BookTube-A-Thon 2017 TBR (+ help me choose what to read!)

Posted July 23, 2017 by Madalyn || 15 Comments

I’m so excited to participate in the fourth annual summer BookTube-A-Thon! In case you’re not aware, the BookTube-A-Thon is a weeklong readathon, hosted by the lovely Ariel Bissett, when the entire BookTube community comes together and attempts to read as much as possible. There are reading challenges, daily video challenges, bookstagram challenges, Twitter sprints, giveaways, and tons of other fun things going on over the course of the week. This will be my fourth year participating in the BTAT, and I cannot wait (not to brag or anything, but I usually kill this readathon)! It’s truly my favorite week of the year to be part of the bookish internet community (and, no, you do not have to be a BookTuber to participate). This year, the readathon runs from July 24th-July 30th. If you want more info, everything you need to know can be found on the official BookTubeAThon YouTube channel! Without further ado, let’s get into the reading challenges and my TBR!

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Note: this TBR is totally subject to change. I tend to suck at obeying planned TBRs, so I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself to stick to this exact plan. However, this is my tentative game plan for the week! Covers link to Goodreads.

  • Read a book with a person on the cover.

    A few of the books on my TBR have people on their covers, but I have wanted to read Radio Silence for ages, and this was the challenge I thought would go best with it. So many of my friends adore this book, and contemporaries are always great choices for readathons because I tend to fly through them. (This is the UK edition, by the way! Not sure if the US cover has a person on the cover.)
  • Read a hyped book.

    Dangerous Girls gets a fair amount of hype in the blogging world! Again, I tend to read thrillers relatively quickly, so I think this is a good choice for a weeklong readathon.
  • Finish a book in one day.
  • Read about a character who is very different from you.

    I’m doubling up on these two challenges with March: Book Two by John Lewis. This is the second installment in Rep. Lewis’s trilogy of graphic novel memoirs. Though this one is a bit long for a graphic novel (~200 pages), I should easily be able to get through it in one day. Because I tend to read most books in one day– it’s just how I roll; I’m a one-sitting and done kinda gal. It also meets the second challenge, because John Lewis is a black man who figured prominently in the American Civil Rights Movement and Voting Rights Movement, and I am decidedly none of those things (fun fact: he’s also my Congressman! Like, I’m his constituent. It’s the coolest.).
  • Finish a book completely outdoors.

    Okay, listen, y’all. I live in the South, and in case you have never had the experience of summer in the Southern United States, let me sum it up for you: it’s a preview of Hell. IT’S HOT AND IT’S HUMID. It hasn’t been below 90 degrees in weeks, stepping outside feels like walking into a bathtub, and there are all kinds of weird bugs. Plus, I live in a major city, and the smog this time of year is atrocious. NEEDLESS TO SAY, I chose the shortest book possible for this challenge. Hopefully I can get this over with in less than an hour, haha.
  • Read a book you bought because of the cover.

    Real talk? I’m not typically a cover buyer. I don’t like to buy or borrow books unless I know I have a good chance at enjoying them. That being said, I saw this cover and even though I’m not sold by the synopsis, I immediately requested an ARC. I’m cheating a little bit with this challenge, because I requested this one instead of buying it (it doesn’t come out until January), but ya know, the heart of the challenge is still there.
  • Read seven books.
    This is one of the reading challenges every year. I have aced this challenge every previous year, and I’m not about to go down now. As you can see, I’ve only chosen five books so far. I like to keep a couple of my book choices open, 1.) because I’m a mood reader, and 2.) so that I can choose books that will work best for me based on timing and such. However, I decided to make a poll, because I’m curious about which of these books on my immediate TBR you think I should read during the readathon! You can vote for multiple books. No guarantee that I’ll go with whatever wins the poll, but hey, there’s a chance. 😉
What books should I read to complete the challenge of reading seven books?

The Girl of Fire & Thorns by Rae Carson
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
The Queen of Dauphine Street by Thea de Salle
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

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There you have it: my TBR for the 2017 BookTube-A-Thon! Are you guys participating? If so, what are you planning on reading? Have you read any of the books on my TBR?

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15 responses to “BookTube-A-Thon 2017 TBR (+ help me choose what to read!)

  1. Sydney West

    I voted for Moxie b/c I want to hear your opinions. But if you do not decide to read Poison Study then we should buddy read it sometime this year. I’m excited for our buddy read in August.

    • I am so excited for Moxie. You will definitely hear my opinions eventually, I’m sure. And I’m super excited for our buddy read next month!! I’d love to also buddy read Poison Study if I don’t get to it this week.

  2. Ahh I always wanted to participate in this readathon, but the timing is never right 🙁 usually it’s because late July was already back to school season so a lot of adjustment time for me, but now because my internship has been really hectic 🙁 I voted for Poison Study, I’ve heard amazing things about it so I hope you’ll enjoy it!

  3. Amy

    Ooo, good luck with the readathon! I voted for Poison Study and Between Shades of Gray because I loved the first and the latter has been on my TBR for AGES. I’m not participating both because I’m doing he Biannual Bibliothon and because I feel a bit left out with this kind of readathon! I’m a blogger and don’t have a BookTube channel, and even though I know you don’t need to have one to participate, a lot of activity centers around YouTube and I don’t feel comfortable joining. I love watching everyone’s vlogs though! 🙂

    • Thank you! <3 And I totally get that feeling– I haven't posted a video since last fall, and not posting videos during BookTubeAThon this year definitely is making me feel a bit more disconnected from the readathon. But I still love chatting with other people who are participating on social media (esp. Twitter)!

      • Amy

        Absolutely! I’m glad I’m not the only one that feels that way.
        I’m glad! That’s why I love the Biannual Bibliothon though; they are really making an effort to include everyone this time around. 🙂

        • Yes! I have done BiBib before and really enjoyed it; I wish it wasn’t the same week as BookTubeAThon this year. 🙁 And I agree; the hosts are doing really well at including people from all kinds of bookish mediums this time! I can’t wait to hopefully participate in the winter BiBib this year!

          • Amy

            I definitely agree! It’s really too bad that that happened; I feel like it made things difficult for a lot of people and probably took away participants from at least the Bibib, but probably both.
            Yes, me too! XD

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