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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Hour 14 Mini-Challenge: Mashups

April 23, 2016


We’re 14 hours in! More than halfway!
Hooray for books, snacks, blogs, tweets and merriment!

By now, you may have read so many pages and Tweeted so many Tweets that things are starting to get… a little bit blurry and mushed together.

So you’re definitely ready for a break, and in the right, slightly silly frame of mind for Hour 19 Mashup Madness Mini Challenge.

Who doesn’t love a good mashup song?

A clever DJ mashes up the vocals from one song, the catchy hook from another. Together, they’re even better and more fun.

Like this Green Day + Oasis (for my fellow 90’s kids):

Here’s how to play the Dewey version:

Take two books. Mash their titles and plots together into one blurb. Share the result.

For example…

The Princess Bride by William Goldman + Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Cover image, The Princess Bride by William GoldmanCover image, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Princess Bride and Prejudice:

Elizabeth, the most beautiful and smartest of her sisters thinks a mawwiage with Dread Pirate Darcy is Inconceivable, even though he has an Inheritance of Unusual Size…

Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel + Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen  =


Like Water for Chocolate Elephants:

The cook with a traveling circus pours her emotions into her recipes, even finding love and convincing Rosie the Elephant to perform tricks.

Do it with books you’ve read today, or do it with favorite books on your shelf.

Mash two titles together, and share the resulting book description.

Share your mashups in the comments on this post.

This contest will run from now until I fall over from exhaustion 2 AM ET.

Two winners will be selected to win a random grab bag of 3 paperback books from my stash. (US & Canada only.) Winners will be announced after the Readathon. 

Let’s get this started with a mashup dance party. Blondie’s “Call Me” + The Temptations “Get Ready” = awesome.

Looking forward to seeing your title combinations!


64 Comments leave one →
  1. April 23, 2016 7:05 pm

    “The Pickle Garden” in which a mysterious murder is investigated by the worst circus troupe around, and all the clues are in the form of pickling recipes. [“The Pickle Index” by Eli Horowitz and “The Child Garden” by Catriona McPherson]

  2. April 23, 2016 7:06 pm

    The Hunger Game of Thrones.

    Everything is terrible. Arya Stark and Katniss Everdeen team up to end these awful torture games dreamed up by Joffrey. Meanwhile Tyrion and Haymitch drink a crapload of wine and outwit them all!

  3. April 23, 2016 7:07 pm

    Bitten Sharp, Twelve Dirty:

    Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf. And she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a life where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her–her temper, her violence–but requires it. Worst of all, she realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person.

    While chasing down the usual cast of miscreants and weirdos Elena discovers that a crazed woman is stalking her.

    The woman dresses in black, carries a 9mm Glock, and has a bad attitude and a mysterious connection to dark and dangerous Carlos Manoso …street name, Ranger.

    Ranger is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she’d marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he’s all wrong-maybe it’s time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

    After all, what’s wrong with getting dirty?

  4. April 23, 2016 7:07 pm

    The Count of Green Gables
    Betrayed by those he thought were friends, the Count escapes from prison and makes his way to the charming farm of Green Gables, where he finds true friendship and countless misadventures in the small town of Avonlea.

  5. April 23, 2016 7:07 pm

    Ladylife: Tenley Shuller was just a normal girl living her life. but she has a secret. By night she is one of the top hitwomen. Everything is great until her boss puts a hit out on her and send her to many ends.

  6. April 23, 2016 7:08 pm

    Beautiful Creatures & Every Day:
    Rhiannon is a Caster only two weeks away from her 16th birthday.
    A is in a different body everyday.

    They are in love and A trusted her with the big secret. But can Rhiannon oper herself up, too?

    (unfortunately from Germany, but still wanted to join in!)

  7. April 23, 2016 7:10 pm

    How about ‘to kill a mackingjay?’ For To Kill A Mockingbird and Mockingjay?

  8. passionatephoenix permalink
    April 23, 2016 7:12 pm

    ‘Salem’s Hobbit
    A tale of two courageous Hobbits who brave terrible danger when they journey to the far away ‘Salem’s Lot of Maine. What will they find when they arrive? And why does someone named Barlow want to have them over for dinner? But what gentle Hobbit can resist po-tay-toes, cabbage, and juicy sausages? Unfortunately, Barlow has a much more sinister purpose in mind for his precious Hobbits! Journey with us to see what happens!

