2014 Goodreads and BookTube-a-thon Challenge!

Hello everyone! In yesterday’s post I mentioned the 2014 BookTube-a-thon challenge. The challenge was a fun way to tackle your TBR pile with some challenges and to read as much as possible in one week!  Since I was unable to participate in this year’s BookTube-a-thon, I have decided to combine it with the challenges from last year to make myself one giant reading challenge for August. I recently increased my 2014 Goodreads challenge from 150 books to 200 books, so I could use the help!  Some of the books are ones that I read in school but I still consider them part of my TBR list because I don’t remember much about them plus I would like to revisit them for fun. My TBR is getting obscenely long so it is time to make a plan and take it down! 🙂

2013 BookTube-a-thon Challenges:

1) Read a classic – The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

2)Re-read a book – Looking for Alaska by John Green
DFTBA ❤

3)Read something that had been on your shelf for forever – Bizarre History by Joe Rhatigan

4)Finish a series – I have read the original Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner but I still need to read The Kill Order which is the prequel to the series.

5)Read something over 500 pages – On top of this challenge, I am also rereading the Harry Potter series. I love rereading it every couple of years and going back to that time of dressing up for book releases, having day-long parties before the movie releases and all of that fun stuff! So my book that I will re-read will be Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I aim to have Prisoner of Azkaban finished before August starts which shouldn’t be an issue. I know this should be for the re-read a book challenge but I don’t really have any books over 500 pages that I want to dive into right now.

6)Read 300 pages a day – This is the one challenge that I know I won’t be able to complete 😦 With the Erie County Fair in August and working some pretty dismal hours, I shall try my best but on the 11 and 12 hour days, I’ll be lucky if I stay awake long enough to read 100 pages!

7)Read an audio book – The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket and narrated by Tim Curry. I have been meaning to finish this series for ages! I have read up to the 6th book, The Ersatz Elevator, but it has been so long that I really need to start from the beginning and go through them all again.

2014 BookTube-a-thon Challenges:

1) Start and finish a series – Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

2) Read a book with pictures in it – The Cartoon Introduction to Macroeconomics by Yoram Bauman and Grady Klein (I recently have been needing something economics-related in my life so I found these cartoon introduction books. I read the into to Microeconomics and really enjoyed it!)

3) Read a book from the genre you have read the least this year – Historical Fiction – Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal

4) Read a book someone else picks out for you – My friend Kara has been trying for ages to get me to read some Agatha Christie so I shall be reading Murder on the Orient Express.

5) A book with red on the cover – Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

6) Read a book-to-movie adaptation – Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

7) Read 7 books in 7 days – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs; The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey; The Expats by Chris Pavone; The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson; Mrs Queen Takes the Train by WIlliam Kuhn; Harry, a History by Melissa Anelli; and the Puzzler’s Dilemma by Derrick Niederman

August Reading Challenge

TOTAL NUMBER OF BOOKS – 20
TOTAL NUMBER OF PAGES – 6,011

LET’S DO THIS!!

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Internet Round Up #6 – Favorite BookTubers

Hello everyone! It has been a crazy couple of weeks so apologies for the lack of posts. I am turning off my phone today and going on a blog post marathon so you will have something to read over the next week or so 😀

We are continuing with the Internet Round Up and unveiling more of my favorite people on YouTube. Today I want to talk about some of my favorite BookTubers and one Book Club channel. All of these creators are bubbly, fun to watch, and of course give great book reviews and recommendations. They have all caused me to either add a bunch of books to my wish list or actually go out and purchase a book that I MUST READ RIGHT NOW!!! In no particular order 1. Read by Zoe (YouTube Channel) Zoe is pretty new to the BookTube community but I feel like she is going to continue rising quickly. She already has over 7,000 subscribers but I can see her rising to become one of the top BookTubers. She is hilarious and I really enjoyed all of her 2014 BookTube-a-thon updates(I will talk about the 2014 BookTube-a-thon in tomorrow’s post)! The first video she posted – The Dangers of Reading – made me laugh so hard and I added it to this week’s Internet Round Up even though it was posted over a month ago. It’s just that good! 2. Malaray of Sunshine (YouTube Channel) Mallory is also pretty new to the BookTube community but I love her bright and sparkling personality and honest reviews of all of the books she reads. If she is frustrated or not happy with a book, she will tell you. If she is over the moon, loving a book, she will let you know. I love it! 3. Books and Quills (YouTube Channel) Sanne is a Dutch bibliophile currently working in London. She enjoys “reading classics, dystopian/apocalyptic novels, sci-fi and a variety of graphic novels, YA and contemporary literary fiction.”  I love Sanne’s in-depth book reviews, her accent, and she posts a lot of creative book tags! 4. Lindsay Hearts Books (YouTube Channel) You will see lots of links back to Lindsay’s videos in the future because she does some very interesting tag videos that will be easy to translate to a blog post! She is very calming and wonderful to watch. 5. Answerly (YouTube Channel) This is the book club channel. On Mondays, Hayley covers a book that has been written by a women. So far she has covered: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider How to Disappear Completely by Kelsey Osgood Hayley is currently covering Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman. On Wednesdays, Joe covers humor books. So far he has covered: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley. Joe is currently reading Self-Inflicted Wounds by Aisha Tyler. On Fridays, Kristina covered Young Adult books. So far she has covered: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black Beauty Queens by Libba Bray Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Kristina is currently covering Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.  Kristina also has her own channel and recently participated in the 2014 BookTube-a-thon and is planning on posting more book-related videos. I would definitely recommending following her as well! I’ll link her channel here. INTERNET ROUND UP #6

Number of videos – 13 Total length – 1 hour 8 minutes