BOOKTUBE-A-THON & SUMMER BIANNUAL BIBLIOTHON 2017 // Wrap Up

The Booktube A Thon and the Summer Biannual Bibliothon are now over. I had such a great time participating this round, and I got a lot of reading done. In total I finished almost 5 books, and I read a total of 1368 pages. That is a huge number for me, I think this might be my most successful readathon to this date.WHAT I READ

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

  • FINISHED – 295 pages – 3 stars

Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor

  • FINISHED – 96 pages – 5 stars

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renee Ahdieh

  • FINISHED – 393 pages – 3.5 stars

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

  • FINISHED – 169 pages

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide #1) by Mackenzi Lee

  • DIDN’T FINISH – 80% read

CHALLENGES I FINISHED

BOOKTUBE-A-THON

1/ Read a book with a person on the cover.

I picked The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue for this challenge, but I didn’t manage to finish it. I did finish the challenge though, because Binti has a face on the cover.

2/ Read a hyped book.

I changed this from The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan to Every Heart A Doorway.

3/ Finish a book in one day.

I finished Binti in one day.

4/ Read about a character that is very different from you.

My pick for this challenge was The Color Purple, and I read that book.

6/ Read a book you bought because of the cover.

I bought Flame In The Mist in hardcover just because the cover is so gorgeous. I finished that book.

I didn’t manage to finish challenge 5, to read a book outside, since I don’t have an outside space at my BF’s apartment. And I also didn’t finish challenge 7, to read seven books. 

SUMMER BIANNUAL BIBLIOTHON

1/ Group Book Challenge

I read the group book, The Flame in the Mist.

2/ Read from the host’s favorite genre

Kassie – Magical Realism

Caz – Historical Fiction

Brittni – High/Epic Fantasy

Emma – Diverse Books

Kelly – Dystopian/SciFi

Red – Paranormal

Momo – Urban fantasy

All of the books I read fits in with one or more of these genres.

3/ Read a book that has been or still is banned

My pick for this challenge was The Color Purple, and I read that book.

4/ Throwback challenge

My throwback challenge was to read a book over 300 pages. The Flame in the Mist is 393 pages. I also read more than 300 pages in The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.

5/ Book to movie adaptation – read & watch (@booksbydano)

My plan was to read and watch The Color Purple. I read the book, but haven’t watched the movie yet. I’m planning to do it in the future. I’m not a movie person, so I procrastinated this challenge. Technically didn’t finish this challenge.

6/ Read a book you’ve seen somewhere other than booktube (@pucksandpaperbacks)

My pick for this challenge was Binti, because I came over the author on Twitter before I knew about her books.

7/ LGBTQIA+ (@daily_booknerd)

My pick for this was The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, since it contains a bi character and a m/m romance. I didn’t finish the book, but I did finish this challenge, since some of the other books I read counts. I didn’t know going into these books that they were LGBTQIA+ books. The main character in The Color Purple is lesbian and she is in a f/f relationship in the story. The main character in Every Heart A Doorway is asexual. READING LOG

Update 1: Flame In The Mist page 76, The Color Purple 1h13m. Total Pages: 152. Books Finished: 0

Update 2: Flame In The Mist page 162, The Color Purple 3h15m. Total Pages: 162+3h15m. Books Finished: 0

Update 3: Flame In The Mist page 242, The Gentleman’s Guide+ 0h10m. Total Pages:537+0h10m. Books Finished:1

Update 4: Flame In The Mist page 242, The Gentleman’s Guide+ 1h10m. Total Pages:633+1h10m. Books Finished:2

Update 5: Flame In The Mist page 282, The Gentleman’s Guide+ 1h57m. Total Pages:675+1h57m. Books Finished:2

Update 6: Flame In The Mist page 364, The Gentleman’s Guide+ 3h21m. Total Pages:757+3h21m. Books Finished:2

Update 7: The Gentleman’s Guide+ 4h09m, Evert Heart A Doorway 52. Total Pages:837+4h09m. Books Finished 3

Update 8: The Gentleman’s Guide+ 5h42m, Evert Heart A Doorway FINISHED. Total Pages: 958+5h42m. Books Finished 4, almost 5


-Did you participate in one or both of these readathons?

