Booktube-a-thon 2016

Hey all, Dani here.

Originally I wasn’t even going to make a post about this, because I was unsure that I would be able to participate. But the more I saw people updating their statuses and posting videos about their progress, the more I wanted to just try it. So, here I go. Okay, so yes, I’m still actually working on creating my first videos for my vlog, but the main point is to read books, and I can certainly do that.

This year Booktube-a-thon is July 18th-24th and there are seven reading challenges to attempt this week. There are also Bookstagram photo challenges and Booktube video challenges, so there’s something for everyone.

The reading 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 Booktube
  4. Read a book by one of your favorite authors
  5. Read a book that is older than you
  6. Read and watch a book to movie adaptation
  7. Read seven books

I finally decided to dive into this reading challenge yesterday, July 20th, so some might think that would put me a bit behind, but I chose my books wisely, and actually only one of them is a reread so that’s pretty awesome.

As an update, on July 20th I completed two of the challenges: A book by one of your favorite authors, and a book that is older than you.

Another reason I started the challenge yesterday was because my copy of The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman arrived. I had been wanting to read the book for a while but was a little leery of the price. But it was on sale through B&N so I snagged a copy for only $10. It’s also only 66 pages long and has quite a few stunning illustrations so that made it a rather quick read. This book is my selection for “book by one of your favorite authors.” I’ll be honest and say that Neil Gaiman is also a fairly new author for me. I had been wanting to read something of his for quite some time and kept putting it off. This year I finally picked up the first couple volumes of Sandman and then quickly purchased the next few volumes; I’ve read five of them now and they are absolutely amazing, so of course Neil Gaiman has become a favorite author, and I’m actually really looking forward to trying out some of his novels. I’m actually waiting for American Gods to arrive.

The second book I read yesterday fulfills the requirement of “a book that is older than you.” I started and finished The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. Again, this is actually a fairly short read, only 76 pages for the Dover Thrift Edition. I think I bought this for my birthday in 2015 and since then it has just sat on the shelf. Booktube-a-thon seemed the perfect time to cross it off the TBR. Plus, I do try to read a couple classics minimum each year.

So, maybe you’re wondering what other books I have on my Booktube-a-thon TBR. Well, I’ll share my list with you now.

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Heroine Complex has yellow on the cover, I discovered both The Marked Girl and The School for Good and Evil: A World Without Princes from Booktube (Thanks Christine, Kat, Jesse, and Regan), and my book to movie adaptation will be my re-read and re-watch of The Great GatsbyA Thousand Pieces of You just sounds really good and of course I needed to be certain that I had seven books on my list. I’m not sure which book will actually be my after sunset read though.

Now, I feel like I also need to say that reading a book after sunset almost feels like cheating to me. I work 3rd shift, which means I work all night long, and currently I am in a position where I can actually read while I’m at work.

My July reading wrap-up post will be posted on July 28th, so I’ll include my Booktube-a-thon wrap-up in that post.

Are any of you participating in this year’s Booktube-a-thon? If so, how are you doing with your reading progress and challenges?

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