BookTube-A-Thon 2017 Recap

I am going to give myself a pat on the back this week for almost completing all the challenges this week for booktube-a-thon 2017.

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Reading Challenges

Out of the 7 challenges announced at the beginning of the readathon I finished 5 of them. I would call that an accomplishment and I’m very proud of that.

Read a book with a person on the cover.

This was the easiest challenge to do because all of the books I had in my TBR had people on the cover. ALL OF THEM. In other words, I only read books with people on the cover this week.

Read a hyped book.

For this challenge I FINALLY read the very hyped A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I’m happy I finally read it and I can see why so many people loved it so much. I, myself, really liked it and immediately bought the next two books in the series and I hope to read them this upcoming week.

I should also mention, I went to sleep 4 nights in a row to read this. Yup, this readathon was not good for my beauty sleep.

Finish a book in one day.

I had 4 graphic novels in my TBR (and I don’t care if that’s cheating) so this one was also easy to complete. I read both FablesSnow White (Volume 19) and Paper Girls (Volume 1) in one day.

Read about a character that is very different from you.

Initially, I was going to read Kindred by Octavia E. Butler for this challenge, because it’s about black woman traveling back in time when slavery still existed, but I never got around to reading it. I did read about Feyre who is a hunter and is forced to live with a fairie nobleman, and I’m pretty sure I’ve never been a hunter or lived with a faerie. I’ve also never been a paper girl from 1980s like the characters from Paper Girls, or a princess like Snow White in Fables. So, I think I pretty much covered this challenge.

Finish a book completely outdoors.

I didn’t have a chance to do this challenge because the heat has been unbearable lately in South Florida. However, I did read 50% Dreamology by Lucy Keating outside.

Read a book you bought because of the cover.

For this challenge, I read Dreamology by Lucy Keating. I should be ashamed for buying the book solely for the cover without really paying attention to the synopsis, but that’s exactly what I did. Thankfully, I really enjoyed this novel and I’m glad I read it finally. If you need a happy book for a mourning period, I recommend this book.

Read seven books.

Nope, I didn’t finish this one and I didn’t expect to. But, I am proud of reading 5 books in one week.

The Books I Read

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Photo Challenges

 

Each day of the readathon there was a photo challenge announced at midnight on Bookstagram aka Instagram. I was able to complete all except for a cosplay challenge. I post at least one picture a day on Instagram @readingturtleduck

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Booktubeathon 2017

If you don’t know what Booktubeathon is, it is a readathon hosted by Ariel Bisset on Booktube aka the bookish side of YouTube. It’s a week long readathon full of giveaways, challenges, and of course reading. This year it begins on July 24 to July 30. For more information check out her videos:

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2017 Reading Challenges

I’m pretty sure I failed last year’s readathon like I’ve failed every readathon I’ve ever done.

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Well, I didn’t fail completely because I did participate in every single photo challenge, which I would say is an accomplishment. This year, I’m planning on doing as many photo challenges but I don’t know how many of them I’ll complete because I don’t have much time to prepare because they are announced at midnight each day.

I might not know what the photo challenges are yet, but I do know what the book 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 outdoors.
  6. Read a book you bought because of the cover.
  7. Read seven books.

As for this year’s TBR I have 7 books that I’m really excited to start. They are:

Paper Girls Volumes 1 & 2 (Challenge 3 & 5)

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Fables Volumes 19 & 20 (Challenge 3 & 5)

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Dreamology by Lucy Keating (Challenge 6)

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Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (Challenge 4)

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (Challenge 2)

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All of the books have a person on the cover, so the first challenge will be completed no matter what I read. I’ve also chosen 7 books for the last challenge, but I don’t expect to complete it even with four graphic novels on the list.

What will you joining BookTube-A-Thon? What’s on your TBR? Let me know in the comments.

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Reread, Rewrite, or Recycle #2

This is the Screw, Marry, Kill game for books. Normally, it is “burn” instead of recycle. I changed it because I thought it sounded better… and recycling is good for the environment too!

Round 1


It’s only the first round and it’s already  is really, really, really, really hard

REREAD We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

I’ve been meaning to reread this book ever since I read it. I’d like to go back to it to find all the clues I missed the first time.

REWRITE Hyperbole and a Half  by Allie Brosh

I REALLY don’t want to change anything about this. The illustrations and the writing is so funny, and therefore one of the few books that made me LOL constantly through my read. The only thing I would change is to add more.