❤ -Rakel

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BOOKTUBE-A-THON & SUMMER BIANNUAL BIBLIOTHON 2017 // To Be Read

Two of my favorite readathons are happening next week, and as always I had to join. The Booktube A Thon is running from July 24-July 30, and the Biannual Bibliothon is running from July 23-July 29. If you want to know more about these readathons, click here to get to their YouTube channels: Booktube A Thon HERE & Biannual Bibliothon HERE


BOOKTUBE-A-THON

The 2017 Reading Challenges:

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.

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1/ Read a book with a person on the cover.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Several of the books on my TBR fits this challenge, but I choose this book. This will be an audiobook.

2/ Read a hyped book.

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan

I read book 3 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series last week when I was in Croatia. I want to continue reading this series, and I think it fits perfectly to read in a readathon. This series is a perfect fit for this challenge since it is extremely hyped on booktube and outside of booktube. It’s a series everybody have read and loved. I actually think it might be a bit over hyped, but it is fun to read.

3/ Finish a book in one day.

Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor

I have been wanting to read this book for a while. Since it is pretty short I thought it would be doable for me to read in one day. Can’t wait to read it.

4/ Read about a character that is very different from you.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

“Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of women of color in the southern United States in the 1930s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture.” -Goodreads synopsis

This will an audiobook read.

5/ Finish a book completely outdoors.

This challenge is up to the weather to decide if I finish or not. I hope the weather will be sunny and beautiful so I can read on the porch and tan.

6/ Read a book you bought because of the cover.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Adieh.

Look at the cover of this book, it’s beautiful!!! I bought it in hardback, just because the cover is so gorgeous.

7/ Read seven books.

This is not going to happen. I have 5 books on my list, and that is probably too many.

 


SUMMER BIANNUAL BIBLIOTHON

Reading Challenges:

1/ Group Book Challenge

Flame in the Mist by Renee Adieh

2/ Read from the host’s favorite genre

Kassie – Magical Realism

Caz – Historical Fiction

Brittni – High/Epic Fantasy

Emma – Diverse Books

Kelly – Dystopian/SciFi

Red – Paranormal

Momo – Urban fantasy

3/ Read a book that has been or still is banned

4/ Throwback challenge

5/ Book to movie adaptation – read & watch (@booksbydano)

6/ Read a book you’ve seen somewhere other than booktube (@pucksandpaperbacks)

7/ LGBTQIA+ (@daily_booknerd)

MY TBR

1/ Group Book Challenge

Flame in the Mist by Renee Adieh

I’m going to read the group book this time.

2/ Read from the host’s favorite genre

Kassie – Magical Realism

Caz – Historical Fiction

Brittni – High/Epic Fantasy

Emma – Diverse Books

Kelly – Dystopian/SciFi

Red – Paranormal

Momo – Urban fantasy

Most of the books on my list fits one of these criteria.

3/ Read a book that has been or still is banned

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

I had to look through all a lot of lists to find this book. It was hard because I had several criteria. It had to be an audiobook that was available on Storytel (Norwegian/Swedish app that is like Netflix for audiobooks), and it had to fit this challenge and the “Read about a character that is very different from you” challenge. I finally landed on this book.

4/ Throwback challenge

I chose this throwback challenge: A book over 300 pages. 3 of the books I’m planning to read are over 300 pages.

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan

Flame in the Mist by Renee Adieh

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

5/ Book to movie adaptation – read & watch (@booksbydano)

I never watch movies, but I’ll try to watch The Color Purple if I can find it.

6/ Read a book you’ve seen somewhere other than booktube (@pucksandpaperbacks)

Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor

I found the author on Twitter before I heard about any of her books. I immediately fell in love with the covers of her Akata Witch series and had to look her up on Goodreads.

