The Booktube-A-Thon is a week-long reading marathon hosted by Ariel Bissett every summer since 2013. I've participated every year and it's definitely something I always look forward to! This is the only readathon I manage to complete successfully, or at least, feel satisfied with my reading progress at the end of the week.
This year, however, I am in the middle of writing my masters dissertation (!!!) and, ever since the announcement was made, I just knew I wasn't going to be able to take part in it...
...except that it took me about a couple of minutes looking at the hashtag on Twitter to decide that I will participate. I'll take it a lot more chill than I've done on previous years, because of research purposes.
I'm not planning on finishing any of the challenges (especially since I don't really know what they are!) but I do want to make a dent on my currently reading pile which, at the moment, has five books that I've been trying to read simultaneously. Because that's how I roll.
Without further ado, these are the books on my Booktube-A-Thon 2017 TBR!
1. Elf Queens and Holy Friars: Fairy Beliefs in the Medieval Church by Richard Firth Green
I received this book for review not too long ago. One of the PhD students in my institute is the editor of an academic journal (I'd tell you which one, but I don't really know how secretive they are since my review will be published on there) and, from time to time, she asks if people are interested in reviewing books for them. I looked at the latest list she posted and the title of this book REALLY caught my attention!
I'm a self-proclaimed sucker for fantasy, even considering it my all-time favourite genre, as it is certainly the genre that got me into reading and that makes me feel alive, however dramatic that sounds. Also, most of my all-time favourite books belong to this genre. For me, it is super interesting to see how scholars deal with these topics and to know how something I consider pleasure reading is something that people dedicate their work to.
I'm currently 50 pages in and planning on finishing chapter 2 later today so, if I do manage to accomplish that, this book will add 130 pages towards my total page count.
2. A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
Those of you who know me from YouTube will know that I always make the mistake of choosing a LONG book for readathons. You know, the kind that shouldn't be a readathon book because it takes you at least a couple of weeks to get through if you're persistent...but I do it anyway. Last years' Booktube-A-Thon long read was The Return of the King by (my love) J.R.R. Tolkien and, surprisingly enough, I did read it from beginning to end!
I'm already halfway through A Feast for Crows, which, if you didn't already know is the fourth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series (all the GoT hype this month!). In my experience with the other three, once I get past the halfway point, I tend to read them much faster, so hopefully that'll be the case this time as well!
I'm going by percentage on my Kindle so the rest of the book is roughly 392 pages.
Total page count: 522 pages. Not bad.
3. Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
Another pick from my Kindle! I got this as part of a Kindle shopping spree that my flatmate prompted ("come on! It's only 99p!") and after I saw Ariel Bissett's "Why I Bought a Typewriter" video. As someone who has wanted to become a writer since reading the first Harry Potter book all those years ago but that somehow has been incredibly disconnected with writing since NaNoWriMo 2013, I found that video so inspiring that I started looking up typewriters on eBay.
Now, I actually have to move back home (across the Atlantic!) after I'm done with my degree, so no typewriter for me just yet! However, Ariel does mention this book, and that was enough for me to get it and start reading it right away.
I'm exactly 50% through the book so I have about 75 pages to go through.
Total page count: 597 pages. This still looks doable!
4. ??? by ??
I'm kidding. I do know what this book is and who wrote it.
I went to London almost a month ago (how time flies...) on a research trip to the British Library to look at the facsimile of the manuscript I'm working with for my dissertation. (As a side note, the Reading Rooms are FANTASTIC and the Reader's Pass is free, so go get yourself one if you're in Yorkshire or London!)
On the last day of my trip, I decided to wander around Foyle's in Charing Cross Road. If you don't know what I mean, Foyle's is a chain of bookshops and the one on Charing Cross is massive. As in four.stories.big. No kidding. I wasn't originally planning on getting anything but then I saw this copy of...
1984 by George Orwell
Isn't this the most brilliant design for this book? I had to have it. Especially because I used to have a copy that I never read because it was so ugly I felt embarrassed taking it out of my bookshelves.
Ridiculous, but true story.
I started reading this whilst waiting for my train (and on the train) so I have 212 pages left.
Total page count: 809 pages for Booktube-A-Thon 2017.
If I want to finish them all, I'd have to commit to reading 116 pages a day. Could do, but not really getting my hopes of because -like I said- I do have to work on my dissertation. Even if I just finish the first two, I'll be more than happy with myself!
I really didn't want to miss the chance and wait until next year, so the effort will have to be made!
If you want to learn more about the Booktube-A-Thon, you can find more info on their Youtube channel.
If you want to share your TBRs and/or words of encouragement, please leave a comment!
Thank you so much for reading and best of luck!