august 2017 wrap-up

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booktube-a-thon day 7 + wrap-up

booktube-a-thon day 7 + wrap-up

day seven

pages read: 323

books finished: 2

1. Read a book with a person on the cover.

2. Read a hyped book.

3. Finish a book in one day.

4. Read about a character that is very different from you.

5. Finish a book completely outdoors.

6. Read a book you bought because of the cover.

7. Read seven books.

So… the final, FINAL day of BTAT. I finished up The Careful Undressing of Love–not my cuppa. And I finished The Boy Most Likely To–adorable and perfect as a companion novel. I read about 212 pages into A Curse as Dark as Gold, which isn’t exactly what I expected and slightly slower than I’d like, but I’m enjoying it. And I read about 40 pages into City of Thieves, which I’d been dedicating myself to before I go to bed. (That explains why it’s taking me so long–I fall asleep before I can read a chapter.)

A rather paltry day seven to make up for a positively pathetic day 5 & 6, but it’s better than nothing!

wrap-up

pages read: don’t even try to make me count

books finished: 3 1/2

I’ll expand on all the books I read this month for my July wrap-up, but overall this challenge has been unlike anything I’ve ever done before. I’ve never really challenged myself to reading a specific amount outside of my yearly GoodReads challenge (always fifty books–usually never met). I had unrealistically high expectations for this, considering I knew how tired and busy I would be over the weekend.

I managed to finish three complete books: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu, and The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

I also made decent progress in two more books: about 45 pages of City of Thieves by David Benioff and over halfway through A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce.

I didn’t end up getting to the last two books on my list: Risuko by David Kudler and A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi.

Of course, I’ll be reading these through next month, but I would’ve liked to complete Booktube-a-thon with flying colors!

As for the challenges completed, I technically only finished three. (We all knew I’d never read a whole book outdoors.) At the end of the day, I had a great time reading and making these posts, even if I didn’t exactly reach my goals!

booktube-a-thon days 4-6

booktube-a-thon days 4-6

day four, five, and six

TBR post

pages read: 400~

books finished: *screeching* N O N E

 

1. Read a book with a person on the cover.

2. Read a hyped book.

3. Finish a book in one day.

4. Read about a character that is very different from you.

5. Finish a book completely outdoors.

6. Read a book you bought because of the cover.

7. Read seven books.

 

What did I say? I am simply incapable of reading when I’m tired, and goodness knows how tired I get when I go out of the house, much less on vacation.

My weekend in NYC to see Anastasia the musical (THE MOST WONDERFUL THING IN THE WORLD, TBH. POST COMING SOON.) was wonderful, but it wore me out completely and was so stuffed with running about I barely had the time to check my email once a day, much less read and write up posts.

On day four, I did almost complete The Careful Undressing of Love, the story spoiled for me in every way, before I had to stop early and get to packing. Honestly that book is just not for me, what with it’s questionable morals and unlikeable characters. Instead of torturing myself further on days fix and six, I started The Boy Most Likely To on the plane and nearly finished that as well. My Life Next Door is probably my favorite contemporary YA book ever, so of course it was a given that I’d love it’s companion novel. So far, the alcoholism and AA and Tim and Alice are just handled so well and everybody’s great and I love it.

I’ll have day seven’s post up tonight at midnight (or potentially tomorrow, because I am just that tired), and then a wrap-up after that. Since I probably won’t be reaching these goals, I may just continue reading the rest of the books on this TBR after all this is over.

goals for day seven:

finish the careful undressing of love

finish the boy most likely to

finish city of thieves

read a curse as dark as gold to completion

booktube-a-thon day 3

booktube-a-thon day 3

day three

pages read: around 150

books finished: none

 

1. Read a book with a person on the cover.

2. Read a hyped book.

3. Finish a book in one day.

4. Read about a character that is very different from you.

5. Finish a book completely outdoors.

6. Read a book you bought because of the cover.

7. Read seven books.

 

This update is very late and I haven’t actually read any more since yesterday night! After finished The Star-Touched Queen on day two, I started The Careful Undressing of Love.

Let’s just all … take a big, deep, calming sigh. Good? Good.

I hate to say I told myself so, but I told myself so.

Flowery prose and magical realism are simply not for me. I was curious to know how the story would progress–to be honest, I expected a more, how would you say, hopeful story than a nihilistic one from this book, but I digress. Let’s just say those spoilers enlightened me and once you’re enlightened it’s nigh on impossible to go back in the dark. Ignorance, they say, is bliss and heck if I wasn’t ignorant about this plot!

It’s safe to say I wasn’t all that pleased about the direction the story is going to go in, and that’s put a damper on my reading. My eBook says I’m 114 pages in and that is where I’ve stayed since yesterday afternoon.

