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review 2019-08-06 02:15
Review: Akata Witch
Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor

The story follows Sunny who is an American Born Nigerian.  Her parents move her and her brothers to Nigeria when Sunny was about five, but she considers herself American.  Her American accent and mannerisms make her an outcast amongst her classmates, as does her albino skin and her intelligence.  

 

Sunny befriends one classmate and her neighbor, who drag her into the world of magic, of which she was born to be part of.  They and another young magic user are tasked with catching a serial killer who also has magic.  It's all very exciting and dangers and a very serious pressure is placed upon the children.  For if they do not stop the serial killer, he will bring about the end of days.

 

It's a bit of a coming of age, as well as a discovery of self, family secrets.

 

I listened to the audiobook and kept up with the physical copy.  It was well narrated and and good story.  I look forward to the next book in the series.

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review 2019-08-06 01:57
Review: Binti: The Night Masquerade
Binti: The Night Masquerade - Nnedi Okorafor

What an amazing finish to the series.  Betrayal, secrets, new alien species, living spaceships that give birth to baby living spaceships.  There are battles, deaths...just everything you want in a fantasy/scifi series.

 

I very much enjoyed Binti's character arc, as well as Okwu, there is even a both of growth from Binti's family and best friend.  What I enjoyed about the ending, is that while it is an ending, it's also a beginning.  And while I would definitely read another book in this series, there is a clear ending.

 

Excellent, colorful, descriptive writing.  I look forward to reading more from the author!

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text 2019-08-04 02:30
Dewey's Readathon Ending Survey
Artificial Condition - Martha Wells
Deeper Than the Dead - Tami Hoag
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

They've changed up the survey questions!

 

How would you assess your reading overall?

I'm happy. I read for about 5 hours

 

This is more than I've read in a long while

 

Did you have a strategy, and if so, did you stick to it?

Not strategy other than to read when I could around a tired Friday night and a very busy Saturday.

 

What was your favorite snack?

The leftover falafel bowl I ate for lunch

 

Wanna volunteer for our next event?

I have and will gladly cheer for other readers, or even captain a cheering squad on the day of the event, but my life is too full to commit to working outside the day of the Readthon itself.

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text 2019-08-04 01:51
2019 Dewey's Reverse Readathon [August]: Closing Survey

Closing Survey!

 

  1. What hour was most daunting? Hour 8 was rough for me because I slept poorly the previous night and never got my pre read-a-thon nap.
  2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! Binti, Binti: Home, Binti: The Night Masquerade, Akata Witch all by Nnedi Okorafor
  3. What was your favorite snack? Asher's chocolate covered pretzels
  4. What was your favorite facet of the day? Probably that my family distractions were very minimal this time around.
  5. Wanna volunteer for our next event? I'd love to but fear I wouldn't be reliable.
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text 2019-08-04 01:45
2019 Dewey’s Reverse Readathon [August]: Hours 19-24

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We made it to hour 24!

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Made it in under the wire.  That's what happens when you listen to your audiobooks on 2x speed!  I have had a blast this read-a-thon, despite the struggles.  I just take comfort in the fact that this new eye floater will be gone by the time the next read-a-thon comes around.  And I will always have the distractions of hubby, kids, furbabies, lol.  I proud of my effort this time around, I have been wanting to read the Binti series for some time and the read-a-thon was the perfect platform to get them all read at once.  I'm notorious for starting series and then taking forever to finish them--in fact I'm sure I made a post about it a few months back.  Unfortunately I had still managed to expand the series-started-but-not-finished as Akata Witch is the first in a series and I have yet to get the next book.  Sigh.

 

I hope everyone had fun this read-a-thon no matter how much you read or didn't read.  It was fun interacting with everyone and just getting some quality reading in.  Until October, happy reading!

 

Completed Books: 
Binti
Binti: Home
Binti: The Night Masquerade
Akata Witch
Pages Read: 810
Hours Read: Aprox. 20-21

 

Now I'm going to go veg and try not to fall asleep until at least 10:00pm.  Reviews of my last to books will probably follow tomorrow when I'm fully rested and coherent.

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