So the #Booktubeathon is almost upon us! I won’t be participating because I don’t own a booktube channel…nor the time if I’m honest! I am so looking forward to watching everyone else’s videos, though. So, in the spirit of the #booktubeathon, I decided to create a hypothetical TBR! Hopefully this will also give you a few tips when it comes to choosing a TBR for readathons, too!…
There are Seven reading challenges and you can either combine them or pick one for each. I decided to just pick one for each:
1/ Read a book with a person on the cover: So the key to a readathon is to read as many books as possible, right? So why not throw a short little Middle Grade into your TBR? It’s quick and it will make you feel like you’ve really accomplished something. I’m half way through Enid Blyton’s St Clare’s series so I would pick up book 5 of that Third Form of St Clare’s (which is actually by Pamela Cox) for this challenge.
2/ Read a hyped book: For this one I would combine The Book Club reading challenge for this month and read Caraval by Stephenie Garber. We put out polls and our followers voted, and I was given Caraval! It’s massively hyped and my read of it is so ridiculously overdue, that it only seems right really. (Shoutout to Kelly for the signed copy).
3/ Finish a book in one day: For this challenge it makes sense to choose something you can get through quickly. With this in mind, I would probably choose a graphic novel. My brother got me Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks for my birthday, so I would probably read that. I really enjoy graphic novels as well, so this challenge is a great excuse to indulge yourself in a new graphic novel!
4/ Read about a character that is very different from you: I really like this challenge because it gives you the opportunity to pick up something diverse! As I have a ridiculously long Netgalley tbr, I would pick something to read off there. I would pick up Like Other Girls by Clare Hennessy, which features Lauren. Lauren is, as far as I can tell from the synopsis, likes girls and she also goes to a “posh” girls school. I also believe this book is set in Ireland and the book deals with teenage pregnancy. These are all aspects of Lauren’s character which I have absolutely no experience of! I really like Claire, she’s a buddy of mine, so it’s kind of a crime I haven’t read this yet! (Sorry Claire).
5/ Finish a book completely outdoors: Anthologies are also a really good idea for readathons because you can just read little snippets here and there. As it is summer time, I would pick up Summer Days and Summer Nights, which was edited by Stephanie Perkins. I would use my breaks at work to read a story and also the park near where I live to get through all 12 stories. I am SO excited to read this, I really do love short story collections.
6/ Read a book you bought because of the cover: I already own this in an ARC copy, which I got from a charity shop, but its finished cover is also totally gorgeous! I have heard only good things about The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr. It’s quite short and it packs an emotional punch so I’m sure this would be a great choice.
7/ Read seven books: Just to mix my TBR up a bit, I would pick a totally different book for this challenge. I decided to go with poetry and would pick up Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. Again, I have heard nothing but good things and it’ll be nice to have a book I can really digest and take my time on rather than feeling like I have to rush through a novel.
I think this is an ambitious but doable TBR and hopefully it helped to give you some inspiration!
Are you doing #Booktubeathon? What’s on your TBR? Have you read any of the books on my metaphorical TBR? Let me know!
Thank you lovelies and happy reading! ox