RECYCLE Divergent by Veronica Roth

I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, don’t want to do this. Divergent is the last series I binge read, and I loved not sleeping for three consecutive school nights to finish the book, but I have to choose one. Besides, that ending in Allegiant almost made me wish I had never picked up Divergent in the first place. I can’t believe I’m writing this but, I will recycle Divergent.

 

Round 2


REREAD Blankets by Craig Thompson

I really enjoyed this book and compared with the other two books for this round there is nothing I want to change about it.

REWRITE Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

This was an easy pick because I will never forget how unsatisfying that ending was. It’s left open ended and I want it closed. I want to know if she really died, or if she woke up from a coma, or was it all a dream? I must know!

RECYLE Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Maybe I should reread this because it’s been so long since I first read it, but I liked the other two books more than Crank.

Round 3


REREAD Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen 

This is the only Sarah Dessen book that I’ve read and liked it. I especially love how fun this book is with the friendships, the parties, a bit of romance, the small beach town setting, and all in the midst of summer vacation. I can’t possibly change all that.

REWRITE Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

I love this book. I’ve read it 3 times maybe 4 times, but there are things that bother me about Tate’s character. I hate that she would give into Miles so easily without a second thought even when it’s a bad idea. Don’t get me wrong, I love Miles, but I wish Tate was stronger than she was.

RECYCLE Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline is not my favorite Rainbow Rowell book and compared to the other two books, I have to set it aside and recycle it.

 

Round 4


REREAD To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This is one of the first classics that I fell in love with, it’s still one of my favorites. Obviously, I cannot recycle it or rewrite a masterpiece so I’ll have to read it again. Besides, I’m due for a reread of it.

REWRITE Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This was a hard choice so I got a coin flipped it for this category. Tails for Anna and the French Kiss and Heads for Slammed, and I got Anna so I’m going to rewrite it.

RECYLE Slammed by Colleen Hoover

I don’t want to do this. I honestly love Slammed and all of Colleen Hoover’s books, but I have to recycle one of these books.

 

Round 5


This was an easy round

REREAD Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

I loved Eleanor and Park and their romance and I would read it again but I would also demand a second part to it.

REWRITE Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I already have my issues with Thirteen Reasons Why and how it depicts (or lack of) mental health and suicide. If I had the chance, I would change that part of it. If you want to read more about my problem / concerns about TW13, CLICK HERE.

RECYCLE Ten Tiny Reasons by K. A. Tucker

It is no surprise that I despise this book! I would rip it, recycle it, and burn it. It’s that bad and it’s one of the few books I’ve ever given a one star rating, and no one should ever read this book ever.

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Lets Talk About School and Studying

Iridescence @ Light Up the Shining Night Stars made a list of study / school related posts you can talk about in your own blog, and since I’m always looking for new topics to talk about I’m giving it a try.

To begin with, I’m not going to address every single topic she posted because I don’t have anything to say about a couple of them. For the full list of study blog ideas please visit her blog.

Subjects You’re Studying in School/College

If you don’t already know I am in English major and I’m working towards a Professional and Technical Writing certificate. It shouldn’t be a shock seeing as how I have an unhealthy relationship wtih reading and books. Anyway, my classes involve a lot of reading and a lot of writing.

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This semester I’m taking two classes:

Global Issues in Literature: This class is interesting and quite easy. We look at books and texts discussing different points of view around the world, and we think of our individual role in the world. Thanks to this class I read Persepolis and Maus.

Medieval English Literature: For this class we’re doing just as the title of this course suggests, we read texts from Medieval ages. Unfortunately, it’s more complicated because we have to read some of it in Old English which is different from today’s modern English. So before I can analyze the text I have to translate it first.

Websites / Apps I Use to Study

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Surprisingly, I don’t use any of the online English literature guides like SparkNotes or Shmoop. I do, however, use Easybib when I’m going to write my bibliographies / sources because it makes it so much easier than writing one by one. Sometimes I also use Quizlet when I’m preparing for an exam with terms. For this semester I’ve been using this online dictionary for all the weird words for my Medieval Lit class.

How to Get Motivated

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Motivation Tactic #1: The fear of failure keeps me mostly motivated when I have to write and read for school.

Motivation Tactic #2: I also keep an agenda to keep up with assignments and I find it amazingly satisfying to cross an item off my to-do list.

