The Memory Weaver, by Jane Kirkpatrick

memoryweaverTitle: The Memory Weaver

Author: Kirkpatrick, Jane (Author’s Website)

Genre: Christian Fiction, Western, Historical Fiction

Bibliographic: Revell, 352 pages, Paperback List Price $14.99, Audiobook List Price $27.99, ISBNs 9780800722326, 9781628997576, 9781441228208

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

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

Appeal Factors: Multiple perspectives, Pacific Northwest fiction, atmospheric, homespun, descriptive, engaging

Why I picked it up:  Westerns and Christian fiction are my least favorite genres, so I thought I’d try to hit both boxes at once and get it over with.

S.I.A.S.: As a child, Eliza Spalding Warren survived a horrific event; her husband wants to return.

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The Obsidian Chamber, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

obsidianchamberTitle: The Obsidian Chamber

Author: Preston, Douglas, and Lincoln Child (Author’s Website)

Genre: Thriller

Bibliographic: Grand Central Publishing, 416 pages, Hardcover List Price $28.00, Mass Market Paperback List Price $9.99, Audiobook List Price $28.00, ISBNs 9781455536917, 9781455541676, 9781455536887

Publication Date: October 18, 2016

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

Appeal Factors: Suspense, intricately plotted, plot-driven, fast-paced, suspenseful, compelling, gritty

Why I picked it up: I’ve read (and loved most of) the other fifteen books in the series.

S.I.A.S.: With Aloysius Pendergast missing, a figure from his past returns to the lives of the people he loves.

SPOILERS BELOW.

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Hex, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

hexTitle: Hex

Author: Olde Heuvelt, Thomas (Author’s Website)

Genre: Horror

Bibliographic: Tor, 384 pages, Hardcover List Price $24.99, Paperback List Price $15.99, , ISBNs 9780765378804, 9781466864580, 9780765378811

Publication Date: April 26, 2016

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

Appeal Factors: Translation, disturbing, gruesome, descriptive

Why I picked it up:  I’d heard very good things about it, and liked the idea of a town just coming to accept something horrible in their midst.

S.I.A.S.: The residents of Black Spring are used to Katherine, a 300-year-old witch, wandering around, but some people want things to change.

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Plain Perfect, by Beth Wiseman

plainperfectTitle: Plain Perfect

Author: Wiseman, Beth (Author’s Website)

Genre: Christian romance

Bibliographic: Thomas Nelson, 350 pages, Paperback List Price $14.99, Mass Market Paperback List Price $7.99, Audiobook List Price $19.59, Audiobook CD List Price $27.99, ISBNs 9781595546302, 9780718030964, 9781410418487, 9781418569082

Publication Date: September 9, 2008

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

Appeal Factors: Chaste, engaging

Why I picked it up: I have never read any Christian romance before, and the library used book sale had this for a dollar.

S.I.A.S.: Lillian Miller visits her Amish grandparents to get back to the simple life, but her feelings about Samuel Stolzfus are anything but simple.

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Thr3e, by Ted Dekker

thr3eTitle: Thr3e

Author: Dekker, Ted (Author’s Website)

Genre: Christian fiction, Christian romantic suspense

Bibliographic: Thomas Nelson, 400 pages, Paperback List Price $16.99, Mass Market Paperback List Price $7.20, Unabridged Audiobook List Price $24.49, Abridged Audiobook List Price $15.11, Audiobook CD List Price $34.99, ISBNs

Publication Date: June 1, 2003

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

Appeal Factors: Plot-driven, fast-paced, suspenseful, compelling

Why I picked it up: Genreflecting identified it as a “must read” Christian novel, and my library had a copy available.

S.I.A.S.: Kevin has been given three minutes to confess his sin or suffer the consequences, and that’s just the beginning.

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24-Hour Readathon: Intro Post (October 2016)

It’s 7:20 AM here, just outside of Washington, D.C., and I’m awake a little bit early.  My plan was to sleep until 7:50, so that I could be as rested as possible, but that just didn’t work out. I’m too excited.

I’ve participated in the readathon before, but not like this. I’ve participated at work and around other activities, but this will be the first time I’m devoting the entire twenty-four hours to reading. That’s right, friends: if I can, I’m not going to bed between now and 8:00 tomorrow morning. I’m just going to read books.

