Books In The Freezer Readathon

In case you might be unfamiliar, the Books In The Freezer podcast is a show that discusses horror books and a little bit of movies and television each episode. The show is hosted by two booktubers, Rachel (from Shades Of Orange) and Stephanie (from That’s What She Read). Both are great channels that discuss not only horror but other genres of books that each host has been reading.

To celebrate their first anniversary of one year, they have decided to host a readathon. It runs from October 1st through to the 14th, and there are five challenges.

I have posted the challenges below along with the books I have chosen to participate. I’ve already binge watched the videos of everyone who has decided to participate on YouTube, and I can say that this readathon is already a lot of fun.

Now, however, it is time to stop watching videos and start reading, because the madness begins now!

The challenges

1. Read a horror book by a female author:

Whispers by Kristen Dearborn (physical and ebook)

2. Read a horror anthology or short story collection:

Dead Leaves by Kealan Patrick Burke (ebook) **NOTE: I changed this selection because Dead Leaves is shorter than my original pick)

3. Read a horror book featuring or by an POC or LGBTQ+ person:

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor Lavalle (physical and ebook)

4. Read a horror book that has a movie adaptation:

Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu which was adapted to The Vampire Lovers by Hammer. (Audible)

5. Read a book we’ve recommended on the podcast:

The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman (Audible)

My video:

The Mid-Year Reading Report

Over on booktube, I was tagged by Dane Reads to do the Mid-Year Check-In tag he helped create. It was a lot of fun for me to do. I attempted to record it right away, but Goodreads was down for one or two hours that afternoon, which coincided with my only available time that day. So I recorded it the next day when I had finally gained access to my Goodreads list of books read this year.

If you’re a booktuber on YouTube, definitely consider doing this tag.

Here are the questions and a brief answer, of which I expand upon in the video, which is also below:

1. How many books have you read so far this year?
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21 books
2. What’s your favorite book so far this year?
3. What’s your most disappointing book so far this year?
Vampires by John Steakly. I know a lot of people don’t like the movie, but I do. The book that the movie is based on, however, is a mess, imo. And not as much fun.
4. What genre have you read most this year?
Horror. But also a lot of non-fiction, more than in a long time as I have been reading a lot of instructional book on writing, outlining, etc.
5. Name a favorite newly discovered author.
That’s a tough one to answer! There’s a lot. Jon Padgett, for sure, but also Joanna Penn, Chris Fox, and Michael McDowell.
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7. Name your favorite (and most anticipated) 2018 releases.

Most looking forward to Tiamat’s Wrath, which is book 8 in The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey.

Also looking forward to Raymond E. Feist’s King of Ashes. I’m excited to read a new series by Feist. He’s the author of whom was my introduction into fantasy and I’ve read most, but not all, of his Midkemia books.

Also Blood Standard by Laird Barron. Laird is one of the most popular horror/weird fiction writers, but this book is a departure from all that, and I’m really excited to see bloodwhat he does in a more mainstream crime novel.

8. What’s your next big priority for your reading?

I’ve been reading a ton of fantasy lately. I need to finish Way of Kings, which I’ve sort of put down for a week or two, and I’ve already picked up the second book Words of Radiance. I’ve also started reading the Drizzt series again, by R.A. Salvatore. I would love to tackle The Malazan Books of the Fallen.

9. What’s been your bookish highlight?

Starting my BookTube Channel. It’s seriously put a much-needed charge into my reading and even my Goodreads activity.
Here is the video:

Buying Books and Making Videos

So, I did this video because vlogging your book hauls is popular on booktube. I’m a fan of this. I don’t know why, but I love watching people go through their book hauls. I just love it when people talk about books period. So I made my own on a small haul. I’ve already recorded a second book haul video, but I’m hanging on to it for now. I, in fact, have a few videos already recorded. There’s a few reasons for this. One, they’re easy to do. Two, I tend to get stuck at work. My shifts are twelve hours long, so I usually don’t have all that much energy at the end of the day to do much but hang with the family and watch cartoons with my son.

So a little back up is a good thing.

Anyhow, this is my first book haul, where I discuss Thomas Ligotti’s Teatro Grottesco and Michael Griffin’s The Lure of Devouring Light.

Speaking of Michael Griffin, I recently read his novel Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone and plan to review it.  So stay tuned…


BookTube Video #1

This is my first BookTube video where I talk about the BookTube newbie tag. Please check it out! If you like it, please subscribe and like. Thank you!!

Here are the questions I answered:

1.Why did you start this channel?

2.What are some fun and unique things you can bring to Booktube?

3.What are you most excited for about this new channel?

4.Why do you love reading?

5.What book or series got you into reading?

6.What questions would you ask your favourite booktubers?

7.What challenges do you think starting a booktube channel will be the hardest to overcome? 8.When did you start reading?

9.Where do you read?

10.What kind of books do you like to read?