Booktube-A-Thon 2017 Wrap Up

Booktube-A-Thon 2017 Wrap Up

Hi everyone! As you may or may not know, this past week (the 24th-30th) was Booktube-A-Thon! This was either my second or third time participating in Booktube-A-Thon and I had such a great time! While I wish I could have read a bit more, I’m still really happy with what I managed to read! See which books I read and what challenges I completed below! (Note: book covers link to Goodreads.)


What I Read During Booktube-A-Thon:

1. The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

The Sandcastle Empire

My Rating: 3 stars | Pages Read: 315 | Challenge Completed: Technically none*

I kicked off Booktube-A-Thon by continuing with a book I had already started! I was 140 pages into The Sandcastle Empire at midnight on the first day of the readathon. I had planned on finishing this book on day 1, but my friend ended up spending the night and I didn’t get the chance to finish it until day 2.

*I was originally planning on using this book for the “finish a book completely outdoors” challenge by cheating and reading the last few pages outside, therefore finishing it outside. However, I was too wrapped up in the book and I completely forgot to do this. The reason why I wrote technically none was because I was hoping to pass this one off as completing the challenge because the book itself takes place almost entirely outdoors, but I don’t think that would actually count.

2. The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

The Hidden Oracle

My Rating: 4 stars | Pages Read: 361 | Challenge Completed: Finish a book in one day

Almost immediately after finishing The Sandcastle Empire I started reading The Hidden Oracle. I chose this one to attempt to read in one day because I’ve read it before and because Rick Riordan books are so action packed and entertaining! As you can see, I did succeed in completing the book in one day!

3. Jackaby by William Ritter

Jackaby

My Rating: 3.5 stars | Pages Read: 299 | Challenge Completed: Read a book you bought because of the cover

This was an extremely fast read! (Which is a great thing during a readathon!) I could have used this for the “complete a book in one day” challenge as well because I definitely read it in less than one day.

4. Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

Once and For All

My Rating: 4 stars | Pages Read: 376 | Challenges Completed: Read a hyped book & read a book with a person on the cover

After reading a few non-contemporary books in a row, I decided to pick up the only contemporary book from my Booktube-A-Thon TBR, Once and for All. Like the past two books, I also read this book in less than one day! It felt SO good to be flying through books that fast!

5. Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

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My Rating: 4.5 stars | Pages Read: 365 | Challenge Completed: Read about a character that is very different from you

The last book I completed for Booktube-A-Thon was also read in less than one day! I actually almost finished Dreamland Burning the same day I finished Once and for All. I ended up finishing the last 15 pages a little bit after midnight the next day!

I Started But Didn’t Finish:

1. The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

The Dark Prophecy

My Rating: 4 stars | Pages Read: 290

I had every intention of finishing this book before the readathon ended. However, on the second to last day I was extremely exhausted all afternoon and then started having bad stomach pain in the evening. The stomach pain continued the next day (the last day of Booktube-A-Thon) so I was unfortunately unable to finish The Dark Prophecy in time. However, I have since finished the book so I wanted to include my rating in this wrap up!

Final Stats:

Books Finished: 5

Total Page Count: 2,006

Challenges Completed: 5 out of 7


If you participated in Booktube-A-Thon this past week, how did you do? Did you read as much as you wanted to? Let me know and/or link me to your wrap up post down in the comments!

Booktube-A-Thon 2017 TBR

Booktube-A-Thon 2017 TBR

Hi everyone! I’ve decided last minute to join in on Booktube-A-Thon! Booktube-A-Thon is a week-long readathon hosted by Ariel Bissett on Youtube that starts tomorrow, June 24th, and ends Sunday, June 30th. The main goal of the readathon is to read as much as you can, but you can also participate in the reading challenges, video challenges, photo challenges, and reading sprints. For more information, check out the Booktube-A-Thon Youtube channel!

My TBR:

I want to try to complete most, if not all, of the 7 reading challenges for this round of Booktube-A-Thon so I’m basing my TBR around those challenges. Note: click on the book covers to be taken to that book’s Goodreads page.

1. Read a book with a person on the cover

The Dark Prophecy

I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I read the first book, The Hidden Oracle, last year. I’m so excited to see what happens next! But first I have to reread the first book because I can hardly remember anything that happened (see #3 on this list).

2. Read a hyped book

Once and For All

I don’t think this book is super hyped by the book community, but I personally hyped it up big time! Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite contemporary authors and I’ve been reading her books since I was around the age of 12. I’m so excited to read her newest novel!

