Maybe In Another Life

Spookathon 2019 -- With a Twist

I love the idea of readathons. I have friends who do them and hit it out of the park. I follow bloggers/vloggers who can, too.

Readathons are great for me, in theory. I always like the planning part. It’s similar to making a monthly TBR (which I’m trying not to do right now because it never works out). I love looking at my shelves and seeing all this potential. And it’s the beginning of the month, so I’m full of hope and just know that future me will, of course, get so much more reading done than past me did.

BooksandLala is one of my favorite booktube channels. Every year, she hosts the Spookathon in honor of the best month of the year, October. This year, the readathon will be October 14 to 20. I totally want to participate. I looked at the prompts, looked at my book cart, and thought about it. I decided I will participate, but I’m putting my little twist on it.

I’m using these prompts to pick out my books for the month of October.


Here is the list of books I’d like to read soon that meet the guidelines of the challenge, plus a few Kindle book options. Let’s look at the prompts + my choices.

  1. Read a Thriller - The easiest of the challenges! The Whisper Man, The Turn of the Key, The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle will definitely meet this. Also, I’m currently reading The Perfect Wife on my Kindle, so it will count toward it, too. (Since I’m changing the rules, I’m counting current reads, as well!) My NetGalley choice for October will be The Family Upstairs, another thriller!

  2. Read a Book with Red on the Cover - The Turn of the Key and The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle meet this criterion.

  3. Read a Book with a Spooky Word in the Title - The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (death is pretty spooky!) is the one that meets this the best. I’m also considering reading The Dead Girls Club, so another option!

  4. Read a Book with a Spooky Setting - This one…I’m not sure if any really fit this. Jail seems pretty spooky…right? …so The Turn of the Key. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle has a spooky premise and its Groundhog Day parts lend to a spooky setting.

  5. Read Something You Wouldn’t Normally Read - And this is why Maybe in Another Life is next to those spooky-ass books. I have read and loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones and the Six. I thought I’d try one of her other books and picked this one. I’m not a romance fan usually but curious to see how her writing style has changed over the years.

So…that’s the plan! I will save The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle for the official week since it meets almost all the guidelines, but I will try to read as many of the others throughout the month. I also really want to read It but it’s such a long book! Super torn.

What spooky books will you be reading this month?

May 2019 Book Haul

Hello fellow booklovers! I am so happy to see you at my new place, Literarily Thrilling. After much thought and consideration, I decided that The Book Cover Judge just no longer represented me as a reader nor a blogger. Making the switch from Wordpress has been on my mind for a while. And I knew that, if I was going to make that switch, doing a rebrand during that time would be my best bet.

I am happy that you have followed me from there to here. And if you are new — welcome! I am in the process of bringing over all my reviews and some of my favorite bookish themed posts from the old blog to here. I have my 2019 backlog moved over already! I’ll be working on bringing over previous years during the next few weeks but I couldn’t wait until it was done to start blogging.

All that long intro…let’s get into why you are here! I had a little extra money fall into my lap, so I decided to splurge on some books on my Amazon wishlist. They came today and I wanted to share with you all the books that I picked!


The one I am probably most excited about is Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color. Just flipping through the pages shows it will be a fantastic table book. I love art history books and I have a lot of color theory/themed books on my Amazon wishlist. I wanted to purchase more of those but I tried to be more selective and get a decent variety.

I picked up one nonfiction book, Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision to Not Have Kids. As someone who decided when she was 12 to not have kids but who has chosen to work in the early childhood field, I get lots and lots and lots of questions on why I don’t have children yet. I do have a few friends who are part of the childfree lifestyle and the ones who aren’t part of it are incredibly supportive. I’ve had this on my TBR since it came out and I look forward to reading what others have to say on the subject.

Next, I picked up a book by Taylor Jenkins Reid titled Maybe In Another Life. As with others, I fell in love with Jenkins’ writing when I discovered The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I’m not sure this one is “for me”, necessarily, but I was interested in trying some of her back catalogue and this one was recommended by many.

Last, I grabbed Little. I remember reading about this in a magazine before it came out and I have wanted to purchase it ever since. I’m not sure why I haven’t until now but this one I’ve heard is very, very good, as well!.

And that’s it! That’s my current book haul. We just had a book store open in town and I will be checking it out this weekend, so there’s a possibility that I will be having another one a lot sooner than normal. I really need to go through my current own books and pick the ones out that I no longer wish to read so I can take it to the new bookstore for credit. I’ll hopefully get to do that soon, and I’ll be sure to let you know how it all goes!

What was your most recent book purchase?