BookTubeAThon Diary: Day Two (25/07/17)


General thoughts: Progress on the second day has been slow compared to yesterday. I’m thinking it’s some sort of comedown from what I like to call the first-day-of-booktubeathon-adrenaline-rush (catchy, I know). Given that I finished a book yesterday, today it was on to my second book choice, In Darkness by Nick Lake. I chose this to fulfil the challenge of reading a book from a perspective entirely different from your own; in this case being that the protagonist is a teenage boy trapped in rubble in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.

So far, I am finding this book quite difficult, but mostly gripping. It is told from the dual perspective (which I was not expecting) of Shorty in the modern day, and Toussaint L’Ouverture, one of the main leaders of the Haitian Revolution of the 18th/19th century, but I’m still not sure how well these two voices fit together. I must say, I knew absolutely nothing about this period of history going into the novel, so have found that I’m frequently having to put the book down to search online for some more information to help understand what is happening. This is no criticism, however, as I adore history and I’m always ready to learn more. I have high hopes that tomorrow I can finish this book, and fulfil another challenge!

Pages read today: 159

Total pages read so far: 507

Challenges completed today: 0

Total challenges completed so far: 2/7

Total books read so far: 1/7

Let me know how the second day went for you if you’re taking part! Also, look for me on Twitter and Goodreads, as that’s where more constant updates are happening, and let’s talk books!

– Bex


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