Motivation Tactic #3: Sometimes the reason why I can’t study or complete an assignment is because I simply need a break. So, I take a break and resume the following day knowing my work load will increase but it’s better than forcing myself to do something without much progress.

Motivation Tactic #4: When I really need motivation, I bribe myself. I tell myself, “if you finish reading this, then you can buy yourself a book.” It works every time, but I only use it in extreme situations because it can cause a drain in my limited wallet.

If none of those work then try the following:

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Ok, That was a joke, but always find a way to get motivated because school is hard, but it’s also worth it in the long run.

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Reread, Rewrite, or Recyle #1

This is the Screw, Marry, Kill game for books. Normally, it is “burn” instead of recycle. I changed it because I thought it sounded better… and recycling is good for the environment too! Today, I have 5 rounds of this game featuring some of my favorite books.

Round 1

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REREAD Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Because Rowell can do no wrong.

REWRITE Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
I would change the ending of this book to a more satisfying end, one that won’t make me want to recycle it.

RECYCLE City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
This was an easy choice for me because looking back now I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I did. I think I felt pressured to liking it because so many people in the bookish community loves it.

ROUND 2

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REREAD Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I can’t recycle this book but I also can’t rewrite it because the format is so unique and weird that I don’t even want to touch it.

REWRITE All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
If I had it my way I would reread this book, but I’m making the difficult decision to rewrite it, not because it needs a change, but because I would love to read more about Wavy and Kellen and Donal. I wish I could have so much more than the 300 pages Greenwood gave us initially. Other than that I would leave this book as it is.

RECYLE Everyday by David Levithan
Again, I enjoyed this book but compared to the others on this round, it does not measure up.

ROUND 3

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REREAD Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino
I loved the love story in this book and how the story was told.

REWRITE Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
The other day I was talking to a friend and we talked about how we both liked Twilight at the time we first read it, but it has it’s problems. One of them being how females were portrayed, and I know Meyer made a point about it with Life and Death, but if I was given Twilight to re rewrite it, then I would try to make it better in that way. #Feminism

RECYLE June by Beverly Miranda Whittemore
This was an easy choice to make simply because I didn’t like it nowhere near as much as I liked the other books on this round.

ROUND 4

Slide4REREAD Girl in Piece by Kathleen Glasgow
I know this is a sad book to reread but even now, months after reading it, when I think about this book it still has the emotional tug on my hear to rip it out and stomp on it, and it makes me cry. Any book with that amount of feelings, should be reread.

REWRITE Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
My only beef with the Hunger Trilogy is the love triangle between Katniss, Gale, and Peeta because it felt forced, so I would go back and delete it all or at most make it more believable.

RECYLE Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This is another book I liked but didn’t love as much as the other two books in this round.

ROUND 5

Slide5REREAD 1984 by George Orwell
We do not touch this book. We do not rewrite this book. We do not recycle this book. We only read and reread this book.

REWRITE The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
When I first read the book, I hated everyone except Gatsby. I know that’s how I am supposed to feel, but if I could rewrite this classic, then I would make everyone nicer, and Gatsby would get the girl in the end and not die (oops spoilers). That would also mean Leonard DiCaprio wouldn’t die on screen for the hundredth millionth in his movie career. Seriously, I can’t stand seeing this man die over and over again.

RECYCLE The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The problem with The Problem with Forever is that it has no problem other than some cringe worthy moments, on my part. But I can’t possibly defile the other two books by recycling them.

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UPDATE: Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

This past Saturday, I joined Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and I didn’t completely fail. In the past whenever I’ve joined a readathon, I fail (almost) miserably, but this time around it was different. Sure, I didn’t finish either of the books I intended to read, but I read about half of The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel. That’s a total of 128 pages!

I could have stayed inside my house the entire day to read, but I had social engagements to go to.

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Either way, I’m really enjoying both books I chose for this readathon, and I expect to finish them soon.

If you participated in this readathon or if you have any tips for me and any future readathons let me know!

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

From April 29th to April 30th I will be a reading machine because I will be joining a readathon! This is my first time joining this readathon but not my first time joining one. For whatever reason I keep joining them and failing them, but I want to change that this time around. After all, it’s just one day of reading, that looks doable.

You can check for more information here, and to find out when your readathon starts click here.

For my TBR I will be picking two books, and that’s already one too many books for me.

The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill

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The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

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