3. Finish a book in one day

The Hidden Oracle

As I mentioned above, I’m going to be rereading this book before reading The Dark Prophecy. Hopefully I’m able to finish this in one day! I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to due to the fact that Rick Riordan’s books are so fun and entertaining that they’re such fast reads. Also, the book isn’t that long.

4. Read about a character that is very different from you

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I’ve checked Dreamland Burning out from the library a couple times now and still haven’t been able to read it before its due date comes around. I hope to read it during this readathon because it sounds really interesting and it will definitely complete this challenge!

5. Finish a book completely outdoors

The Sandcastle Empire

I’m totally going to cheat on this challenge because I really don’t like the outdoors. Plus, it’s way too hot and humid where I live to sit outside and read an entire book. So what I’m going to do is finish up the last few pages outside so I don’t die of heat stroke or get eaten alive by bugs!

6. Read a book you bought because of the cover

Jackaby

99.9% of the reason why I bought this book was because of its gorgeous cover. I only have a vague idea of what the actual story is about but it’s not too long of a book so it’s perfect for a readathon!

7. Read seven books

I probably won’t finish all the books listed above by the time this readathon is over (if I do, I’ll be really shocked) so I decided to not pick out a 7th book ahead of time. If – by some miracle – I finish those books, I’ll decide then what to pick up next.


Are you participating in Booktube-A-Thon? If yes, are you taking part in any of the challenges (reading, video, or photo)? Let me know down in the comments and feel free to leave a link to your TBR post as well!

Booktube-A-Thon 2015 | Wrap Up

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From Monday, August 3rd to Sunday, August 9th I participated in Booktube-A-Thon – a week long read-a-thon hosted by Ariel Bissett on Youtube. I had such a fun time reading and also participating in the sprints that were being held by the various hosts on Twitter. Even though I didn’t complete all the challenges, I am still super happy with what I managed to read during the week! I’ll definitely be participating in Booktube-A-Thon the next time it’s being held!


Books Finished

BTAT Wrap Up

I’m so proud of myself for finishing 5 books in one week!! Usually it’s a miracle if I’m able to complete 3. My favorite book of these 5 would have to be The Heart of Betrayal. It was such a fantastic sequel and, in my opinion, even better than the first book. My least favorite book I read was A Study in Scarlet. I used it for the challenge “finish a book without letting go of it” and since it was only 115 pages, I thought it’d be a breeze. However, the font size was tiny and it ended up taking me forever to finish it. I had to eat, drink, and even use the bathroom while holding on to the book! Not a very fun time.

Total Read: 5 books / 1,446 pages


Challenges Completed

  1. Read a book with blue on the cover – Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
  2. Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name – A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. Read someone else’s favorite book – The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  4. Read the last book you acquired – El Deafo by Cece Bell
  5. Finish a book without letting go of it – A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Read a book you really want to read – The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

I’m so proud of myself for completing 6 of the 7 challenges!! The only one I didn’t do was to read 7 books because there was no way that was going to happen.


 Daily Updates

Instead of including my daily updates in my wrap up, I created a separate post dedicated to them. If you’re interested, check them out by clicking here.


If you participated in Booktube-A-Thon, how did you do? Did you complete all the challenges? Let me know in the comments or link me to your wrap up!

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Booktube-A-Thon 2015 | Daily Updates

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This week I’m participating in another read-a-thon: Booktube-A-Thon! Booktube-A-Thon is a read-a-thon hosted mainly by Ariel Bissett on Youtube and it started yesterday, August 3rd and goes until Sunday, August 9th. There are a total of 7 challenges that aren’t mandatory but they make the read-a-thon a lot more interesting! For more information, check out the Booktube-A-Thon Youtube channel by clicking here.

The challenges are:

  1. Read a book with blue on the cover
  2. Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name
  3. Read someone else’s favorite book
  4. Read the last book you acquired
  5. Finish a book without letting go of it
  6. Read a book you really want to read
  7. Read seven books

Daily Updates

Day 1 

Even though I was pretty tired, I wanted to read a little bit as soon as the read-a-thon started which was at 12 am. I ended up reading 15 pages of Armada by Ernest Cline before I was too sleepy to go on. After catching some z’s and getting some food in me, I read 23 more pages before taking a break to go to the library. I ended up picking up quite a few books at the library because I wasn’t sure which books I wanted to read for the read-a-thon – I wanted to make sure I had lots of options!

