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Booktube-A-Thon 2017 Wrap-Up

It’s official: the Booktube-A-Thon has come to a close! It’s time to tally up page counts, reading challenges, and books read in this wrap-up of the week. At the beginning of the read-a-thon I posted my Booktube-A-Thon TBR with my goals for this reading adventure. Let’s see how I did!!

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George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl

This book checks off so many challenges! Not only does it have a person on the cover, but I also read it in one sitting outside. Roald Dahl has done it again with yet another book I wish I had read when I was younger. (Although I probably would have been scarred by the abrupt and surprisingly harsh ending!)

Echo by Nadette Rae Rodgers

Fun fact: I also finished this book outside in one day AND it has a person on the cover… SO MANY CHALLENGES COMPLETED. I suppose this could also count as a book about someone different from me because I certainly can’t control my dreams like the protagonist of this suspenseful, engaging novel. I already can’t wait to read the third installment in this trilogy. Stay tuned for a full review soon!

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

When one of my close friends learned that I never read this book when I was younger she immediately said that I had to read it NOW. Needless to say, this children’s classic was pretty hyped. I ADORED this book– I definitely wish I had read it when I was younger! Winnie is such a great protagonist and my heart simultaneously leapt and broke when I read the very last page. (Also: JESSIE <3)

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

I FINALLY finished this tome! It was definitely worth all 635 pages. This is assigned reading for my upcoming term on Victorian literature and so far it’s one of my favorite novels on the reading list. I’m not sure if it actually completes any challenges– maybe the one about characters being different from me– but I’m still so happy that I finished it!

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

This was my second time reading Wuthering Heights and I enjoyed it so much more than when I read it years ago. I’m glad this was on my assigned reading list for Oxford because I probably wouldn’t have reread it otherwise. Luckily, I can count this towards the challenge of reading a book I bought because of the cover– I ADORE Penguin English Library editions!! ❤

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Though I’m only half way through this tome, I’m still calling it a success! I managed to read over three hundred pages this week, which isn’t too shabby. I’m enjoying this novel so much more than I initially thought I would. Not only is it easier to read than I first expected, but I’m connecting with the characters much more than I did while reading Dostoevsky’s The Idiot. I can’t wait to see where the second half of this novel goes!

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1 || Read a book with a person on the cover.
2 || Read a hyped book.
3 || Finish a book in one day.
4 || Read about a character that is very different from you.
5 || Finish a book completely outdoors.
6 || Read a book you bought because of the cover.
7 || Read seven books.

I’m honestly SHOCKED that I managed to complete so many challenges! I definitely didn’t expect to read seven books, but I also didn’t think I would complete more than three or four of the rest. I’m so pleased with these results!

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All in all, I feel as though I had an incredibly successful BookTubeAThon this year. I love this event because it’s easy to participate no matter how busy you are during that particular week. It pushed me to read some books that I’ve been meaning to get around to for a while, and it’s always fun seeing the community come together for a glorious week of reading. A huge thanks to Ariel Bissett for organizing yet another lovely BookTubeAThon!! ❤

 Did you participate in the Booktube-A-Thon? How did you do? What do you think of the books that I read? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Booktube-A-Thon 2017 TBR

HAPPY BOOKTUBE-A-THON TIME! The Booktube-a-thon is an annual event hosted by Ariel Bissett that encourages people to read as much as they can in seven days. Packed with challenges, giveaways, and fun videos, the Booktubeathon is guaranteed to be a blast! This year the Booktube-a-thon is taking place from July 24th to July 30th. (That’s right: it officially starts TODAY!) If you haven’t heard of the Booktube-a-thon before or you want to learn more about it, you can check out the official Youtube channel, Twitter account, or this new website.

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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 a person on the cover.
2 || Read a hyped book.
3 || Finish a book in one day.
4 || Read about a character that is very different from you.
5 || Finish a book completely outdoors.
6 || Read a book you bought because of the cover.
7 || Read seven books.

I can say with certainty that I won’t be reading seven books this week, but I’m going to do my best to complete as many of the other challenges as possible.

