It has been a few years since I participated in a readathon. Sadly, I spent years letting life get in the way of my reading and writing. I am finally back to it, and I am so excited to be able to participate in one of Michelle’s readathons.
What are my plans for this frightfall readathon?
So, we’re at the starting line. Ready. Set. Read. But what to read? The guidelines to the readathon are so very simple. It’s frightfall, so there needs to be a scary element to the book that I choose. Ok. Seems simple enough. But, so many genres fall under the scary category. That’s a lot of books to choose from.
Book number one
I’ve been doing a read through of Child Eater. That probably doesn’t count since I wrote it, but it is a paranormal mystery thriller and it was once a prize for one of Michelle’s readathons, so I figure it counts for something.
Book number two
While I won’t be participating in Michelle’s read along of Something Wicked this Way Comes, I do have a read along of my own going on. In Once Upon a Time in Iowa, Mary Cardelia is reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with her family. I decided it would be a good idea to reread it myself alongside them. (link takes you to the free kindle version)
Book number three
This is the actual readathon book. I had thought that perhaps it could be a good opportunity to have some of my author twitter pals show me their books.
Sadly, I received no takers on my offer for a book sale that comes with a little free exposure.
Luckily, our hostess did have a recommendation for me.
I chose Little Girls by Ronald Malfi. The reason I chose this book may be kind of silly. You may remember my post about a book from my childhood — blog post: “Stonewords — a Ghost Story”. It was one of my favorite books growing up.
Little Girls by Ronald Malfi
“After years away, Laurie returns to the home where she was raised by a cold, distant father who recently exorcised his demons. But no amount of cleaning can wipe away the troubled past. She feels it lurking in the broken moldings, sees it staring from an empty picture frame, hears it laughing in the moldy greenhouse deep in the woods
At first, Laurie thinks she’s imagining things. But when she meets her daughter’s new playmate, she notices her uncanny resemblance to another little girl who used to live next door. Who died next door. With each passing day, Laurie’s uneasiness grows stronger, her thoughts more disturbing. Like her father, is she slowly losing her mind? Or is something truly unspeakable happening?”
See that bolded section? It reminds me of one of my favorite ghost stories. Though I’m sure that it is absolutely nothing like the Zoes in Stonewords — a Ghost Story. Still, the smile of a memory the description brought was enough to guide me towards this selection.
Much luck to everyone who is participating in Michelle’s FrightFall Readathon. If you’re interested in signing up, you can do so on Michelle’s Seasons of Reading blog all month long. Looking for more information on the readathon? Check out the guidelines page.