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Fraterfest Read-a-thon 2020

Anyone feeling spooky yet? In case the speeding month tricked you already, October is right around the corner. Caffeinated Reviewer at is ready to celebrate with a marathon of spooky books for the spooky season. I'm not leading the event in any way, but what better way is there to celebrate October than with a read-a-thon? Oh, and audible books and graphic novels count too if that's your thing!

What's exciting about it is you can read whatever you want as fast as you can during this long week between October 15th-24th. There are even games and prizes involved! What kind of games and prizes? I have no clue. I'll share the rules and link later on in this post, so stay tuned, but I decided to make a list of books that I'll be reading for the event.

I love the Halloween season! I love the costumes, the candy, the themes, and decorations. I love it when things are spooky and a little bit creepy, but I'm also not a big fan of horror. I'm somewhere in the middle of the spooky scale.

I wanted to read some good Halloween-ish books. The rules allow you to pick your scare level and you can pick anything from a gore-filled horror book to a tame supernatural book. I read fantasy books all the time and I want something that'll make me feel like I'm celebrating the spooky season, but I'm gonna stick to the middle of my "spooky scale."

I also wanted to read some books I haven't tried yet. I've read the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and while that would be an excellent read for this event, I'm going to set that one out. I also read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and I would strongly recommend it for this event! I reread it last year for Halloween and I can rant about it for hours, but that's not the reason why I'm writing today, so I'll leave it at that and get on with my list.


by Mary Shelley

Genre: Gothic Fiction, Horror Fiction.

I wanted to read this one for a while. I actually planned on reading it for this season before I knew of this event, so I think this would be a good one to start with.

I've heard good things about this classic and it's a classic I haven't tried yet, so I figured on a whim I should do so.


The Graveyard Book,

by Neil Gaiman

Genre: Children's Fantasy, Horror fiction.

Okay, I was actually going to read his other haunted children's book, Coraline, but this one caught my attention first. I've only read one novel from Neil Gaiman, (which was Stardust,) and felt like I was missing on some of his other classics.

Despite reading just one book, I look up to this author for inspiration. I'm a fan of his writing advice and author journey-ship and I have only read but the one book! Time to try some more!


A Study in Scarlet,

by Arthur Conan Doyle

Genre: Mystery, Crime Fiction.

Oh, man! I've had my eye on reading some Sherlock Holmes for a good long while now! I mentioned earlier that I read a lot of fantasy fiction, but I've been wanting to branch off in some other genres I've been ignoring a bit.

Murder mysteries are high on that list, and I've been dying to start with this wonderful classic! Novellas count in the event as well, which makes me feel like I can fit in the sequel to this one.

P.S. If you know of some more good murder mysteries to read, let me know!


The Sign of the Four,

by Arthur Conan Doyle

Genre: Mystery, Crime Fiction.

The sequel novella to A Study in Scarlet. With these two novellas together, it'll be like my third full book running in this event.

I think I'll be able to read the first two for the event, but it's a little over a week and I have a bit of homework for school I'll be doing as well. Maybe it's too soon to show doubt I'll make it this far, but I'll be surprised if I finish everything on this list.

If I run out of time in this event, I'll continue with this list on my own. Either way, I'll finish these books, and if for some strange reason I read all of these and the event's still going, (highly unlikely,) I'll pick up some more books and keep pushing along. I'll be posting my progress and reads on my social media accounts (especially Twitter,) so make sure to follow me there! And tell me what you're reading for this event!


(The official rules stated on

  • Link-up (You can link up using your blog, Goodreads bookshelf labeled Fraterfest2020 or link a social media account) A start up post is not required.

  • Spread the Word. Share the post and invite your friends to join. Grab graphic and or share button on your blog.

  • Read or listen to qualifying books from Midnight October 15th until 11:59 pm October 24th. (Your Time Zone)

  • Approved Reads/listens: Thrillers, Urban, Paranormal, Cozy, Suspense, Mystery, Historical Suspense, Zombies, Horror, Dystopian, Ghosts, Serial Killers, Fantasy and Supernatural. I don’t care if there is romance mixed in, as I said you pick the fear level. Sparkle, bloody… all approved. Novellas and graphic novels count too!

  • You can combine this with other read-a-thons, and challenges.

  • Use #FraterfestRAT hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to share progress and when spreading the word.

  • Have fun, read, and make new friends!

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