"A children's story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children's story. The good ones last." --C.S. Lewis
It's BookTubeAThon week (https://twitter.com/BookTubeAThon). Seven books, seven days, seven challenges that are hosted on different channels (yesterday was from Ariel Bissett about Book Dominoes; day 2/today is Scene Reenactment from Raeleen at Padfootandprongs). I'm probably not going to have time to participate in the video challenges and do all this reading... so I've chosen to prioritize the reading. Big surprise, huh?
So what books am I planning on reading?
Well, we'll see how far I actually get but...
1. Venetia by Georgette Heyer
After reading Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix, I saw in the acknowledgements / author's note that he was inspired by Jane Austen and... Georgette Heyer, who was apparently the founder of Regency Romance novels. What! I read a bunch of historical romances, several of which are Regency romances, and I had never heard of her. Wow, clearly I was behind. Then NPR wrote an article about 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances. You guessed it: Venetia is on that list, and I decided why not.
2. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
This book was actually going to be one of the books selected for discussion with my book club but then complications arose... but hey, I was going to read this regardless. It was recently made into a film adaptation, and it's been compared to The Fault in Our Stars. So when it was at BEA, I grabbed it. It's got a very distinct teenage male voice. I've been listening to it on the way to work and just yesterday, there was a line about terrorists and hummus and I was kind of offended until I realized oh, hey, everyone probably gets offended at least once while reading this book. It's just so frank, and that frankness is refreshing. Plus some parts of the book have been really funny.
3. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
This I got from audiobooksync, which I extolled quite extensively here on the blog. Love audiobooksync! Less a fan of this book so far. It's been hailed as a classic, and I'm pretty sure (?) it's on Gutenberg, but even though I'm about 60% into the audiobook, my thoughts align with this review a lot. The Englishman looking down on all the peoples in the countries he's visited... ugh.
4. The Golden Specific by S.E. Grove
I absolutely loved The Glass Sentence (my review & I listed Sophia as one of my favorite heroines). I pre-ordered The Golden Specific (I asked about it at BEA, too, & listed it in my books I want to read in 2015 video). The Glass Sentence is like everything you could ever want in an MG fantasy adventure, and I can't wait to dive back into S.E. Grove's world and learn more about the Great Disruption and all the different cultures and their different time periods and Sophia and Theo and Shadrack and oooooooooh.
5. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
This book has been chosen by my book club for our title this month, so aha! Maybe this challenge will help me to get ahead and read it much in advance of our meeting. I'm pretty sure this is going to be a BIG fall book: look, it already has over 2,000 ratings and it hasn't even been released yet. Also, everyone seems to be talking about it, and it's gotten plenty of rave reviews. I've read about 20 or so pages and it's got an easy to read writing style. Can't wait to read more!
6. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
This book was so good when I started it two months ago but then it became one of those books that I was leisurely reading and put aside for something else, I don't even know what anymore, and then I was like, "oh yeah, I'll totally get back to it." It's been two months people. It was good and it was entertaining me. Don't let this become another book that was good and that gets shelved for no reason whatsoever except that I apparently have a short attention span and/or bad memory. I WILL USE THIS CHALLENGE FOR GOOD.
7. Court of Fives by Kate Elliott or The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
Not sure which of these two books to choose from for the last title to read! I sincerely doubt I'll be able to get through all seven books in seven days, but hey! Let's be more optimistic! Which book do you think that I should read? I'm excited for both, of course, and I'm an indecisive person, so help a girl out and choose for me, haha :).
So that's what I'm insanely planning to read in a week. This week. Haahaha, well, since I sort of have a head start on some of these books, maybe I'll actually have some progress...???
Even if you're not a BookTuber, I'd highly recommend checking out the video challenges. I spoke recently about lacking motivation for reading / blogging / booktubing. Watching the video made me laugh and feel all hyped again. It's always a treat to see someone else's enthusiasm for reading and books, so hey, if you need a cheer, there you have it.
What are you going to be reading this week or just this month? Have you read any of the books I've listed above? Which should be my seventh book? Let me know what you're reading and up to!