I would say that I was a lot more relaxed with the Buzzword Readathon as I was already participating in the Biannual Bibliothon which had challenges to complete. For the Buzzword Readathon you just have to read books featuring a variation of the chosen buzzword, LIE, in the title or series name. So you just had to read as many books as you could – no challenges, no minimum book count. I made it through two and a bit books, which I can’t complain about when added on to the rest of the books I read that week! Hope you enjoy my wrap-up for the Buzzword Readathon!
1/The Last Time I Lied – Riley Sager
I was pleased with this one! It was a brilliantly atmospheric camp-sight environment. Set around the childhood game ‘Two Truths and a Lie”, we follow Emma who’s camp mates disappeared 15 years ago, and she gets invited back to the very camp. She is set on uncovering the truths of the girls disappearances, whilst most people around her see her as either crazy, guilty, or both. I loved the dual timeline aspect and how we slowly started to unveil the truth, and then still be taken by complete surprise at the twist ending! I didn’t see it coming but it was extremely clever. I was drawn into the story from the first page and was constantly intrigued and second-guessing myself and the character’s intentions. It felt creepy and haunting, I now love camp-site settings and want to read more!
2/Every Last Lie – Mary Kubica
This was very forgettable. Even after reading it I wasn’t entirely sure I knew what I read. It’s alternating between Clara trying to figure out her husbands death as she finds the situation suspicious, and Nick leading up to the accident, and ultimately his death. It really bugs me when the main character is unreliable, and even more so when she seems to change her mind on what actually happened and I was confused. Although I did find the story intriguing and saw it was definitely building up which kept me on my toes and eager to find out what happened, but in the end it turned out very anti-climatic and rushed, like she never had an idea on how she would finish the book. Not sure if I’ll pick up more from this author; the writing was not bad, it was good enough that I could breeze through this book in a day, but if the climaxes in her other books are similar to this one, I’m not sure if I will, we’ll see.
2.5/Seven Ways We Lie – Riley Redgate
I’m not far enough into this to get a feeling on how I feel on this yet. It is taking a while to build up, as we are looking through the perspectives of seven different students at the high school so it was expected. I do like the idea of the book and I am making guesses on which characters represent which deadly sin, which I’m finding really fun! I am seeing quite a good mix of diversity and representation as well, and it’s good that I can tell which of the characters I’m reading from the changing writing style – it’s all too common when multi-perspective books sound with the same voice. So I do have high hopes, just hoping for the plot to start thickening fairly soon though.
Books completed: 2, and 1 unfinished
Challenges completed: N/A
Total pages read: 881
So did you also participate in this readathon? If so, what did you reads? Have any of you read this books mentioned? What did you think of them? I’d love to know!
THANKS FOR READING!!