  9. Sarah Altmann (@simplerevelry) permalink
    April 23, 2016 7:15 pm

    Gone with the Wind plus The Time Traveler’s Wife equals

    Gone with the Time Traveler’s Wife

    Tired of being left alone whenever Henry gets pulled back through his own life story, Clare discovers the secret of directed time travel and sets off on her own adventures, beginning in the antebellum South shortly before the war and her discovery that Scarlett O’Hara really lived.

  10. April 23, 2016 7:15 pm

    Between the World and Austenland: Ta-Nehisi Coates can only shake his head.

  11. April 23, 2016 7:15 pm

    The perks of being a serpent King (perks of being a wallflower + the serpent King). A group of misfit teens bond over music and use their friendship to help get over their dysfunctional families.

  12. April 23, 2016 7:16 pm

    The iron trial-lady midnight

    The trial midnight

  13. Shalonda permalink
    April 23, 2016 7:17 pm

    99 Days by Katie Cotugno and The Girl on the Train mash-up

    99 Days on the Train: Molly Barlow gets over the boy who broke her heart by recording her interactions with random people on the train for 99 days. Romance and hilarity ensue.

  14. Chelsea permalink
    April 23, 2016 7:18 pm

    Caliban’s World War Z (Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey + World War Z by Max Brooks): They’ve survived the zombie apocalypse. The crew of the Rocinante have successfully kept the peace for the Outer Planets Alliance, but memories of the living dead haunt their dreams and waking hours alike. As if that wasn’t enough, the future of humanity rests on their shoulders after an alien invasion threatens everything they know and love.

    Basically, these people have it bad. Zombies in space? Aliens? What else could go wrong?

  15. April 23, 2016 7:19 pm

    A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1)My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1)

    A Study of a White Trash Zombie:

    Charlotte and Holmes are investigating a spree of murders on their school campus. The suspect is the local white trash zombie. Has she been craving the brains of students?

  16. April 23, 2016 7:20 pm

    “Pretty Little Liars” by Sara Shepard
    “Soulless” by Gail Carriger
    “Pretty Little Souls”

    It’s 1879. We join Hanna Marin, Aria Montgomery, Spencer Hastings, and Emily Fields in the 4th novel in this Victorian era mystery series. Does Hanna have enough soul to make it to through the transition of becoming a vampire? Will Aria overcome her parents’ scandalous separation in other to wed the alluring Mr. Fitz? Which of the Hastings sisters will become the Alpha female? How will Emily’s soullessness affect her relationship with soulful supernatural Maya? And will the girls finally find out who in polite society would dare send them these threatening letters? Find out in the 4th installment of the Victorian mystery series, Pretty Little Souls!

  17. April 23, 2016 7:23 pm

    Fantastic Mr. Fox in Wonderland:
    The story of Mr. Fox as he is caught stealing from The Mad Hatter, The White Rabbit, and The Red Queen. The hunt is on! Will it be off with his head to be hung over the mantle?

  18. litandlife permalink
    April 23, 2016 7:23 pm

    The Swans of Fifth Avenue + Faithful Place = The Swans of Fifth Avenue
    The wealthy elite of New Yorks Upper East Side suddenly find themselves in the slums of Dublin. Heaven help the residents of Faithful Place as the ladies begin redecorating the entire neighborhood.

  19. sarahrmorrison permalink
    April 23, 2016 7:24 pm

    Big Little Assassin (Big Little Lies & The Blind Assassin) – An assassin struggles with height.

  20. Yvonne permalink
    April 23, 2016 7:24 pm

    The Liar’s Passage

  21. Jennifer Casagrande permalink
    April 23, 2016 7:24 pm

    My mashup is Harry Potter and the Papertowns ~ After having an exciting night of adventure with Margo Roth Speigleman, Q sets out to find her after she has disappeared. He takes his friends with him only to accidentally run through a platform wall at a train station. He finds himself on a train to Hogwarts where Dumbledoor the headmaster has left the school under the care of Margo… Roth… Speigleman.
    Hope you liked my mashup! My Twitter is @PrincessRose70 🙂

  22. April 23, 2016 7:25 pm

    James and the Giant Peach and The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    The Hungry Caterpillar and Who Found a Giant Peach.

