Summerween TBR — time for some summer spookies!

August 24, 2020

It’s time for another readathon sign-up post! This one is for a brand new readathon that’s totally up my alley: SUMMERWEEN! Summerween is being hosted over on booktube by Gabby and Olivia, and is going from August 24th (today!) to 30th.

This readathon has five prompts:

  1. book with a creepy cover
  2. a supernatural or paranormal book
  3. book with a haunted house
  4. read a book in the dark
  5. a book recommended by one of the hosts
49046268 ? a book with a creepy cover:

Clown in a Cornfield — Adam Cesare

Quinn Maybrook just wants to make it until graduation. She might not make it to morning.

Quinn and her father moved to tiny, boring Kettle Springs to find a fresh start. But ever since the Baypen Corn Syrup Factory shut down, Kettle Springs has cracked in half. On one side are the adults, who are desperate to make Kettle Springs great again, and on the other are the kids, who want to have fun, make prank videos, and get out of Kettle Springs as quick as they can.

Kettle Springs is caught in a battle between old and new, tradition and progress. It’s a fight that looks like it will destroy the town. Until Frendo, the Baypen mascot, a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat, goes homicidal and decides that the only way for Kettle Springs to grow back is to cull the rotten crop of kids who live there now.

50623864 ? a supernatural or paranormal book:

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue — V.E. Schwab

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

53152636. sx318 sy475 ? a book with a haunted house:

Mexican Gothic — Silvia Moreno-Garcia

After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find – her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

24791985 ? read a book in the dark:

The Visible Filth — Nathan Ballingrud

When Will discovers a cell phone after a violent brawl his life descends into a nightmare.

Affable, charismatic and a little shallow, he’s been skating across the surface of life in a state of carefully maintained contentment. He decides to keep the cell phone just until the owner returns and everything changes. Then the messages begin.

Will’s discovered something unspeakable and it’s crawling slowly into the light.

50833559. sx318 sy475 ? read a book recommended by one of the hosts:

Home Before Dark — Riley Sager

What was it like? Living in that house.

Maggie Holt is used to such questions. Twenty-five years ago, she and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skepticism.

Today, Maggie is a restorer of old homes and too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father’s book. But she also doesn’t believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don’t exist. When Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall after her father’s death, she returns to renovate the place to prepare it for sale. But her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the past, chronicled in House of Horrors, lurk in the shadows. And locals aren’t thrilled that their small town has been made infamous thanks to Maggie’s father. Even more unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself—a place filled with relics from another era that hint at a history of dark deeds. As Maggie experiences strange occurrences straight out of her father’s book, she starts to believe that what he wrote was more fact than fiction.

Are you participating in the Summerween Readathon?


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Just a horror aficionado/geek girl trying to juggle motherhood, reading, blogging, gaming, and everyday life.

    1. I hope you enjoy Mexican Gothic. I’ve never heard of The Visible Filth… I’m utterly terrified just by looking at the cover.
      This is such a killer list of spooky books. Happy reading!

    1. Good luck with the readathon, I don’t think I’ll be joining. I havent read much this month. Ive only finished one graphic novel in over a months time period.

      1. Thank you! I’m sorry you haven’t had a very good reading month! I’ve finished a couple of things this month but not much and they were a struggle. I hope we both have better reading months in September.

    1. I hope you have a great reading week! I really loved Mexican Gothic!


    1. Such a great TBR! These are all on my TBR except Home Before Dark since I read that. I am waiting patiently for my hold of Mexican Gothic to come in. I am tempted to pick up The Visible Filth because I wanna watch the movie. Do enjoy! I really can’t wait to hear your thoughts on all of these.

      1. Thank you! I hope your hold comes in soon. Ooooh, let me know if you pick up The Visible Filth soon and we can discuss it! Or we can buddy read it if you’re wanting to read it this week. No pressure!

        1. Wow I am late on this. I remember I was looking for The Visible Filth on Libby but I don’t remember what happened. I need to look again and see if they have it. When I do read it would love to discuss it with you!

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