.)

    Your pile looks absolutely fascinating, and I have to admit that there’s a fair few I’m hoping you’ll get to reading (and maybe talking about a little)! Like “Hush, Hush” (wishlist) and “Tamsin” (TBR) and “Howl’s Moving Castle (read). But I’m sure they’ll all turn out to be pretty interesting to hear about! ^-^
    .-= Shanra´s last blog ..Fly-by… =-.

  2. # Ann-Kat wrote on October 10, 2009 at 4:26 pm:

    Thanks Shanra and welcome right back at ya! :)

    I’m weak, so I’m probably going to finish Hush, Hush (along with The Hollow) this weekend. LOL

    As for the others, I do believe I’ll save them for the big day.

    What did you think of Howl’s Moving Castle? I absolutely love the animated movie and was excited to find out it was based on a book.

  3. # Belle wrote on October 10, 2009 at 10:42 pm:

    I really, really want to read the Tarot’s Café series!
    .-= Belle´s last blog ..Chris Grabenstein and the John Ceepak Novels =-.

  4. # Little Willow wrote on October 11, 2009 at 10:09 am:

    Nice creepy lineup! Christopher Golden is a favorite author of mine. :)
    .-= Little Willow´s last blog ..Halloween Book Talk with Christopher Golden and Nate Kenyon =-.

  5. # Stephanie wrote on October 11, 2009 at 10:52 am:

    Looks like you’re very organized. Great list!

  6. # Shanra wrote on October 11, 2009 at 11:16 am:

    Ooooooh. At the moment “Hush, Hush” is on my “Get it after you’ve read 30 books” list. (I’d be looking forward to the read-a-thon purely for that reason. I’ve about seven, nine now, picture books lined up for it.)

    As for Howl… Bear in mind that the book and the movie are very, very different. They had to simplify/adapt some of the plot lines to get it to fit within the time frame, but I’ve yet to find a person who watched the movie first and was disappointed by the book. They’re just different. You’ll know enough of the basic plot for there to be fewer twists and surprises, but there’s also enough to make the whole experience satisfying. I think. I read the book before watching the movie. I was on vacation with a couple of friends of mine and, whilst in the book store, I harrassed them to pick me a book by Diana Wynne Jones as they’d all been recommending her. I dove into reading it the next day on the bus and, apparently, they had some trouble getting me off the bus at the right stop because I was so engrossed in the book! (I don’t remember more than that I read it on the bus, though.) *ramble*

    If you do enjoy it, you’ll probably be happy to know that DWJ has written two more books featuring Howl and Sophie, though. (“Castle in the Air” and “The House of Many Ways”.) ^-^ I’m still missing HoMW and don’t think Castle was as good as Howl, but it was still a lot of fun to read.
    .-= Shanra´s last blog ..Purchases 11-10-09 (and Babbling) =-.

  7. # Ann-Kat wrote on October 11, 2009 at 4:38 pm:

    @Belle: I loved The Tarot Cafe. (Although I’ve only read up to volume 4.) The artwork is lovely, though I will admit I was a little stunned by the androgyny–all the of the men are super pretty, but in a good way. And the stories are charming…my favorites have to be the first one about the magical cat that falls in love with a girl and the werewolf story. There were a couple others too.

    @Little Willow: I’ve been wanting to read Christopher Golden for a while and now this is a grand opportunity. :D

    @Stephanie: Organized I am not, but thank you. LOL

    @Shanra: Thanks for the clarification. I’d heard that the two were quite different, but I guess some part of me didn’t want to believe it. But, as long as the book is more involved, it’s more than likely I’ll love it as much or more than the movie.

    On another note, I thought I was the only one who had “get it after reading X amount of books first” lists. LOL Glad to see I’m not alone on that one. :D

  8. # The Sunday Salon, Sunday Sketch 0.7, and RIP IV Short Story Sunday - Today, I Read… wrote on October 11, 2009 at 11:04 pm:

    [...] my short story fix, I incurred a book avalanche. Yeah, you heard me correctly. You remember that neat stack of books I created for my 24 hour read-a-thon book pool? Well, the book I wanted to read was halfway down [...]

  9. # Lisa wrote on October 11, 2009 at 11:07 pm:

    I’ve always wanted to read Grimm Fairytales, but I think you list wouldn’t be complete withput Angels and Demons.

  10. # Shanra wrote on October 12, 2009 at 3:16 am:

    I like them both, but you’ve really got to see them as separate stories. (The book, though, is what gave me the appreciation I have for English children’s lit. You’d never, ever find that level of complexity and lyricism in a Dutch children’s book. At least not the ones that were available when I grew up.)

    Nope, definitely not alone in lists like that! I’m hoping it’ll help me get my TBR down nice and low. ^-^ (But mostly I just don’t have the space to buy so many books a month. *is terrible*)
    .-= Shanra´s last blog ..The Little Bookroom by Eleanor Farjeon =-.

  11. # Nicole wrote on October 12, 2009 at 1:17 pm:

    You have a lot of nice spooky books there. A good thing you don’t have to worry about going to sleep that night. I read Hush, Hush the ARC, but I hear they have changed the ending, so I might have to re-read it now.
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Fall Festival Recipe Exchange: Black Bean Brownies =-.

  12. # Ann-Kat wrote on October 12, 2009 at 6:31 pm:

    Really? Now I’m going to have to check out the new book to see if and how it changed. o_0

  13. # Walker wrote on October 13, 2009 at 10:36 pm:

    Had no idea Howl’s Moving Castle was a book… *puts on a list somewhere*. I hope it’s as good as the movie!

    Good luck!

  14. # More Book Binging for the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon - Today, I Read… wrote on October 14, 2009 at 8:11 am:

    [...] you have it…three more books in the read-a-thon book pool (if I can restrain myself and wait to read [...]

  15. # Michelle wrote on October 14, 2009 at 11:25 am:

    This is quite the pile of books to go through! I like that you’re going with a theme for your read-a-thon books. I’m not sure which books I’m going to do yet I’ve got to put together a small list this weekend.

    Good luck!
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Slumber Party Read-a-Thon Style =-.

  16. # Chrissy wrote on October 15, 2009 at 11:17 am:

    Thanks for this list. I’m also reading only books for the read-a-thon that go with the RIP Challenge and I needed some ideas.

  17. # Beth F wrote on October 17, 2009 at 8:58 am:

    Great list of books — light enough and interesting enough to carry you through.
    .-= Beth F´s last blog ..Fall Read-a-Thon: What’s a Gal to Read? =-.

  18. # janicu wrote on October 20, 2009 at 9:54 pm:

    I just joined this and noticed you had entered!!! DUDE. Your book pool! OK my TBR is huge too. :P But it’s impressive to SEE it.
    .-= janicu´s last blog ..On Vox: 24-Hour Read-a-Thon =-.

  19. # Cindy wrote on October 22, 2009 at 12:00 am:

    Wow, if only you could read that many! lol
    .-= Cindy´s last blog ..Get Your Read On =-.

  20. # 24 Hr Read-a-Thon: Update #1 - Today, I Read… wrote on October 24, 2009 at 7:53 pm:

    [...] wasn’t in my original read-a-thon book pool and (as far as I can tell) it’s not very frightening, but when I read the first two pages, I [...]

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