    A very hungry caterpillar was walking through Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker’s yard when she came across a giant peach. As hungry as she was, caterpillar decided to take a bite. Inside she found a young boy named James. Although the caterpillar was much larger, James took on the challenge of taming the beast. With patience from both James and the caterpillar, the caterpillar was able to turn into a beautiful butterfly. James and the butterfly traveled to see New York City.

  23. Lilian permalink
    April 23, 2016 7:25 pm

    “Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived. The selection began with thirty-five girls. Now the group is narrowed down to the six Elite. There are rebels. There are new leaders. The competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever.
    The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss who must decided where her hear lies. Is it with Peeta, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Gale?
    Katniss must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. Her time to choose is slipping away.”

    This was a mashup of the Mockingay and The Elite blurbs! It actually mashes together pretty well😅

  24. April 23, 2016 7:26 pm

    “The All-Little Women Filling Station’s Last Reunion”

    Four sisters growing up in Civil War New England, their father absent and money scarce, take on running the family’s filling station. Soon truck drivers and carriage drivers are changing their routes to fill up at the All-Little-Women Filling Station.

    (“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott and “The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion” by Fannie Flagg)

  25. Luisa Amouri permalink
    April 23, 2016 7:26 pm

    Grace Singer is suddenly swept off into a competition for the prince’s heart, BUT WAIT- there’s more… While at the castle, she makes a shocking discovery, the royal family arn’t humans, but werewolves!!! Now, the rebels are attacking, trying to steal the remedy that keeps the royal family humans during winter. Know it’s up to Grace Singer to save the day?

    The Selection – Shiver

  26. Anonymous permalink
    April 23, 2016 7:27 pm

    The Geeks Guide To Dating Barbara The Slut And Other People.
    A how-to book for geeks wanting to date wonderfully flawed women.

    • Karen Gill permalink
      April 23, 2016 7:29 pm

      Not Anonymous, just slightly quick on the draw!

  27. katelynnhillier permalink
    April 23, 2016 7:27 pm

    Running from her maker and terrified of the civilization that rejects her, a monster accidentally finds herself 200 years in the future – a future that has forgotten the fact and only believes the story. Can she overcome her fear of humanity through the affections of a man with as many scars as her, or will she succumb to the knights who continue to search for her even in the future?
    [ Frankenstein by Mary Shelley + Outlander by Diana Gabaldon ]

    Love this mini challenge, by the way!

  28. April 23, 2016 7:27 pm

    Clockwork Siren

    Two girls who have been best friends their whole lives, Tessa and Kahlen, embark on a journey to find out their true destinies. One, a dangerous siren who must please the call of the ocean by feeding it humans from shipwrecks. The other, a shadowhunter, who is obligated to keep humans safe from demons and other downworldly creatures. Can the two best friends remain amiable or will their relationship be torn apart by what must now believe in?

  29. April 23, 2016 7:31 pm

    “The Cuckoo’s Fortress” (Cuckoos Calling by Robert Galbraith and Digital Fortress by Dan Brown)
    When NSA’s supercomputer TRANSLTR is unable to crack tla piece of code, Susan Fletcher is called in to help. However she jumps off her 3rd floor apartment during her investigation and police think it’s suicide. Her brother calls in Cormoran Strike to investigate because he suspects foul play. 😀

  30. April 23, 2016 7:32 pm

    I’m going to try this out, because it seems like a fun idea. Fair warning, though, my brain is feeling a little soupy right about now, so I don’t know if this will even make sense…

    Mashup of Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman:

    Childhoods End in the Graveyard
    Since the Overlords came to Earth in their shiny spaceships, things have definitely changed for all of humankind. There are no wars, no disease, no poverty…. and no children. The children have all been taken from their homes, and now reside in an intergalactic graveyard where they are raised by friendly ghosts and vampires and werewolves who will protect them from harm and provide them with training in interplanetary haunting.

  31. April 23, 2016 7:37 pm

    The throne shatter me (throne of glass with shatter me)
    The assassin Juliette Sardothien has the power to kill someone with a single touch.
    She is locked up in a prison for a long long time, and when she is able to get out, the world would crumble at her feet.

