BookTubeAThon wrap-up

The BookTubeaThon is officially over!

Last week the BookTubeAThon ran from Monday – Sunday and involved many challenges, prizes and twitter sprints. There were so many things to take part in, but the main thing I did was try to complete all of the challenges.

How I went

The plan was to read seven books that all related to a specific challenge. Here’s how I went:

Day 1

I was about sixty or so pages into The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath allready and was determined to finish it. I spent the night reading it and finished it before going to sleep. I really enjoyed it and ended up rating it four stars. This book related to the ‘read a book with green on the cover’ challenge. There is a tiny bit of green from the girl’s top and the title is light green.


Day 2

On day 2 I had a little bit of time to read and ended up reading 100 pages of A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews.

Day 3

By day 3 I had managed to finish reading A Thousand Perfect Notes! I liked reading it but found the story to be oddly dark yet cheesy at the same time. I also disliked the character of August. I rated it three stars.


Day 4

On the fourth day of BookTubeAThon I started reading Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. This was a book I never thought I would read but my supervisor suggested I look into it for my thesis and I thought it was a good idea. I actually hated the television series, which is what inspired my thesis idea. I read 134 pages, which was about half of the book.

Day 5

On this day I finished reading Thirteen Reasons Why. I feel really conflicted about the book because one the one hand, it was kind of entertaining to read, but on the other hand, it has so many problems. The main thing I don’t like about it is that Hannah is very spiteful to those who are the ‘reasons’ she committed suicide, which negatively depicts those who suffer from depression. I ended up rating it two stars.


Day 6

On day six I started and finished reading the novella called Foster by Clare Keegan. I read it while wearing a hat, which was one of the challenges. I rated it four stars. It had kind of a slow, repetitious story in the beginning, but I really enjoyed the ending and how it emotionally impacted me.


Day 7

Day 7 was the last day of the readathon! At the beginning of the day I picked up What We Left Behind by Robin Talley. Unfortunately I couldn’t get more than fifteen pages into this book. The writing was very all talk and no action. It was basically like the protagonists were talking about their life rather than living it, as in the first scene they were at prom, and a scene like that has the ability to have plenty of showing (i.e. dialogue) rather than telling. So, sorry What We Left Behind, but I am giving up on you. I didn’t pick any other books up this day because I was pretty over reading (I read like triple what I do in a typical week).



By the end of the readathon I read four books and DNF’ed one. My favourite book was The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and I also really enjoyed Foster by Clare Keegan.


Challenges I completed

3. Read and watch a book to movie adaptation – 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (technically I had already watched the tv series)

4. Read a book with green on the cover – The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

5. Read a book while wearing the same hat the whole time – Foster by Clare Keegan (I wore a beanie)

6. Read a book with a beautiful spine – What We Left Behind by Robin Talley (it has a nice colourful spine)

Challenges I didn’t complete

1. Let a coin toss decide your first read – This one was really easy but I forgot it said let it decide your first read, rather than any read. And I didn’t really want to read what book won the coin toss, which was Monkey Grip, so I gave up.

2. Read a book about something you want to do – The book I originally chose for this challenge was My Lady Jane. I tried getting it from Dymocks but they didn’t have it, but I should be getting it this week.

7. Read seven books – Such a difficult challenge! I know it’s achievable but reading one book per day is extremely difficult for me. Even if I have nothing to do in a day, it is still a challenge because I don’t want to read for like a third of the day.

And that’s how I went in the BookTubeAThon! How did you go?


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