BookTubeAThon Wrap-Up

BookTubeAThon ended last night and I had so much fun participating! I actually managed to read all seven books on my TBR, which I didn’t expect, so I’m pretty happy about that.

All in all, I feel I had a very successful BookTubeAThon. It really pushed me to read a lot of books. Thanks to Ariel Bassett for organizing this!

Stay tuned for my reviews on the books I read for BookTubeAThon!

-Adeline

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BookTubeAThon TBR 2017

It’s that time of year again- BookTubeAThon! I’m not a booktuber, but I thought it would be fun to participate anyway.

BookTube is a community of people on YouTube who post videos about books and reading, and every summer there is a seven-day read-a-thon hosted by Ariel Bissett. This year it’s from July 24th to July 30th. The main goal is to read seven books, but there are also six other reading challenges.

Without further ado, here is my TBR:

51dkyfgx6xl-_sx329_bo1204203200_I am going to read Alex and Eliza for the challenge Read a book with a person on the cover. As you might guess, this book is about the love story between Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, and as I’m a big Hamilton fan, I thought it would be a fun read. I’m about seventy pages into the book already, so I’m excited to finish it.

 

 

30117284For the Read a hyped book challenge, I chose Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. This book was incredibly hyped when it came out, and that’s one of the reasons I bought it. Now, it’s been sitting on my TBR shelf for a while, so I decided to finally pick it up.

 

 

 

31212365The next challenge is Read a book in one day. I’m going to read Optimists Die First. This book is relatively short (224 pages), so I think I can get it done in a day. Several of my friends have highly recommended it to me, so I hope it lives up to the things I have heard.

 

 

 

31815272The fourth challenge is Read a book about a character that is very different from you. I picked Anna and the Swallow Man. This book is about a seven-year old girl who lives in Poland in 1939. Her father, who is a professor, is taken away in the purge of intellectuals. After he’s gone, she meets a mysterious father-like man who takes her on a journey around the country. Anna experiences a very different situation than me.

 

 

9780399538537_p0_v3_s1200x630Then we have the challenge Finish a book completely outdoors. I don’t read outdoors much, but I decided to read Tales of the Peculiar, which is a collection of short stories about the world of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and subsequent books. I got Tales of the Peculiar on audiobook so that I can listen to it while I walk outside.

 

 

20983362Challenge number six is Read a book you bought because of the cover. For this one, I picked Passenger, a book about Etta Spencer, a violin prodigy who gets taken back in time to the 1700s.

 

 

 

 

32302187The final challenge is Read seven books. I already have the six books listed above and I chose The Leaf Reader as my seventh book. It’s about a girl named Marnie who learns how to read tea leaves, but doesn’t believe the predictions are true. That is, until she does a reading for Matt.

 

 

 

Well, that’s it for my TBR! It’s a little ambitious, but I’ll see how many I can manage. Guess we’ll find out in my wrap-up…

-Adeline

Check out my BookTubeAThon reading progress with this spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pJrsIcsLuULP6sMFAc8UhR6IlFxmU32vQTilCVDHAPI/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

Wildwood

Wildwood by Colin Meloy

Illustrated by Carson Ellis

Number of Pages: 560

Synopsis:

Prue McKeel’s life is ordinary. At least until her brother is abducted by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense, tangled forest on the edge of Portland. No one’s ever gone in—or at least returned to tell of it.

So begins an adventure that will take Prue and her friend Curtis deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval—a world full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics, and powerful figures with the darkest intentions. And what begins as a rescue mission becomes something much greater, as the two friends find themselves entwined in a struggle for the very freedom of this wilderness. A wilderness the locals call Wildwood.

Review: I really enjoyed this book. It was a cool concept and I loved all of the illustrations throughout the book. The beginning was a little boring, but it got more exciting at it went along, and it turned out to be pretty action-packed and adventurous.

I didn’t like the characters very much. None of the main characters seemed to have back stories or unique emotions. You don’t really get to know Curtis or Prue.

I also thought that the book was pretty predictable. All the people you expected to be bad were bad and all the people you expected to be good were good. Nothing super exciting happened. Overall, I’d give it a three out of five stars.

Wintergirls

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Number of Pages: 278

Synopsis: “Dead girl walking”, the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret”, the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

My Thoughts: Wow! This book was both heartbreaking and beautiful.

The writing in this book was incredible. Everything flowed together perfectly and it was more like reading a masterpiece than just reading a book. I’m extremely impressed with the way the author was able to capture all of Lia’s experiences with the perfect words, words that fit together so flawlessly it’s impossible for them to be described any other way.

Who are the Wintergirls? In this book, it refers to Lia and Cassie. Cassie is a girl who started battling bulimia at a very young age, and at the beginning of the book is found dead in a motel room. Lia is Cassie’s former best friend. Lia is currently battling anorexia, and has to deal with getting weighed weekly by her step mother, and also the guilt constantly in her mind knowing that Cassie had called her thirty five times the night that she died.

This was a haunting story that discussed, in detail, how it feels to have an eating disorder. Lea doesn’t really see food just as food. She sees, for example, an orange as “75” for the calories it contains. Wintergirls provides an in-depth look into eating disorders, and it does not hold back or sugar coat anything.

The emotional and physical aspects of both diseases are explored in such an amazing way. The parents’ concerns even come out in a way where you understand them, and not resent them as being simply annoying parents. Lia’s protests don’t make you feel like she is being a typical rebellious teen, either. We are inside her head hearing the inner monologue, and I found this fascinating to read about.

I also loved this author’s writing style. She used several tools such as the strike outs, repetitions and numbers.

This is a book I won’t soon forget.

Introduction

Hey! I’m Adeline. I’m a sophomore in high school and I live in Oregon. I can mostly be found reading, but when I’m not I’m probably cooking, studying, or doing Irish dance.
On this blog, I’ll be posting book reviews and other assorted bookish things. I mostly read Young Adult novels but I’ll sometimes read nonfiction, Middle-Grade books, or Adult books.
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