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BookTube-A-Thon TBR | Summer 2016

It’s that time of year again! The time where we all make these wonderful TBR’s with every intention of reading all the books on them… and then fail miserably and only read 1 or 2 out of 7 books. Or is that last part just me? 😂

This year though I am very hopeful. And that is because I have picked out pretty short books with rather large font. And also a few books that I am currently reading and am right in the middle of. But, hey, that still counts, right!? Yep, totally counts.

If you want to know absolutely everything there is to know about the BookTube-A-Thon I will link Ariel’s video here. There will also be daily video challenges and giveaways for this read-a-thon so you guys should definitely check out the video!

So, without further ado, here are the books I am reading for the 18th-24th July.

Challenge Number 1: Read a book with yellow on the coverRooftoppers

For this I will be reading Rooftoppers (Katherine Rundell). I’ve had this book for a little while now and have been wanting to read it for the longest time.

It’s about this girl named Sophie who was orphaned in a shipwreck. However, she believes her mother to still be alive and decides to travel to Paris in search of her. There she meets Matteo – a boy who lives in the sky. Together they race across the rooftops of Paris before Sophie can be caught and sent back to London.

I mean, how lovely does this book sound? It’s had so many great reviews and was shortlisted for many awards so I’ll definitely be getting to this book during the read-a-thon first. Top priority.

Challenge Number 2: Only read a book after sunsetReasons to Stay Alive

As everyone else has been saying in their TBR’s, it doesn’t get dark until pretty late this time of year and that is, unfortunately, the same for the UK. The sun technically sets at 21:08 come Monday and sets 1 minute later each day after that so not too much time to read! Especially since I get so tired in the evening I usually can’t keep my eyes open long enough to read.

But I will do my best and I have chosen for this challenge Reasons to Stay Alive (Matt Haig). I’ve read some of this already (a pattern for this read-a-thon!) and it’s very more-ish.

It’s a true story of how the author battled with, and triumphed over, a mental illness. It’s described as “a book about making the most of your time on earth.”

It feels like a very important book to read and I am looking forward to deepening my understanding and knowledge of depression (and mental illness in general). Something we should all actively strive to do.

Challenge Number 3: Read a book you discovered through BookTubeThe Iron Trial

For this challenge I will be reading The Iron Trial (Cassandra Clare & Holly Black). Although this book came out aaaages ago and I read over half of it, for some reason I never managed to finish it. At the time I put it down there were just other books I was more interested in reading. But I only have 130 pages left to read so it’d be nice to cross this one off my list. I remember enjoying it at the time but I also remember thinking it was all just very mehhh. You know?

Essentially, in a nutshell, it’s a book about a boy wizard who has been told his whole life to never trust a magician.

I’m about 98% sure I discovered this through BookTube but it was such a long time ago, I really can’t remember! And I also can’t remember much of what has happened so I’ll definitely have to Google that!

Challenge Number 4: Read a book by one of your favourite authorsThe Bane Chronicles

I have so many favourite authors so I had quite the choice for this one. I decided to pick The Bane Chronicles (Cassandra Clare) as I’ve already been reading it and I’m trying to be realistic here! By the time the Book-Tube-A-Thon begins I would have (hopefully!) read 8 of the 11 short stories contained in this bind-up that follows one of my all-time-fave characters, Magnus Bane.

Challenge Number 5: Read a book that is older than youThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

For this challenge I decided to carry on with The Chronicles of Narnia by reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (first published in 1950). I thoroughly enjoyed The Magician’s Nephew so I am really looking forward to reading this one. Especially since I am so familiar with the film adaptation. I might find it a little difficult to separate the two in my mind but I’m hoping I enjoy just as much as the first one. Plus it’s really short with massive font so YAY.

Challenge Number 6: Read a book & watch the adapted film22844191

I’ve been reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for a while now and I am SO in the mood to watch the film so, yep, cheating again. I actually plan to binge-read this book this weekend and am aiming to finish it on the very first day of the BookTube-A-Thon. So definitely cheating.

