Read-a-Thon Mini Reviews



Did you know that Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon is my favorite book blogger event OF ALL TIME? Well, it is. I was a cheerleader and still managed to read a bunch of great books. 
But what that tells me is that I didn’t carry out my cheering duties as well as I should have. I think I’m going to have to make a decision before the next read-a-thon comes around in April. I love cheering. I love reading. What’s a gal to do? 

Annnnnyway, the point of this post is to give a bitty review of each of the books I read on Saturday. So, let’s do that shall we? 
As usual, I make sure to pick out a stack of highly recommended SHORT reads. I like being able to read a lot of books that day and I don’t think plowing through one large book would work for me. 

The Secret Life of Objects By Dawn Raffel

I’m a person who attaches a lot of meaning to objects so this book really spoke to me. I couldn’t help but think about the objects in my life that have sentimental value. It made me want to tell my own stories. 

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
A lovely and moving tale about Denmark during WWII. The people of that country worked tirelessly to save their Jewish friends and neighbors. This is my 2nd Lowry novel in the very recent past. I don’t think you can go wrong when you read something of hers. 

Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang
Graphic novels are the best for read-a-thons. These two feature heartbreaking stories and incredible illustrations. I’m definitely going to read more by Yang…and I can’t wait.

The Suicide Shop by Jean Teule
Black humor at it’s very best! Andi recommended this one and I picked it up without even reading the synopsis. I had no idea what was in store! It was funny, funny, funny! It made me think too…you can’t ask for much more. *

Late Lights by Kara Weiss
Oh, these kids! Their circumstances and poor decisions will make you want to tear your hair out. This one was thouroughly impressive.

Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
Once in a while I’ll read a book that makes me angry. Angry that I’ve gone my whole life without reading it. This was a complete delight! Quirky and quite brilliant. I want to read the rest of the series!

Successful day, super great books. I feel like a very lucky reader! Did you participate in the Read-a-Thon? What were some of your favorite books that day? 

*My favorite of the day!

64 thoughts on “Read-a-Thon Mini Reviews

  1. I haven't read Mary Poppins either!! Although I have thought about having \”Practically perfect in every way\” tattooed on my ribs. Lol. Not that I am perfect, just as a reminder that I am ok the way I am. :)The Secret Life of Objects sounds really good! I attach emotions to objects as well – if I didn't watch it, maybe I would become a hoarder!! I blame this on the Velveteen Rabbit, btw! 😉

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  2. I've only ever been a reader but it must be hard not to want to read and cheerlead when you want to do both anyway. maybe you could split your day in half? Short books or not that's a lot of reading. Looking forward to seeing what your final year count will be!

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  3. It sounds like you had a lot of fun 🙂 I read three longish books but I think I might try your strategy next time. It's just so satisfying to finish a book that I think it would be easier to keep going it I finished books more frequently.

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  4. I always get astonished when I see the number of books and novellas you can read in a day! :)I didn't even know that Mary Poppins was a book, I need it!

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