BookTube is a community of people on Youtube who post videos about books and reading, and every summer this community has a seven day read-a-thon (this year from July 18th through July 24th). The primary goal is to read seven books in seven days, but there are mini-challenges about the types of books as well. This year’s challenges are:
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
And as always:
7) Read seven books
In addition to reading, there are also Instagram and video challenges people can participate in before and during BookTubeAThon, like making a video about your TBR (to be read) pile or posting a photo of something from the cover of the book you’re reading. I am going to attempt to participate in these this year, though I’m preemptively giving myself permission to skip any challenge if I’m running out of time.
Last year I made a spreadsheet to plan out my reading, because of course that’s something I would do. I’ve updated it for 2016 and you can see if here:
The very first challenge was to make a video of your TBR, which I did and you can watch below. For a quick summary, here’s what I’ll be reading:
1/ Read a book with yellow on the cover.
Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
2/ Read a book only after sunset.
Market Ghost Stories by Mercedes Yeager
3/ Read a book you discovered through booktube.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
4/ Read a book by one of your favourite authors.
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
5/ Read a book that is older than you.
The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein
6/ Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation.
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
7/ Read seven books.
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Seven books in seven days can be a little intimidating,but BookTubeAThon is not about success, it’s about effort. Even Ariel Bissett who hosts the challenge every year has never actually gotten through all seven of her books. However plenty of us have managed it, and it can be super fun. If you’re participating this year let me know in the comments, especially if you have an Instagram or Youtube channel I can follow.