Beat the Heat Readathon (STICKY Until Sept 6th)

This is the third annual read-a-thon
I participated in 2013, posts can be seen here (intro) and here (progress)

This year I'm going to keep it simple, in one post with the intro and sign-up, and tracking of progress. I missed when this started by a few days but will add progress of general reading to those dates. I'm also in another read-a-thon and this one captured my eye when I was updated a challenge (series points) by A Novel Heartbeat.

Twitter hashtag #BtHReadathon

   Rules from Host Page

  • The readathon runs from August 24th at 12:01 AM to September 6th at 11:59 PM.

   Mini Challenges

8/25-8/31 (Tuesday thru Monday)
Guess the Title @ Latte Nights Reviews
Guess the Author @ ChaptersPagesWords

8/31-9/6 (Monday thru Sunday)
Cover Challenge @ Bookish Lifestyle
Title Unscramble @ In Wonderland

   My Goals

I don't have strict goals other than to catch up on my yearly goal with Goodreads - June and July I didn't read as much as normal. We'll just see how it goes.

   My Progress

Wednesday 8/26
Finished The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Thursday 8/27
Finished Housebroken by The Behrg

Friday 8/28
Read 30 pages of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Finished and reviewed The Family Under the Bridge
Finished and reviewed Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs
Read two chapters of Curse of the Moors

Saturday 8/29
Finished and reviewed Attack of the Graveyard Ghouls
Read four short stories in Hungry for Your Love: An Anthology of Zombie Romance 3 pm/end
Finished and reviewed Titans: The Heroic Visions of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell (artwork book)
Finished the quick The Adventures of Captain Underpants

Sunday 8/30
Finished and reviewed Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends by David Stabler

Week 1 Summary:
Books I completed this week:

Monday 8/31

Tuesday 9/1

Wednesday 9/2

Thursday 9/3

Friday 9/4

Saturday 9/5

Sunday 9/6

Week 2 Summary:
Books I completed this week:

2 Week Final Summary 

All books completed:

Day 2 - Tribute to your favorite horror writer

Tribute to your favorite horror writer


I'm not great with favorites - I rarely pick them. But when this question comes up, a favorite horror writer, my mind always draws to Graham Masterton. I find his stuff the creepiest I've read. His library is vast, hopefully I'll be able to catch up with all his horror works someday. I'm sure there are still countless creepy moments out there just waiting for me to find them in the books I haven't read.  


Spooky September Challenge: Top TEN Spookiest Books

Well, it seems a lot of challenges are popping up for the fall. Something about this time of the year gets us motivated and festive. I'm still waiting for the announce of the RIP challenge if there is one this year. I'm delighted to see Parajunkee is hosting a new seasonal challenge, hers are always fun.

Top TEN Spookiest Books.  

I have to say that I'm weird with horror. Every since I was a small Erin, I was fascinated by it. I remember being extremely young and seeing the Michael Jackson Thriller video playing on TV a lot. Whenever it came on I'd get super excited and watch it. I was intrigued by the Friday the 13th movie covers when I saw them, asking my mom if we could watch them (we couldn't.) This continued until I could sneak in horror books pretty young - my parents monitored movies closely, but not books quite as closely thankfully! 
Due to that, I was able to read a large number of them by now, sampling different types and seeing what gets to me.

But unlike many, I don't get creeped out by horror movies or books really. I find most of them only slightly creepy. But there are a few where something creepy is in there, a moment that gave me a pause for whatever reason, the chill up the spine or that paranoid glance over the shoulder.

Pet Sematary by Stephen King - As a coincidence, I did a re-read of this book this month. The creepiest thing about this book is the awful theme of grief and your worst fears coming true concerning those you love, that false hope that gets twisted. I didn't find Gage creepy in the book, but the cat...yeah, there were some creepy moments, especially when Louis wakes up to find him laying on his chest. The cemetary ventures in the middle of the night with the wild loon calls and the creepy moving of the trees - what's out there - all were eerie moments. Full review here.

IT by Stephen King - While I don't find it the frightfest some do, there were genuinely creepy moments in this book. Copied from my review - "The clown is just creepy – he is one of the most imaginable monsters invented. There were some genuinely disturbing scenes in the book that make this stand in a sobering reality. What always comes to my mind of creepy scenes are small flashbacks rather than the events as they happen – for instance, when in the police station the man is recounting the tale of the clown dragging the body, looking up at him, and then appearing to bite into the guy’s armpit. That was genuinely creepy. And the other horrible story is told from Mike as adult, of the 2 year old being murdered and the mother hearing the sound’s from downstairs, the maniacal laughing and the toilet flushing, to come and find her child drowned and his back broken. Terrifying stuff."

The Elementals by Michael McDowell - The whole of the book is not terrifying, but there were certainly creepy moments in the house with the sand, moments that were written with a type of still, "quiet" horror that can get to a reader.

Summer of Night by Dan Simmons - This book is better remembered as an excellent story, a moving story, good doses of drama, but there are some truly eerie moments too, especially concerning the death of a favorite character in the field.

Night Plague by Graham Masterton - The book opens with a horrifying event that disturbs more than terrifies, but terror is not let go of later on during a scene in a room with a fireplace. Yikes. Masterton can write some of the eeriest moments in horror fiction.

Dracula by Bram Stoker - Yeah, an oldie. Before the middle started sagging a little with heavy melodrama, the beginning was potent stuff. It's hard to shake the moment Renfield looks out the window and sees the count climbing like a spider on the wall, with that turning head...

Salem's Lot by Stephen King - That window scene, 'nough said.

The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum - There may not be any creepy scenes in this book in terms of downright fear, but the stuff in this book is so disturbing it may be the scariest of all.

Phantoms by Dean Koontz - I'm not sure how much it would live up to a re-read, but I remember some creepy moments in this book, especially finding the empty town and some of those troubling bodies (or body pieces), especially in the kitchen.

The Chosen Child by Graham Masterton - I'm sorry to sad some of this book was dull and it too long take off, but there were some genuinely eerie moments like when the men are being chased up the ladders of the sewer tunnels. That blank face *shivers*

Well, there you have it, some of my 'creepy' recommendations. The list ended up 13 books before I started count, then I had to remove some, so I guess this list wasn't as difficult to come up with as I originally thought it would.