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Ramblings about BookTube, Book Shelves and Reading Challenges…


I just  thought I would do a bookish stream-of-consciousness sort of thing. I have no idea where this is going, but we will see.

The first thing I want to touch on is ‘BookTube’. When I started this blog, I briefly toyed with the idea of starting a YouTube channel as many people do these days, but quickly decided I would much rather write than talk. I do feel like my age-group (ie 35+) is sorely underrepresented on there, but the idea of posting a video of myself chatting rubbish makes me shudder, ha!  Now I can just write a blog post whenever I feel like it. Much more suited to my random nature.

I do like to watch some BookTube videos every now and then and it has been a great way to find new books to read. The other day though, I was watching these videos of various different Youtubers and what struck me was how pristine their bookshelves look. How perfect their books look. Lots of beautiful hardbacks, etc. For a moment I felt jealous, but then I remembered what I love about my own books and the shelves they are on.

My bookshelves? I love the bookshelves in my living room. I have a twin pair, made of mango wood, each about 90cm wide and 2m high. The contents? Not quite so pretty. A lot of my books look well-loved and were like that when I got them. You see, I tend to buy my books second-hand 80% of the time. I like second-hand books. I love browsing second-hand book shops and charity shops (see my previous post). You never know what you mind find!

Having said that, I do want to tidy my book shelves up a bit, as they are almost completely random at the moment and I feel I should bring some order into them.

I have a lot of paperbacks, as I prefer that format for reading (and they take up less space). Apart from the aforementioned living room bookcases, we very recently picked up a bookcase for the office as well, which still needs filling. We got it mainly to get the remaining books that have been lingering in our spare wardrobe out of there and to have a space for office stuff, but it also does give me an opportunity to introduce some sort of system. What books to put on show downstairs and which to put in the office, you know, stuff like that. Would I want our bookcases downstairs to look more organised and aesthetically pleasing? Maybe, a little, but I still want them to reflect me, busy, unorganised and a little crazy. 🙂

I have ordered a load of books that I will be picking up when we are in England next week (quite a few of them second-hand of course!). I will need to give them a space, which I don’t have at the moment, so I guess after our holidays will be a great time to update and re-organise my bookshelves. I may wait till my daughter goes back to school at the end of August, so I can take my time doing it without her questioning every move I make! Is it crazy that I am looking forward to that?

Oh, back to BookTube. The BookTube-A-Thon is this week and I was watching a couple of videos on the reading challenges and some BookTubers’ TBR list for this week.

The challenges are:

  1. Read a book with a person on the cover.
  2. Read a hyped book.
  3. Finish a book in one day.
  4. Read about a character that is very different from you.
  5. Finish a book completely outside.
  6. Read a book that you bought because of the cover.
  7. Read seven books.

Now, of course I am not a BookTuber, and even if I was, no way I could get through seven books in a week! That’s one book a day. How would I ever find the time!

However, I will set myself those exact same challenges, but for the whole month of August. So that is 31 days to do all of the above. Seven books in a month seems far more feasible to me! I will try and pick my books for the challenges before the week is out.

What do your bookshelves look like? Will you be doing a form of this challenge?


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Seven years ago… Let’s try that again!

So I found this document on my computer the other day. When I was thinking about the two mediocre books I had just finished, I remembered once upon a time I kept a ‘books read’ document, pre-child. I used to go to the library a lot back then and read quite a lot. By the looks of it I read almost 50 books in a year. I so want to get back to that. I read about half that now, but I have realised there are quite a few books on my book shelves that I have not read yet or that I have forgotten reading and my to-read list is getting longer and longer, so let’s do something about it.

Anyway, back to the document. It was kind of interesting, because I kept a log that gave a one-word first impression after my first reading session and then a one-sentence final impression. I kind of like that now, seeing what I thought. Many of these books I had forgotten I read as well!

It’s something I want to achieve with this blog – to keep a log of the books I have read and what I thought of them.

So, I will create some sort of page at the top of my blog to list all the books I have read, books that I own, etc… I am going to enjoy playing around with that I think.

I am way too into this. Clearly, I have nothing better to do, which is the biggest lie!