  32. April 23, 2016 7:37 pm

    The throne shatter me (throne of glass with shatter me)
    The assassin Juliette Sardothien has the power to kill someone with a single touch.
    She is locked up in a prison for a long long time, and when she is able to get out, the world would crumble at her feet.

  33. April 23, 2016 7:41 pm

    The Girl Who Raced Super Junior Patriots All The Way Home: September doesn’t have time to fight baby superheroes, but they’re determined to wreak vengeance on her family for their supervillain background. September has to get home before the SJPs do and save everyone she loves. DUN DUN DUN.

    (mash-up of The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All The Way Home by Valente and Velveteen vs. The Junior Super Patriots by McGuire)

  34. April 23, 2016 7:44 pm

    Ooh, fun. Two novels I read today: Help for the Haunted (John Searles) and Soundless (Rachelle Mead).

    Help for the Soundless

    A group of people must attempt the most high stakes heist, and make no sound in the process. Help soon comes for these soundless criminals in the most unexpected way.

    Okay, the summary was very lame, but whatever.

  35. April 23, 2016 7:52 pm

    A Study in the Scarlet Pimpernel — A clever detective masks his intelligence beneath a veneer of shallow dandyism. While being pursued by French secret agents during the Reign of Terror, he must unmask a murderer who turns out to be a cab driver with a thirst for revenge. Despite some problematic portrayals of Mormons and Jews, this novel is a thrilling adventure suitable for all ages!

    (Mashup: A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy.)

  36. April 23, 2016 7:54 pm

    Gone With the Monte Cristo
    A spoilt southern belle, Scarlet Dantes, finds herself falsely accused of being a Yankee sympathizer during the U.S. Civil War. After being imprisoned at the island prison known as Peachtree Ladies Penitentiary, she is befriended by another prisoner, known only as Ashanie. Both find themselves working in the prison kitchen, where Ashanie is charged with teaching an uninterested Scarlet how to cook. Ashanie is sweet, kind and calm, but Scarlet thinks only of herself, holding Ashanie in low regard. Ashanie relates a plan for escape to Scarlet. The prison matron has a fondness for Monte Cristo sandwiches and always orders a large order on Sundays delivered to her office. Ashanie plans to deliver the sandwiches and jump from the matron’s office window, off the island, and swim away. She invites Scarlet to join her in her escape. Scarlett knows that the odds of them both escaping are slim to none, so she sabotages Ashanie and escapes alone. Unfortunately, after jumping into the water, Scarlett realizes she cannot swim and her last words before sinking below the surface are, “Wherever shall I go? Whatever shall I do?”

    Oh yeah, Scarlett also go married, a lot.

  37. April 23, 2016 7:55 pm

    Siege and Rising Storm:
    Two cats with powerful and opposing magical forces at their command must meet in an epic battle to decide the fate of their respective Russian clans – all the while, the world around them continues to crumble, waiting for the storm to break…

    This is a hilariously smooth mashup of Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo and Rising Storm by Erin Hunter. I’m cracking myself up over here imagining cats meowing with Russian accents.

  38. April 23, 2016 7:55 pm

    LOL!! This was such a great one! I actually laughed out loud at your examples! 🙂
    Here’s my mashup!

  39. April 23, 2016 7:58 pm

    These are hilarious!

    The Dark Days Song

    “Lady Helen Wrexhall learns about the hidden demons in her world and must sing songs to keep them from turning everyone into trees!”

    (The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman & Grayling’s Song by Karen Cushman)

  40. April 23, 2016 8:00 pm

    Haatchi and Little B + Little Women = Haatchi and Liftle Women

    A St. Bernard, cruelly injured and abandoned, needs a home. A civil war era mother and her four daughters need comfort and protection while Father is away on the battlefield. Bring a box of tissues with you to this one.

  41. April 23, 2016 8:01 pm

    The League of Double Identity Children (The League of Unexceptional Children by Gitty Daneshvari + Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix)

    Some kids get a trip to the movies for their 13th birthday, others get a surprise party. But only those who are average, forgettable, and most of all unexceptional get a visit from The League. Giving each of them a double identity, The League uses a mix of high tech science and low tech spying to spy on those who need spying on and protect those who need protecting. Do you have what it takes to become part of The League of Double Identity Children? Read on to find out!

