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Book-Tube-A-Thon TBR 2017

This year the BookTube-A-Thon is taking place from July 24th – July 30th.

All information can be found here (Youtube) and here (Website).
Let’s get on with it.
Here are the books I will try to read next week. I have to say, it’s a very ambitious TBR because I’m working full-time… But we’ll see how it goes.
Challenge 1: A book with people on the cover
The Hurricane Party – Klas Östergren (buy)
the hurricane party klas ostergren
Lots and lots of people on this cover.
Hanck Orn’s son is dead. When they come to the door they tell him it was a heart attack, but he knows they are lying. So he travels to the archipelago at the outermost reaches of the land to find out what really happened. He lands on an island and is met by a young woman, hair streaked with blood, raving like a lunatic. She is one of the sisters, who tell him the story of how his son died in the great hall of the Clan, the Norse gods, who were holding a party. But the festivities soon got out of hand, the guests began to argue with one another, and the mischievous shapeshifter Loki dealt a deadly blow. Set in a dystopian future that recalls Orwell and Zamyatin, Klas Östergren has weaved a dizzying story of magnificent scope and foul play. Moving from the golden halls to the depths of the underworld, it is about one man’s search for justice for his son in a world on the brink.
Challenge 2: Read a hyped book
Our Endless Numbered Days – Claire Fuller (buy)
our endless numbered days claire fuller
This has been everywhere on YouTube for a while so I’m counting this as my hyped book.
1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother’s grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change.

Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared.

Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is Everything.

Challenge 3: Read a book in one day
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – Douglas Adams (buy)
the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy douglas adams
A short and fun book. Can’t believe I haven’t picked this up yet.
On 12 October 1979 the most remarkable book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor (and Earth) was made available to humanity – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It’s an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace bypass and his best friend has just announced that he’s an alien. At this moment, they’re hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed with the big, friendly words: DON’T PANIC. The weekend has only just begun…
Challenge 4: Read a book where the main-character is different from you
Maus – Art Spiegelman (buy)
maus art spiegelman
Different from me in that this story takes place during the Second World War and it’s told in a specific way with cats and mice.
Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II – the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival – and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents.
Challenge 5: Read a book outdoors
Makkelijk leven – Herman Koch
makkelijk leven herman koch
You may know him from “The Dinner”, “Summer House with Swimming Pool” and “Dear mr. M.”. Makkelijk Leven or ‘Easy Life” is a little book he wrote as a book-day-present. I don’t think it has been translated though… but it’s veeeeery short 😉
Tom Sanders writes popular self-help books. His books “Crime without borders” and “Easy Life” have sold over 40 million copies. He leads a comfortabel life with his wife Julia and two grown-up sons of which Stefan – his youngest- is his favourite.
During Julia’s birthday party, they get a visit from Hanna, Stefan’s girlfriend, on whom Tom and Julia are not too keen. She tells them how Stefan has hit her and how it was not the first time. Does Tom address the issue? Can he find a way to talk to his son based on his own self-help books?
Challenge 6: A book you bought for the cover
The Burial (new title: The Untold) – Courtney Collins (buy)
the burial courtney collins
I had never heard of this book but it looked amazing so I bought it… I don’t normally do that but look at it. It’s so beautiful!
It is 1921. In a mountain-locked valley, Jessie is on the run.
Born wild and brave, by twenty-six she has already lived life as a circus rider, horse and cattle rustler, and convict. But on this fateful night she is just a woman wanting to survive though there is barely any life left in her.
Two men crash through the bushland, desperate to claim the reward on her head: one her lover, the other the law.
But as it has always been for Jessie, it is death, not a man, who is her closest pursuer and companion. And while all odds are stacked against her, there is one who will never give up on her—her own child, who awaits her.
Challenge 7: Read seven books
Heldere Hemel – Tom Lanoye
heldere hemel tom lanoye
Officially the shortest book I have on my shelf. So perfect for a read-a-thon..
Based on true events. During The Cold War, a Russian Sovjet fighter plane crashes in a small Belgian village. A small event on a global scale but it has a massive impact on one family.
Well, wish me luck!
Are you participating in the Book-Tube-A-Thon?
What are you reading?
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#Booktubeathon Update: Day 3 + 4

Day 3 + 4
(Because they were/are baaaad reading days!)

Thursday 21/07/2016

I have the day off!! It’s our national holiday here in Belgium and the weather is so nice. The perfect reading day…
Unless you have a three-year old daughter who is in a fase where she can’t play by herself for more than five minutes. A whole day.. I could have finished The Hours, I was convinced that I would manage it. But no, I read 40 pages.

