I really wanted to do the Booktube-A-Thon, but fact is. It was the last week of July. My five-year-old daughter was on her summer holidays and we were also visiting friends for part of that week. And to be frank, it was never going to happen!
But… it sounded so fun and I decided to do the same challenges more casually over the whole month of August 2017. It is simply a fun way to have an excuse to read lots of books!
This is the video for the official Booktube-A-Thon 2017, announcing the official challenges:
So to re-cap with the books I plan to read:
Challenge 1: Read a book with a person on the cover.
Waterloo Story by Peter Prince – completed!
Challenge 2: Read a hyped book.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – completed!
Challenge 3: Finish a book in one day.
The Lantern Fox by Garry Kilworth – completed!
Challenge 4: Read about a character who is very different from you.
I, The Aboriginal by Douglas Lockwood – completed!
Challenge 5: Finish a book completely outside.
Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella – completed! (see update below)
Challenge 6: Read a book you bought because of the cover.
Talking to the Dead by Helen Dunmore – completed!
Challenge 7: Read seven books.
The Forge of God by Greg Bear – completed!
The trickiest one is the one I have to completely read outside. It is so dependent on the weather. If the weather forecast is not great I may have to swap for a smaller book!
I am nicely on track, having read I, The Aborginal, then The Night Circus, followed by Talking to the Dead and Waterloo Story. I am about a third into The Forge of God at the moment. I am still a little worried about the ‘read outside’ book! Weather is not looking great, so I may have to read The Lantern Fox outside and count it for both categories, which is allowed!!!
Yes, so I have caved. I have swapped the outside book to a tiny book. I have looked at the weather and it looks ok for a few days, but not so good after. On the nice days I have quite a few errands to run as well, so I will never get Can You Keep A Secret? done in the daytime… when it’s nice outside. So I have decided to read The Burial at Thebes by Seamus Heaney instead. It’s only 56 pages long, so it’s a bit of a cop out, but, but…
I will still read the Kinsella book and I will read some of it outside, but it’s sort of an extra book now.
I did read Can You Keep A Secret? and I have just read the final book, The Lantern Fox, which means my challenge is officially done!