Hey, guys! Today, I have a bit of an interesting post for you.
I’m joining my first read-a-thon!
I never participated in any read-a-thons, but now that the booktube-a-thon is taking place, I thought why not just join and shrink my TBR at the same time.
If you don’t know what a read-a-thon is, I’ll give you a little overview of it before we get into the post.
Read-a-thons are basically reading marathons, where you read as many books as you can in a certain amount of time. The time allotted can be anywhere from 24 hours to a week, and in this particular read-a-thon that I’m joining is taking place for a whole week.
If you want to know what the booktube-a-thon is about and what books I chose for it, then just keep reading!
What is the booktube-a-thon?
Before I go on to tell you what books I’m choosing, I’ll give you a little idea of what the booktube-a-thon is all about.
It’s a read-a-thon that joins the book community on youtube (I know I’m a blogger, but I’m gonna get to that later), and we all read as much as we can for that week.
It’s hosted by one of my favourite YouTubers, Ariel Bisset, and she’s been doing this read-a-thon every year since 2013 (I think, don’t quote me on that).
She comes up with 7 -optional- challenges that will help you come up with your TBR pile.
I recommend you check out Ariel’s video on everything you need to know about booktube-a-thon because she explains a lot better than I do.
When is the booktube-a-thon?
It depends on the year, but for 2016, it’s taking place from the 18th of July to the 24th.
The read-a-thon officially starts at midnight your time and ends on 11:59 of the 24th.
What are the TBR Challenges?
As I mentioned in the previous point, this changes every year, but for this year the 7 questions are:
1/ Read a book with yellow on the cover.
2/ Read a book only after sunset.
3/ Read a book you discovered through booktube.
4/ Read a book by one of your favourite authors.
5/ Read a book that is older than you.
6/ Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation.
7/ Read seven books.
These are completely optional, but they’re fun to do if you want the extra challenge.
I also recommend you see Ariel’s video on the challenges, because she elaborates on it a bit more.
my booktube-a-thon tbr
Now for the main point of this whole post, my tbr for the read-a-thon.
1. Read a book with yellow on the cover.
I actually had a hard time picking out a book for this challenge, because I found out that most of my books are black. But I found I Was Here by Gayle Forman.
It has yellow writing… It counts.
I also think this is a good pick because it’s under 300 pages. The shorter the better for read a thons.
When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.
2. Read a book only after sunset.
I picked Parasyte by Hitoshi Iwaaki for a couple of reasons.
- I wanted a bit of a creepier book to read at night, and this fit quite nicely.
- I wanted to fit a manga/graphic novel into this read-a-thon for a bit of a break between books.
This was a recent buy, so I was already really pumped to read this. And because it’s a manga, I’ll be able to get through this in a sitting easily, unlike the other chunkier books.
They arrive in silence and darkness. They descend from the skies. They have a hunger for human flesh. They are everywhere. They are parasites, alien creatures who must invade – and take control of – a human host to survive. And once they have infected their victims, they can assume any deadly form they choose: monsters with giant teeth, winged demons, creatures with blades for hands. But most have chosen to conceal their lethal purpose behind ordinary human faces. So no one knows their secret – except an ordinary high school student. Shin is battling for control of his own body against an alien parasite, but can he find a way to warn humanity of the horrors to come?
3. Read a book you discovered through booktube.
I think this is kind of cheating but I kind of read most of this while I was in LA, but never really got to finishing it, so I have only about 100 pages left.
Oh, and I forgot to mention, the book is called This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp.
I don’t remember who mentioned it in a video, but I do know that I just had to have my hands on it!
10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.
10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won’t open.
10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting.
Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.
4. Read a book by one of your favourite authors.
For this one, I chose a bit of a risky book…
Winter by Marissa Meyer.
Yeah, I know I’m an idiot. This book is over 800 pages, and I plan on reading it in this read a thon.
But not to worry, I have the audiobook too, so I can listen and read it throughout my day which I think will help. Right?
I’m actually not sure if I will even get to this book because it’s huge. I mean it’s completely massive!
I can do it.
(I won’t be putting the synopsis in because this is the 4th book in a series and it would spoil the other books for you if you haven’t already read them.)
5. Read a book that is older than you.
For this one I chose
And this book is Animal Farm by George Orwell.
This was published in the 1920s (I think), so it’s way older than me.
And it’s less than 100 pages, so it’s gonna be pretty easy to get through.
“All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”
Revolution is in the air at Manor Farm after old Major, a prize boar, tells the other animals about his dream of freedom and teaches them to sing “Beasts of England.” Mr Jones, the drunken farmer, is deposed and a committee of pigs takes over the running of the farm. The animals are taught to read and write, but the dream turns sour, the purges begin and those in charge come more and more to resemble their oppressors.
6. Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation.
Now before I tell you which book I’m reading, I will say that I know this is a popular series, and I know almost all bookworms have read this, but I just haven’t yet…
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins…
Yeah. I need to get to reading this trilogy like asap.
I watched the first 2 movies, but I kinda forgot what happens exactly. I think this one is gonna be a great experience because i’ve ben craving this so much lately, and now I can finally just get into this world.
Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.
The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
7. Read 7 books
I again, I know that 99.9% of readers have read this, but I am one of the minority.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Yeah… I haven’t read Harry Potter…
I read the first book, and I love the wiring, and I’m a big fan of the movies, so I decided to get into this because I’ve put a goal for myself to read the series this summer, so that’s gonna get me started on that goal.
And this is a shorter book, so I think I’m gonna be able to finish this in a day or two.
All Harry Potter wants is to get away from the Dursleys and go back to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby – who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.
But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone–or something–starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects… Harry Potter himself