Here is how my Booktubeathon went.
The first day of Booktubeathon I read one book. The first book I read was Love & Magic by John Hanlon. It’s a book with four short stories. I loved the language and the characters. The endings of each story left me shocked, sometimes multiple times. The touch of magic found in each one was enough to strike me with awe. ✰5✰
On day two of Booktubeathon I started reading my second book. Spilling Ink by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter. I didn’t make it too far though. It was our shopping day and we spent most of it out of the house. I finished the day on page 45 of 275.
Day three I got a late start. I had a rough night of sleeping, or not sleeping really, so I didn’t make it out of bed until my daughter was already awake. That always makes me feel behind before I’ve even started. Days like that I just never seem to catch up. By the end of the day I had only managed to read 64 pages putting myself at page 110 out of 275 in spilling ink.
On day four I was still only reading my second book of the readathon and feeling like I may as well give up.
I decided to begin The Little Prince by Antione De Saint-Exupery. I finished the book this day and watched a claymation version of the story on youtube. It can be found here. I enjoyed the book, but because of how quickly I was trying to read it I feel like I missed important meanings. I rated this book ✰4✰ for now but plan to re-read it more slowly soon.
Still on day four I also read in full, my book with a beautiful spine. My chosen book is called Here we Cross: A Collection of Queer & Genderfluid Poetry from Stone Telling 1-7 Edited by Rose Lemberg. I also decided to wear a hat while reading this book. I borrowed one from my daughter. I gave this book ✰4✰ as well.
I still had a few hours until bedtime so I started Burnt: Christmas on Fire by Cary Grant. I made it to about page 20 and DNFed it. I had language issues with this book, too many grammatical errors and incorrect word choices really pulled me out of the story over and over. And then there was a scene of a child being raped and I just done. I promptly put this book in the donation box.
I decided instead to read Captain January by Laura E. Richards and made it to page 24 before I fell asleep.
I woke up early on day five and avoided reading for a while, I had finished 3 books so far, DNFed 1 book, was in the middle of 2 others, and still had 1 that hadn’t yet been begun. I was still feeling behind. But I ended up pressing on with the challenges after a couple hours of Youtube watching.
I finished Captain January this day ✰5✰ And then, while on a coffee date with my hubby I began Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose. I made it page 254 before I fell asleep.
I woke up and finished Blue Birds making my 5th completed book for booktubeathon. I rated this book ✰4✰ I then spent the rest of the day working on finishing Spilled Ink, but my husband was ill and spent the day in bed. That left all the cooking, household chores, work, and toddler care and entertainment on my shoulders. So I didn’t get much reading done. I managed to make it only from page 110 to page 144.
I didn’t sleep well and got out of bed at 3am. I was still working on Spilling Ink. And I managed to finish it by about noon. I gave it ✰5✰That was my sixth finished book and the last one on my TBR pile for Booktubeathon because I had DNFed one.
I had 12 hours and one more book to choose and read. I happened to be doing some cleaning in a room filled with boxes that need to be gone through and a I found a very small book. I don’t know where it came from. It is called How to Make Big Bucks from Big Blogs by Brandon Colker. Probably a gift from a well meaning acquaintance. I don’t currently have plans to make money from my blog, but I thought it couldn’t hurt to read it. And the best part was it is only 44 pages. I finished it in about an hour and gave it ✰3✰. It was okay. Some good information, but a bit pretentious and I can’t see myself doing most of the things mentioned. But I finished it and it was technically a book.
So I’m done! 11.5 hours early. Let’s look at the 7 challenges and see how I did.
1. Let a coin toss decide your first read. Check!
2. Read a book about something you want to do. Check!
3. Read and watch a book to movie adaptation. Check!
4. Read a book with green on the cover. Check!
5. Read a book while wearing the same hat the whole time. Check!
6. Read a book with a beautiful spine. Check!
7. Read seven books. Check!
The books I read (in one case, tried to read):
Love & Magic: Four Delightfully Spun Yarns by John Hanlon
Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook by Ellen Potter and Anne Mazer
The Little Prince by Antione De Saint-Exupery
Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose
Burnt Christmas on Fire by Cary Grant (DNF)
Here We Cross edited by Rose Lemberg
Captain January by Laura E. Richards
How to Make Big Bucks from Big Blogs by Brandon Colker
I didn’t think I could do it, but I did! Hooray! Now for some stats
Books read: 7 + 1 DNF
Pages Read: 1135
Average pages per day: 163
5 stars: 3
4 stars: 3
3 stars: 1
2 stars: 0
1 stars: 0
Overall a fantastic Readathon experience here. How did you do? Which book that you read was your favorite?