Hey y’all! I wanted to wrap up my Spookathon. I am so proud of myself because I completed my TBR and all of the challenges! If you have been following me for any length of time, you will know that I am not a TBR kinda girl and I almost never complete readthons with challenges. So there’s that. Here are all the books that I completed for Spookathon.
Read a book with purple on the cover: The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy – This is about a group of mothers called the May Mothers, who were all pregnant around the same time and had their babies around the same time. One night the mothers go out for a “Mom’s Night Out” type of thing and one of the mother’s babies goes missing while they are out. Then the story takes off from there. This is was an okay thriller. The climax of the book and it’s conclusion were fine but I found that the red herrings that were placed through out the book were not fooling anyone. I ended up giving this one a 3.5 stars. I listened to this on audio and followed along on my kindle.
Read a thriller: Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell – This is the story of Laurel who lost her daughter 10 years prior. I don’t want to say too much about the story because it was so good. Throughout the story we follow multiple people that are involved in the girl’s disappearance. Initially, I wasn’t completely hooked and there was this precocious little girl in the story who kind of grated on my nerves, this could have been because of the audio narration, but I don’t think so. When the story took off though and we learn what happened to the missing girl I could not put this book down. I figured out portions of the plot twist, but not all of the pieces. I do recommend this book to anyone looking for a domestic, thrillery, who-dun-it story. I gave this 4 stars.
Read a book not set in your current time period: Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart – We follow the Kopp sisters in 1914 whose buggy is hit by an automobile while they are out in town. When they go to collect the money from the silk factory man it starts off a series of events that will change the Kopp sisters forever. This is a historical fiction based on one of the first female deputies in the US, Constance Kopp. I really enjoyed this book. In the book we got a peek into what it was like to live at the turn of the century and how women were treated and how the courts were handled. I did not know much about what it was like to live during that time, so it was interesting to see. I think that I will continue the series and follow the sisters. I gave this 3.5 stars.
Read a book with pictures and Read a book with a spooky word: My Favorite Thing is Monsters, Volume 1 by Emil Ferris – This is a huge graphic novel that follows a little girl named Karen who believes that if she is a monsters, all of her problems would be fixed. When Karen’s upstairs neighbor is killed one day, she takes it upon herself to figure out who done it. This is part murder mystery and social commentary. It takes place in the 1960’s in Chicago. Throughout the first 100 pages I wasn’t sure that I was enjoying it. As the plot picked up and the social commentary was more prevalent, I ended up really enjoying this graphic novel. The art style of the graphic novel looks like a notebook that Karen is drawing in and I really enjoyed that. This is an adult graphic novel and there is violence and nudity depicted throughout. Anyway, I do recommend this book for specific people and I ended up giving it 4 stars.
Also, on Saturday I participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon and it was pretty successful for how completely exhausted I was. Here is everything that I completed and started for Dewey’s.
The Graces by Laure Eve – We follow River who is a new student in her school. The school is absolute obsessed with the Grace siblings and everyone believes they are witches. River wants nothing more than to be friends with the Graces. She gets her opportunity when the youngest Grace takes her under her wing. This is a slow burn book. I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the slowness of the story but I felt that the slowness took away from some of the more shocking moments. However, I did think the conclusion was good. I’m not convinced that this book for everyone and I’m still not sure if I care enough about the characters to continue with the next book. I gave this 3 stars.
I also picked up Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames during the readathon. I am enjoying it still and the cameos in the book have been so satisfying. Also, I am still working my way through Red Sister by Mark Lawrence. I’m now about halfway through the book and hope to finish it in the next couple of days.
That’s everything that I read for Spookathon and Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. I really enjoyed most of what I read throughout the week/weekend and even found a couple of series that I want to continue. How did your Spookathon go? How did you Dewey’s go? Let’s chat in the comments.