In a bid to push myself a little bit further with my reading this week, I've decided to get involved with my first ever online readathon! The Booktubeathon is a week long readathon where everyone tries to read as much as possible. It's hosted by many different people, including Ariel Bissett, and it runs from the 3rd August to 9th August. If you'd like to find out more, check out the Booktubeathon youtube channel. There are 7 reading challenges that you can participate in throughout the week, although they're not compulsory, and I've decided that I'm going to give them a go. I'm not necessarily expecting to read all of the following books but I'm willing to give it a try. Here are my picks for the week!
1. read a book with blue on the cover
the old man & the sea by ernest hemingway
My best friend Georgia sent me this book after I expressed an interest in reading more Hemingway following my short story module, and it has been sat on my shelf for about six months whilst I got on with my university work. If I'm honest, I've picked this because it's short and looks like something I could polish off in the space of an afternoon.
read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name
by grand central station i sat down and wept by elizabeth smart
The prose is incredibly rich so I'm umming and aahing as to how viable this is for a week long readathon. i think a lot of people read this over a longer period of time, so it could be a bit of a mistake to pick it when time isn't on my side. However, I'm willing to give it a go! If all else fails, I've got a beautiful copy of A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare that I need to read.
read someone else's favourite book
black boy by richard wright
I was watching Denise declare her love for Richard Wright and it made me feel incredibly foolish that this book has been sitting on my shelf unread for around 4 years. I'm going to give it the attention it deserves this week.
read the last book you acquired
femme fatale by guy du maupassant
Penguin were kind enough to send me a goodie bag last month and this was one of the books inside of it. The little black classics are a readathon dream because of their brevity! This is a collection of short stories so I'm sure I will sail through it.
finish a book without letting go of it
the loved one by evelyn waugh
You may remember that I featured this book alongside a ton of other old Penguin Modern Classics in my used book haul last year. I've picked this book because I own three of Waugh's works now and I haven't read any of them.
read a book you really want to read
frenchmans creek by daphne du maurier
I read Jamaica Inn nearly a year ago now and I absolutely loved it! I've been meaning to read more Du Maurier ever since but I just haven't got round to it until now. Whilst I still have Rebecca to read, I've decided to keep that for the autumn. Frenchman's Creek, however, seems like the perfect read for a summer's afternoon lounging in the garden.
read 7 books
wide sargasso sea by jean rhys
I absolutely loved Jane Eyre when I read it a few years ago so I thought this would be a great way to pop my head back into that world. I've also been meaning to read some of Rhys' works for a long time so I'm killing two birds with one stone!
There's still plenty of time for you to get involved so start sorting your TBR for the week and share your progress via social media. There will be challenges and giveaways and such throughout the week over on the Booktubethon youtube channel so check those out. If there's a particular book in this pile that you think I should read next above everything else then let me know! Happy reading!