Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Booktube-a-thon TBR

At the beginning of the year I made a resolution to read 45 books in 2017. 7 months in, and I’ve only managed to tick 15 off my list. Dire action is needed. Luckily for me Booktube-a-Thon has just started and, I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some serious reading.

For those of you who don’t know, Booktube-a-thon is a week long readathon complete with daily challenges for Booktubers, bloggers and bookworms to attempt. Here are the daily challenges and the books I’m hoping to read:

Challenge 1: Read a Book With a Person On the Cover
Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me and Other Concerns - Mindy Kaling
You don’t have to know me very well to know I have a mild obsession with Mindy Kaling. Both of her books became firm favourites of mine last year and I’m excited to revisit her first memoir this week. Whilst it’s filled with enough witty anecdotes to last a lifetime, it’s a fairly quick read and a great way to ease into a readathon.

Challenge 2:  Read a hyped book
The Hate U Give  - Angie Thomas
The most critically acclaimed book I’ve heard of recently is THUG: a compelling diverse novel, inspired by the black lives matter movement. The plot revolves around an Afro-American girl called Starr, who witnesses her friend’s brutal murder at the hands of the police. I actually tried reading this a few weeks back, but wasn’t in the right frame of mind to digest such heavy subjects. Hopefully this week I can give it the attention it deserves.

Challenge 3: Read a book in a day
Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery
This could quite easily suffice for challenge number 6 because the cover is beautiful. Anne of Green Gables is a classic that countless people have recommended yet I’ve never got round to reading. Published in 1908, the story follows the chronicles of orphan, Anne with similarities to the film Annie. It’s usually shelved as Middle Grade novel so I don’t think it’s too great an expectation to read it in one day.

Challenge 4: Read about a character who is very different to you
Because You Love to Hate Me - Edited by Ameriie
Because You Love to Hate Me is a collection of 13 villainous, short stories penned by some of the biggest names in YA literature and, more excitingly, 13 fantastic booktubers! This has been on my wish list ever since it was announced and I could not think of a more perfect time to read it. I don’t expect to have much in common with a bunch of fairytale villains but who knows, I might turn out to be one of them after all.

Challenge 5: Finish a book completely outdoors
Franny & Zooey by J.D Salinger
Asking bookworms to go outside is a pretty tall order and one I’m going to struggle to fulfil. Nevertheless, I’m going to give it a try and have opted for Franny & Zooey by JD Salinger. Lauren Graham’s Someday, Someday Maybe references this book quite a bit and whilst it did give away some of the plot I’m keen to discover it for myself. Although iconic, the book is short so I won't have to spend too much time in the dreaded outdoors.

Challenge 6: Read a book you bought because of the cover
Seconds - Bryan Lee O’Malley
Do graphic novels count in this challenge? Whatever, I’m rolling with it. This was a 90% cover purchase and a 10% I’ve-heard-great-things-about-this-author purchase, either way I’m eager to delve in.

The beautiful, colour-filled panels bring to life the story of Katie, a talented young chef whose life is crumbling before her eyes. So when a mysterious girl tells her that all she has to do for a fresh start is 1. Write your mistake 2. Ingest one mushroom. 3. Go to sleep. 4. Wake anew - she doesn’t think twice. What will happen next? Only one way to find out!

Challenge 7: Read a seventh book
Windfall - Jennifer E Smith
Alice is secretly in love with her best friend of 9 years, Teddy and falling more and more with each day. As a joke she buys him a lottery ticket for his 18th birthday but when he inevitably wins, it threatens to shake their friendship, her hopes of more and life as she knows it.

I was sent this as an ARC back in April but being the professional procrastinator that I am, I haven’t read it yet. Oops! It’s such an interesting premise and definitely one I’ll be reaching for this readathon.

Are you joining in Booktube-athon?
What will you be reading?

Tell me in the comments below


1 comment

  1. I LOVE the idea of this, I may try this in a week in August. I read 'The Hate U Give' recently and thought it was fantastic but agreed, it's pretty hard hitting. Good luck with the challenge!


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