Being a big watcher of youtube, I get caught up in all the readathon hype and I really wanted to join in with booktubeathon, which was created by Ariel Bissett. Only problem is, I don’t ‘do’ booktube myself. I have tried, but I just cannot create a coherent sentence in front of a camera and I feel and look like a complete blithering idiot. So I thought why not join in, but just do it on my blog! There will be also be instagram challenges which I will try to participate in, so do follow me over there if you fancy!
The main aim of the booktubeathon is to read 7 books in a week. Now, I work full time, I have (teenage) kids and a husband to deal with along with a house and all of the boring crap that goes along with that, so it is nigh on impossible for me to read 7 books in a week. Unless … unless … I choose really short books. I also happen to have two days off this week, though my daughter is returning from a 4 week interrailing trip around Europe, so I will be spending time with her rather than reading. But I’m sure she won’t want to talk to me for 2 days straight so hopefully I will be able to fit in a bit of extra reading time.
So I’m not gonna lie, I scoured my shelves for the shortest books I could find and here’s what I came up with:
Read a book with a person on the cover
The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon. I think I heard about this book from Simon at Savidge Reads (he has a blog and a booktube channel both of which you’ve no doubt heard of but if you haven’t check him out!). I don’t know much about it, and the burb doesn’t give much away but at 172 pages I don’t really want to know too much before I read it!
Read a book in one day
Cheating a little bit here, with a teeny tiny chap book – There Will Be No More Good Nights Without Good Nights by Laura van den Berg. This was published by Origami Zoo who have now teamed up with Bull City Press. Really looking forward to this one – I read her short story collection The Isle of Youth which I really enjoyed so I hope this little book lives up to my expectations.
Read a book entirely outside
Another chap book for this one – Behind This Mirror by Lena Bertone, also now available through Bull City Press. This is a collection of short (very short) stories about seven sisters, and I’m intrigued. British summer weather permitting, I’ll read this outside.
An anthology of short stories for this one. The cover of How Much the Heart Can Hold is just gorgeous. There are seven short stories by seven different authors in this anthology, so I will attempt to read one per night before I go to sleep.
Read a hyped book
It was tricky to find a short hyped book on my shelves, but in the end I went for The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. This won the Man Booker Prize in 2011, and is talked about quite a bit on booktube, so I think this fits.
Read a book with a character who is completely different to you
For this one I chose a graphic novel – not my favourite format, it has to be said. I chose Descender Volume 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen. This follows a young (I’m passed my youth ;)) boy (I’m a girl) robot (I’m a human) space traveller (I’m an earth dweller), so I think he’s quite different to me.
Read 7 books
If I haven’t collapsed from all that reading, the seventh book I’ve chosen is By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart. Because it was the shortest book left on my shelf. (Actually, that’s not true. I have a few more Origami Press chap books, but I didn’t want to cheat toooo much!)
So there you have it! Seven books I think I will be able to read in 7 days! Don’t forget to follow my progress on Twitter and Instagram, and if you’re joining in, whether on booktube or your blog, let me know in the comments so I can follow your progress too!