Friday, July 29, 2016

Booktube-a-thon 2016 Wrap up and Reflection

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So, Booktube-a-thon 2016 is over. It was a fantastic week - the sense of community was amazing. Just check the #booktubeathon hashtag on any social media platform and you'll see hundreds of people encourage each other - it was beautiful.

This year I participated in nearly all of the twitter sprints (except the ones that happened at 3am my time) and almost all of the instagram challenges. Here were my instagram entries for six of the contests:

You may remember from this post that there were seven challenges this year. Here were the prompts:

Originally, I had chosen:

* The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J Walker
* Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge
* Change Places With Me by Lois Metzger
* Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
* The Beetle by Richard Marsh
* Mermaids by Patty Dann
* A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

This changed a bit towards the end of the week. I wasn't in the humour for The End of the World Running Club, so I swapped it out for a Patrick Ness book. I also realised that with visitors on Saturday, a party on Saturday night and a day out on Sunday, I wasn't going to be able to fit in the Karin Slaughter - so I swapped that out for an audiobook by Stephen King. I didn't fancy A Man Called Ove either, so I changed that for a smaller book, by Mary Downing Hahn. Overall, I managed 6 (and a bit) books this year, which is better than last year! I didn't watch Mermaids in movie form, I know it off by heart at this stage and had intended to watch it again but completely forgot.

My favourite parts of the readathon this year were the daily twitter sprints, I loved the feeling of communal reading. We were scattered all over the world, we were in different time zones, we were reading different books in different languages, but we were all reading together at the same time.

I really loved the Instagram challenges too, I've found some gorgeous new accounts to follow. The YouTube entries were great, so creative!

I loved this week, and I can't wait for the next one. Well done to Ariel and everyone involved, and thank you!


  1. This is so cool xx you're amazing the amount of books you read. I salute you xx

  2. Well done! I loved all your Instagram pictures, I only managed to do the rainbow stack challenge and do one or two sprints. But you're right, there's a great sense of community and it really makes reading fun and encourages people to step out of their comfort zone a bit, be it by trying to do any of the challenges (reading, instagram, twitter sprints or video ones) or by just trying to read a bit more (as small as just reading one book a week if you usually read one in a fortnight to reading 7,8, 9+!)


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