    (okay, now I really want to read this book. oops)

  42. April 23, 2016 8:01 pm

    Grimm’s Night Vale Fairy Tales:
    A look at some of Night Vale’s classic fairy tales in their original form, including: Cinderella, the princess that lost her foot at a ball and the prince that saved her from blood loss; Snow White, the princess poisoned by her stepmother, and the prince that loved her even in her zombified form; and Rapunzel, the princess kidnapped by her parents for cabbage, and the prince that cursed their cabbage in revenge.

  43. April 23, 2016 8:06 pm

    “Lair of Crows” (Lair of Dreams and Six of Crows!): A band of thieves pull together to rescue the Diviners Evie, Memphis and Henry from the man in the tall hat and his crows! Much prohibited gin is consumed from hidden flasks, enough to get even disagreeable Kaz to finally dance with Inej at the Hotsy Totsy 😉

  44. April 23, 2016 8:22 pm

    The Walking Dead of Oz (The Walking Dead and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)

    Dorothy is no longer in Kansas anymore. She meets a man named Rick of Oz who says the zombies have taken over Oz. Dorothy, Rick, Carl, Tin Man, and the Lion must battle the walking horde to get to Oz. Meanwhile the Governor of Oz is set upon keeping Oz to himself and threatens Rick and Dorothy. How will Rick and the gang get there?

  45. April 23, 2016 8:23 pm

    Here is a link to my challenge 🙂

  46. April 23, 2016 8:25 pm

    To Kill a Mockingjay

    Poor Southern girl Scout learns hard lessons of life and race relations watching her father participate in the Lawyer Games, a to the death courtroom arena where he and his client’s lives depend upon the odds being ever in their favor.

  47. April 23, 2016 8:35 pm

    Margaret The Vegetarian (Margaret The First+ The Vegetarian)

    17th century writer writes books about it that everyone else frowns upon, until she gives up eating meat and turns into an enigma nicknamed “Mad Madge”.

  48. April 23, 2016 8:51 pm

    Lord of the Ringu (Lord of the Rings + Ringu)

    Hobbits, Elves, Men, and Dwarves fight over who should take on the quest of destroying the all-powerful VHS tape that leads people to their deaths once they watch it. Imagine a little hobbit girl with creepy long black hair climbing out of a well. YOUR WELCOME for these middle-earth nightmares.

  49. April 23, 2016 8:51 pm

    Gone With the Wind In the Willows: The charming children’s tale of Scarlett Mole’Hara and Rhett Badger. Their romance may not have survived the American Civil War, but as their pal Beaver said, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a dam.”

  50. April 23, 2016 8:59 pm

    Ready Player 2001

    In which astronaut Dave and gamer Wade are set on a virtual scavenger hunt through OASIS to find HAL’s power supply before turning into giant 80s space babies.

  51. April 23, 2016 9:13 pm

    Me and Earl and the Fault in our Stars:
    Basically, everyone has cancer and dies. Everything sucks and all of these teenage outcasts are super depressing.

  52. April 23, 2016 9:16 pm

    Me and Earl and the Fault in our Stars:
    Basically everyone has cancer and dies. These teenage outcasts are just super depressing and tragic. Everything sucks.
    (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl + The Fault in our Stars)

  53. April 23, 2016 10:05 pm

    “The Bane Chronicles” by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Cassandra Jean & the Death Note Series by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata.

    The Bane Death Note:
    Our favourite free-wheeling bisexual glittery warlock, Magnus Bane, is off on yet another adventure- trying to solve the case of alarming amounts of criminals dying via heart attacks. Who could be behind this?! Shadowhunters, downworlders, humans? Stick around to find out.

  54. April 23, 2016 11:26 pm

    Let’s try my two in progress books: Armada by Ernest Cline and The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. This creates The Armada Project. A teenage gamer is trained via his video games and then recruited by a top-secret government program to save the Earth from aliens. However, even though he’s reasonably happy, Zack starts to feel like he isn’t living up to his full potential and worries that his alien-fighting experience might just be passing him by. He creates a year-long program to test different happiness and alien fighting concepts, charting them all and reflecting on his experience to see how they affect his life and work.

    Narrated by Wil Wheaton.

  55. oaki92 permalink
    April 24, 2016 3:49 am

    The sisterhood of the travelling 13 blue envelopes.
    Girls that leave in an adventure to find the blue envelopes wearing color-matching pants lol


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