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!
reading challenges + madalyn’s tbr
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. 😉
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?