The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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?

June 2019 TBR

While I was doing my overview yesterday, I had decided I didn’t want to do a TBR for June. I wanted to just grab and go as I pleased. But then I scrolled through Instagram and seeing everyone else’s TBRs just inspired me to put my own together. I’m trying to keep it short and sweet. I’m in a reading groove and hope it will last throughout the entire moth.

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My June TBR Picks

First up, I am continuing to read IM: A Memoir by Isaac Mizrahi. Having finished Daisy Jones and the Six yesterday, this is the only book that is coming over from May. I want to get a good chunk read of this before I start another book. When picking books, I knew I wanted some from my 19 in 2019 list. I chose Sometimes I Lie and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I also have a huge backlog of Netgalley books, and I knew I wanted to jump on that. I actually received a copy of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle via Netgalley but was lucky enough to find this physical copy in a used book store local to me.


I’ve also decided to take part in round four of the Buzzword Readathon, which starts June 12 and lasts until June 18. I thought this would be a good way to get an audiobook in this year and another Netgalley book. This round the buzzword is YOU. I chose for my audiobook Everything I Never Told You and for my other Netgalley book, I chose Watching You. My plan is to work through my regular TBR until June 12, then pick up both of these.

Overall, I think I have pretty realistic expectations. All of these are books I’ve been excited to read and I think the thrillers especially will be quick reads. And if not…that’s okay! I need to keep in mind that these TBR picks are mostly suggestions and if I end up steering off onto another path, no one is going to get mad at me for it.

I’ll be pretty pumped if I get most of these read in the next month, though.

What books are you planning to read in June? Were any of this fantastic reads for you?

5 for Friday: 5 books I think will be 5-star reads

The other day, I was watching Booktube, something that I have been getting more into, and I was inspired to do this post. Sarah's Nightstand did a video about 5 books on her TBR that she thinks will be 5-star reads. It got me thinking about my TBR and how there are some books that I do think I am going to give 5 stars...and those are the ones I tend to put off reading, even though I truly believe I will love it!While driving the other day, I was thinking about that video and wondering what books on my TBR that I believe will be 5-star reads. I decided to do my version of it! This has also inspired me to do some more lists posts. My hope will be to tell you my 5 books that go with various different topics on Fridays. We'll see how this goes.But for now...let's look at my TBR and see which ones I truly believe will be a 5-star read. Before you leave, make sure to let me know what are some books on your TBR that you think will be 5-star reads!


Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

First up is a book that I have been looking forward to for months, was my Book of the Month pick the month it came out, and a book that I am just nervous to start. I fell in love, as did manyin the book world, with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo when I read it last year. I was so thrilled when I heard TJR was going to have a new book out this year. It sits on my shelf...but I can't start it. I've heard mostly good things from it. My mom listened to it recently and loved it. I highly doubt I won't like it...but I am nervous to start it! It will be my next read, though, so I'll be curious to see what I think once it is over.  


The Arrangement by Robyn Harding

This one isn't even out yet but I know I will love it. I was a huge fan of The Party, and also enjoyed Her Pretty Face a lot. This once good! I love Harding's writing style and she can turn a thriller like no other. This one cannot come out soon enough for me!  


The Secret History by Donna Tartt 

I feel like this one could just be Donna Tartt in general. I have this one, as well as The Goldfinch on my shelves. Both have received so much praise that it leaves me uncertain what to think of them! What if I don't like them?? I am sure I will. The Secret History is part of my 19 in 2019, so I know I will get to it at some point this year.  


The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton 

This is another example of a book I was so excited about but once I got it, I no longer wanted to read it. It sounds so good and I am so worried that it will let me down! This is another one that has received mostly good feedback, so I am not sure what my hangup is! I need to pick it up very soon, though.  


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 

Another one on my 19 in 2019 list, this book already gives me a hopeful feeling, even without reading it. When I see it on my shelves, it makes my heart feel light. I am not even sure why, but this is for certain one I think will be a 5-star read for me.