It’s that time of year again! The time of year when for a whole week bookish people come together and celebrate books… that is, more so than we already do! If you’re not aware of what the BookTubeAThon (BTAT) is, it is a week-long readathon hosted by Ariel Bissett in which every participant tries to read seven books that fall under different categories while taking part in various book related challenges.
For the past two years I have been unable to fully take part, but for the first half of this week at least I can fully dedicate my time to giving the BTAT my best shot! I also *laughs nervously* plan to upload daily update posts right here on my blog, possibly participating in the challenges, or at least giving you an indication as to how my reading has gone that day. That in itself is going to be a challenge, but I’m ready!
Without further ado, I thought I’d show my very ambitious TBR list for the week of July 24th-30th. I am 98% sure I’m not going to finish all of these, but again, BTAT is more about the community and appreciating books than anything else. I’m so excited!
1) Read a book with a person on the cover
More of Me by Kathryn Evans (2016)
Synopsis: ‘Teva’s life seems normal: school, friends, boyfriend. But at home she hides an impossible secret. Eleven other Tevas. Because once a year, Teva separates into two, leaving a younger version of herself stuck at the same age, in the same house… watching the new Teva live the life that she’d been living. But as her seventeenth birthday rolls around, Teva is determined not to let it happen again. She’s going to fight for her future, even if that means fighting herself.’
Why I chose it: I have absolutely no clue what the synopsis is telling me. Does she physically split in two in some magical realism type of way? Does she just imagine this happening? I’m so confused by this book, and this confusion kept on playing on my mind to the point where I just had to find out more!
2) Read a hyped book
The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (2010)
Synopsis: ‘Lennie Walker, seventeen, Wuthering Heights obsessed, clarinet player, band geek. Also hopeless romantic, prone to scattering poems all over town and as of four weeks ago, sisterless…’
Why I chose it: This was an obvious choice for the hyped book category as it seems like everyone has read and loved it. I loved I’ll Give You The Sun by Nelson, and I can’t wait to read more of her work!
3) Finish a book in one day
Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg (1956-61)
Synopsis: ‘Beat movement icon and visionary poet, Allen Ginsberg broke boundaries with his fearless, pyrotechnic verse. This volume brings together the poems that made his name as a defining figure of the counter-culture… Dark, ecstatic and rhapsodic, they show why Ginsberg was one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century.’
Why I chose it: I’ve been fascinated by the Beat writers for a while now, and this collection has been on my shelf for so long that I thought it’s about time I finally got to it!
4) Read about a character that is very different from you
In Darkness by Nick Lake (2012)
Synopsis: ‘Trapped beneath the rubble of the Haitian earthquake of 2010, a teenage boy is terrified and alone. A child of the slums, Shorty has been drawn into the world of the gangsters who rule his broken city, a world that turns dreams into dust and boys into killers. But Shorty has a secret: a flame of revenge fires his resolve to find the twin sister stolen from him five years ago. In darkness the line between the present and the past begins to blur and, as Shorty fights for his life, his struggle becomes part of a two-hundred-year-old story – a story of courage and betrayal, freedom and hope. For Shorty may not be quite as alone as he believes…’
Why I chose it: For this category I really wanted to read a book that I would not normally choose, and one that is told from a perspective vastly different to anything I have ever read before. I have a feeling this isn’t going to be an easy read, though.
5) Finish a book completely outdoors
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (2015)
Synopsis: ‘Feyre is a huntress. She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price… Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor’s body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked – but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre’s feelings for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows. Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.’
Why I chose it: This series is everywhere, and I am yet to read a bad review of it. Plus, Queen Sarah J. Maas wrote it, and in my experience she never fails to deliver less than a five star read.
6) Read a book you bought because of the cover
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (2012)
Synopsis: ‘Dark betrayal and a sinister plot: a kingdom at war. The brutal murder of the prince of Goredd has shattered the fragile peace between humans and dragons. Seraphina, a talented musician, is drawn into the murder investigation – and soon her own life is in terrible danger as she fights to hide the secret behind her amazing gift. Can one girl unite two warring worlds?’
Why I chose it: I think the category name gives this one away. THAT COVER. Also, DRAGONS.
7) Read seven books
The Golden Rules of Blogging (& When to Break Them) by Robin Houghton (2015)
Synopsis: ‘Do you really have to post every day to make your blog a success? Is it true that you won’t get anywhere without a network of blogging buddies? Can anyone make money from a blog? Any blogger will tell you there are rules – what to do, what not to do; ‘the facts’. But where did these rules come from? And should we be breaking them?’
Why I chose it: I was walking through my local library when I saw this book lying on a table on its own, and I just had to pick it up. It has never been my intention to gain followers just for the sake of it on this blog – I’d much rather have far fewer followers but ones that I interact with regularly – but I thought it would be interesting to see blogging from someone else’s perspective! Plus, it has been far too long since I last read non-fiction, and the topic of this is very apt.
Woah. If you made it to the bottom of this post, count yourself as impressive. And perseverant. I hope you enjoyed seeing the books that I plan on reading this upcoming week, and if you’ve read any of them or are also taking part in the BTAT please leave a comment below! I’d love to know what your TBR is!