It’ll be easier than usual, since my husband will be out of town. Despite a profound lack of interest in college football, he and a friend are driving to State College (about four hours away) to go to the Penn State-Ohio game, so I’ll have the entire apartment to myself, no interruptions.

I have my first book picked out (Plain Perfect, by Beth Wiseman — not my usual fare, but I need to read some Christian fiction for school), and the library book sale was earlier this week so I have a big pile of new stuff to choose from. I have an audiobook prepared for showering, going to the gym for adrenaline boosts, and running to the 24-hour grocery store since I forgot to stock up on good snacks. I’m in my comfiest jammies, and I made hot chocolate.

Let the game begin!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?East coast of the United States, so I start at 8:00 AM. I’m in Alexandria, Virginia.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I don’t have a stack, although I’m hoping that The Obsidian Chamber comes in at the library today and I can go pick it up and read it IMMEDIATELY. (I have to know about that cliffhanger, man!)
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I didn’t plan any snacks! I might order pizza or I might go to the store later. I like to keep my options open.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m already sleepy. This is going to be interesting.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? I don’t have to work, so this is the first time I’ll be trying to stay awake and read for the WHOLE twenty-four. Wish me luck!

Underground Airlines, by Ben H. Winters

undergroundairlineTitle: Underground Airlines

Author: Winters, Ben H. (Author’s Website)

Genre: Alternative history, dystopia

Bibliographic: Mulholland Books, 336 pages, Hardcover List Price $26.00, Audiobook List Price $24.55, Audiobook CD List Price $40.00, ISBNs 9780316261241, 9780316268622

Publication Date: July 5, 2016

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

Appeal Factors: Complex characters, intricately plotted, fast-paced, atmospheric, disturbing, dramatic, thought-provoking, compelling, stylistically complex

Why I picked it up: I wanted to read an alternate history, and I was intrigued by this one because it looked depressingly similar to the events going on in the news.

S.I.A.S.: It’s 2016, and the Underground Airlines are still helping slaves escape from the South — and it’s Victor’s job to find them.

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Fractured, by Catherine McKenzie

fracturedTitle: Fractured

Author: McKenzie, Catherine (Author’s Website)

Genre:  Thriller, suspense.

Bibliographic: Lake Union Publishing, 362 Pages, Hardcover List Price $24.95, Paperback List Price $14.95, Audiobook List Price $10.49, Audiobook CD List Price 9.99, ISBNs 9781531863494, 9781477817940, 9781503937826

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

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

Appeal Factors: Authentic characters, intricately plotted, suspenseful, compelling

Why I picked it up: I was browsing for suggestions of good audiobooks to listen to before leaving for work, and this is the one that I had open on my browser when I ran out of time and had to go.

S.I.A.S.: After moving cross-country to escape a stalker, Julie’s new neighbors are anything but welcoming.

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Taking the Heat, by Victoria Dahl

takingtheheatTitle: Taking the Heat

Author: Dahl, Victoria (Author’s Website)

Genre: Contemporary romance

Bibliographic: HQN Books, 379 pages, Mass Market Paperback List Price $7.99, Audiobook List Price $27.99, ISBNs 9780373779703, 9781460384022

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

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

Appeal Factors: Racy humor, steamy, banter-filled, engaging

Why I picked it up: The sexy librarian stereotype really gets on my nerves sometimes, so it was nice to see a sexy male librarian.

S.I.A.S.: Gabe is only in town for a year, but his romance with Veronica may be more serious than he planned.

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The Graveyard Apartment, by Mariko Koike

graveyardapartmentTitle: The Graveyard Apartment

Author: Koike, Mariko (No website in English)

Genre: Horror

Bibliographic: Thomas Dunne Books, 336 pages, Hardcover List Price $25.99, ISBNs 9781250060549, 9781466865822

Publication Date: October 11, 2016

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

Appeal Factors: Ghost story, flawed characters, unlikable characters, intense pace, atmospheric, menacing, compelling

Why I picked it up: I saw a review that described this as “horror for wimps.” As a wimp who loves horror, that sounded right up my alley.

S.I.A.S.: Not everyone would be comfortable living next to a cemetery — and the Kano family shouldn’t be, either.

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