Introducing the Read Like Hell-A-Thon!

An October Read A Thon – Read Like Hell-A-Thon!

Welcome to the Read Like Hell-A-Thon! We’re so excited to have you join us. This read a thon is hosted by myself @books.beans.botany and @the.vegan.hobbit so make sure to give us a follow as well as the official Instagram for the read a thon – @readlikehellathon.

What is the Read Like Hell-A-Thon?

It’s an a read a thon in October with a Halloween-Horror-esque theme. This is the first year and we’re feeling out what works!


Levels and prompts can be read in any order you wish. Think of them more as groups instead of stepping stones to the next level. 

The only exception is the BONUS level in which you need to finish the other three levels as well to achieve. 

Each character has more prompt choices than needed to give you options. Read all the prompts for extra points (the points don’t matter, except for bragging power).

“Basic Witch” Level  

To achieve “Basic Witch” level, read one book from each of the three characters’ prompt choices (three books total).



  • Lips on the cover
  • Book with an outer space or alien element
  • Book where MC is non-binary 

Edgar Allan Poe

  • Black bird on cover
  • Book with death or dying in the title
  • Book by Edgar Allen Poe 


  • Book featuring your worst (or a major) fear
  • Book set in a circus/carnival setting
  • Book set in New England

“Scream Queen” Level  

To achieve “Scream Queen” level, read one book from each of the three characters’ prompt choices (three books total).

Norman Bates

  • A butcher knife (or other knife) on the cover
  • Book with hotel/inn as setting
  • Book that’s a cult classic
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The Sanderson Sisters

  • ‘Witch’ in the title
  • Book with a black cat on the cover
  • Book where a character is cursed


  • A book with a red cover or blood on the cover
  • A book with a bat or castle on the cover
  • A book about a legendary character or a fairytale retelling

“The Pumpkin King” Level  

To achieve “The Pumpkin King” level, read two books from each of the three characters’ prompt choices (six books total).

Wednesday Addams

  • MC fights for social issues/human rights
  • A book where family is very important to MC
  • Book with a crossbow (or bow & arrow) on cover
  • Book with a hand on the cover


  • Headstone/cemetery on the cover
  • Repeated word in the title
  • Book with the undead and/or necromancy
  • Book with a wedding

Jack Skellington

  • Skull on the cover
  • MC goes through an identity crisis
  • Book with a “simply meant to be” love story
  • Book with “King” or “Queen” in the title

“The Fourth Horseman” BONUS Level  

To achieve “The Fourth Horseman” BONUS level and be named Hades: Ruler of the Hellathon, read a book for three prompts (three books total). 

Death (Grim Reaper)

  • Scythe on Cover
  • MC deals with death of someone close
  • MC is obsessed with time OR a book with an hourglass/watch on cover
  • MC is misunderstood
  • Book featuring a psychopomp other than the Grim Reaper. A psychopomp is a conductor of people’s souls who have passed and escorts them to an afterlife (Valkyrie, Odin, Anubis, a loved one who has crossed over, etc)


Want to print the prompt list? Download this PDF!

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Check back as we’ll be posting book suggestions for each prompt, social media graphics, and more!

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Ashley Hubbard

Ashley Hubbard is a blogger and freelance writer based in Nashville, Tennessee focusing on sustainability, travel, books, plants, coffee, veganism, mental health, and more. She has two other websites - and

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