Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon (Autumn 2018) – Book Bingo (Week 1)

Thursday, 27 September 2018

How is it almost time for the Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon again? I suppose that time flies when you spend your entire year procrastinating. I wasn't that up on the game last year, but this time around, I'm already counting down the days and I am getting pretty serious about it. Because, thanks to the wonderful Gabby (GabsAboutBooks) over on Goodreads, I am putting my extremely annoying, frankly ridiculous competitive spirit to the test to complete three rounds of book bingo in preparation for the readathon at the end of the month.
So let's get all-Monica-Geller-level competitive up in here and get started.

A Book With a Black Cover
In her debut collection, Alice Bolin turns a critical eye to literature and pop culture, the way media consumption reflects American society, and her own place within it. From essays on Joan Didion and James Baldwin to Twin Peaks, Britney Spears, and Serial, Bolin illuminates our widespread obsession with women who are abused, killed, and disenfranchised, and whose bodies (dead and alive) are used as props to bolster a man’s story. From chronicling life in Los Angeles to dissecting the “Dead Girl Show” to analyzing literary witches and werewolves, this collection challenges the narratives we create and tell ourselves, delving into the hazards of toxic masculinity and those of white womanhood. Beginning with the problem of dead women in fiction, it expands to the larger problems of living women—both the persistent injustices they suffer and the oppression that white women help perpetrate.
Reason: Pretty self-explanatory seeing as this essay collection has a predominantly black cover (it looks greenish-grey in the picture above but it is most certainly black).

A Horror/Supernatural/Paranormal Book
February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returned to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy’s body. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a thrilling, supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory, where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state—called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul.
Reason: The Man Booker winner takes place over a single night in a West Virginian graveyard and features a whole host of bickering ghosts. Not at all scary, but rather sad and unmistakably supernatural.

A Book With Illustrations
A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. Shocking, electric, unforgettable, this is the extraordinary memoir from Costa Novel-Award winner and Sunday Times bestselling author Maggie O'Farrell. It is a book to make you question yourself. What would you do if your life was in danger, and what would you stand to lose?
Reason: As O'Farrell walks through each near-death experience, an anatomical drawing at the start of each chapter depicts the part of her body that was the most affected.

A History Book (Whether That Be Fiction or Non-Fiction)
No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class ladder. Her sentimental companion Amelia, however, longs only for caddish soldier George. As the two heroines make their way through the tawdry glamour of Regency society, battles - military and domestic - are fought, fortunes made and lost. The one steadfast and honourable figure in this corrupt world is Dobbin with his devotion to Amelia, bringing pathos and depth to Thackeray's gloriously satirical epic of love and social adventure.
Reason: Thackerey's masterpiece spans 18 tumultuous years of Emmy Sedley and Becky Sharp's lives, both during and after the Napoleonic Wars.

*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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