Last year, I participated in Booktube-A-Thon at last minute, and it was one of my favorite weeks of the summer. Being in a readathon motivated me so much, and I was actually able to complete my goal of reading seven books in a week!
Because I had such a great experience last year, I’ve decided to participate in TWO readathons this summer: Summer Biannual Bibliothon (July 14th-July 20th) and Booktube-A-Thon (July 30th-August 5th). You can find details for each of the readathons here and here.
In this post, I’ll be sharing my tbr lists for each readathon, as well as a bullet journal spread I made to track my progress!
Note: All book titles mentioned in this post link to the book’s Goodreads page, just in case you want to find out more about a book.
Summer Biannual Bibliothon
July 14th-July 20th
Biannual Bibliothon, as the name suggests, takes place twice a year (once in the winter and once in the summer). There are seven reading challenges (as well as some blogging/social media challenges) and the goal is to read seven books. There’s also a group book—I think reading this book is optional? Either way, I’m tweaking that prompt a bit…
1. The group book, The Wicked Deep
So…I actually don’t want to read this one. It doesn’t sound bad or anything, but it’s not super high up on my tbr, and I have other books I want to read more. In order to make it so I’m only semi-cheating, I’m going to go with Lumberjanes Vol. 2 by Noelle Stevenson for this challenge, since I’m sure some of my siblings will want to read it. This makes it sot of group-related?
2. Choose from someone else’s tbr
So I have two options that I’m considering reading for this challenge and I placed holds on at the library, and whichever book I end up choosing will be the book that gets to my library in time. Here are the ones I’m thinking about:
- Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire | This was on Jill’s Booktube-A-Thon tbr from last year.
- The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang | The wonderful author Alice Oseman posted this in a tbr photo on bookstagram.
- Worst comes to worst, if neither of these books arrives in time, I think my backup plan will by Nick and Charlie, a novella written by Alice Oseman. I haven’t seen it in anyone else’s tbr posts, but my blogging friend Lily recommended it to me, so I think it sort of counts? We may need to stretch the rules a bit. 😉
3. Try the first chapter of three books and pick one
Like the previous challenge, I’ve drawn up a list with a number of options for myself. The book that I choose will depend on which books end up arriving at my library, and also how much time I feel like I have. For example, if I get to this challenge earlier than anticipated, I might go for a more regular-length novel, but if I’m a bit behind, I’ll probably stick to a graphic novel.
Anyway, here are the ideas I came up with:
- Ms. Marvel Vol. 7 by G. Willow Wilson
- Ms. Marvel Vol. 9 by G. Willow Wilson (Yes, I accidentally read volume eight before seven. I don’t know how I did that??)
- Paper Girls Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
- America Vol. 1 by Gabby Rivera
- Spinning by Tillie Walden
Hopefully, I’ll be able to get my hands on at least three of these so I can try some of them out! Since not all comics/graphic novels have chapters, I’ll probably adjust this prompt to “try the first few pages of three books and pick one.”
4. A book that has been on you tbr for over a year
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin has actually been on my tbr since FIFTH GRADE. I remember that we got split into reading groups and I was in the Chasing Vermeer group and another group had The Westing Game and I was like, “Oh, that looks good, I should read it,” and now I’ve had a copy sitting on my dresser and I STILL HAVEN’T READ IT.
Hopefully I’ll finally get around to it during Biannual Bibliothon! Not gonna lie, a large percentage of my reasoning for picking this book is because it’s hella short.
5. A predicted 5-star read
I am SO SO EXCITED to read C.G. Drews’s A Thousand Perfect Notes!
6. An #OwnVoices book that is different from your own experience
For the #OwnVoices challenge, I’ve picked Patina by Jason Reynolds. I enjoyed the first book in this series, Jason Reynolds is the bomb (sorry readers, I really hope you’re not cringing and exiting this page), and this is a quick middle grade read.
7. The last book you bought
July 30th-August 5th
Booktube-A-Thon is an annual, week-long readathon that was created for booktubers; however, you don’t need to have a booktube to participate! (I don’t.) The goal of the readathon is to read as much as possible, but my personal goal is to read seven books (one for each day) and complete all of the other reading challenges. As with my plan for Bibliothon, my tbr is not at all set in stone, and the books I read may end up changing.
1. Let a coin toss decide your first read
For this one, I’m going to flip a coin to decide between two of the graphic novels that I listed for Bibliothon’s third challenge.
2. A book about something you want to do
One thing I definitely want to do is help other people, and that’s what being a superhero is all about, so I’m going to go with another one of the superhero comics I mentioned earlier.
3. Read and watch a book to movie adaptation
I’m hoping to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. The book sounds interesting (it’s very famous, and it’s been banned in a lot of places), and I’m excited to see another movie with Emma Watson in it!
If you want to jog your memory for some book/movie adaptations (specifically ya ones), I found this website to be very helpful.
4. A book with green on the cover
Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds is my pick for this challenge. I enjoyed the Miles Morales comics, so Miles Morales as Spider-Man combined with Jason Reynolds sounds like a pretty fantastic duo!
5. Read a book while wearing the same hat the whole time
I plan on reading Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai while wearing a baseball cap. I don’t really remember what this book is about, but it’s been on my shelf for forever, and it’s short. I can’t even remember the last time I wore a hat (I’m not a huge fan of them), but this seems like a really fun challenge idea!
6. A book with a beautiful spine
For this challenge, I’m choosing The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace. It doesn’t have a super eye-catching spine, per se, but I feel that, similar to the cover of the book, this spine and the typography on it has an elegance and simplicity to it that’s really beautiful.
7. Read seven books
I’m not quite sure what book I’ll end up choosing for my seventh read of the week (fingers crossed I make it that far!) I may read one of the graphic novels I’ve been considering for other challenges if I still have any left, or I may listen to the audiobook of Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly. It won the Newbery Medal, so it sounds promising!
Before I finish up, I wanted to quickly share one last thing: the bullet journal spread I created to keep track of my readathon progress.
My summer readathon page is broken into two parts, one for each week. The readathon headers also serve as a sort of progress bar—since I’m trying to read seven books each week, I divided the bars into seven parts and I’ll fill one part in each time I finish a book. Beneath the bars, I wrote out a checklist of the reading challenges for each readathon, leaving space to record which books I used for which prompts.
And that concludes my slightly tentative to-be-read lists for the Summer Bibliothon and Booktube-A-Thon! Let me know in the comments if you’re planning on participating in either of them, and tell me what you’ll be reading! Bibliothon starts today, so I may be a little slow answering comments, but I would love to talk with you all about these readathons!