First Readathon

Hello blog I miss you! How terrible have I treated you for months and months and months….

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I’m not sure how much I am going to come back to it, but I do have plans to clean up and restart my blog back up. And what better way than to discuss the nerdy nerdy thing I did this past weekend – a readathon!?

In the middle of treatment and a very hot July, I decided that the idea of sitting in my apartment and reading sounded like the most magical thing I could do.

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I found a post in the Owlcrate Facebook group (lots of thoughts about that group, but that’s for another day) that asked if anyone was participating in 24in48.

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My Owlcrate Box came during the readathon YAY!

What the heck was 24in48??

I headed over to 24 in 48 to take a look. Simply put, you read for 24 hours in 48 hours of a weekend. It started at 12.00 AM on Saturday, July 22nd and ended at 11.59 PM July 23. There were opportunities for prizes and cheering, and honestly, it sounded exactly like what I needed. Plus it allowed for audiobooks to count, so I had no excuse to miss out on cleaning and cooking for the sake of reading.

So I signed up and started planning my books.

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My single issue comics?
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The books and volumes to read..

…..and knew that would be too many. BUT it also inspired me to clean out my Goodreads TBR lists.

 

Since starting two book based podcasts, I’ve had some low-key anxiety about how my reading time is starting to feel more like I’m back at school rather than for fun. It’s such a thin line to walk, and rather than do so, I’ve just been panicking about it. Because of this, and because I was between episodes of Judging Book Covers Podcast and Fableulous Retellings JUST started, I figured I could take 48 hours to read WHATEVER I wanted. And remind myself that I can balance my reading and podcast reading again.

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The starting stopwatch!

What I Read During 24in48 Readathon

Apparently I was REALLY BEHIND on my graphic novel reading.

  • 2 Books
  • 4 Graphic Novels
  • 1300 Pages

1. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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Published: 2016
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Ratings: moose-mdmoose-mdmoose-md 3/5 Moose

This book was recommended to me a few times last year, and  I wanted to read something light to start off this Readathon, It…..wasn’t that at all This book was written kind of as an homage to the author’s life and relationship with her mother. It was a bit heavy and yet a bit of a weird chick lit book. I was happy with the ending though. It resolved in an appropriate manner without seeming cheesy or off? But I was glad to be done with it. It wasn’t for me, it wasn’t for my fun summer readathon, but I’m glad I read it.

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Charlie was really excited about reading Saga again!!

2. Saga Volume 6 by Brian Vaughn (writer) and Fiona Staples (Artist)

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Published: 2016
Genre: Graphic Novels, Sci-Fi, Space Opera
Rating: moose-mdmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-md

Saga! I love Saga. I don’t even read it in single trades — I let it build up and binge when I can! It’s always worth it though. This issue discusses Kindergarten and jail? Plus a lot of WTF are the adults doing. The end of this trade brought some tears….but didn’t prepare me for what was to come.

3. Saga Volume 7 by Brian Vaughn (writer) and Fiona Staples (Artist)

29237211Published: 2017
Genre: Graphic Novels, Sci-Fi, Space Opera
Rating: moose-mdmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-md

Have tissues for this one. It’s……it’s an ending. This one primarily takes place on Phang, which new friends and relationships.

Just……have tissues.

 

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Another look at the clock..

4. We Can Never Go Home Volume 1 by Matthew Rosenberg, Patrick Kindlon, and Josh Hood

26527323Published: 2015
Genre: Graphic Novels, Fantasy??? Bloody??
Rating: moose-mdmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-md

First review:

What….what did I just read?

This is violent and weird and beautifully done and WHAT DID I JUST READ.

Honestly, I still haven’t changed my thoughts.

5. Monstress Volume 1 by Marjorie Liu (writer) and Saga Takeda (Artist) and Rus Wooton (Letterer/Designer) 

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Published: 2016
Genre: Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Horror, Steampunk,
Rating: moose-mdmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-md

This book is equally gorgeous in its writing and artwork. It too me a little longer to read than normal because it is BEAUTIFUL. Also the cats in this book are amusing. I am definitely looking forward to the new trade. But 1900s Asia art deco steampunk with demonic connections and AHHH.

 

6. Bird Box by Josh Malerman

18498558Published: 2016
Genre: Horror, Dystopia, Mastery, Apocalyptic
Rating: moose-mdmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-md

This book was recommended by a friend who is friends with the author. I liked the concept — a cross between The Happening and The Road, with the added bonus of you cannot look outside or anything the could have been outside too long. If you do, you will die.

