1466 York England, The town is under siege by rebel forces. While the city is governed by Royalist supporters, a woman is tried for the murder of her Parliamentarian husband. Only Lady Hodgson, a well-respected midwife, believes in her innocence and hunts for the true killer. Lady Hodgson and her resourceful servant Martha look after the townsfolk—both the poor and the privileged. It's nice look at midwifery of the period as well as a satisfying historical mystery. I will definitely continue with the more of the series, however it can be read as a stand alone work.
Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour 13. After dinner I was just too tired to continue
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
For a historical fiction reader, The Midwife's Tale
I read Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams years ago:
it would be a great choice to keep you reading into the wee hours
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
No, the organizers are fantastic! Thanks much for all your hard work.
I had great fun and hope to participate more next year!
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
What didn't! I particularly liked the hourly challenges.
How many books did you read? About 1½ books total
What were the names of the books you read?
finished: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
read from start to finish: The Midwife's Tale by Sam Thomas
started: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Which book did you enjoy most? The Midwife's Tale
Which did you enjoy least? I enjoyed them all
If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I wasn't a cheerleader.
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? If I can get the time off from work, I'll definitely participate again-as reader and maybe cheerleader.
1. What are you reading right now?
I'm still reading The Midwife's Tale: A Mystery - Samuel Thomas
2. How many books have you read so far?
I'm on my second book of the day
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
If I get to it, The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. - Sandra Gulland
However, I think I need to read a fast, light book next
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
I switched days with a few co-workers in order to have the weekend off
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Only a few--nothing too time consuming
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
How little actual reading I'm getting done. I'm enjoying reading many blogs and participating in the challenges.
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
No. Everything is great!
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Try to get more rest the night before.
9. Are you getting tired yet?
Yes, yesterday was a busy day and I didn't get much sleep
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?
No, I'm new to readathons and the only tips I know have come from experienced readathoners
The Best Books of My Reading Year:
Although the year is only 4 months old, I've had some memorable reads:
The Best Book of the Year:
runner up: Doc: A Novel - Mary Doria Russell
it's too hard to pick just one here. Both are wonderful reads!
Marra's book is heart-wrenching and thought provoking.
Russell's book brought Doc Holliday and the Earps to life for me.
The Best Mystery Book: The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
What can I say...it's a classic.
The Best Sci-Fi Book: Towers of Midnight (The Wheel of Time) - 'Robert Jordan', 'Brandon Sanderson' It's such a great book that it made the slog through some of the middle books in this series worthwhile. It's the penultimate book of the Wheel of Time Series (Book 13).
Best Author: Anya Seton
I finally got around to reading Katherine and was "wowed". She made me feel like I was right there in Medieval England. I will definitely read more of her works.
It's Hour 6
I got a late start, so my stats are rather miserable.
However, since I was nearly finished with a book before the day started I have a sense of accomplishment: one book completed
Currently Reading: The Midwife's Tale: A Mystery - Samuel Thomas
Books Finished: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
Total Pages Read: 70
Amount of Time Spent Reading: 90 minutes
Challenges Participated in: Opening Meme, Cover Puzzle Challenge
Amount of Time Cruising Blogs of other Readathoners: 30 minutes
What part of the world are you reading from today?
Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
looking forward to all--just hoping to finish a few
Which snack are you most looking forward to?
chocolate covered almonds!
Tell us something about yourself?
this is the first readathon I've ever attempted
If this is your first readathon what are you most looking forward to?
not feeling guilty about spending so much time reading!
Currently Reading: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot