A guest post by Brooke who blogs at The Blog of Litwits. Stop by and see her!
With Dewey’s quickly approaching, I thought I’d take some time to draw on my previous read-a-thon experiences and recommend ten-ish books to keep you pumped during the entire 24 hours devoted to reading this weekend. As an extra bonus, they are all Halloween themed books that will help get you in the mood for thrills and chills!
The classic choice – Dracula by Bram Stoker. It’s really the perfect book to read during October. Plus, there are several read-a-longs happening to help motivate your progress. What makes it perfect for Dewey’s is the epistolary structure. Reading letters feels easier, quicker, and gives you convenient stopping points for snacking or napping!
The YA choice – Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. Young Adult literature is really a no-brainer during read-a-thons. The pacing is swift, the action forefront, and the font tends to be large for those eye-drooping final hours. As an added bonus, there’s a sequel you can immediately dive into which takes the brainwork out of choosing your next read!
The unique choice – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. There are creepy pictures and the sequel is due out in January. Do you need any other reason?
The nightmare choice – Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. You will pee your pants. It’s the first appearance of Hannibal Lector. Good luck. At least you’ll be too afraid to fall asleep!
The mystery choice – The Flavia de Luce novels by Alan Bradley. So readable and so immersive. Flavia is the kind of protagonist that makes you smile in absolute delight despite her obsession with poison and murder! She’ll make you curl up and sink deeper into your sofa in utter contentment.
The graphic choices (wherein I cheat with multiple recs) – Thirty Days of Night by Steve Niles, The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, and From Hell by Alan Moore. Genuinely creepy graphic/comic novels that all have film or television versions you can spend the next day watching as you recover from your book hangover.
The short story choice (more cheating) – Daphne du Maurier and Shirley Jackson. Short stories are perfect for long reading bouts. Both women are awesome masters of the short story form and can craft some spookily twisted moments. Did you know that Hitchcock’s movie The Birds was based on a short story by du Maurier?
The nonfiction choice – Green River Killer by Jeff Jensen. Another graphic novel, but this time it’s true crime! And really, I’m not sure there’s another narrative structure better suited for our needs during Dewey’s. Jump inside the 1990s investigation of a prolific serial killer told by the lead detective’s son.
The nostalgia choice – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz. Who didn’t read and fall in love with these horrific tales when they were younger? The illustrations are worth the effort. I can still remember the story about the girl whose head was attached to her body by just a single ribbon. Children’s literature is another great hour 23 choice.
The final, most obvious choice – Carrie by Stephen King. No Halloween reading list would be complete without some King. He is the absolute master of horror. I chose Carrie because it’s among his shorter novels and there’s a movie remake headed our way.