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Because I have SO MUCH reading to do this summer for my courses in the fall, my TBR will be mostly assigned reading. However, I think I might have a little wiggle room to squeeze in some extra ones!

The Women in White by Wilkie Collins

{Read about a character that is very different from you}

This is the book I’m currently reading for my upcoming tutorial on British Literature from 1830-1910. I’ve already started reading it and I’m really liking it so far. It’s sensation fiction, which preceded what is now the mystery or detective novel. I’m definitely not from nineteenth century England, so this classic is perfect for this challenge.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

{Read a hyped book}

War and Peace is one of the most hyped classics I’ve ever heard of (the length! the huge cast of characters! the complicated story!). This summer I’m reading it for a War and Peace Newbie Read-along, which means that I have to keep up with our weekly reading amounts. I definitely won’t be finishing this tome during the Booktube-A-Thon, but I’ll be happy if I can get through this week’s reading amount.

Echo by Nadette Rae Rodgers

{Read a book with a person on the cover.}

Recently I received a copy of this sequel to Nadette Rae Rodgers’ novel Illusion in the mail and I can’t wait to read it! Thanks again to Nadette for sending me this ARC!

George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl

{Finish a book in one day, finish a book completely outdoors, read a book you bought because of the cover}

Roald Dahl’s books are perfect for when you need a break from assigned reading (or when you have to complete reading challenges like these!). This summer I’m trying to read the Roald Dahl books I never read as a kid and this one is next on my list. Everything he writes is brilliant so I’m really looking forward to reading about George’s adventures!

I’ll be posting a wrap-up of my Booktube-a-thon 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 (@peanutfreeismeand Instagram (nutfreenerd).

Are you participating in the Booktube-a-thon? What are you planning to read this week? Let me know in the comments section below!

Whether or not you’re participating in the Booktube-a-thon, I hope you have a lovely week! Happy reading! ❤

Yours,

HOLLY

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#CramAThon 2016 Wrap-Up

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Happy Christmas Eve! Yesterday was the final day of the CramAThon, which means that it’s time to take a look at what I’ve accomplished over the past week. As I mentioned in my CramAThon TBR post, my goal during this readathon was simply to read more than I usually do in a week (which, given the fact that I’ve only had time to read books for classes for the past three months, was a very reachable goal). It has felt so nice to prioritize reading for fun again now that I’m back home from college. How I missed these lazy days of flipping pages, sipping tea, and feeling cozy in my fuzzy socks!

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  1. Read a book under 200 pages
  2. Read 2 books in 24 hours
  3. Read a book set in a different country than where you live
  4. Read a book you’ve been putting off/have been meaning to read forever
  5. Read a book with pictures
  6. Read a graphic novel
  7. Read 7 books

I ended up completing over half of the challenges, which I’m pretty pleased with! I don’t own any graphic novels so I didn’t expect to complete that one– and I knew from the start that I definitely didn’t want to just plow my way through seven books in a single week.

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Throughout this readathon I read a total of a little over 1400 pages, a number that I’m beyond thrilled to report. Even though I didn’t have much planned for the week, I didn’t expect to actually get this much reading done. Here’s what I ended up reading:

13588439The Truth About Style by Stacy London

THIS. BOOK. I flew through this book in record time (the incorporation of photographs helped!) and was left wanting even more. Stacy London has managed to write a book that is not only witty, hilarious, and brimming with her spunky personality but also empowering, insightful, intelligent, and incredibly inspirational at the same time. My admiration for this style guru has grown exponentially from its already high level and I now have a newfound appreciation for her impressive work ethic and the personal perspective she brings to everything she does. You can be sure that I’m rating this 5 out of 5!

When Everything Changed by Gail CollinsWhen Everything Changed by Gail Collins

Reading this book so close to finishing The Truth About Style was great because I was riding on a wave of feminist empowerment and positivity. Though it felt a bit repetitive and disjointed at times, this comprehensive look at the ever-changing role of American women since 1960 was well-written, expertly researched, and presented in an accessible, entertaining account. It provides the perspectives of minorities in terms of race, sexuality, and class and offers insightful commentary on where women are today. By the time I finished this book I felt inspired to go out there and prove to the world that women can do anything!

