BookTubeathon Wrap Up

Hello Guys

Another booktubeathon has come and gone and this time around I don’t think I failed miserably at it. In fact, I would go as far as to say that I CRUSHED IT! Last week I had the best week of reading I have ever had, not only was I able to read a lot, I also read some pretty amazing stories that have been on my tbr for…well…years.

Ariel Bissett, the creator and host of the booktubeathon, has worked so hard this year to make it as enjoyable as possible and she really did a great job. The sprints were amazing, watching everyone’s creative video entries was a lot of fun, I loved taking part in the instagram challenges and getting to see Morgan Matson talk about the booktubeathon in a video was a dream come true.

This year I feel like I’d kind of lost my love for reading as I haven’t been reading as much as I have in the past but this booktubeathon reminded me why I love reading and why I love the booktube community so much. I feel excited to read again which I’m so grateful for, so, with no further a do, here is what I read.

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Day One:

I didn’t get off to the best start if I’m honest with you because I was a little unsure as to what I wanted to start with (and I’m the most indecisive person you will ever meet.)

I decided to start with The Descendants by Kami Hart Hemmings to complete the challenge ‘read and watch a book to movie adaptation.’ Unfortunately I didn’t overly enjoy this book although I did really love seeing the character growth. I just had some issues with the writing as, even though it was from a male perspective, it felt more like a females. The movie was actually my first George Clooney movie (apart from Spy Kids) and I wasn’t overly fussed by it to be honest. It was meh.

After I finished that I started reading the Great Gatsby and got about half way through when I put it down to read Tales of Beedle the Bard for the ‘only read after midnight’ challenge. I only read four pages before I realised I couldn’t keep my eyes open much longer.

Day Two:

I got off to a great start on day two as I was able to finish The Great Gatsby for the ‘read a book that’s older than you’ challenge before breakfast. I really liked this book although I was a little surprised it wasn’t in Gatsby’s point of view which I suppose added to the mystery of him. I did find the narrator a little boring though. I feel like there just isn’t very much to the story (apart from the shocking ending) that isn’t in the movie trailer so I was a little underwhelmed.

For the rest of the day I read Everyday by David Levithan whenever I could and was able to finish it that evening, which meant I completed the challenge to ‘read a book you discovered through booktube.’ I really loved the concept of this book and I did fly through it but I feel like so much more could have been done with it rather than just a love story. I mean, this dude wakes up in a different body EVERY DAY, imagine the mayhem he could cause! But no he had to be a good person and fall in love instead. Ugh.

That night I was able to read an entire story from Tales of Beedle the Bard and I think my favourite part of it was Dumbledores notes at the end of it. I could hear J.K. Rowlings whitty sarcasm in his words and it made my night.

Day Three:

I decided to change up my tbr a little bit on day three because I was so ahead of schedule I thought it would be fine to take a couple of days to just read one book.

So I decided to pick up A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Houssini for the ‘read a book with yellow on the cover’ challenge. I thought this would take me ages to read because I know his books deal with very heavy subjects that I find hard to read about. But I flew through this and was able to start and finish this in one day. The story was incredible and I never got bored and I never wanted to put it down. I’m going to do a full review on this so I’ll hopefully post that soon.

Then that night I read a little bit more of Tales of Beedle the Bard.

Day Four:

On day four I decided to give my eyes a little bit of a rest so I decided to pick up the audiobook for Kiss of Deception by Mary E.Pearson. This is a reread for me and I thought it would be nice to experience it in a different way and I really enjoyed it. I was able to listen to the first 90 pages.

I also read a couple of smaller quick books. First was The BFG by Roald Dahl. I’ve only read two of his books before but the Stephan Spielberg movie release sparked my interest to read more. I really wish I had read this as a child as it was so imaginative and I feel like I would’ve appreciated it more at a younger age.

Then I read Paris for One by Jojo Moyes for the challenge ‘read a book by your favourite author.’ I wouldn’t necessarily call Jojo Moyes my favourite author but I did enjoy Me Before You and have wanted to read more by her ever since. This was a short story type thing so I read it in an hour and honestly wasn’t amazed by it. I wouldn’t recommend it.

Then I was stuck on what to read so I thought I would pick up Catcher in the Rye, however I only got through 52 pages before putting it down because it was so boring and the main character was getting on my nerve. So instead that night I picked up and finished Tales of Beedle the Bard to complete the challenge ‘read only after sunset’ (which meant I had officially completed all 7 challenges). I really enjoyed these fairy tales and can actually imagine Mrs Weasley reading this to her children.

Day Five

I wasn’t able to read as much on the Friday but I still made a bit of progress. I listened to a bit of The Kiss of Deception audiobook and then I read 181 pages of Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. 

