Oh hi there! - Winter Biannual Bibliothon TBR
Not to be that person who uses the new year as a chance to start a new project, but yup, that’s basically what I’m doing. For those who don’t know me, but let's be honest you all are probably people I already know, hi I’m Paige! I’m a lover of all things books, stories, creativity and also a generally uncoordinated human. But luckily there isn’t really anything about blogging that could cause me to physically fall on my face, right? Anyway, as I'm already late posting this, let's talk about the Winter Biannual Bibliothon.
The Biannual Biblioton is a twice a year readathon event hosted by a group of Booktubers and this winter readathon is hosted by The Booktube Girl, Little Book Owl, Britain’s Book Find, Little Red Reader and Kellys BookSpill, Dylanthereader5 and one of my personal favourite Booktubers, Emmmabooks. I’ve never properly participated in a readathon before, so I’m very excited to try and squeeze some extra reading in and participate in a few of the challenges. There are blog challenges, which are being run by the lovely blog hosts, but the main challenges that I will be focusing on our the reading challenges. I’m definitely doubling up on a few challenges because realistically I’m not going to have the time to read 7 separate books, but ideally the plan is to complete as many challenges as possible, but still have a fun time reading! Here are the books that I’ll be reading this round:
Book #1: Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller (Challenges: Read the group book and read a book that you’ve never heard of before)
There isn’t a whole lot that I am able to say about this book, as I will be using it for the challenge where I can’t know anything going in, but isn’t this cover cool? Otherworld is the first book that I plan on completing for the readathon, as it’s the group book and I’m very excited to participate in the live stream and interact with all the other awesome bookish people.
Book #2: Iron Gold by Pierce Brown (Challenge: Read a sequel)
I am itching to get this book in my hands! Pierce’s Red Rising trilogy is one of my all-time favourite science fiction series and Iron Gold is probably one of my most anticipated book of 2018 (I know we’re only 20 days in but shhhh). I can’t really go into the specifics in regards to what this book is about because it is a continuation of an already complete trilogy, but if you like sci-fi I definitely recommend that you pick up the first book in the trilogy, Red Rising.
I’m kind of bending the rules with this challenge because, while Iron Gold is a continuation in the Red Rising world, it follows a new set of characters, so I’m not sure you would quite call this a sequel. But of course I’m going to be read this as soon as it’s in my hands, so I have to read it for the Winter Biannual Bibliothon!
Book #3: Sherlock Holmes: A Study In Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Challenge: Read a book mentioned in another book/movie/tv show and read a book that is under 200 pages)
Again, I'm not quite sure if this is me bending the rules because I will only be reading one of the stories within this Sherlock Holmes anthology, but I will be using A Study In Scarlet to complete two challenges for this readathon.
Sherlock Holmes really needs no introduction as he is an iconic character in literature and has been referenced in many different books, films and TV shows, including Star Trek: The Next Generation (one of my all-time favourite TV shows). I've read one or two Sherlock Holmes stories here and there, but this year I want to aim to finish this anthology, as I've had it for such a long and what better way to start than for a readathon.
Book #4: City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare (Challenge: Read a backlist title)
For this challenge, I definitely could have chosen a book that was either a) smaller or b) one that I hadn't read before, but I am also involved in a year-long read-a-long run by the lovely Emmmabooks. The read-a-long is run on her Facebook group, The Dregs Society, where we read all of Cassandra Clare's books leading up to the release of Queen Of Air And Darkness, which is set to release in December of 2018.
If you would like to participate as well, you can find The Dregs Society Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1758929391073667/?ref=bookmarks
Most of you have probably already read City Of Bones because The Mortal Instruments has been a well-loved series by many people in the book community. For those of you who haven't City Of Bones follows a teenage girl named Clary who's life is changed when she meets a group of Shadowhunters who are invisible to everyone else but her and within twenty-four hours she's thrust into Shadowhunter's world in order to save her mother. This is Cassandra Clare's first book in her Shadowhunter chronicles and it has been a long time since I've read it. I'm not expecting it to be as amazing as her later books because she has grown a lot as an author over the past few year. However, she's always been a wizard at pulling at your heartstrings so I'm very excited to start this journey again.
Book #5: Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall (Challenge: Read a book that deals with mental illness)
I was looking at my book collection to build this TBR and I was shocked to find that I had no unread mental health books! On the other hand, considering that 2017 was a horrible year for me in terms of reading slumps, I did read quite a few mental health books last year. What had happened is I had bought them and pretty much read them right away, leaving me with no mental health books in my current TBR pile. So I’m definitely excited to pick up a new book during this readathon (any excuse to buy a new book, right?), and I’ve only heard good things about Under Rose-Tainted Skies.
This book is an own voices novel that deals with agoraphobia, anxiety, OCD and self-harm. It’s about a seventeen-year-old girl named Norah who has accepted that inside her house is where she is meant to exist because her mind insists that the outside world is too dangerous and that it’s better that she stays safe inside. This starts to change when she meets Luke, who sees her for her, rather than defining her by her mental illness.
This sounds like this book could be a little bit cheesy in terms of the romance aspect, but as I mentioned, I’ve only heard good things and this book was on many peoples favourite reads for the year of 2017, so I’m definitely hoping to get to it during this readathon.
That's all for my Winter Biannual Bibliothon TBR! I'm not expecting to get to all of these this week because life has a way of sometimes getting in the way of valuable reading time, but I'm excited none the less. I plan on doing at least one of the blogging challenges, so stay tuned for that!
For more on the Winter Biannual Bibliothon, check out there YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCax5iInFtxgYeqG6MKhTPJg
Have a great rest of your day and read something awesome!