BookTube-A-thon 2016 is officially over! July 24th was the last full day of the event, and boy was this a looooong 7 days. I have never read that many books in such a short amount of time. Especially as it doesn't really work out to 1 book a day in practice; so books take longer than others do (I'm looking at you Wax, I'm looking at you).
Just to refresh your memory from last time (check out my update post) here are the challenges:
1. Read a book with yellow on the cover
2. Read a book only after sunset
3. Read a book you discovered through BookTube
4. Read a book by one of your favorite authors
5. Read a book that is older than you
6. Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation
7. Read seven books
(books correspond to the challenges from left to right)
I officially finished ALL the challenges! Wooh! I read every single book listed above! Smashed it for sure. Of course I'm sure some people read waaaaay more books, but with the fact that I have a full-time, 40 hour a week job, I am very pleased with my accomplishment!
With the BookTube-A-Thon, there were three other places to do "challenges or activities: Twitter, Instagram, and, of course, YouTube. I, unfortunately, rarely participated in the YouTube or Instagram challenges--I need to re-vamp my YoueTube Channel and I'm just not a good Bookstagamer yet. BUT, I totally participated in the Twitter Sprints! These are blocks of time when hosts for the BookTube-A-Thon issue reading "sprints", designated reading times, and offer challenges/activities to do during the blocks as well. They were super fun, and while I only really got to do the 10:00PM to 1:00AM ones, I did participate!
I LOVE this event, and really applaud Ariel Bisset for all the hard work she puts in to, first, create the BookTube-A-Thon, and then second, run it every year! I also enjoyed the myriad of guest hosts, popular BookTubers from all over the interwebz; super fun to see everyone's different style in Tweet form!
Since I'm so pumped, and I finished all my challenges, I figured I'd do a little wrap-up going over the books I read as a celebratory "I DID IT!"!
FAVORITE BOOK READ!
My favorite book read was Wax by Gina Damico! I can't say enough good things about this book; it was hilarious and horrifying, and hilariously horrifying all at the same time. Definitely a book you want to check out (also look for my review and a giveaway coming Tuesday, July 26th)!
LEAST FAVORITE BOOK READ!
My least favorite books read was definitely The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway! This book was picked for the "read a book that is older than you" challenge, and I regret that decision. I know that as far as a literary achievement, this is touted as one of Hemingway's best novels, but it has a lot, and I mean a lot, of fishing in it. Too much fishing. All the fishing. I couldn't handle it. Good for a literary analysis, stinky for reading for fun!
I really enjoyed the "read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation". For this one I chose How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, which when the movie came out, I did not know it was a book. So I saw the movie first, which in this case was fine because I didn't find them to be all that similar. The very base of the plot is there in the movie, but the book and movie have a TON of differences. Both enjoyable for sure, but I think I like the movie adaptation better, sorry to say!
LEAST FAVORITE CHALLENGE!
This is a toss up between "read a book that is older than you" and "read a book only after sunset". The former because being 28 makes the genre that I typically like to read, Young Adult, pretty slim pickings to find a book, and one I hadn't read yet. Hence, looking for those classics, and hence, winding up with "The Old Man Who Fished A Lot". The later was problematic because right now it doesn't get dark until 8:30PM!!! And remember that 40 hour a week job? I'm tired by like 9:00PM! I had to do some major caffeination in order to read my pick for that challenge, but it was still fun!
FASTEST BOOK TO READ!
That honor would have to go to How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. This is the last book I read, as I wanted to be able to watch the movie right after, so I read it all in one go on Sunday, July 24th. Super short book too, so that obviously helped! The actual shortest book I read was really, George by Alex Gino, at 195 pages, but I read that over two days due to work.
LONGEST BOOK TO READ!
This honor has to go to Wax by Gina Damico. This book took 5 days...well nights...to read! That's only because sleep kept defeating me! My body was so weak in the face of all this after sunset only reading! This books was also the longest in page length at 368 pages. So worth it though!!
MOST GENRES READ!
I read, out of the 7 books, 4 "contemporary" books: You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan, George by Alex Gino, Local Girl Swept Away, and Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh. Each of them were very different books, but all fell within the contemporary genre. And it just reinforces the fact that contemporary has a lot of different books within it!
Overall, I had sooooo much fun! And I'm proof, along with many other participants, that you don't have to have a (active)BookTube channel in order to take part in the BookTube-A-Thon. So definitely consider participating next year, and make sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel in order to get all the updates.