Fall Readathon 2018 Wrap-Up & Mini Reviews

Well, I didn’t make it the whole 24 hours, but I came close! I threw in the towel (the bookmark?) at 2:30am during hour 22. I just couldn’t keep my eyes open and sleep sounded *so* good.

Books Finished (and Not)

I decided to read only “fresh” works this time—books that I didn’t already have in-progress. I also decided to go with shorter works since I’m a slow reader. That kept me moving forward all day long.

The Haunting of Natalie Glasgow cover The Haunting of Natalie Glasgow by Hailey Piper

Something is possessing Natalie Glasgow and her mother needs to find a solution, even if it means trusting a new-age-healer-witch.

I started the readathon with this novella, and it was the standout of my day. Great tension, good twist. This would definitely be my rec for future readathoners. (Novellas are a good way to go anyway, imo.)

Strange Detective Mysteries cover Strange Detective Mysteries, vol. 1-4 by Terry Pavlet (Created & Cover Art by), Dam Gafford (Created & Written by), Rosaria Battiloro (Interior Art by)

In 1902, a group of luminaries (Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Houdini, H. G. Wells, Nikola Tesla, and Bat Masterson) is recruited to decipher a notebook that belonged to Edgar Allan Poe.

Stories with this many famous characters can go horribly wrong, but I think comics is the perfect place to do it. Strange Detective Mysteries is a fun bit of alt-history science fiction. Unfortunately, some of the faces were really similar. Would a less face-blind person have an easier time?

Edgar Allan Poe's Spirits of the Dead cover Edgar Allan Poe’s Spirits of the Dead by Richard Corben

I didn’t (yet, and might not) finish this graphic story collection. Corben has an interesting style of adapting and illustrating Poe’s works. He gives the stories a sort of Tales from the Crypt feel. Which I like. But I’m not sure I really care for some of his anatomy choices. Men have no shoulders and women have silly-round boobs. Not designed for the female gaze, I guess.

The Grip of It cover The Grip of It by Jac Jemc

James and Julie, a perfect couple, move into a perfect new (old) house. Except that it’s obvious from the beginning that James and Julie turn a blind eye to their relationship problems as well as problems with the house. And then there are all the creepy things: the noises, the staring neighbor, the secret rooms, the kids in the woods playing “Murder.”

I kind of felt like this story lost focus around the 2/3rds mark. Creepy became muddled. Since it’s written from the first person present POV of both the main characters (switching back and forth roughly every other chapter),  I guess that’s to be expected as the characters become sicker/more unbalanced/more haunted.

Magician's Wife cover The Diary of a Magician’s Wife by Geraldine Conrad Larsen

This book wasn’t on my TBR. At 1-ish AM, I decided I didn’t want to start anything too heavy. I have a mystery by Geraldine Larsen, but I read in the introduction to that book that she’d published a “memoir” as well and that it was available through Hathi Trust.

I wish this book had been crunchier. Written in the 40s, it has a very “oh, I’m such a silly woman” vibe which for me takes away from any truth in the anecdotes she relates.

Closing Survey

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Aside from hour 22 when I pooped-out, hour 20 was pretty bad. My shoulder and neck were really aching (not a readathon related injury😜).
  2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! See above!
  3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? The Haunting of Natalie Glasgow by Hailey Piper was really good. It was a nice way to start the readathon. Piper is an independent author; I look forward to seeing more from her.
  4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you happy? I kind of miss having challenges begin throughout the challenge (and giveaways each hour), but that’s because I like “mystery boxes.” “What new thing will start this hour?” But I totally get that this makes the challenges more equitable and super-duper cuts down on work! So, no worries!
  5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep? Definitely will participate again!