Booktubeathon 2018 | Wrap up

I went on holiday with my pals the day after Booktubeathon finished so I’ve only just got around to writing up my diary of the week! Let’s hope people are still interested!

So Booktubeathon 2018 has come and gone, and what a time it was! It brings the book community together for 7 days of fun, photo challenges, twitter sprints and, of course, reading! I picked my TBR this year according to the challenges. Read on to see how I did!

  1. Let a coin toss decide your first read – But then I Came back by Estelle Laure
  2. Read a book about something you want to do – Floored by too many authors to list
  3. Read and watch a book to movie adaptation – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  4. Read a book with green on the cover – Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  5. Read a book while wearing the same hat the whole time – Grief is the thing with feathers by Max Porter
  6. Read a book with a beautiful spine – Here by Richard McGuire
  7. Read seven books – Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman

Day 1 (Sunday evening/ Monday)
I stayed up late reading on Sunday evening. The first book I chose was Uglies by Scott Westerfeld because I was just so excited to read it. This kind of meant that I’d already failed the coin toss challenge but OH WELL.

I woke up early on Monday morning and read whilst eating breakfast. Because I get the train to work, it’s a great excuse to get some morning reading in and I read the whole way there.

I’d planned a date night for my boyfriend’s birthday in the evening – AKA Lots of cocktails were drunk but not many books were read. I did manage to sneak a few pages in whilst waiting for him to get off the train though.

Pages read today: 208
Books read: 0
Challenges completed: 0

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Day 2 (Tuesday)
Today was my boyfriend’s actual birthday and so I didn’t end up reading much as we went to a country park with his family. I snuck in a few pages, but mostly was just having a good day and so didn’t think much about reading.  Lots of excellent animals, not a whole lot of books.

Pages read today: 48
Books read: 0
Challenges completed: 0

Day 3 (Wednesday)
I had the day off work again today, and so pledged that today was the day to catch up on reading. I continued reading Uglies in the morning with a cup of tea on the sofa. In the afternoon, I finally finished Uglies *party poppers*. I loved it, and I can’t wait to start the next in the series!

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In the afternoon, I took a few pictures for the Instagram challenges and then continued reading. My 2nd book was Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter which I finished in one sitting! The book was a beautiful mix of poetry, prose and stories, and I couldn’t get enough. About halfway through, I forgot I was meant to be wearing a hat whilst reading this book but alas #fail.

Fave quote:

“Moving on, as a concept, is for stupid people, because any sensible person knows grief is a long-term project. I refuse to rush”

I also started Floored before bed and can already tell I’m going to love it.

Pages read today: 353
Books read: 2
Challenges completed: 1

Day 4 (Thursday)
I read on the train to work again this morning. Honestly, the only good thing about commuting on a busy train is to shut myself away in a book. It makes the journey go so quickly. I also snuck in a few pages on the walk to work because, yes, I am the kind of person that walks and reads. It’s a skill I’ve developed over many years.

My train home was delayed like 6 times and it took me a lot longer to get home which sucked but also meant I got to read lots more of Floored. I’m really loving the style of this book, how all the characters meet by chance, and how their relationships develop.

Pages read today: 164
Books read: 2
Challenges completed: 1

Day 5 (Friday)
I finished Floored today! What a fantastic book. I loved the characters and the plot, and I loved how we got to see from so many different perspectives. It’s written by some of the best YA authors – so I would definitely recommend picking it up if you haven’t already!

Pages read today: 156
Books read: 3
Challenges completed: 2

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Day 6 (Saturday)
I was a bit busy today – I got my haircut and then went over to my friend’s house to help her paint her bookshelves (naturally). When I got home, I didn’t feel much like reading. I ended up having a bit of a bad mental health evening, and so I didn’t force myself to read anything. It’s definitely important to remember to put yourself and your health first, and I spent the evening cuddled up on the sofa instead.

Pages read today: 0
Books read: 3
Challenges completed: 2

Day 7 (the final day: Sunday!)
I had a very chill morning and afternoon with my boyfriend! I decided to finish the day by reading a slightly easier book – the graphic novel Here by Richard McGuire. I ended up using this book to complete the hat challenge, as it’s the kind of book you can both dip in and out of, and also read in one sitting. The book focuses on one corner of a room over time and it’s truly an experience to read. I think the concept is fantastic, and it’s also such a beautifully designed book  the illustrations are stunning.

Pages read today: 304
Books read: 4
Challenges completed: 3

And that’s a wrap!

Total pages read: 1,233
Total books read: 4
Total challenges completed: 3

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I had such a blast. Honestly Booktubeathon is one of my favourite times of the year, and I can’t wait to do it all again next year!

8 thoughts on “Booktubeathon 2018 | Wrap up

    1. Jaz Damen

      I understand that, it can be a lot of pressure. Whilst the challenges are fun, I ultimately try and use them to give myself more time to read 🙂 hope you get round to one!

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    1. Jaz Damen

      Ooooh that’s a good tip, thank you! I’m so intrigued to read the next one but I’m worried it will do what a lot of dystopians do, in that the second book falls a bit short – I’ll have to see!!

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