12974171-2FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley

As I turned the last page of this chilling novel, one thought played on repeat in my mind: Why didn’t I read this sooner??? Far from the lumbering green giant portrayed by modern adaptations, Frankenstein’s monster presents an endlessly fascinating moral dilemma that I can’t stop thinking about. Though definitely not what I was initially expecting, this book nevertheless exceeded all of my expectations. Don’t make the same mistake I did: read this book ASAP!

14800528-2Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Sometimes a book takes you by surprise and exceeds all of your expectations. (Hint: this is one of those books!) I’ve had this on my shelf for months and I can’t believe I waited to long to read it. Definitely a favorite of 2016! If you have any suggestions of other works by Thomas Hardy that I should read, please feel free to send them my way!

I also managed to read about half of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I’ve owned a gorgeous edition of this classic novel for around two years now and I’m so happy that I’m finally getting around to reading it. It’s such a cute, quaint, happy story!

As per usual, full reviews will follow for all of these books!

Did you participate in the CramAThon? If so, how did you do? What are your thoughts on the books I mentioned here? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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#CramAThon 2016 TBR

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Hello, hello! Today I come to you with an exciting announcement: I’m participating in the CramAThon 2016!

What is the CramAThon, you ask? It’s a week-long readathon from December 16th (TODAY!) to December 23rd run by Aprilius Maximus and Whitty Novels. The goal is to try to cram in as many books as you can as the end of the year approaches in order to boost your book count for the year. Though I’m not particularly interested in reading as many books as possible in this short amount of time (I’ve already reached my Goodreads goal for 2016!) I couldn’t help but join in because this readathon comes at the perfect time for me. Today I finally head home after having completed my third semester of college, so I’ll have plenty of time to read!

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  1. Read a book under 200 pages
  2. Read 2 books in 24 hours
  3. Read a book set in a different country than where you live
  4. Read a book you’ve been putting off/have been meaning to read forever
  5. Read a book with pictures
  6. Read a graphic novel
  7. Read 7 books

Since this readathon is pretty relaxed I’m not going to worry too much about completing as many of the challenges as possible. At the very least, I know that I won’t be able to read 7 books!

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Though I do have some books in mind that I would like to read in the near future, none of this is set in stone at all. I am definitely a mood reader, so every TBR I make is liable to change as quickly as it was created. These books don’t necessarily align with all of the challenges, either– they’re just books that I’ve been looking forward to reading for a while.

When Everything Changed by Gail CollinsWhen Everything Changed by Gail Collins

This book does correspond with the challenge of reading a book that you’ve been meaning to read forever. My AP US History teacher gave me this book when I graduated from high school and here I am two years later and I still haven’t read it! It sounds like a fascinating and valuable read, especially in the wake of the recent US presidential election.

13588439The Truth About Style by Stacy London

I was ecstatic to receive this as a birthday gift recently because it’s been on my general TBR for the longest time. Stacy London has inspired me ever since I first started watching What Not to Wear (if you haven’t seen it, it’s a great show!). Also, the fact that her book has pictures in it means that it fulfills the fifth challenge!

12974171-2FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley

Recently a friend of mine read this classic novel for one of her courses and really enjoyed it. Frankenstein is one of those books that I feel as though I’ve read even though I haven’t because the general idea of the monster is present in a lot of other stories and mediums (though the monster is too often mistakenly called Frankenstein). Anyways, I’m excited to finally see what this dark tale is all about.

4200White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith is an author that has somehow never managed to make it onto my shelves. I’ve decided that a good place to start is probably with her debut novel, White Teeth. Though I don’t know much about the story, its fantastic reviews certainly have me intrigued and excited. I’ve heard amazing things about her work, so I’m hoping that this book doesn’t disappoint!

