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text 2017-07-24 23:05
#24in48 Read-a-thon Summer 2017 Wrap Up and COYER Update #2
The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two, The Son of Neptune: The Graphic Novel - Rick Riordan,Antoine Dode,Orpheus Collar,Robert Venditti
Persepolis I & II - Marjane Satrapi
A Sultry Love Song (The Gentlemen of Queen City) - Kianna Alexander
The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom (Dreamspun Desires Book 14) - Kate McMurray
Killer Countdown (Man on a Mission) - Amelia Autin

First up, 24in48


Here are my answers to the closing survey:

1. How many books did you read? Pages? 2 graphic novels (The Son of Neptune and The Complete Persepolis) and one category romance (A Sultry Love Song) from start to finish. 31% of one category romance (TGTGCG).


Page wise I read 723 pages.

2. How many hours did you read? 12 hours over the two days, with the bulk being read on Saturday. After doing some math, it averages 60.25 pages per hour; now I can use that bit of datum to plan out future reading.

3. What do you think worked well in this read-a-thon?

The weather made it clear to all the family that going outside and doing something other than reading was a no-go. Thank you rainy England! Please stop raining now, kthanksbye. Also my food game was great this time around; I must order take away from my favorite kebab place for all read-a-thons.


Reading wise, what worked well was reading shorter books and in print (I read faster in print over e-books for some strange reason).


4. What do you think could be done to improve the readathon for next time?

I should maybe check in every two hours rather than every 3-4 hours, as I missed a bunch of participation challenges. To improve the read-a-thon in general, new challenges - I am tired of the "take a shelfie" and the "make a verse with book titles" challenges as every read-a-thon does those challenges.

5. Will you participate in a future 24in48 readathon? Yep, and it's on my calendar already.


COYER update #2

Sunday: finished A Sultry Love Song by Kianna Alexander (started during 24in48). Started The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray.


Monday: finished TGTGCG. Next up is Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin, which I will start reading tomorrow. Reviews are quickly piling up, so I may spend some time tomorrow writing up those.



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text 2017-07-23 15:45
#24in48 Read-a-thon Check In #4
A Sultry Love Song (The Gentlemen of Queen City) - Kianna Alexander
The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom (Dreamspun Desires Book 14) - Kate McMurray

So this morning was spent grocery shopping with two kids (*sigh*) and then going out as a family to do some school clothes shopping. I read for a little while (timer reads 10 hours 8 minutes) this afternoon and will get back to it tonight with reading to the kids and after they go to bed.


Finished A Sultry Love Song and decided to start The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom (my first ever m/m romance). My goal is to end with at least 12 hours reading time and 25% of the new book done. Both books are on my COYER Summer Vacation reading list, which is handy since the 2nd COYER read-a-thon started today. Reminder to my fellow COYER participants: the read-a-thons are voluntary but this one is restricted to only the print books on your list (August's read-a-thon is back to e-books and audiobooks only).


My next update will be my last for 24in48. To my fellow 24in48-ers: Let's finish STRONG!!!

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review 2017-07-23 09:55
Superficial gothic ghost story
The Binding Song - Elodie Harper

Dr Janet Palmer has commenced a new career as a psychologist based at HMP Halvergate in the sparsely populated and bleak Norfolk countryside. This is an institution where inmates are incarcerated due to criminal or sexual crimes and it is hoped that their period of internment will allow the authorities, and in particular the staff, time to address, and hopefully in some way cure this deviant behaviour.


Apart from the prison chaplain Steven Finch the staff at Halvergate are not very welcoming towards Dr Palmer and she begins to feels somewhat isolated not helped by the news that her boyfriend Arun is soon to depart on a work placement in America. As the good doctor begins to acquaint herself with the residents she soon shares their concerns of an apparition stalking the walls and corridors; a sinister white presence, a lady with dark eyes. One patient in particular, Michael Donovan,  greatly disturbs Janet, she will soon discover a connection between this evil man and her sister Izzy who died tragically many years ago.......


There is no doubt that using a Gothic institution such as HMP Halvergate adds a sinister tone to the story telling. The reader can certainly sense and feel the great uneasiness that permeates each chapter of this short ghostly tale. However, the telling of the story and the shallow characters involved, from a self centred boyfriend to a confused gay vicar, did little to endear me to the outcome, no matter how shocking the author intended that to be. Many thanks to the publisher Mulholland for a gratis copy in exchange for an honest review and that is what I have written.

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text 2017-07-22 23:41
#24in48 Read-a-thon Check In #3
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever - Jeff Kinney
A Sultry Love Song (The Gentlemen of Queen City) - Kianna Alexander

Stopping for the night at 8 hours and 33 minutes. 30 of those minutes were used to read aloud to the kids (3 picture books and 22 pages of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever). After the kids were in bed I started A Sultry Love Song by Kianna Alexander and currently stand at 53% done.


Now I just need some sleep. Tomorrow more reading and grocery shopping is on the agenda.


Good night and for those about to pull an all-nighter, we salute you.

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text 2017-07-22 16:19
Swan Song: 51%
Swan Song - Robert R. McCammon,Tom Stechschulte

Did the story just jump 7 years forward? That was disorienting. 


Comparisons with The Stand are inevitable, of course, and I was thinking how differently people, in general, were behaving in the aftermath of the apocalypse, and that McCammon must have a much darker view of humanity's essential nature than King does. Then it occurred to me that there is an enormous difference that could account for it - resources. In The Stand, a virus wipes out most of the people, but leaves nature and natural resources intact, along with most of the man-made resources, so there are few humans, but an abundance of food, shelter, and fuel. McCammon's is a nuclear apocalypse, so there seem to be more people, but scarce life-sustaining resources in a hostile natural environment. 


So, yeah, of course people are going to behave differently. 

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