Fall 2017 Readathons

Maybe it’s the approach of sweater weather and the need for an excuse not to rake leaves, but autumn seems to be a popular time for readathons. And Hallowe’en means it’s time for reading spooky books! Some of the readathons started on September 1st, but some don’t start till October. Here are the ones that interest me the most:

#GothicSept at Castle Macabre and #RIPxii. Both of these started yesterday, so this means you can get started early on your Hallowe’en reads. Gothic September focuses on four different Edgar Allan Poe stories. If I locate my giant book of Poe soon, I might join up. I know, I know, I could find the stories on the internet and/or borrow them from the library, but it’s just not the same. The twelfth R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril runs through the end of October and offers many options for participation, from a group read of Slade House to watching movies. In addition to Peril of the Short Story and Peril of the Screen, I will be doing Peril the First, which is a challenge to read four books of perilous content.

#FrightFall at Seasons of Reading. This one runs for the entire month of October and requires the reading of at least one scary book.

So, what will I be reading for these challenges? I will be finishing off a few Agatha Christie short story collections, including The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories and The Tuesday Club Murders. I hadn’t been planning to read Christie’s Peril at End House until December (for GenreLand), but how can I not read it for RIP? I also have some hope of finishing A Game of Thrones¬†and Wuthering Heights by the end of October. Other books I plan to read that will likely count are Borderline by Mishell Baker, Poe by J Lincoln Fenn , We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones, The Conjure Woman by Charles W Chesnutt, At the Mountains of Madness by HP Lovecraft, Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff, The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle, and Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

I have no specific movie-watching plans at this time, but this year’s My Cousin Rachel will likely be out on DVD by the time I read the book for book club, so maybe we will watch it as a group. I’m also watching Season 1 of Game of Thrones as I listen to the audiobook. So far, one DVD of the show lines up nicely with 5 CDs of the book.

 

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Review: The Green Mile, Part 6: Coffey on the Mile

The Green Mile, Part 6: Coffey on the Mile
The Green Mile, Part 6: Coffey on the Mile by Stephen King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book #8 for 2015

This was an excellent resolution to the series, tying together the stories of young Paul and old Paul as well as driving home the themes. Gift or curse? Death as release. Facing judgment. I liked how King built in the epilogue by giving everybody’s death details along the way. This is very much a book about death, but it makes it clear that death is not just about death. Death is contrast to life. As such, it points up the importance of how we live our lives.

This is easily the best King I’ve ever read, but it occurs to me that I really haven’t read that much King. I should rectify that.

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Review: The Green Mile, Part 5: Night Journey

The Green Mile, Part 5: Night Journey
The Green Mile, Part 5: Night Journey by Stephen King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book #7 for 2015

This installment showcases King’s genius for foreshadowing in such a way that still leaves plenty of room for speculation and wonderment. Even though I am now getting a really good idea of how the front story and the back story will come together, and I know that the escapade had to have turned out to be something of a success, the suspense remains high. I recommend reading this one only if you have the final episode ready at hand.

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Review: The Green Mile, Part 4: The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix

The Green Mile, Part 4: The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix
The Green Mile, Part 4: The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book #6 of 2015

There were some horrific scenes in this installment, but King handled them delicately, which I think takes a great deal of talent. There is also an economy of description that makes it a real page-turner. One thing I liked about this part in particular is that the front story — Paul in the old folks’ home — really started coming out as more than just an excuse to have a story at all.

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Review: The Green Mile, Part 3: Coffey’s Hands

The Green Mile, Part 3: Coffey's Hands
The Green Mile, Part 3: Coffey’s Hands by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book #5 for 2015
PopSugar Challenge Criterion Met:
-A book with magic

Tons of foreshadowing in this installment, but also lots of plot development. I really liked how King was pacing and framing this story. A few bits were on the predictable side, but the story flowed nicely all the same and made me eager for the next book.

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