In the evening, when the kids had gone to bed, I got the worst migraine I’ve had in a year or so.
I ended up just laying there, on the couch, listening to music and dreaming of Daryl Dixon (Yes, I’m craving more Walking Dead..) before going to bed hoping I’d at least get a bit of rest.

Friday 22/07/2016 – 5 AM

My baby boy is awake. He’s having a hard time sleeping when it’s this hot. I’m having a hard time sleeping when it’s this hot. Everyone’s having a hard time sleeping when it’s this hot!
I’ve tried to keep their room locked away from the heat but somehow, it found its way in there too. *sigh* Guess I’ll get up then.
While I’m preparing his bottle, I suddenly feel really bad. I knew this was coming (TMI probably, but period-time..), the migraine was a dead giveaway. After feeding my little one, I crawl back into bed for 30 minutes. Not enough sleep, today is going to be horrible…

Friday 22/07/2016 – 10 AM

Feeling slightly better (thank you, painkiller) but very, very tired. It seems like everyone is taking today off, there’s only five of us working and the bank next door is closed as well. (Kinda wish I could have stayed at home too…)
While I was cycling to work, I realized that I had forgotten my book. So no reading until I get home.

I did place and order on Book Depository, because that’s what you do when you feel like crap, right? You buy books…
I ordered:

  • The princess bride – William Goldman
  • We should all be feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (With the 10% discount thanks to the booktubeathon)
  • The secret garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • A little princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett

I realize that this is not a very good update.. and I apologise. I was doing really well the first couple of days. Now, it seems that life has caught up with me.
Maybe I’m reading the wrong books? Maybe I should have gone for more addicting reads?
Who knows..

 

If you’re doing the booktubeathon, I am cheering you on!!
I hope you’re having a great time 🙂

 

Love

Ellen

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#Booktubeathon Update: Day 2

Day 2

Monday 18/07 – 10:30PM

I finished Ragnarok and read 30 pages of Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban. Now it’s time to go to bed (well, I’m already in bed.. Reading.. But it’s time to go to sleep 😉) because tomorrow is another full day of work.

Goodnight!

Tuesday 19/07 – 12:30PM

Lunch break = reading time. We have a little balcony where we can sit and eat and since most of my colleagues are on holiday and the others eat at different times, it’s just me. Not that I’m complaining! It’s perfect! Some nice, quiet reading time. It brought The Hours by Michael Cunningham with me. My ‘book to movie adaptation’ read. I know nothing about this book… Well see how it goes..

Tuesday 19/07 – 5:15PM

I am freeeee! Now there’s just the matter of picking up my daughter, going home, making dinner and reading bedtime stories and then I can read some more. The Hours is really beautiful so far. I managed to read 40 pages during my break. Let’s go home☺️

Tuesday 19/07 – 9:28PM

I am soooo tired. I read 15 pages of The Hours and now I just can’t seem to focus. I’m so hot and sweaty and it’s keeping me from focussing. Ugh…

I’m going to bed. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. 55 pages is not good…

See you tomorrow!

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#Booktubeathon Update: Day 1

Day 1 

Monday 18/07 – 12:34AM

During the weekend, I decided to read a bit more of Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. It was on my TBR as the book “you only read after sunset”.
I tend to go to bed early, because I have to get up early, so I wanted to get as far into the book as I could, just to give myself some breathing space. And you know what? The strangest thing happened… I finished it.. on Saturday…

But no worries because there is still a third book in the series!!
So I started reading Ruin and Rising and I immediately realised.. I had to finish this book as well because it was AMAZING!! So I kept on reading and reading and reading and suddenly I only had about a hundred pages left and it was 11:45 PM. So why not read my way into the Booktubeathon?

I eventually finished the book somewhere around 00:20AM and it left me a bit breathless. I won’t say that it’s the best series I’ve ever read but my god, I enjoyed it so much!!

I knew I should have gone to bed at least an hour before finishing it, but it was too good to put down.
And sometimes you just have to enjoy the moment, no matter the consequences.

Monday 18/07 – 6:00AM

My alarm just went off.

I definitely regret the choices I made last night…

Monday 18/07 – 12:15PM

Lunch break!
More than half of my colleagues are on holiday so I pretty much have the office to myself.
I made myself a tomato and mozzarella salad and am going to try to read a bit of Ragnarok.

Monday 18/07 – 1:15PM

I ended up reading about 40 pages during my break. Not bad at all! Still not sure how I feel about this book, though.

Monday 18/07 – 7:45PM

My two little ones have just gone to sleep so I have another 2 hours of reading time. I’m going to try and finish Ragnarok. I only have 50 pages left to read so it should be possible. The next time I write will be tomorrow.

Read on, my fellow booktubeathon’ers!

You can do it!

Love

Ellen