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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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