Unsolvedathon Check In

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With only one week left in Unsolvedathon I am feeling the pressure but enjoying it at the same time. I have been able to check off six of the prompts, ( I read five books, one book fits two prompts ) and hopefully will be able to complete the full ten by 4/30. So here are the books I read so far and what last five books I plan reading to finish off this readathon.

  • The Harrowing Hunt for Bigfoot Read a book about a mythical creature/monster.
    • The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

I’ve had this book (and its sequel) on my desk for the longest and I never read it. I am kicking myself for not reading it sooner as I enjoyed the ride that it took me on. I can’t wait to continue Cassandra’s journey in the second book.

  • The Haunting of the Salem Witch Trials Read a book involving witches & The Secret Society of the Illuminati: Read a book about or involving a secret society.
    • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

I had to double down in order to make it through the readathon since I came in late and this book satisfied two of these prompts. Everyone I knew was always telling me that I needed to read Nnedi’s work and that this series was the “Nigerian Harry Potter.” But after reading it, I feel like that’s a great injustice to the book. Akata Witch is in a whole other level of its own and I am absolutely head over heels with the world Nnedi introduced me to in this book. I can not wait to get my hands on the rest of these books and I already went out and bought the entire Binti Collection.

  • The Horrifying Murders of the Zodiac Killer: Read a retelling.
    • The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember

The Little Mermaid retelling that I have been waiting for! Fast paced, WLW, strong female characters and one of my favorite quotes ever :

“Did you really do all this for a human?”

“No, Your Majesty. I did it for myself.”

I can’t really say more without spoiling more of the story. Just know that I loved it and recommend it to anyone looking for a Little Mermaid Retelling or a WLW book. 

  • The Thrilling Gardner Museum Heist Read a book involving a heist or thieves.
    • The Heist Society by Ally Carter

This book has been on my kindle for the longest time. I am a sucker for stories about thieves and a sucker for the whole found family trope. The story was fast paced and I enjoyed the way that everyone seemed to have their role to play. But the thing is, it feels more like a prequel to what is to come in the next book instead of a story itself. I enjoyed the ride nonetheless and look forward to reading the next one sometime in the future to see what happens to this band of merry thieves.

  • 3 Horrifying Cases of Ghosts and Demons Read a collection of short stories/anthology.
    • The Lottery & Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

I always wanted to read more Shirley Jackson because I read The Haunting of Hill House in high school and really loved it. I just, for some reason or another, always seemed to put it off. Reading the first couple of short stories I realized why, sometimes things that were written long ago can really hold up well against the test of time, others not so much. There were so many stories that just seemed flat to me, as if they were just small things she wrote to get the creative juices going and there were others that I did enjoy. Overall I wasn’t too crazy about all the stories in this book.

I have four books/prompts left to finish up reading. They are :

The Strange Disappearance of D.B. Cooper:Read a mystery or thriller book.

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano.

The Suspicious Assassination of JFK: Read a book about or involving an assassin.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

The Demonic Goatman’s Bridge: Read a book about or involving demons.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

The Treacherous Treasure Hunt of Forrest Fenn: Read a book involving an adventure or quest.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Overall for my first ever readathon I am having a lot of fun pushing myself to really read more and even if I don’t get to finish the final four prompts I’m glad that I started this at all.

Are you participating in Unsolvedathon? How are you doing? Have you read any of the books I read? What did you think about them? 

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