This past weekend I held my own #24in48 readathon. This is the readathon where participants try to read for 24 out of 48 hours. The official one isn't being held this summer, but I like to get a lot of reading done in a short chunk of time so I held my own. It's kind of like a guy from our church who has run four marathons by himself during Covid because he misses running actual marathons -- it's kind of like that for me, without the running! Hahaha! Anyways, on with what I actually read.
I've been doing a re-read of the last books of the In Death series. While I have read the first books many times, the last ten or eleven books I've only read once or twice. So I started reading them again last week and have already devoured six of them. The In Death books are easy reads for me, and a good readathon book because they keep me interested.
Despite the fact that this is an older book, I hadn't read it yet. It make me want to drink lots of tea (although I really only like black (and some herbal) tea)! I loved this story and I loved how it ended. And I was almost finished with it when I started my readathon so only read the last 150 pages or so during my official #24in48.
This book was a fun summer read. Without giving too much away, I LOVED how it ended. It also made me want to spend a summer in the Catskills! This was a fun family drama without being too crazy.
Yes, I read another JD Robb In Death book. This one made me think about what I would do to save my husband and kids. It was a hard one to read in some ways, although still not too heavy.
I didn't realize that this book was a novel told in poem form. It was so good and I highly recommend this story about a gay teenager who finds his gender expression fits best by dressing in drag. As with World War II books (stick with me here!), I am so intrigued by all the different stories there are to tell about the LGBTQ2S+ experience. ("All the different stories" is how this relates to WWII, in my head.)
I LOVED this book. However, if you are not Canadian, or not a Great Big Sea fan, you may not love this book. However, any book which talks about the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Tim Hortons, and traveling on the London Tube is a winner in my book! When I finished laughing my way through this book, I made Dave read it. And he's not necessarily a reader and he read it in two days.
I was happy to read the third book in the Brown Sisters trilogy. I like how Hibbert writes neurodiverse main characters. This is another blind spot in my reading and I would like to remedy that.
Okay, you know how when a book is so hyped up that by the time you actually get around to reading it, it kind of falls flat. Remember how The House In The Cerulean Sea lived up to the hype for me? Well, this book did not live up to the hype. I thought it was good, but really, I feel like it was just cloaked as a more literary murder mystery book. I don't understand why everyone loved it. If you loved it, please let me know why. I didn't hate it -- I just don't understand why everyone is so excited about it.
This is another book which I want Sam to read. I thought it was so good. I loved how Acho set up his chapters with a hook to get you interested, a "Let's Rewind" piece to explain some of the background, a "Let's Get Uncomfortable" piece to point out the issues with whatever topic he had introduced, and then a "Talk It, Walk It" section getting into what we can individually do to change things. I am so excited to read his version of this book for adults.
I also read about fifty pages of Stamped From The Beginning but since I didn't finish it, I'm not reviewing it here.