This story got back and forth between the “present” which is when the main character and her two kids are rowing, blindfolded, down the river, and the “past,” which is at the beginning of the apocalypse. When the story lines fold into one, it is heartbreaking and terrifying. Sandy Bullock is going to start in the Netflix….something, so I am looking forward to seeing what comes out next.

I also started The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett, which I’ll be finishing up this week/end. I might stick to this horror kick??

How Did I Feel Post Readathon?

I honestly had a blast doing this readathon! It got me mentally back to a good baseline, and I feel more organized to walk the line of podcast reading and personal reading. I feel like I could have done more with time to prepare (I decided Thursday night to do this??) but honestly, I’m proud of what I accomplished.

….Next Readathon?

I am considering two more in August! But I’ll post about those later this week. Otherwise, here’s my face as I realized I could have done Booktube-a-thon, but I didn’t have enough time to plan. So close! But I do have two new ones picked out, and I am also considering what I want to do/need to do to start and host my own. Or if someone needs a host, pick me!!

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And finally, thank you again to Rachel at 24in48 for creating this readathon – I had a blast in my first one.

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Season 1, Episode 2: A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

There isn’t much more I can say about this episode, except that we had a lot of fun doing it. Give it a listen!!

Fableulous Retellings Podcast

Mari and Meg discuss one of the first modern Beauty and the Beast retellings! As mentioned last week, Belle is the original Young Adult Heroine?, so how does an actual modern New Adult book compare?

Well, there are fairies, sex, giggling, and eye rolling. And yelling about boy names.

Find out what about a book can actually offend Mari?!

There is also some discussion of Cupid and Psyche, which some scholars believe the original Beauty and the Beast is based on. Let us know your thoughts!

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Episode 9: The Anubis Gates with Erin Ayers and Gena Radcliffe

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(OH HEY. YOU CAN EXPECT SOME REAL POSTS FROM ME THIS WEEK TOO!)

It’s a hot summer, and movies are playing blockbusters to fill the air conditioned seats. The guest this week recommended the perfect book blockbuster for when you don’t quite feel like walking out of your apartment into the heat! Meghan is joined by Erin Ayers and Gena Radcliffe to discuss Tim Power’s The Anubis Gates, an 1980s “steampunk” time traveling novel that has literally everything. Egyptian gods, clones, time travel, evil clowns, werewolf serial killer?! Love?!

Don’t believe me? Give us a listen!

Book Drink: Blueberry Gin Fizz

Books Discussed:
The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
Rita Mae Brown’s Mrs. Murphy series
Declare by Tim Powers
Doomsday by Connie Willis (Oxford Time Travel Series)
Timeline by Michael Crichton
Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle
A Swifting Tilting Planet Madeleine L’Engie
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris
The White Album by Joan Didion
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
Shrill by Lindy West

Movies Discussed:
Peggy Sue Got Married
Back to the Future
12 Monkeys
Dead Ringers
Reversal Fortune
Lolita (can you figure out the trend of the last three movie)
Who Killed Roger Rabbit

Find us on the web:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: judgingcoverspodcast@gmail.com

Find our host and guest(s):

Meghan’s Twitter | Kill By Kill Podcast Twitter | Kill By Kill Podcast Facebook | Gena’s Blog | Over the Tabletop Twitter | Over the Tabletop Facebook | Erin’s Blog

Season 1, Episode 1: Beauty and the Beast

Fableulous Retellings Podcast

Click here to download Episode 1!

Meg and Mari open their first season by discussing the classic original fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast! They focus on the original and first adaptation as it is frequently what is used in modern retellings. They make their checklist to use against the five modern retellings they’ll be reviewing this season, as well as why they think the story came to exist!

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Thank you to BenSound for our theme music and VidaLovesCake for our artwork!

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Episode 7: The Essential Bordertown with Ileana Garcia and Stephanie Cortez

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Meghan is joined again by Ileana and Stephanie to discuss the YA anthology The Essential Bordertown, edited by Terri Windling and Delia Sherman. We discuss how the YA genre ends to reach back to its 90s roots and bring the grittiness back, especially when discussing elves and faeries!

Book Drink: Elder-Berry Tea Cocktail and Earl Grey Tea Cocktail

Books/Movies/Shows discussed in this episode: 

The Essential Bordertown
Beauty and the Beast
A Court of Thorn and Roses
Logan
X-Men/Dazzler
Sailor Moon
Hellboy 2
Lost Girl

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Meghan’s Twitter | Ileana’s Instagram