I'm so excited, the Booktube-a-thon 2014 starts TONIGHT. That's just over 12 hours until it all kicks off - wherever you are in the world, it starts on the stroke of midnight your time (when the 13th becomes the 14th) and ends next Sunday night (when the 20th becomes the 21st). I don't know if I'll be able to do much reading tonight, but I've definitely got my game face on for the next week (this all depends entirely on my babies, I may not even finish one book - but I'm going to give it my best shot!!).
If you want to take part, get yourself over to the official Booktube-a-thon 2014 channel, hosted at the moment by organizer Ariel Bissett, but with different guest hosts all week. If you do videos, there are challenges you can take part in specifically for booktubers or avid readers with a youtube channel. For the rest of us, there are challenges and twitter sprints - the sprints this year are going to be 12 hours apart, and they're little bursts where everyone participating in the Booktube-a-thon gets together on twitter at set times and reads as much as they can. For those of us in GMT, the sprints are from 3am-7am (not a hope) and 3pm-7pm(totally depends on the twins). You can find the booktube-a-thon twitter here.
This year, The Book Depository have also gotten involved. They're offering a 10% discount when you use the code BookTubeAThon on this list of 100 books chosen by booktubers.
On to the reading challenges and my TBR list!
Start and Finish a series. This can be a series of 2,3,5, 10 books - go wild.
Read a book with pictures. This can be a graphic novel or any book with photographs in it.
Read a book with red on the cover. As long as it has something red on the cover, it counts.
Read a book someone else has picked for you.
Read a book from the genre you've read least this year.
Read a book that's been adapted into a movie, AND watch the movie.
Read 7 books and/or 300 pages a day.
You can double up on the challenges (for example reading a graphic novel with red on the cover completes two challenges) but you can't use the same book for more than two challenges.
I really wanted to pick books from my ever-growing TBR (to be read) list, so here's what I picked.
Read a book and watch the movie: Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin. I've never read this, and I've never seen the movie - I've wanted to read the book since I saw Chloe's review, so I'm looking forward to this one.
Read a book from the genre you've read least this year: Bossypants by Tina Fey. I haven't read any biographies yet this year, and it's a genre I really enjoy. I've been meaning to read this for ages, so I can finally get into it.
Read a book someone else has picked for you: I have a list of books I own but haven't read in my notebook, so I tweeted out for one of my twitter followers to pick a number. 11 was the first reply, and #11 on my list is Butter by Erin Jade Lange. (thanks Liloo!)
Read a book with pictures in it: I was going to pick the second Miss Peregrine book but I don't have it yet, and I really wanted to avoid buying books specifically for this challenge. I had a look through my reader and found this one, In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters.
Read a book with red on the cover: For this, I picked Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, because I really, really want to read it. Even if the writing is more pink, that guy there has red on his shirt. RED. Done.
Start and finish a series: With the exception of Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy, I have never finished a trilogy in under a week, never mind try and read 4 others as well. I want to try my best to complete the challenges so I picked a series with two books, Gayle Forman's If I Stay and Where She Went.
I think they're all pretty realistic aims, the 7 books just have 2,111 pages in total (according to Goodreads stats - yes, I added them all up) which is just about 300 pages a day. I mainly read at night so it should be fairly do-able. To be honest, getting time to watch the movie will be more challenging than the reading!!
I know that Breige, Róisín and Chloe are also taking part. I'm not aware of any other Irish or UK bloggers who are getting involved, so please do let me know if you're planning on taking part!
I really wish this was around when I was a teenager and had the energy for book all-nighters. Even the thoughts of trying to stay up until midnight to start this on time has me yearning for a disco nap. You young 'uns don't know how lucky you are! Now, where are my slippers?