And there you have it! I likely won’t be able to read all of these books over the course of one week, but I’d honestly be happy if I could just finish two or three of them. The mere idea of being able to read for fun again is enough to make me pleased with any progress I make. I’ll probably post a quick wrap-up once the readathon is finished, so stay tuned!

Are you participating in this CramAThon? If so, what are you planning to read? What are your thoughts on the books on my TBR? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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BookTubeAThon 2016 Wrap-Up

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Alas! the 2016 BookTubeAThon has officially come to a close. As I mentioned in my TBR post, I was away on a camping trip with my family for about half of the week so I wasn’t sure how much reading I would be able to get done in actuality. However, I ended up surprising myself and had such a successful readathon!! Not only did I read a lot more than I was expecting, but I also read some amazing books. Without further ado, here’s how my week went!

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1162506The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

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I finished reading this play in one sitting on the first night of the BookTubeAThon and I absolutely adored it! It’s incredible how much humor, wit, and surprising twists Wilde was able to pack into this quick little work. Usually I’m not a huge fan of drama, but this is by far one of the best plays I’ve ever read!

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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I had one full day of nothing but reading during this readathon, and I seized advantage of all of that free time to tackle the last third of this impressive tome. To be honest, I was experiencing so many different emotions when I first finished this that I had to think about it for a day to let it all soak in. This is honestly a masterpiece of fiction and while the ending did throw me off a bit (SO. MUCH. HAPPENS.) I cannot say enough how much I loved this book! ❤

2016-07-16 10.10.22The Princess Bride by William Goldman

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What a wild ride!! Although it was very different from the movie at certain parts, I really enjoyed the book nonetheless. To me, the book and the movie are almost two separate entities that don’t have to be in competition with one another; both are good in their own rights. I loved the way the narrator interrupted the story with his own commentary, as well as how there’s a whole history behind the story that the movie doesn’t even mention.

126078Sphere by Michael Crichton

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I read the entirety of this book while camping and I literally could not put it down. I read it by the fire, by the beach, and even by the light of a flashlight in my tent at night before going to sleep. Not only is this book suspenseful, but it’s also fascinating, thought-provoking, and entirely unique. The story went in a direction I never thought it would, but that makes it all the more gripping and surprising. Jurassic Park will always have my heart, but this is a close second as far as Michael Crichton goes!

IMG_3368One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

I finished all of the other books by Saturday night, so I had a free Sunday to read a bit of whatever book I liked. My Spanish professor has been encouraging us to read this classic novel for ages and I decided I would finally give it a go. I only got about a hundred pages in, but I am already loving it. There are so many characters and so much has happened in a short span of time– it’s no wonder that people complain of its confusing complexity! If you really focus, though, it’s not so difficult to understand. I can’t wait to read more of it!

Over the course of the week I read a total of 1,356 pages, with an average of about 194 pages a day. A good reading day for me is usually around 100 pages, so I’m really happy with how much reading I was able to accomplish! I didn’t expect to get that much reading done, especially because I had quite a busy schedule last week.

While writing this post I just realized that I rated all of these books 5 out of 5!!! I haven’t given out many 5-star ratings yet this year, so to have them all read in a single week is such a wonderful coincidence! After reading a plethora of amazing books all in a row I feel energized and ready to read even more– let’s keep this ball rolling!

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1/ Read a book with yellow on the cover. Fulfilled by The Princess Bride
2/ Read a book only after sunset. Fulfilled by The Importance of Being Earnest
3/ Read a book you discovered through book tube blogging. Fulfilled by Gone with the Wind
4/ Read a book by one of your favorite authors. Fulfilled by Sphere
5/ Read a book that is older than you. Fulfilled by The Importance of Being Earnest and Gone with the Wind
6/ Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation. Fulfilled by The Princess Bride
7/ Read seven books. 

I completed all of the challenges!! (Well, except for the seventh one, but I knew going in that I had no hope of completing it.) I like the challenges not only because they help guide my TBR, but also because they add a little pressure to actually read what’s on my TBR. Mission accomplished!!

