Readathon Opening Post: October 2017!

Good morning! I was going to stay up the full twenty-four but my apartment building’s fire alarm went of last night so we’ll see how this goes.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Alexandria, Virginia!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I’m really excited to be finishing The Count of Monte Cristo, and I’m also hoping to read a few weeks ahead on my homework (to allow for more fun reading later during homework time, obviously).
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? My sister brought some cake, so definitely definitely that.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I start a new job on Monday! I’m going to be a reference librarian, and I’m very excited that it’s the Monday after readathon because I probably wouldn’t get good sleep Sunday night under normal circumstances.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? Two things: last time, my opening post was my only blog entry. I’d like to write some more. AND! My sister is here! She drove three hours to my house so we could do the readathon together. It’s her first time participating and we’re very excited.

Readathon Opening Post: April 2017

It’s readathon time again! My plan is to stay awake and reading for the full twenty-four hours, like I did in October, but we’ll see.

I also just noticed that all the books on my TBR are violent or depressing or scary. I need to find something light.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Alexandria, Virginia, where it’s supposed to be ninety degrees and sunny.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I’ve been chipping away at The Hunchback of Notre Dame for about two weeks now, and I doubt I’ll finish it today but I’m hoping to put a serious dent in it. It’s slow-going, but worth it so far.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I’m about to eat a banana, and I think I’m going to have pizza rolls later.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! We’ll see if I actually spend the whole time reading — I’m a graduate student and I have finals due next week, so if I get too antsy I might be writing papers instead.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? I have a TBR and planned my snacks in advance this time! Last time I didn’t make good provisions for either.  I also plan to read outside as much as possible today (last time was too chilly).  Allergies be damned!

Nine Women, One Dress, by Jane L. Rosen

9women1dressTitle: Nine Women, One Dress

Author: Rosen, Jane L. (Author’s Website)

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Bibliographic: Doubleday, 272 pages, Hardcover List Price $24.95, Audiobook List Price $24.50, Audiobook CD List Price $35.00, ISBNs 9780385541404
9781410492975, 9780385541435

Publication Date: July 12, 2016

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Heartwarming, engaging

Why I picked it up: I needed to read some chick lit for my readers’ advisory class, and I had heard that books with dresses on the cover were a good place to start.

S.I.A.S.: A series of women in New York City have their lives changed by one particular dress.

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Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters

fingersmithTitle: Fingersmith

Author: Waters, Sarah (Author’s Website)

Genre:  Historical fiction, crime fiction, LGBTQ fiction

Bibliographic: Riverhead Books, 582 pages, Paperback List Price $17.00, Audiobook List Price $28.04, ISBNs 9781573222037, 9781573229722, 9781860498831, 9781101057025

Publication Date: October 1, 2002

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Books to TV, first person, Gothic, literary fiction, multiple perspectives, character-driven, intricately plotted, atmospheric, suspenseful, descriptive

Why I picked it up: A close friend told me it was one of her favorite books and I needed to read it ASAP.

S.I.A.S.: Susan Trinder is going to pull a con on Maud Lilly, but there’s too much information she doesn’t know.

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Devil in a Blue Dress, by Walter Mosley

devilinabluedressTitle:  Devil in a Blue Dress

Author: Mosley, Walter (Author’s Website)

Genre: Mysteries, African-American Fiction

Bibliographic: Washington Square Press, 263 pages, Hardcover List Price $42.00, Paperback List Price $16.00, Audiobook CD List Price $9.99, Audiobook List Price $21.95, ISBNs 9780393028546, 9780743451796, 9780671511425, 9780671019822, 9781442082427, 9781560547228, 9781451612486, 9781852427498, 9780330321143, 9781841975276

Publication Date: June 17, 1990

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors:  Character-driven, atmospheric, gritty, books to movies

Why I picked it up: I attended an event recently where Walter Mosley was the keynote speaker, and he was phenomenal, so I bought this for the bus ride home.

