Summerween Read-A-Thon ’22
I have another read-a-thon wrap-up today! It was so much fun with my last read-a-thon, so I thought I would try out the spooky themed Summerween read-a-thon. I was only able to read half of the books I was hoping to get to because I was wrapping up some books. Nevertheless, it was so fun to participate in!
- read a book in the dark/at night
- read a book with halloween colors on the cover
- read a book with haunt in the title
- read a slasher
- make or bake a spooky, fall themed treat
1. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
I was hoping I would be able to finish this book relatively quickly because it is pretty short, but it took a long time to read because of both the writing and the characters. This is a classic book and there is so much out there on it, so I’ll briefly give my thoughts. The subject matter was difficult given that is about rich men and I didn’t like how they spoke about women. However, people recommend it so often I powered through and finished reading it. I really tried to focus on the lessons in the book because the characters are written very intentionally to show that money and looks don’t translate into being a good person. Although I didn’t enjoy reading it, I am still happy I finished reading it since it is talked about so often. I also thought it was interesting to watch the movie adaptation. Things are exaggerated so much more in the movie to show that these are not good people. Now, I am hoping to read more books with corresponding films.
Film Pairing: Dorian Gray (2009)
2. The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix
The book was a super fun read and is exactly what it says on the tin. It follows women who are the final girls of 80s slasher stories. The book combines many different slasher movies’ final girls into 5 different women. They are all members of a support group, where they can share their experiences and recovery from the horrors they went through as teenagers. However, it seems that one of them has been working with a killer. Information is coming out that has only been discussed in their support group and everyone is suspicious of our main character, Lynette.
I really enjoy books where I can participate more than just reading. It was fun to try to figure out what movies each character is inspired by. I didn’t find this book scary, it was much more of a mystery. But there definitely is some slashing! Overall, I just had fun reading it and I am excited to pick up some more Grady Hendrix books!
Film Pairing: Take your pick from 80s slasher movies! Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Sleepaway Camp, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street etc.
I hope you enjoyed checking out my picks for Summerween! I am having such a fun time with these read-a-thons and am currently participating in draconathon! Let me know what books you are currently reading that I need to check out next!