7/ LGBTQIA+ (@daily_booknerd)

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

I found this book on the Storytel app and thought it would be fun to listen to.


Here are all the books I’m planning to read next week:

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan

Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Flame in the Mist by Renee Adieh.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee


-Are you participating in these readathons? Let me know. I would love to read your TBR.

❤ -Rakel

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Biannual Bibliothon Winter 2017 Wrap Up |Readathon|

I have had a really great week, it was so much fun participating in this readathon. I manage to finish 3 books, and more. I read 842 pages and I’m really happy with that. 

This is what I read:

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

– Finished 50 pages – 5 stars 5stjerner

Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

– Finished 326 pages – 3 stars 3stjerner

Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

– Finished 9 hours/391 pages – 4.5 stars 4-5stjerner

The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard #3) by Scott Lynch

– Not Finished 1h06m

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

– Not Finished 47 pages

THIS IS THE CHALLENGES I FINISHED:

1.Read The Group Book Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo

3.Read a 2016 New Release

7.Read A Diverse Book

I almost finished challenge 6. Read a Retelling.


Log Of The Week:


Day 1

I’m starting this readathon with reading the group read Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. This is a very interesting book, and I haven’t read anything like it before. I don’t think I have ever read an YA crime novel before. And I have definitely not read one set in the 1880 with a female Main Character that is studying forensic medicine, and is also investigating the Jack The Ripper case. I really like that the MC loves science and is studying forensic medicine, even though she is a girl.

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I also figured out that I needed to have an audiobook for this readathon. So I added Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven to my TBR as the challenge; Book That Came Out In 2016. Why do I always do the same mistake and not include an audiobook?

Stalking Jack The Ripper 106 pages

Holding Up The Universe 1 hour

Day 2

I have been obsessed with HUTU today, I couldn’t stop listening to it. I have been listening to it while I’m playing the Sims4, it is so much fun.

The Lee family, and their luxurious home.

I have also read We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I read it in one sitting. It is a really good essay on feminism. If you want to learn more about feminism and why it is important this is a great introduction, it is easy and fast to read.

I have also read a little bit in SJTR and I’m really enjoying it so far.

Stalking Jack The Ripper 36 pages

Holding Up The Universe 3h07m

We Should All Be Feminists 50 pages – Finished

Day 3

I didn’t manage to read as much as I wanted to read today, because I had an appointment I had to go to. While in the car to the appointment I didn’t want to use my 4G, so I had to listen to another audiobook that I have downloaded and can listen to without internet. So I continued with the audiobook I was listening to before the readathon; The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard #3) by Scott Lynch.

I have also been listening to Holding Up The Universe after the appointment, and I’m really enjoying that book. I really like the characters, especially Libby. I see myself in her and can relate to her a lot. I also find Jack’s face blindness very interesting.

In the evening I was really tired so I didn’t read a lot in SJTR. I really liked this book in the beginning, but now it has gotten a little dragging and not as exciting.

Stalking Jack The Ripper 27 pages

Holding Up The Universe 45m

The Republic of Thieves 39m

Day 4

I have read a good chunk of SJTR today, and I’m almost finished. I don’t find the book as exciting now as it was in the beginning. I keep on zoning out when I’m reading. I’m thinking of continue with Heartless by Marissa Meyer tomorrow, I’m looking forward to read another book. (I stared Heartless before the readathon and have 173 pages left in the book).

HUTU is still really good.

Stalking Jack The Ripper 86 pages

Holding Up The Universe 1h25m

Day 5

I only listened to HUTU earlier on the day, I had an appointment today too, so I have been busy with that. And in the evening I was completely hooked on the Sims4, because Sims4 got TODDLERS added to the game! OMG! I’m so happy and I couldn’t stop playing. The toddlers are so incredible cute!

Toddlers!

I was planning on finishing SJTR today, but toddlers and appointment took over. That is why I also didn’t read anything in Heartless.

Stalking Jack The Ripper 49 pages

Holding Up The Universe 28m

Day 6

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Random photo from our evening. Dirty dishes from our dinner in the background lol, and our pc. It can’t be better than food and gaming, haha. 