And finally… Challenge Number 7: Read 7 books

I’m not entirely sure which 7th book to pick. So I have a few that are potential reads for me. First up is War Horse (Michael Morpurgo). I adore the film and the play and I’d really like to get around to consuming the story in its original format. I might also read Shadowmagic (John Lenahan). I read about 50 pages over a year ago and was kind of disappointed with what I read. But I really want to give this story another go, so I’m quite keen to get to this one, too.

So that’s it for my hopefully very doable TBR for this summer’s BookTube-A-Thon. Are you guys participating? What are some of the books you’re reading for the BookTube-A-Thon?Stark Reviews Logo

Books · Weekly Recap

Weekly Recap – 13/06/16-20/06/16

What I’ve Been Reading:

So I’ve had an incredibly frustrating week of reading this past week. You know when you have your heart set on reading something so you start a new book and then it turns out that, nope, you’re not actually in the mood for it? This happened to me a few times over the past week.

I think maybe one of the main reasons why I’m feeling a bit reading slumpy is because of how hungover I still feel after having read Carry On last week which was a 5 star read for me. And before that I read City of Heavenly Fire and Clockwork Princess which were, again, both 5 star reads for me. So maybe it’s because lately I’ve read some incredible books and have my expectations set so high that I haven’t been able to really get into a new book.

The Wrath and the Dawn

So, I started off trying to read The Wrath and the Dawn (Renee Ahdieh) and I just couldn’t get into it. I’m hoping it’s because I wasn’t in the mood for it because I really want to like this one – it’s had such amazing reviews! But I just really wasn’t feeling it and was honestly a little bit bored reading the 68 pages that I did manage to read. So I’m definitely going to wait until I’m in the mood for this one and probably try to lower my expectations, too.

I also tried picking up  a graphic novel – Artifacts: Volume 3 (Ron Marz and Jeremy Haun) – to see if that would do the trick of bringing me out of my book hangover. But I couldn’t even get into a graphic novel either and I put it down after just 10/15 pages.

So then I thought I’d try reading something similar to Carry On and picked up Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. But then I was like ‘nah, this is really long,’ so put it back down again after only a chapter!

The Dream Thieves

So you can see I’ve been slightly frustrated with myself this week! But I think I’ve managed to finally settle on a book now – The Dream Thieves (Maggie Stiefvater). I read The Raven Boys back in March and thoroughly enjoyed it so I hope I like the sequel as much as I did the first one. And I hope I bloody stick to it!

My reading goals for this week: The goal for this week is to stick to the book I’ve picked and not put it back down again. If I accomplish that, I will be happy enough!

What I’ve Been Watching:

I re-watched one of my favourite films from childhood this week – Singin’ in the Rain. I hadn’t watched it for years and years and, honestly, I forgot how hilarious it was! It was so well done and the songs are so memorable and my face was aching a wee bit from smiling so much whilst watching this. If you’ve never seen this please give it a go – you won’t regret it!

I’ve also been watching a lot of BookTube this week (well, more BookTube than usual!) and I’ve found some really great channels that I thought I’d share with you guys:

RJ@The Secret Stacks 

RJ has some really great discussion videos and always brings a unique perspective to a debate. He has a really calming voice and puts across his points fairly, reasonably and always very eloquently.

Peter@Peter Likes Books

Peter just cracks me up! He is completely, unapologetically himself and, because he doesn’t edit his videos, you see his entire personality always and, I have to say, he’s incredibly infectious!

Francina@Francina Simone

I have learnt so much from watching Francina Simone’s videos. I actually feel smarter for watching them 😂 She is very level-headed and brings a different kind of critiquing style to the way she reviews books.

I’ve really enjoyed the content these lovely people have put out so far so I’m looking forward to following them in the future on their BookTube journeys!

My watching goals for this week: Still haven’t watched Me Before You. Shocker, right? Oops. I WILL WATCH IT THIS WEEK.

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