Booktubeathon Results!

So what is your results number for booktubeathon? Do you belong to the spectacular seven of reading gods/goddess, who managed to read through seven books? Or are you just like the rest of our mere mortals, setting lower goals in the hopes of not disappointing yourself or inducing anxiety?

I definitely fall in the second category. And if you follow me over on Insta or Twitter, then you already know that I successfully read 3.5 novels during the week of booktubeathon! Yay me for beating my own prediction! Of course, it was only by half a book. But if I was running a race for the second year in a row and ran .5 miles further than I did the first time, I still ran further. (Can you tell I’m already thinking about my next race? ;))

So I will give myself a moment (or several) to be proud of myself for this achievement. Read-a-thon’s are definitely not for the faint of heart. And definitely not for people who struggle mentally like me. Of course, I’m not saying that if you have a mental disorder you can’t participate in a read-a-thon, many of us do I am sure! I’m just saying that for me personally, it is a bit of a struggle at times.

I fidget, I have difficulty focusing, and depression hits me like a ton of bricks. So yeah, the odds are rarely ever in my favor when it comes to read-a-thons. Luckily, the mental health gods were benevolent on me this time, and I was able to complete some challenges.

In keeping up with my initial theme of mental health, it is important to note that my way of conducting this wrap up through my bullet journal was meant to get me back into the journal scene. I recently got a new one and thought: new journal, new opportunities.

Opportunities both for me to explore creativity in my journal and to share them here on this blog. So below you will find some mediocre photos taken with my iPhone 6 (I think…honestly I can’t keep track) of my latest book summary spreads. I also figured I could continue with this format for all the books I read this year, not just the ones from this read-a-thon.

The Sunday before booktubeathon, I sketched out and (poorly) colored this page. It was a summary of all the titles I planned to read for booktubeathon. In retrospect, I wish I had indicated what challenge they were for, but I guess my brain was feeling more “artsy,” than “let’s just organize this,” that day. Anyway, enjoy the crudeness of this page!

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Now onto the summary pages of the books I read for this read-a-thon. You will see that I only included the 3 that I finished entirely, .5 book will be featured during my mid-month update. 🙂

I included a very rough shooting star emoji to indicate the number of stars I gave each read. Then I included the challenge each book was for along with the dates during the read-a-thon I read them. And then of course, I wrote a favorite quote or two and my overall thoughts on the read.

This was a fun way for me to write out my thoughts by using a different part of my brain for that. I also got to experiment with different kinds of typography and use some of my new markers and pens.

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The Orange Girl was a delightful and touching read that warmed my heart and soul. As you can see I gave it 5 shooting stars and high praise. Reading this book first for booktubeathon was helpful due to its relatively short length. I finished it in one day and felt motivated to forge ahead at full speed and onto my next book. EvelynHugo

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then came this shooting star of a read! I knew that The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo must be special due to the high praise it received on bookstagram. So of course, I bought it and told myself I would one day read it. But when there was a challenge that asked for a book with green on the cover, how could you not choose one with a sweeping silk green gown across the front? I expected to like this one, but I didn’t expect to love it like I did. It is full of so many relevant themes and feelings that so many people today can relate to. I think everyone who loves women (platonically or romantically or somewhere in between) needs to read this one! BigLittleLies

This one was a bit of a struggle. I think I summed up my feelings pretty sufficiently in my journal page for Big Little Lies. I kept loving & hating both the novel and the show. I think the novel’s ending was more hopeful and made one feel better about the characters intentions, whereas the show ending…I honestly don’t remember much about it. I know there is a second season planned, but I doubt very much I will take the time to watch it.

So what do you all think of tracking your reads in this way? Does anyone else keep a journal and a blog? Or do you tend to gravitate towards one or the other? How do you organize your reads? Tell me all your reading tracking/organizing secrets!

Until next time, bookworms!

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The Seven Challenges of Booktubeathon!

I am definitely NOT a booktuber (seriously I am so awkward when attempting to vlog & I’d suffer so much second hand embarrassment trying to watch myself during the editing process). But I think this readathon is open to everyone? At least, that is what it seems like from the few followers I have on bookstagram who announced their intent to participate.

For those of you who know me, I am always trying (and seemingly failing) to organize my life into the organized chaos that it is. Emma and the hubster refer to me quite a bit as a ‘hot mess.’ But I don’t mind, I embrace the chaos and attempt to make sense of it. Hence my proclivity for tracking the various readathons and other reading experiments (i.e. this blog) that I try to participate in.

So are you really surprised that I am going to give Booktubeathon a go?

I’m sure most of the bookish community already knows a bit about booktubeathon. But in case you don’t, it takes place the week of July 30th-August 4th. And it sounds like a ton of people participate (so good chance of connecting with new bookish friends-yay!) and everyone attempts to read 7 books in a week! Now that’s a bit much for me, but hey, why not try and fail then not try at all?

And of course, like with most other readathons, there are giveaways and challenges to participate in along the way.

But unlike most readathons where you can declare your own TBR, this one appears to be a bit different. While you can still choose the books you want to read, there are specific parameters that each book must meet. What a cool & different way to declare your TBR though? I always struggle with deciding what to read & end up changing my mind half way through because what I originally selected is either a) way too ambitious or b) not diverse enough in terms of content. More so point a than point b, but I think someone out there might understand what I’m trying to say. Ja?

Anyway,  here are the categories & my reads for each for this year’s booktubeathon read!

One: Let a coin toss decide your first read. I decided that if it came up heads then I would read The Myth of Perpetual Summer. Or if it ended up as tails I would read The Orange Girl. And the winner is…

The Orange Girl

Two: Read a book about something you want to do. The English Wife Part of me also wishes I was the sleuth sister in this one, breaking gender barriers at a time when women were just regarded as property. It would be pretty awesome to be a badass in a petticoat, just saying.

Three: Read a book & watch the movie screen adaptation. Big Little Lies My Insta buddy, Lena, recommended this. Shamefully I haven’t had a chance to get to it. Until now. 🙂

Four: Read a book with green on the cover. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Highly acclaimed & so much beautiful green on the cover. Also, who doesn’t want to lay back seductively in a beautiful silk gown?

Five: Read a book while wearing the same hat the whole time. Daughters of the Night Sky I just feel that this has an authoritative tone that demands a hat to be worn. Since I don’t own my floppy beach one that I have been searching for all summer, I suppose I will go with the cap that got me through the marathon. Stay tuned via my Insta for photos.

Six: Read a book with a beautiful spine. Tin Man So much gold on shiny gold. And ok, I am a sucker for the gold & turquoise combo on the front cover also well. Just a lovely book cover & spine all around.

Seven: Read 7 books. The Myth of Perpetual Summer Because it lost the coin toss. And because I really want to read it now.

Like I said, I doubt very much I will get through seven books in seven days. Especially since I have two other reads I am currently engaged with. But if I can get through at least 3 of these within the week, and 4 the rest of August, then I will be satisfied.

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As far as tracking goes, I think it will be a combination of stuff up on my Insta (mostly within my story), Twitter (if I can think of something clever to say), & here (most definitely here).

Who else is doing booketubeathon? How are you tracking it? Any advice for a first timer? Leave a comment below if you want to cheer each other on! I’m always looking for moral support & have plenty to give! 🙂

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