I’m at my boyfriend’s apartment this weekend, and because I wanted to spend time with him I didn’t read a lot in Heartless. I did finish SJTR, that ending was intense and thrilling, and got my heart pumping really fast. I liked the book, but didn’t love it. It started really good and but after ca 100 pages it went downhill for me. I’m sad about that, because I really liked the idea of the book.

I’m almost finished with HUTU and I LOVE that book. It’s sad that I’m almost finished with it. I’ll read the author’s other book asap.

Stalking Jack The Ripper 24 pages – Finished

Holding Up The Universe 1h42m

Heartless 16 pages

Day 7

I didn’t manage to read a lot today because I wanted to spend my time with my boyfriend. I finished HUTU and it was sooo good. I loved it! Highly recommend it to everyone who likes YA contemporaries.

Holding Up The Universe 33m – Finished

Heartless 31 pages

The Republic of Thieves 27m

❤ -Rakel

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-What Did You Read This Week? 

Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2017 TBR

I’m going to participate in the Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2017. This readathon runs from January 8 to January 14. You can find more information on the Biannual Bibliothin’s youtube channel: HERE, or their Twitter page HERE.

This will be my first readathon in 2017, and I’m so excited. This will be the first of many this year. I have 5 books on my list, and they all are highly anticipated reads for me. I hope I love them all, this is going to be a really fun readathon.


Challenges


1.Read the group book: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo

I asked for this book for Christmas, so that I would be ready for the readathon and this challenge. This book sounds really interesting and has been on my TBR for a little while.

2.Throwback: Pick any past Bibliothon reading challenge – http://bit.ly/2fgggxU

I choose to go for the Winter Themed Book Or Book Featuring Winter challenge, and the book I choose for this is The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.

3.Read a 2016 new release

I have to go with Heartless by Marissa Meyer.

4.Read a book a BookTuber recommends to you

All of Victoria Schwab’s books are loved on booktube, so I’m going to read This Savage Song by her.

5.Read a book you were really excited for but never picked up

I was really excited for This Savage Song by Victoria Scwab. I pre ordered it I think, but I never picked it up to read.

6.Read a retelling

Heartless by Marissa Meyer is a retelling of of The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland.

7.Read a diverse book

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I have heard a lot of great things about this author, and this essay. It is about feminism as the title says, and the author is African.

❤ -Rakel

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Wrap Up-Summer Biannual Bibliothon 2016

It was so much fun participating in the Biannual Bibliothon . It was my first read a thon and I loved it. It was so much fun following and participate in sprint on twitter, and see what other people was reading. If you want to be friends on twitter, follow me and I’ll follow you back. I’m satisfied with what I read this week. I read 2 full book and a little bit of 2 other books. I read 870 pages total this week. Here is the books I read and challenges I finished:

This is the books I read:

Illuminae by Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff 600 pages

The Moorigan Dragon by Debra Kristi 120 pages

Golden Son by Pierce brown 80 pages

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 70 pages

And this is the challenges I finished :

4 Read a book with your favorite mythical creature

  • The Moorigad Dragon

5 Read a book you’ve been putting off picking up

  • Illuminae

7 Read a book in a different format than you usually read

  • Illuminae

 

Log of the week:

Day1:

I started the first day with Illuminae. I sat a goal to read it in 3 days. That is 200 pages each day. And the first day I read 170 pages, so I was a little bit behind. But I was proud, because it’s more than I usually read in a day.

Day2:

Still reading Illuminae, and I got really into the book. And was enjoying it. I could not stop reading. It was thundering outside and raining. Perfect for a reading day. I was really proud of how much I read this day. 240 pages. I can’t believe it, probably a new record for me.

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Day3:

I finished Illuminae and it was awesome. It’s now one of my favorite books of all time. And it was perfect to read in a read a thon. I have to write a review on it asap. The book had me swimming in feels.

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I also started a new book on my kindle. The Moorigad Dragon. I only read 17 pages of it that day.