After getting home and going through my books, I decided I wanted to get one of the hardest challenges out of the way first, which was to finish a book without letting go of it. I had originally planned to read a graphic novel for this challenge but since I couldn’t find what I was looking for at the library, I had to go with A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle. This is Doyle’s first book about the famous Sherlock Holmes and in the edition I read, it was only 115 pages. I thought I would be able to fly right through the book but boy was I wrong! The print size in the book was microscopic, therefore taking me forever to read. I unfortunately ended up not enjoying the book like I thought I would; I gave it 2/5 stars. I counted this book for challenge #2 and #5.

Later on in the evening, I tried going back and reading Armada but I only read 2 more pages. The book wasn’t really holding my interest so I decided I would stop reading for the night and see what I wanted to read in the morning.

Books finished: 1  |  Pages read: 155  |  Challenges completed: 2

Goodreads links:  Armada  |  A Study in Scarlet


Day 2

I was looking for something quick to read when I came across the graphic novel El Deafo by Cece Bell on Goodreads. I checked to see if Overdrive had the eBook for it and sure enough, they did! So I started and finished all 232 pages of it and I ended up liking it, but not loving it. I gave it 3.5/5 stars and it completed challenge #4.

Later on in the day I received a call from the library saying that a book I had put on hold was in! The book was The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson – a book I’ve been dying to read since I finished the first book in the series. I ended up reading 95 pages of it on day 2 and I’m looking forward to continuing with it on day 3!

Books finished: 1  |  Pages read: 327  |  Challenges completed: 1

Goodreads links:  El Deafo  |  The Heart of Betrayal


Day 3

This will be a short update because I didn’t finish any books or challenges. Instead, I continued reading The Heart of Betrayal and I’m really enjoying it! I managed to read up to page 215 and I’m planning on finishing the book on day 4. After completing this novel, I’m not sure which one to read next. I hope to finish at least one more book before the read-a-thon ends on Sunday!

Books finished: 0  |  Pages read: 120  |  Challenges completed: 0

Goodreads links:  The Heart of Betrayal


Day 4

Day 4 was an excellent reading day for me! I read the last 255 pages of The Heart of Betrayal and I ended up really, really enjoying it. I had been anticipating it since I read the first book in the series a few months ago and I’m so glad I wasn’t disappointed! I gave it 4.5/5 stars and it completed challenge #6.

After finishing my third book for the read-a-thon, I wanted to immediately begin my fourth. After looking through my books, I decided to start Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan. I only read 35 pages on day 4 but the beginning definitely intrigued me. I’m looking forward to continuing it and maybe even finishing it on day 5!

Books finished: 1  |  Pages read: 290  |  Challenges completed: 1

Goodreads links:  The Heart of Betrayal  |  Daughter of Deep Silence


Day 5

This will be another short update because I didn’t finish any books or complete any challenges on day 5. However, I did make good progress in Daughter of Deep Silence. I read 165 pages and got up to page 200! I’m planning on continuing with it on day 6 and hopefully finishing it.

Books finished: 0  |  Pages read: 165  |  Challenges completed: 0

Goodreads links:  Daughter of Deep Silence


Day 6

Day 6 was another great reading day for me! I finished the last 175 pages of Daughter of Deep Silence and I ended up really liking it! I wasn’t sure that I was going to because of the not-so-great things I had heard about the book. However, I’m so glad I read it! It was super intriguing. I gave it 4/5 stars and it completed challenge #1.

I wanted to immediately get started on another book in hopes that I would finish it by the end of the read-a-thon. The book I started was The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. I first read this book quite some time ago (maybe 4 or 5 years) and I remember really loving it. I decided to reread it because I wanted to see if I still loved it and also because it would help me complete a few challenges – “read someone else’s favorite book” for Booktube-A-Thon and “a book that came out the year you were born” for the PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge. I really hope I’m able to finish it before Booktube-A-Thon is over!

Books finished: 1  |  Pages read: 220  |  Challenges completed: 1

Goodreads links:  Daughter of Deep Silence  |  The Notebook


Day 7

The last day of Booktube-A-Thon was actually my birthday as well! Even so, I finished off the read-a-thon strong by completing my 5th book and 6th challenge! I finished The Notebook with a few hours to spare. This was my second time reading this book and I found that I didn’t like it as much as the first time. I ended up rating it 3 out of 5 stars. It completed challenge #3.

Books finished: 1  |  Pages read: 169  |  Challenges completed: 1

Goodreads links:  The Notebook


I had such a great time during Booktube-A-Thon! I got a lot more reading done than I usually do in a week’s time. If you’re interested, check out my wrap up to see how many books I read, challenges I completed, and pages I read.

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