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All in all, I feel as though I had an incredibly successful BookTubeAThon this year. I love this event because it’s easy to participate no matter how busy you are during that particular week. It pushed me to read some books that I’ve been meaning to get around to for a while, and it’s always fun seeing the community come together for a glorious week of reading. A huge thanks to Ariel Bissett for organizing yet another lovely BookTubeAThon!! ❤

 Did you participate in the BookTubeAThon? How did you do? What do you think of the books that I read? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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BookTubeAThon 2016 TBR

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HAPPY BOOKTUBEATHON TIME! The Booktubeathon is an annual event hosted by Ariel Bissett that encourages people to read as much as they can in seven days. Packed with challenges, giveaways, and fun videos, the Booktubeathon is guaranteed to be a blast! This year the Booktubeathon is taking place from July 18th to July 24th. 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.

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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 yellow on the cover.
2/ Read a book only after sunset.
3/ Read a book you discovered through book tube blogging.
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.

Because I get most of my book recommendations from the book blogging community, I’ve decided to alter the third challenge a bit. I don’t know if this is technically allowed, but I’m going to do it anyways.

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My family and I are actually going on our annual summer camping trip from July 21st to July 25th, so unfortunately I’ll be away for half of the Booktubeathon. However, I’m still expecting to read a lot on the beach and in my tent at night. Hopefully I’ll be able to make some decent progress while I’m enjoying the great outdoors!

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Since I won’t be home for a large part of the Booktubeathon, I’ve decided to limit my TBR to a few books that meet the majority of the challenges. I’ve also decided to only read books that I own (except for Gone with the Wind, which I’m already in the middle of) because there are SO MANY unread books sitting in a pile on the floor of my bedroom. Hopefully this readathon will help shrink that pile a bit! {Disclaimer: As with all my TBR lists, this one is tentative. We all know that often times what I intend to read and what I actually read are two very different things.} Anyways, here are the books I plan on reading:

126078Sphere by Michael Crichton

{Challenges: book by one of your favorite authors}

I don’t think I would say that Michael Crichton is one of my favorite authors of all time (I haven’t read enough of his work), but he did write one of my favorite books: JURASSIC PARK <3. I loved Jurassic Park and The Lost World when I read them last summer, and I’ve been wanting to read more of his books ever since. I found a copy of this one at a local secondhand bookshop and I figured it would be perfect for an occasion like this. Based on the description it sounds like this will be a fascinating, exciting, and fast-paced read– perfect for a readathon!

1162506The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

{Challenges: read a book only after sunset, read a book that is older than you}

I bought a copy of this play at the Drama Book Shop in New York City when I went over the past semester, and I’ve been meaning to read it ever since. I really enjoyed Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and I’m looking forward to reading more of his work. (It’s also the shortest book currently in my physical TBR pile, which makes it ideal for the second challenge.)

438353-2The Princess Bride by William Goldman

{Challenges: read a book with yellow on the cover, read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation}

Last semester I watched The Princess Bride movie for the first time ever and LOVED every second of it, so naturally I have to read the book. And what better way to justify watching the movie a second time than to use this for the book-to-movie adaptation challenge? I can’t wait to dive back into this magical, hilarious, heart-warming story! (Those letters are definitely yellow, right? Right. Let’s go with that.)

18405Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

{Challenges: read a book you discovered through blogging}

I had obviously heard of this classic American novel before seeing it mentioned in the book blogging community, but it was the enthusiastic Jillian @ History Is Not Was that finally convinced me to tackle such a fascinating tome this summer. I’m currently in the middle of reading it already, and I would love to finish it during the Booktubeathon!

As for the seventh challenge of reading seven books… yeah, that’s just not going to happen. I would rather use this readathon to get ahead with some chunkier books than to spend it reading a bunch of tiny books so I can say I completed this challenge. I’ll be ecstatic if I can make it through these four!

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Same, David Tennant. Same.

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 (@peanutfreeismeand Instagram (nutfreenerd).

Whether or not you’re participating in the Booktubeathon, I hope you have a lovely week! Happy reading! ❤

Yours,

HOLLY