Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A #BookTubeAThon Update!!!

Hello all!!!
I am happy to announce I'm taking part in my FIRST EVER READ-A-THON!!!
I've done not too shabby for a first timer thus far and wanted to pop in for a quick update.
If you're not aware. The book community on YouTube is doing a massive read-a-thon sponsored by The Book Depository and Ariel Bisset as well as various other awesome Booktubers. Being that this one was going to be so incredibly epic, I decided I definitely had to join in, especially since I've been wanting to do a read-a-thon now for a while. This blog post will simply be an update on my status since I don't make YouTube videos yet. However, I have really been wanting to incorporate video content on the blog so might make one soon. I'm really looking forward to it!!!
Without further ado, here is my first official Book-Tube-A-Thon update!!!

The Forgotten Garden, Kate Morton
Finished this on day one. I will be doing a full review of it but I will say now that it was pretty much everything I wanted it to be and more! A story to get lost in with enchanting fairy tales, a haunting mystery in a Gothic ocean-cliff-side, English manor, in-depth characters, and more. The ending was a bit cheesy for me though, so it got a 4.5 stars on Goodreads. But I loved it and will definitely be checking out Morton's other books soon!

Finnikin of the Rock, Froi of the Exiles, Quintana of Charyn, by Melina Marchetta.
It's currently day three and I'm half-way through Finnikin. I am now loving it but wasn't swept away by the beginning. Thus did I not even get half-way through yesterday, so I'm a little behind now. However I have definitely reached the "loving-it" point and plan to zoom through the next two as soon as possible. I hear they get better as you go along. These will fulfill the challenges of reading an entire series as well as read a book with red on the cover, as Finnikin has a ruby in the sword and...ya know...rubies are red. So yay!

Children's version of The Arabian Nights, illustrated by Earle Goodenow
I plan to read this one front to back only if I finish the Lumatere Chronicles with a whole day of reading time left. This is because it will fulfill the challenge to read a book with pictures and also because I've always wanted to read these tails but never had the incentive to read my collection front to back until now. However...

Mermaid in Chelsea Creek, by Michelle Tea, Illustrated by Jason Polan
If I only have a few hours left in the read-a-thon, I will pick up this one instead. This is a novel I've had my eye on and one I will want to read regardless of a read-a-thon pushing me to do so. It's about a run-down town called Chelsea in Massachusetts. There's much darkness in the town "from the girls who play the pass-out the aimless teenage boys to the old women from far away who left everything behind." (Taken from book description.) However there's a girl named Sophie who might be their salvation and it might have something to do with the filthy, swearing mermaid who visits her dreams. It's an ambiguous description, I know, but the one on the book isn't much better. I'm just really excited to read and find out! It also has some pictures in it so it will fulfill the challenge if I end up picking it up.

So that's it. My update as of now. I'm hoping to make my wrap-up post a video wrap-up, but we shall see. I'm not very tech-savvy so it won't be anything fancy. Should be fun though! Are yo participating in the Book-Tube-A-Thon? Have you ever done a read-a-thon? And what do you think of them? Let me know and if you're participating and GOOD LUCK!!!

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