In an attempt to rectify the states that book has put me in, I started on the second-most difficult challenge for me, read a book in one day. I chose City of Thieves for this one and I started it around 10 PM last night, so I have till 10 PM tonight to finish it. Oh, and I’ve got to get up at 4 AM tomorrow for a red eye flight to NYC, so that’s not going to impede me or anything. Why did I decide to do this challenge? Hahahaha. I must hate myself.

I only read the first chapter of City of Thieves, but honestly, I was … kind of in love. Already. I just. Wow. I love it. Let’s hope the feeling stays because so far, I LOVE THIS. I want to keep reading, but unless I go get in bed at 5 PM and read till bedtime, I probably won’t complete this challenge and thus be a sad puppy. In fact, I probably won’t even be able to update this blog tomorrow, or Saturday. (I’m seeing Anastasia the Musical. Tomorrow night. TOMORROW NIGHT. WHAT IS MY LIFE RIGHT NOW.)

Anyway let’s hope for bigger and better things! Probably to no end, but that’s NOT the point of hoping!!

(probably unachievable) goals for day 4:

finish the careful undressing of love (beautiful cover challenge)

finish city of thieves (read a book in 1 day challenge)

start reading the boy most likely to (people on the cover challenge)

booktube-a-thon day 2

booktube-a-thon day 2

day two

TBR post

pages read: around 150~

books finished: 1! (The Star-Touched Queen)

times i updated goodreads: a couple of times, but only to mark books read/started

 1. Read a book with a person on the cover.

2. Read a hyped book.

3. Finish a book in one day.

4. Read about a character that is very different from you.

5. Finish a book completely outdoors.

6. Read a book you bought because of the cover.

7. Read seven books.

 

Day two! Day two! Day two!

Honesty hour: I completely forgot I was even doing BTAT.

It wasn’t until about 1 PM (and I woke up at 6AM) that I realized–HECK. I still need to read and I haven’t at all! So I hunkered down with The Star-Touched Queen and finished off that book. Mini review will be coming at the end of the week with my July Wrap-Up, but I pretty much feel the same as I did yesterday. Pretty writing, weird happenings, not really for me. The plot itself is simplistic enough and once you understand what’s going on, it’s followable, but the way it’s dressed up makes it SUCH a heavy read for a book under 350 pages.

I’m still going to read A Crown of Wishes though and really, really hope for the best. I want to love Roshani Chokshi’s work SO BADLY because her writing is undeniably lush and beautiful.

After that, I decided to start on The Careful Undressing of Love. Apparently it’s set in NYC (always a plus) and features a cursed family of women who, if they fall in love with a man, will cause their lover’s death. I’m kind of getting The Raven Boys vibes from this set-up, and the fact that it’s magical realism is going to be interesting. So far I’m only three chapters in, but I’d really like to finish it tomorrow.

goals for day 3:

finish the careful undressing of love (beautiful cover challenge)

read at least two chapters of the boy most likely to (person on the cover challenge)

booktube-a-thon day 1

booktube-a-thon day 1

day one

TBR post

pages read: 20% to 70% (page 120-ish to page 380-ish on my phone)

books finished: none 😦

times i updated goodreads: only once in the morning, to mark Metaltown as finished

 

 

THE FIRST DAY IS HERE… oh look, there it goes, oh, oh dear, good-bye, oh and… it’s… it’s gone.

Yep.

That’s how my first day went for BTAT! Excitement abound! Readiness, eagerness! A book at my side! Well, I got in bed around 9:30 PM with every intention of finishing Metaltown (a book I was already 3/4 of the way through so I wasn’t counting towards BTAT) to clear my TBR and be ready at the stroke of midnight to begin the REAL reading!

Well, that didn’t work quite as well as I anticipated. I squeaked by with Metaltown. My eyes were drying out and every few minutes I’d suddenly wake up, book in my lap, and wonder whether I had died or not. But I finished it relatively conscious. (The book itself is another story–review at the end of the month. This is not a shameless plug!!)

So I ended up falling asleep before midnight, one book finished before the weeklong timer began and therefore null and void. I woke up at 5:30 AM, which is frankly too early for any human to function, and read nothing till later in the day!

I devoted myself today to finishing my e-book of The Star-Touched Queen, reading just less than 300 teeny iPhone pages and aaaalmost finishing the book. The writing is lush and beautiful, but I’m missing any connection to the characters so it makes reading this book a bit of a slog. I don’t think it’s by any means a bad book, which is a lot coming from me, but just one that doesn’t suit me very well in particular.

goals for day 2:

finish star-touched queen (complete over-hyped book challenge)

start reading the careful undressing of love (maybe finished beautiful cover challenge?)

 

 

You know… there are video challenges for BTAT, but guess who will just stick to her trusty, anonymous blog posts, thanks very much?