Day4:

I only read to page 65 in The Moorigad Dragon. Not the best reading day, but it was OK.

Day5:

This day finished The Moorigad Dragon. I didn’t like it. Good thing it was a quick read.

Day6:

I started reading Golden Son. I was on page 300 and read to page 360. This book is a slow read for me. But I am really enjoying it. What I mean by slow is that I probably only read 30 pages in one hour.

Day7:

I only read 20 pages in Golden Son. But I read in another book that was not on my TBR for the read a thon. 70 pages in Outlander.

Bye Summer Biannual Bibliothon 2016 I had a great time

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June Wrap Up & July TBR

June Wrap Up:

So I only read two books this month. Both books was slow reads for me. But they are both great books. I also read about 150 pages in Outlander. And over half of Golden Son.

 

– We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver –


This book is about 16 year old Kevin, who murdered 9 people in a massacre at his high school. The book is written in letter format from Kevin’s mom to his father. Two years after the terrible event.

I have not read anything like this before. It was an interesting dark book that made me think a lot. I will have a review up on the blog soon.

Rating : ★★★★☆

 

– Red Rising by Pierce Brown –


Red rising is a great dystopian science fiction trilogy. With a lot of action and political games. I have a review of this book
here.  

Rating : ★★★★☆

 

July TBR:

This is the books I am currently reading and the books I want to read in July.

 

– Summer Biannual Bibliothon 2016 –

I will be participating in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon. You can find my blog post on it here , with links to the challenges and my TBR.

 

– Golden Son by Pierce Brown –

This book is the second book in the Red Rising trilogy. I am currently reading this book, and I am halfway through. I hope to finish this soon. I am really enjoying it.

 

–  Outlander by Diana Gabaldon –

The next book I am currently reading is Outlander. I really like this book so far. It is easy to read, but it is huge, 896 pages long. I love the setting in this book. Outlander is a historical fiction, Romance novel.

It is about a girl in 1945. While she is on a vacation with her  husband in Scotland. She touches a circle of ancient standing stones, and gets teleported back to the same place in 1743. And she gets torn between two men and two centuries.

 

– Morning star by Pierce Brown –

I hope that if I have time at the end of the month I will start this book. It is the third and last book of the Red Rising trilogy.

 

Summer Biannual Bibliothon 2016

I want to participate in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon 2016. It is a read a thon which will last from july 3 to july 9. You can find all the challenges and rules here . 

I have not participated in many read a thons before, and this is my first Biannual Bibliothon. I don’t think I can finish all of the books on my list. But I will try to read at least two books. We will see. I’m really looking forward to participate in the read a thon.

 

  • 1 Read The Group Book – The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

I want to participate in the group read, but I don’t own this book and I don’t really want to read it. So I will skip this challenge. Because I can’t read 5 books in one week.

  • 2 Free Choice/ Wild Card Book

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

This is the book I am currently reading. And I want to finish it.

  •  3 Read a Book Off of the Host’s List of Recommendations

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

I choose More Happy Than Not from the list. I have wanted to read this book for a while. I hope I have time to start this book.

 

  • 4 Read a Book With Your Favorite Mythical Creature

The Moorigad Dragon by Debra Kristi

I had to choose a book I already own. And this was on my kindle. It is free on Amazon. I think this book has something to do with dragons, because of the title. Dragons are cool. All mythical creatures are my favorite, I can’t choose just one.

  • 5 Read a Book You’ve Been Putting Off Picking Up

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

So I have been wanting to read this book for so long. It will be starting the read a thon with this book.

  • 6 Read a Book from an Author You’ve Never Read Before

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

I doubled this challenge and chose More Happy than not. It is Adam Salveras first book. And I think it is the only book that is out from him.

  • 7 Read a Book in a Different Format than You Usually Read

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I doubled this challenge too. I often read both paper books and on my kindle. And I am not new to audiobooks either. So I choose Illumina because how this book is written is different from what I have read before. Every page looks different. And the layout of the book is really cool and  interesting.