Wednesday, July 16, 2014

BookTube-A-Thon 2014: A Wishful Thinking TBR

Wouldn't you know it, one day after I publish a post about my modest July-August TBR, I realize (a day late) that the 2014 BookTube-A-Thon began on Monday.  That's what I get for not checking Twitter and YouTube for a couple of days.  Oy.  Vey.

In any event, this year's BookTube-A-Thon has a series of seven challenges that participants can elect to participate in throughout the week (July 14-July 21).  Alas, the prize for meeting a challenge is your own feeling of a job well done-- it's not a year's supply of Jean Nate, but hey ho, it'll do.

This year's challenges are:
  1. A book with pictures
  2. Start and finish a series
  3. A book with red on the cover
  4. A book from the genre you have read the least this year
  5. A book someone else picked out for you
  6. A book-to-movie adaptation
  7. Read seven books
In typical fashion, I have selected a highly optimistic BookTube-A-Thon TBR that still manages to meet each of the challenges . . . should I be able to complete each of the books I have selected.  Which I probably won't.  But I might.  You never know.  No ragrets (sic.).  Here are the books I have chosen to read (plow through) in the next few days:

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (A book with pictures, Start and finish a series): If you read one of yesterday's posts, you will know that I assigned both parts of this graphic novel to my students for summer reading; consequently the book is on my TBR.  Because Persepolis is a two part graphic novel series, I've managed to kill two proverbial birds with one stone. I could also say that this is a book-to-movie adaptation as well, but I didn't want to be a complete stinker.  You can only bend the rules so far without looking unfashionably dubious.  

The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt (A book with red on the cover): I have been wanting to read this book since I read a review of it around  the time of its release this spring.  I've  had the book sitting in my library pile for a month and I haven't gotten to it as yet . . . and I have already renewed it once.  I've a sinking feeling that some savvy senior is going to read a New York Review of Books article on The Blazing World and cock block me out of a second renewal, so I need to get on with this one quick fast.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (A book someone else picked out for you, A book-to-movie adaptation): I started reading this book earlier this year at my mother's urging but I stupidly put it down during a busy spell and moved on to other things instead of getting back into this novel.  My mother, who is ever so subtle (Hi, Mom!), has been hinting that I need to finish the novel.  So, I'm going to finish it.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (A book in a genre you've read the least this year): I had been reading  this book prior to the BookTube-A-Thon beginning and was intending to finish it this week anyway, so, hey ho, I am sticking it in.  This novel is a mystery and a work of historical fiction, neither of which I have read this year. Boom--there you go!

And, lastly, my bonus books to [hopefully] meet the last challenge of completing seven books:  

My Antonia by Willa Cather,  

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, and 

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.   

My Antonia and Things Fall Apart are two books that were on my June TBR and I didn't finish those and Outliers is one of the summer reading books I assigned to a group of my students.  Certainly, these aren't flashy books for me to pick, but they are sensible reads and ones I'd like to have read, or re-read I should say, before the beginning of the new school year.

What books are on your BookTube-A-Thon TBR this year?  Which challenges are you hoping to meet?

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