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)

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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

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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

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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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The One Resolution I’ve Kept…

I am a sucker for new year’s resolutions, to the point that I do mid-year checkups on them. And I’m still a normal human being, so I am really failing at most of them. But that’s what the second half of the year is for, right? This year I made broad resolutions, and then I made specific book and writing ones. I’ve pulled up my book/writing ones and….

….yeah I still need to work on them. But one of the goals was to read more graphic novels/comics, and that I have actually accomplished. I have wonderfully nerdy friends, who I have to actually ignore as they recommend more and more series to start (and as they recommend DC comics. Still can’t quite get into DC yet.) My unfortunate problem is that I have no idea how to actually review graphic novels. Thus below is a quick look at what I’ve been reading in volume format — I’m weeks behind on single issues and will catch up at some point. So here are my rants, ramblings and ravings on five different comics!


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Thanks to Mari @ Story and Somnomancy and my good friend Tim, I bought all 5 volumes on an impulse back in January….and then promptly put them on my shelf and ignored them. Have I mentioned that I’ve been trying to read more of these, but just didn’t feel they were for me?

Brooklyn was hit with a few feet of snow at once earlier this year, and I finally caved and decided to give the first volume a try….and by the end of the snow day, I had read all 5 volumes. It’s a bit of a Romeo and Juliet situation, with more nudity, more violence, a larger playing field, and more non-main character death (meaning Romeo and Juliet are still very much alive). I have no idea where the story is going or if they ever plan on wrapping it up — some of the criticism I’ve read regarding the comic is how flimsy the plot is, but I rather enjoy the epic space drama…drama of it all. Plus the forbidden love between Marko and Alana just makes me happy?

I enjoy the artwork as well. I really can’t comment on much of it as I’ve yet to come across a comic where I didn’t care for the artwork (then again, I’ve looked at a few and put them back — due to a combination of artwork and story line. I’ll work on this.)

Rating: moose-mdmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-md 4.5/5 Moose


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Nailbiter was recommended to me by Tim, again, or well his comic shop. The concept seemed so wonderfully fascinating that I picked them up immediately— I think I had to go to two different stores for the first volume.

The series revolves around a small, fictional town called Buckaroo, OR. This town’s claim to fame is that they have produced not one, but SIXTEEN serial killers. Nailbiter is obviously one of these serial killers, and is actually the most recent one. (Actual name: Edward Charles Warren.) He got his nickname because he has a disturbing fetish where he chews off his victim’s nails and part of their flesh. The story starts when Agent Carrol goes missing, and his friend NSA agent Nicholas Finch comes to down find him. Instead he begins to pull at the threads of the town’s legends, trying to figure out why the town has produced sixteen serial killers.

I wrote about Nailbiter briefly, and my opinions on it haven’t changed. I love this series. It has everything I want in horror.

Rated: moose-mdmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-md 5/5 Moose (Yes it has slow points, but I still love it.) 


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Paper Girls is another one recommend to me by Tim, (pretty much he recommends, I read) as well as a group of ladies I enjoy discussing comics with (primarily what are good strong female led ones.) First of all, I LOVE the covers of the individual issues,

The story starts with a bang in the early hours after Halloween in 1988, hints the NEON covers. Four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls find them selves thrown undercover as otherworldly creatures just start colliding with small town suburbia. The muted red-blue-purple tones are wonderful. There’s only been one volume, but issue 6 came out recently as well. I haven’t decided if I am going to keep up with single issues, or wait for the next volume. Either way, I’m a fan.

Rated: moose-mdmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-md 4/5Moose


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Phonogram was recommended to me by my friend James, who is currently on a no more recommendations break. (Have I mentioned that my friends are all awesome and want to share the great things they’ve read?)

Phonogram is a bit of a different graphic novel than the other ones I’ve read. The volume is entirely in black and white. It takes place in the UK, following David Kohl, a smug bastard of a mage who use the medium of Britpop music to interpret his magic. His mind starts to unravel — he starts thinking he likes music that he’s never cared for — causing him to lose his identity and magic. And all of this traces back to Britannia, who has been dead for ten years.

I wanted to like this volume. I want to like this series (not that I’ve read the second or third volume.) But there is just something that was not clicking for me. I feel like I missed a previous volume or something, but that’s fine.

Rated: moose-mdmoose-mdmoose-md 3.25/5 Moose


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Outcast is my current read. I have read the first two volumes, and I’ll probably pick up the third one for a read this week. This of course is in combination with the television show on Cinemax, which I’m currently watching on Sundays either before or after Preacher. Again, this comic was brought to my attention from my good buddy Tim, so really if you ever need a comic recommendation, I’ll point him out to you. (Maybe. I’ll think about it.)

Outcast is a bit hard for me to read. The possessions make me uncomfortable, the abusive scenes make me cringe…but it’s still a good read. And I have to give major props to Megan, Kyle’s adopted sister, who tells off her childhood rapist in an appropriate manner.

Anyways, Outcast is about Kyle Barnes, who seems to be surrounded by possessed people. His mom, his neighbors — you name it, they might be possessed. Instead of hiding, his normal stance, he’s decided to get out and help the local preacher with his past exorcisms, which seem to have all failed.

I will say that I am enjoying the TV show as well, and can’t wait to see where they go next.

Rating: moose-mdmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-md 4/5 Moose


My to read next list includes the following, but you are welcome to recommend more:

  • Rat Queens
  • Sex Criminals
  • The Wicked + the Divine
  • The Private Eye
  • October Faction
  • Huck

Seriously, recommend more! And feel free to tell me you think my choices are insane, that’s fine.