Booktube-a-thon 2017 is upon us! This annual event goes from next Monday, July 24th through Sunday July 30th I'm probably going to make a vlog for it. Booktubeahton is hosted by Ariel Bissett. Her announcement video is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emuKvGJHNxU
The video version of this post is available here:
The 2017 Reading Challenges:
1. Read a book with a person on the cover.
The Collected Poems of James Joyce
James Joyce is an Irish author, he was a modernist, avante garde writer. I really liked his story story collection, Dubliners. His tone is usually heavy, and there's a sadness to it. So expect his poems will follow that trend. Maybe I'll check the weather and read this on a rainy day :)
2. Read a hyped book
For this one, I'm reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This is young adult fiction, and it's about a 16 year old girl named Starr who is in the car with her childhood friend, and they're kind of arguing about the fact that he's started selling drugs when he gets pulled over by the police, and he ends up getting shot. And Starr, has to live with the legal aftermath of this, the media hype, the pain and anger it's brought to her community. This has gotten really excellent reviews, so I'm hyped.
3. Finish a book in one day.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This is a famous childrens book that was translated from French. This is a re-re-re-re-re-read for me. I adore this book, it's about a little prince who lives on a tiny planet where he tends to a flower and a tree, and he goes on a trip to other planets where he meets many fascinating characters, and he eventually winds up on earth where he learns an important lesson about friendship.
4. Read about a character that is very different from you.
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. This is a piece of literary fiction. It's about a large, blended family from 1960's America. The mom and the dad both have 3 or 4 kids each from previous marriages. The book skips around in time, to when the kids in this large family have grown up. I think the book spans five decades. I picked this book, because my parents are still married and I don't have any siblings, so it's kind of the opposite of my life.
5. Finish a book completely outdoors
Jorie and the Magic Stones by A.H. Richardson. This is a children's fantasy book about a girl and a boy on a mission to find three magic stones so they can save the world It sounds like this is an old fashioned children's fantasy, where the good guys a good, the bad guys are bad, and there are plenty of magical creatures to meet along the way.
6. Read a book you bought because of the cover.
Dracula by Bram Stoker, the OG vampire.. Look how gorgeous and gothic this cover is. So Dracula is a gothic horror novel that takes place in the 1890's. It's written as a series of letters, and it starts off with an English real estate lawyer who's gone to Transylvania to help with a sale for Count Dracula. He ends up as a prisoner in Count Dracula's castle.
7. Read seven books.
I have 6 book listed so far, so for the 7th, I'm going to do a re-read of Nimona, because I think it's hilarious. It's a graphic novel about a girl who has ambitions to become the sidekick to a supervillain. and it's a graphic novel and I need to be realistic about the volume of books I can actually read in 7 days.