I have a confession to make: I LOVE YouTube. No, really … LOVE IT. To the point where I find myself spending hours upon hours (of what could be precious reading time) watching (mostly) bookish videos (I do enjoy the occasional makeup to tutorial every now and again). And by bookish I mean videos pertaining to books, book reviews, book hauls, etc..
It was through one of the many videos I watched that I learned about a recent event: Booktube-A-Thon.
Booktube-A-Thon was a one week-long event where book tubers were faced with a number and a variety of reading challenges. That’s a very brief explanation (for more, please check out this video by ArielBissett on YouTube – p.s. I heard about Booktube-A-Thon from a vlogger that I subscribe to on YouTube Little Book Owl).
Sounds fun, right?!? I though so! So much so that I found myself wanting to participate. But since I’m not a vlogger (blogging is more my style) I wasn’t one hundred percent sure I could participate. So I sat back, and watched the many videos that were popping up in my Youtube feed.
While I watched the gears in my head were set a-grinding! Inspired by the challenges and the BookTube-A-Thon in general I decided that I would host my own read-a-thon (hosted by me, for me since I’m the only one participating).
During the month of August I will challenge myself to do the following:
- Read a book written by David Levithan: I am a BIG David Levithan fan. I’ve met him several times, have seen him at an uncountable number of events, and own several books that have been signed by him. Yet! I haven’t read any of his books (that is with the exception of Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist which Levithan co-authored with Rachel Cohn – but those don’t really count). I’m ashamed to call myself a David Levithan fan.
- Read a book set in London, England: Readers, you may not know this being that I don’t share a whole lot of personal, nonbook related information here on The BookBandit Blog, but I am gearing up for my first overseas adventure. Where am I going? You guessed it: LONDON! I’m super excited, and what better way to get even more excited (if that is humanly possible) than to read a book set in London?
- Read a Classic Children’s Book: I want to read more classics, really I do. But I just can’t seem to wrap my head around them. They are all too long, and too stuffy if you know what I mean. I figure a good way to ease into classics are to start with the ones written specifically for children.
- Read Book One (1) of a series I’ve been curious about: I’m terrible when it comes to trilogies and/or series. I can’t seem to commit to them. So in hopes of remedying this situation I decided to read the first book in a series that I’ve been curious about.
- Read a book written by an author I’ve wanted to read, but haven’t gotten around to: We all know those authors – the one’s where you’ve heard a lot (of good things) about, but haven’t found the time to get around to picking up his/her books. Well, this is the perfect time for me to discover (possibly) my new favorite author.
- Read a new book by a debut author: there are so many debut author out there that deserve some attention.
During the month of August I am challenging myself to read between four and five titles, all of which will be around three hundred (300) pages give or take (I do have a life you know?!) I will challenge myself to read at least one hundred (100) pages a day. And I challenge myself to blog about this daily. And of course, in due time, I will also review the books I read during August.
So, what books am I planning on tackling during the month?
For the David Levithan challenge I will be reading Every You, Every Me.
For the book set in London challenge I will be reading Falling in Love With English Boys by Melissa Jensen
For the Children’s Classic I will be reading The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I will be combining the book one of a series and the author I haven’t read challenge to read Lust (from the Seven Deadly Sins series) by Robin Wasserman.
And lastly, my debut author … well, that’s a surprise (since I’m working on a top-secret project).
Readers, I set up this read-a-thon challenge for myself, and myself alone. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t welcome anyone who’s interested in joining me. If you do decide to read along with me, please comment! I love to hear from you readers!
Wish me luck!
P.S. If I am successful, I may decide to do more of these monthly challenges/read-a-thons here on the blog. Thoughts?!?