It’s BookTubeAThon time! You know what that means: plenty of fun challenges, a contagious community spirit, and TONS OF READING. This year the event runs from August 3rd to August 9th. If you haven’t heard of the BookTubeAThon before or you want to learn more about it, you can check out the official Youtube channel or Twitter account.
Each year there are challenges you can choose to participate in that will help guide your TBR for the week. This year, the challenges are:
1. Read a book with blue on the cover
2. Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name
3. Read someone else’s favourite book
4. Read the last book you acquired
5. Finish a book without letting go of it
6. Read a book you really want to read
7. Read seven books
I highly doubt that I’ll be able to complete all of the challenges, especially the seventh one! I have work and my internship Monday through Thursday, so I’ll only be able to read at night on those days. Still, I’m hoping to accomplish at least three of the challenges!
For my TBR, I’ve decided to list multiple books for each challenge. I’m a mood reader, so I definitely need options when it comes to making TBR lists. I very well might end up scrapping this TBR entirely and just going with the flow of what I want to read, but I’m going to try to stick to it if I can.
1. Blue on cover:
My choices for this one are Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid and Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. These seem like great books to read in the summertime, and I’ve been saving them for this lovely warmer weather. Contemporary YA, represent!
2. First letter of last name:
My last name begins with an S, and so does William Shakespeare’s! It’s one of my goals to read something by Shakespeare this summer, so this is a great opportunity to do so! I’ll either read King Lear or Macbeth. (Probably King Lear, since I’ve already started reading it.)
3. Someone else’s favorite book:
Ariel Bissett, one of the creators of the BookTubeAThon, said that if we want to we can read her favorite novel for this challenge, so that’s what I’m going to do! Her favorite book is Animal Farm by George Orwell, and fortunately I have the Spanish translation of it sitting on my shelf. I’ve been meaning to read it ever since I bought it months ago, so I’m going to really try to finally read it this week!
4. Most recently acquired:
The physical book I most recently acquired is When Everything Changed by Gail Collins. I don’t know whether or not I’ll actually read this one during the BookTubeAThon, since a) it’s 512, which is rather long, and b) it’s nonfiction, which tends to be slower going than fiction novels. Nevertheless, I’m adding it to the list because you just never know what you’ll feel like reading!
5. Without letting go:
The key to this challenge is to pick short books- you don’t want to be clutching a book for hours! I’ve chosen the play Our Town by Thornton Wilder (181 pages) and The Reader by Bernhard Schlink (218 pages). Hopefully I’ll be able to read one of these in a single sitting!
6. Really want to read:
My picks for this one are Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and One More Thing by B.J. Novak. I can’t wait to read one (or maybe both) of these this week! Luckily, they’re both relatively average in length as well, which is always good in readathons!
7. Seventh book:
For the seventh book, I’ve decided to go with some that I’m currently in the middle of reading and just haven’t gotten around to finishing. They are Harry Potter y la cámara secreta and Don’t Know Much About History by Kenneth C. Davis, both of which I’m about half way through.
I’ll be posting a wrap-up of my BookTubeAThon experience at the end of the week, so be sure to stay tuned! Also, if you want to stay up to date more regularly with my progress you can follow me on Twitter @peanutfreeisme, where I’ll be tweeting daily updates!
I’m so excited to begin this wonderful week of reading! Regardless of whether or not you’ll be officially participating in this event, I hope you read some lovely books this week!