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I finished I, The Aboriginal  a couple of days ago, which I unexpectedly really loved.Lockwood, Douglas - I, The Aboriginal It told me so much about a culture I knew little about and did it so beautifully. I chose the memoir for my self-imposed reading challenge, which I call BookTube-A-Thon Stretched. It is basically all the challenged for the BookTube-A-Thon that took place at the end of the last month, but over a month instead of a week. I read Douglas Lockwood’s book for challenge 4 (Read a book about a character very different from you). 6 out of 7 stars for that one.

I started The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern straight after. I chose this book for Morgenstern, Erin - The Night Circus - detailchallenge 2 (Read a hyped book), as I have seen it mentioned a lot. It was a book I really wanted to read, so I ordered a second-hand copy and I have been looking forward to reading it so much. I am just over halfway and I am loving it so far! Sometimes I wish the character were a bit more fleshed out, but maybe the point is to keep an air of mystery, to not get too intimately acquainted with the characters. Nonetheless, I am enjoying my read very much!

What are you reading?

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Booktube-A-Thon 2017 – Strrrrretched!

I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to do the Booktube-A-Thon, but in a stretched out diluted version of the real thing.

So I am neither a BookTuber nor someone who could ever dream of participating. I have a five-year-old on her summer holidays… One book a day? Neh, that is never going to work!

However, I did like the sound of the challenges, so I have decided to take those and run with it. Instead of doing them this week over the course of one week, I plan to do them in a month, this August to be exact. Seven books in one month is quite a lot for me, so it will still be enough of a challenge for sure!

So, the challenges and the books I plan to read are:

Booktubeathon 2017 TBR front + Morgenstern, Erin - The Night Circus

Challenge 1: Read a book with a person on the cover.

I am going for Waterloo Story by Peter Prince. This was on my list of books that have been on my shelf for years that need reading, and has half a face (of Elvis I think) on the cover, so counts for this challenge.

Challenge 2: Read a hyped book.

I will be reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which I have heard so many good things about. I do not have this book in my possession yet, but I will be picking up my copy next week. I am really looking forward to this one!

Challenge 3: Finish a book in one day.

I am going to go with Lantern Fox by Garry Kilworth, which is only 87 pages! I am pretty sure it’s a children’s book, but Garry Kilworth usually writes much longer books and I love much of his work. I have had it a little while, so now is clearly the time to read it! It’s about a girl who meets a magic fox. Sounds right up my street! 🙂

Challenge 4: Read about a character who is very different from you.

I found a book on my shelf called I, The Aboriginal by Douglas Lockwood, which would fit this challenge perfectly. It’s a memoir of an aboriginal man from the Northern Territory in Australia. It’s from the 1960s I think and I am not sure what to expect from it.

Challenge 5: Finish a book completely outdoors.

Fingers crossed for nice sunny weather in which to lounge outside and read. If so, I will be reading a fluffy romance novel. I will be going with Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella. This one is destined for the guest house anyway, so better I read it and get it out of the way. I will probably quite enjoy reading it…. In the sun…. Relaxing…. IF the sun ever appears, which is never a given!

Challenge 6:  Read a book you bought because of the cover.

Talking to the Dead by Helen Dunmore. I have had this book for ages. It’s such a cute little hardback. I only bought it because it was so pretty and I must have had it about fifteen years without ever reading it, just sitting pretty on my shelf. Now is the time! This challenge was made for this book! I have to say, even if I end up not liking the story, I will still keep it, because it is just so lovely to look at… Shallow much?

Challenge 7:  Read seven books.

So I can pick a random 7th book. I literally looked up and down our bookcase thinking about what I may want to read and I realised that there are three Greg Bear books on the shelves. They are my husband’s and I have never thought to read any of them. Why not? Maybe it is about time… So I have decided to go with The Forge of God by Greg Bear. I do not usually read Sci-Fi, so it will be a bit of an adventure into the unknown…

Booktubeathon 2017 TBR spines

I want to try and read all of the books above and fingers crossed I will get to complete those challenges, but between having house guests and my daughter being off school for most of August , I may still find it difficult enough to fit it in! I am looking forward to trying though!

Does anyone else fancy doing this?