Day Six

I started the day off by finishing Everything I Never Told You which was amazing. I absolutely fell in love with the story, it was told in such a unique way with interesting backstories woven in so cleverly. I can’t wait to read more from Celeste Ng.

Then I decided to pick a bit of a hefty book. So I went with The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern. I have tried to read this before but couldn’t get through it so I thought it was finally time to get this book done.

Day Seven

On the final day I woke up super early to finish The Night Circus as early as I possibly could but wasn’t able to until almost lunch time (which isn’t really that surprising seeing as it is a pretty big one.) I ended feeling really disappointed with this. I love the concept of it but I found the characters to be a little dull and I was really confused about the ending.

Then I decided I should probably read something from my kindle seeing as I always forget about the books on there so I started On The Fence by Kasie West. Honestly I started off really hating the main character of the book, which almost lead me to putting it down, but I’m glad I pushed through and finished it because it turned out to be really cute read.

I finished that early evening and had just enough time to start Stardust by Neil Gaiman and I finished this with just 6 minutes to spare. I can’t believe the amount of stuff he was able to jam into such a small book. It felt like reading a classic fairy tale but with such a better ending. It was a great book to finish the booktubeathon with.



I also did 6 of the 7 instagram challenges which was so much fun. I’m definitely going to put more effort into my bookstagram pics from now on.

So in a week I was able to complete 11 books, reading a total of 3,217 pages. Woah. As I said, best week of reading in my life. It’s amazing how much you can get done without TV shows and YouTube distracting you.

Let me know how you did in the booktubeathon!

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

 

Booktubeathon TBR: 2016

Hi Guys!

The booktubeathon is most definitely my favourite readathon. It has so many fun challenges and hosts and I am so excited for it to take over another week of my life. If you don’t know what the heck it is (first of where have you been every July for the past three years?) here is the youtube channel so you can find out more: Booktubethon Channel

The booktubeathon starts this monday (18th July) and runs for 7 days (finishing on 24th of July) and I have based my TBR on the challenges the host Ariel Bissett has set for us.

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Challenges:

#1 Read a book with yellow on the cover ~ I know it looks mostly red but I chose The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. The title is written in yellow on the cover sooo it counts.

#2 Read a book only after sunset ~ For this I chose to read Before I Go To Sleep mainly because of its name. This is a thriller mystery so I’m hoping this will help keep me up. I may have to read this over a few nights though.

#3 Read a book you found through booktube ~ I have had Everyday by David Levithan for almost three years now and it’s one of those books that everybody on booktube has read so it’s time for me to finally get this off my tbr.

#4 Read a book by one of your favourite authors ~ Ever since read Me Before You by JoJo Moyes I have wanted to read more from her because they all sounds so cute and fun so I decided to read a short novella type book of hers called Paris for One. This book is so short so hopefully I can finish it quickly.

#5 Read a book that’s older than you ~ I love classics so this wasn’t a hard task for me. I decided it’s time to finally read a F.Scott Fitzgerald book and what better way to start my Fitzgerald journey than with The Great Gatsby.

#6 Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation ~ I did decide to read The Descendants by Kami Hart Hemmings but now I’m thinking of changing this to 12 Years a Slave sooo we’ll see how it goes in my wrap up.

#7 Read 7 books ~ To get my TBR total to 7 books I am going to add Stardust by Neil Gaiman which I have been saving for a readathon and I’m so excited to finally get to it.

So that is my TBR for the booktubeathon. I’m going to be tweeting lots and lots and I’ll be doing  a full wrap up of what I read after it’s over so until then.

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

A Month of Reading: June

Hello Guys

I will be honest I completely forgot to do a post on what I read in June, but better late than never, right? Somehow I only managed to read 3 books last month but the BookTubeAThon is coming up very soon and that is always a week where I get lots of reading done.

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas ~ Before starting it I was actually so sure that I wouldn’t like it, and when I’m in that frame of mind about a book normally I end up disliking or not even finishing it. But with this one  I couldn’t put it down and when I had no other choice but to, I was always itching to pick it back up again. The shocks, the characters, the world, the bonds. Everything was so perfectly done, Maas continues to amaze me. This book was so addicting.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon ~ I was so disappointed by this book. I thought I would absolutely love it because it sounded like the type of contemporary I love. But honestly the outcome was ridiculous, the plot of relatively boring and don’t even get me started about the relationship in this. I’m actually confused as to why so many people love this.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling ~ I hadn’t reread this book since 2012/2013 (not really sure) and I had forgotten just how amazing Jo’s writing is. I’m rereading all the books in the series in preparation for The Cursed Child (SO EXCITED) and I’m really enjoying myself. I had forgotten how great the humour is and how fun the Golden Trio’s friendship is. This may have become my favourite HP book.

So that is what I read in June. Not much but I’m already close to finishing my third book of July so hopefully this month will be a lot better.

Question… How excited are you for The Cursed Child?!?

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx