BookTubeAThon is a readathon running from July 30th to August 5th. I was absolutely not going to participate. I am in the middle of around 20 books at the time of writing this. Why would I do something crazy like try to add another 7 to the list? The answer is, because I’m crazy. The hype on booktube is huge and I can’t help but want to participate. So I’ll make the list and we’ll see how it goes. I chose some of the smallest books from my shelf to give myself the best chance to succeed. There are 7 challenges.
1. Let a coin toss decide your first read. For this challenge I chose two books that I purchased recently. Love & Magic: Four Delightfully Spun Yarns by John Hanlon and Fingertip of the Tongue by Sarah Rice. Both of these books were chosen for purchase because they fit the price target I needed for free shipping on Amazon. I paid 62 cents for one and 69 cents for the other. I wouldn’t have purchased them, no matter how cheap, if I didn’t think I would enjoy them though. The coin toss determined I’ll be reading Love & Magic a collection of four short stories. It is 110 pages.
2. Read a book about something you want to do. What I want to do is write so I chose a book that is reread from years ago. The book is Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook by Ellen Potter and Anne Mazer. I remember enjoying it immensely and am looking forward to a reread. This book is 275 pages.
3. Read and watch a book to movie adaptation. For this I chose The Little Prince by Antione De Saint-Exupery. It’s a book I’ve always planned to read and my copy only has 92 pages including lots of pictures. It’s perfect for a readathon.
4. Read a book with green on the cover. This is the longest book on my TBR at 381 pages. The book I chose is called Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose. It is a middle grade novel written in verse and the cover has many green leaves on it.
5. Read a book while wearing the same hat the whole time. I don’t know that I own a hat, but can borrow a plastic glitter covered green one that my daughter got for St. Patrick’s Day. It will amuse her to no end to see me wearing it. To be honest, if I skip a challenge it will probably be this one. I ended up choosing Burnt Christmas on Fire by Cary Grant. At 96 pages I’m hoping I won’t have to wear a hat in this heat for too long.
6. Read a book with a beautiful spine. For this challenge I’m choosing a book called Here We Cross: A Collection of Queer & Genderfluid Poetry From Stone Telling 1-7 edited by Rose Lemberg. This is a book of 22 poems from Stone Telling magazine and is only 80 pages. I’m excited to read this one.
7. Read seven books. For a 7th book I will try to read Captain January by Laura E. Richards. It is one I purchased at the beginning of May and have been looking forward to reading it ever since. Now is the perfect time. This book has 133 pages.
7 books in 7 days. 1167 pages to read. That means I have to read about 167 pages a day. My usual aim is about 100 pages a day and I don’t always meet that. I have however stacked the deck to include quite a bit of poetry. My entire goal is to have fun and I’m pretty sure I can meet that goal 🙂
Now the hard part. Waiting until midnight on the 30th to get started.