S.I.A.S.: Easy Rawlins needs money, and finding Daphne Monet seems like a good way to get some.

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The Veins of the Ocean, by Patricia Engel

veinsoftheoceanTitle: The Veins of the Ocean

Author: Engel, Patricia (Author’s Website)

Genre: Literary Fiction

Bibliographic: Grove Press, 320, Hardcover List Price $25.00, Paperback List Price $17.00, Audiobook List Price $27.99, Audiobook CD List Price $29.99, ISBNs 9780802124890, 9780802189998, 9780802126740, 9781534608092

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

Rating: Stars of Five for Quality/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Character-driven, atmospheric, reflective, descriptive, lyrical

Why I picked it up: Thanks to the 2016 presidential election results, I found myself growing grim about the mouth, bringing up the rear of every funeral I met, and knowing a damp drizzly November in my soul. It was high time to get to sea as soon as I could.

S.I.A.S.: Reina struggles to come to terms with her family’s legacy, while Nesto struggles to come to terms with his family’s present.

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The Trespasser, by Tana French

trespasserTitle: The Trespasser

Author: French, Tana (Author’s Website)

Genre: Police procedural, suspense

Bibliographic: Viking, 464 pages, Hardcover List Price $27.00, Audiobook List Price $38.50, Audiobook CD List Price $55.00 ISBNs 9780670026333, 9781524708672, 9780735221093

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Psychological, first-person narrative, complex, fast-paced, suspenseful, compelling, dialect-filled

Why I picked it up: I’ve read the first five books in the series, and loved all but one of them.

S.I.A.S.: Antionette Conway must solve the murder of Aislinn Murray, but the facts aren’t quite lining up.

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Amaryllis, by Jayne Castle

amaryllisTitle: Amaryllis

Author: Castle, Jayne (Author’s Website)

Genre: Romance, futuristic romance

Bibliographic: Pocket Books, 336 pages, Mass Market Paperback List Price $7.99, , ISBNs 9780671569037, 9780671021436, 9781574901399, 9781451624014

Publication Date: October 1, 1996

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Futuristic, character-driven, fast-paced, steamy

Why I picked it up: This book was required reading for my readers’ advisory class. I would not have picked it up otherwise.

S.I.A.S.: Lucas Trent and Amaryllis Lark both have mysteries to solve, not least of which is why they are so drawn to each other.

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Nobody’s Baby But Mine, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

nobodysbabybutmineTitle:  Nobody’s Baby But Mine

Author: Phillips, Susan Elizabeth (Author’s Website)

Genre: Romance

Bibliographic: William Morrow Paperbacks, 400 pages, Paperback List Price $12.99, Mass Market Paperback $7.99, Audiobook List Price $35.93, ISBNs 9780380782345, 9780060894702, 9780062004666, 9780062107008, 9780783881973, 9780061793219, 9780066212203, 9780749937775

Publication Date: February 1, 1997

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Funny, steamy, engaging

Why I picked it up: A podcast I listen to said it was really funny.

S.I.A.S.: Physicist Jane Darlington desperately wants to have a baby, but doesn’t want it to be brilliant like her, so she sets out to find a stupid man.

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The Owl Killers, by Karen Maitland

theowlkillersTitle: The Owl Killers

Author: Maitland, Karen (Author’s Website)

Genre: Historical fiction

Bibliographic: Penguin, 640 pages, Paperback List Price $15.00, Audiobook List Price $53.41, ISBNs 9780385341707, 9780440244431, 9780141031897, 9780718153205, 9780440338888

Publication Date: March 26, 2009

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Multiple perspectives, fast-paced, atmospheric, creepy, suspenseful, richly detailed

Why I picked it up: It was assigned for my readers’ advisory class. I would never have read it otherwise.

S.I.A.S.: A group of beguines struggles to survive in Medieval England, while a shadow group called the Owl Masters opposes them.

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