Booktube-a-thon TBR

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On Monday starts the first annual Book-a-thon, the first ever reading bonanza. The challenge was created by Raleen and Ariel from
 YouTube and consists of trying to read the most you can over the course of seven days. The challenge will be taking place from July 15 through the 21st. To make it more fun, there will be challenges that you also need to complete during the duration of the book-a-thon.


1) read an average of 300 pages a day

2) read a book with over 500 pages
3) re-read one book
4) finish a series/trilogy
5) read a book that's been on your shelf forever
6) listen to an audiobook
7) read a classic

Both Raleen and Ariel encouraged everyone to combine challenges so for example, you can combine challenges 6 + 7 and read an audiobook of Pride and Prejudice. Just so you get an idea.

So in particular order (hee hee see what I did there) here is my booktube-a-thon TBR! (to be read list if you didn't know the meaning of the acronym) (I did not include challenge #1 since it does apply to whole week in itself and not one particular book )

(Also have you noticed that I really like parenthesis ^_^)

Challenge #2: Read a book over 500 pages

Habibi by Craig Thompson

From Goodreads:

From the internationally acclaimed author of Blankets (“A triumph for the genre.”Library Journal), a highly anticipated new graphic novel.

Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depth—and frailty—of their connection.

At once contemporary and timeless, Habibi gives us a love story of astounding resonance: a parable about our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, the common heritage of Christianity and Islam, and, most potently, the magic of storytelling.

Habibi is a mammoth of a book. I have the hardback first print edition and it is absolutely gorgeous and huge, containing in its contents 672 pages of illustration and text. I don't know much about this graphic novel other than it's huge hype and praise when it came out two years ago but I'm really excited to read this. My mother actually read this a couple months ago, during an afternoon and finished it in a couple hours and absolutely loved it. 

Challenge #3: re-read one book/Challange #4: finish a series/trilogy

The Chasing Yesterday Trilogy by Robin Wasserman!

From Goodreads:

Some things are too painful to remember--and too deadly to forget.

Found: One girl, age 13. Unconscious. Unharmed. Unclaimed. Unidentified.

Lost: Everything.

J.D. may not know the truth about her past, but she knows she's in danger, and she can't shake the dark visions haunting her dreams. She won't be safe until she figures out who she is and where she came from. She can trust no one, not even herself--especially not herself. Because it turns out there's one thing even more terrible than forgetting her past: remembering.

At each book roughly at 200 pages, the trilogy is all together 656 pages.

Since the challenge is to read 300 pages a day, if everything goes to plan, I can easily finish this trilogy in two days. Not too shabby!

This brings our total to 1,328.

Challenge #5: read a book that's been on your shelf forever


Challenge #6: Listen to an audiobook

Bossypants By Tina Fey!

From Goodreads:

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon—from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

Okay so for this one, I'm cheating and NOT listening to to the audiobook of this. I'm a huge Tina Fey fan and I've heard that the audiobook to this is hilarious but I have such a hard time listening to ANY audiobooks, no matter how good they may be since they take such mental concentration for me to focus and if I don't have the book directly in front of me and reading along with it, I start blanking out. Weird right?

Last time I read an audiobook, it took me a three weeks to sit through. Considering the time crunch of this book-a-thon, listening to the audiobook to this, no matter how good it may be, is not an option. 

Bossypants is 277 pages. Our current page number is 1,605 pages! OMG

Challenge #7: Read a classic

A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat by Arthur Rimbaud

My classic pick is an unusual one. A collection of poetry by a 19th century teenager who came, conquered and stopped writing before the age of twenty really piqued my curiosity since I too am a young writer and I'm just a year younger when he decided to quit and never.write.again. Crazy! I'm really excited to review this and also put it in the historical context that these poems were written and see if he really was a prodigy or another Holden Caulfield.

All in all, the grand total is 1,709 pages in seven days! Whaaat

It's a big thing to take on, considering that some people don't even read six books in a year let alone in a week but for a book worm such as I, I personally can't wait to read all these books.

Are you participating? Have you read any of the books mentioned above?

Thanks for reading!

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