From the 24th to the 30th of July 2017, the Booktube-A-Thon takes place. This is a reading event that is hosted by booktuber Ariel Bissett. Booktube-A-Thon is a week long challenge where participants attempt to read as many books as possible. Now I have personally joined a read-a-thon before – The #SundayYAthon – but I did not post about it. Why? Because I felt incredibly anxious that if I did, I would let myself down by not completing it.
This time however I will be brave. This blog will talk about the Booktube-A-Thon and share my TBR (To Be Read) list!
With most read-a-thons that take place, they come with a variety of challenges that make the experience fun. The challenges do not need to be completed by any means. They are just suggestions that provide you with book ideas. The challenges that have been set for Booktube-a-thon are fairly self-explanatory!
Challenge 1 – Read a book with a person on the cover
This challenge is fairly simple. It doesn’t need to be a full person. From a hand to a piece of hair, as long as a person is on the cover then it’s fine!
Challenge 2 – Read a hyped book
This could be a book that was bought because of the hype surrounding it, or you kept hearing good things about.
Challenge 3 – Finish a book in one day
Personally, I feel as if this challenge is one of the hardest. The book can be spread out throughout the course of the day, so long as it is finished within 1 day.
Challenge 4 – Read about a character that is very different from you
Whether the character has a different job, sexuality, gender or back story. As long as the character is different from you!
Challenge 5 – Finish a book completely outdoors
Whether it is while you are out walking, or in the back garden. It also could be a book that is read for a few hours each day, so long as it is outside the house.
Challenge 6 – Read a book you bought because of the cover.
I have fallen victim to this many times. This challenge should be one that is easy to cover for most bookaholics. I know you’re out there with a shelf that contains books because of pretty covers!
Challenge 7 – Read 7 books
Just like challenge 3, this final challenge personally feels crazy. I know that to many bookworms out there, it will be super simple. But for me, it will be too much of a challenge so I am not going to worry too much about it! Again, the challenges don’t need to be completed!
What is great about all of these challenges is the ability to combine them. With that said, I have compiled a short TBR list that I feel positive about. My TBR also covers several of the challenges!
My Booktube-A-Thon TBR list
Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Abertalli
The first book in my TBR is Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Abertalli. I have had this book on my shelf for quite some time. It also covers several challenges.
Challenge 2 – This book was definately hyped up for me. Being part of several bookish chats on twitter, Simon Vs kept coming up. Because of this, I needed to find out what all the fuss was about.
Challenge 4 – Simply put, Simon Vs is based about a boy coming out as gay. I am heterosexual. He is also a boy and I am a girl. Simple differences, but they work for this challenge!
Challenge 6 – When I first looked up Simon Vs online, not only did the hype sell it for me, but the cover too. There is something super satisfying about the speech bubble that comes out of the body.
Now I am not going to include this book as a challenge 1 because I am fairly certain the person on the cover needs to be non-graphic. Which brings me onto my next book of my list.
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Just like Simon Vs, this book covers challenges 1, 2 and 6. The cover of The Sin Eater’s Daughter has a person on it inside a bubble, so that is a tick for that challenge. This book was also incredibly hyped up for me. After participating in a #UKYAchat where the main topic was this series, the hype overtook me and I needed to own this book. The cover is also beautiful!
Whether or not I am able to, this will also be my challenge 5. This will be a big stretch for me, but it is do-able. Even if I just read this book in my back garden!
Now onto my toughest challenge.
The Island At The End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
My final book will be The Island At The End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Apart from the fact that the cover is stunning, I plan on making this book my challenge 3. I feel that I should be able to read a 288 page book in 1 day. My plan is to read some of the book in the morning before work, some after work before partner comes home, then some in the evening. Will I be able to do it? No idea but I would love to give it a try!
If by some crazy miracle I manage to read all 3 of these books during the Booktube-a-thon, firstly I will celebrate then worry about back-up books!
Other events taking place
During the Booktube-A-Thon, there will also be giveaways and challenges set up on YouTube, Twitter and Instagram. I am currently 95% certain that if time allows, I will be taking part in these. Recently I have been getting more involved with bookstagramming, so I feel strongly I would highly enjoy participating!
Wish me luck!
I know that to a lot of people, having a 3 book TBR is nothing. But to someone who is a slow reader on top of being a busy person, it’s a big deal. honestly even posting this blog was a huge stepping stone fo rme.
I just need to remember that there is no “failing” a read-a-thon. If I am able to get through even one of these books, I will be super proud of myself! So wish me luck!
Are you participating in this years Booktube-A-Thon? Let me know your TBR list in the comments below! (If you wrote a blog/video about it, feel fre to post that here too!)