Booktube-A-Thon 2017 TBR

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The 2017 Booktube-A-Thon has been announced and, while I’m not a booktuber myself, I’m an avid viewer and have chosen to take part this year anyway.

For anyone who doesn’t know what Booktube-A-Thon is, it is an annual read-a-long for booktubers to come together and read as much as possible in the space of one week (24th July – 30th July).

There are video challenges set up for the creators to take part in, as well as a list of reading challenges. Neither of these things are mandatory and the only real thing you should be trying to do during the week is read. (You can find more information on the official youtube channel here.)

Like I said, I’m not a creator on booktube but I thought it might be a fun way to get through some of the books I have on my shelves anyway so here is my TBR:

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Teaser Tuesday – 04/07/17

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by The Purple Booker, that wants you to add books to your TBR or just share what you are currently reading. How it works:

+ Grab your current read
+ Open to a random page
+ Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
+ Be careful not to include spoilers
+ Share the title & author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers

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“Thank you, ma’am,” said Mary Poppins with icy politeness. “But I bring the children up in my own way and take advice from nobody.” – Mary Poppins Comes Back by P. L. Travers

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New Reading Goals & A Mid-Year Book Freak Out

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There hasn’t been a lot going on with me recently. My reading slowed down at the start of June when I picked up War & Peace before shortly coming to a complete stop. I found myself juggling five books at the same time but had no motivation to pick up any of them. That’s right. A complete and utter book slump.

This really shouldn’t have been an issue but reading is my number one hobby and, when I’m not immersed in some kind of book, it feels weird.

I finally figured out that trying to read so many books all at once was the problem. I have enough trouble trying to balance two. Five was overwhelming and I really wasn’t getting into the stories properly so I decided to DNF the one I was having the biggest trouble with and concentrate on each one at a time.

It worked like a charm and, before I knew it, my reading mojo returned. 😀

Another reason I think I fell into a bit of a funk was that at the end of May, I achieved my New Year’s resolution of reading 30 books this year.

That had been my only reading goal for 2017 so once I’d done it, I was like, Okay, what now?

So, as it’s midway through the year, I’ve decided to add a few extra reading challenges to see me off for the next 6 months.

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What’s Up Wednesday: New York, Weddings, & Lying Low

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I suck at blogging.

This What’s Up Wednesday thing was supposed to put me on a schedule so that I could start blogging regularly again. And then I missed a month worth of Wednesdays. Fail.

But I’m back. I imagine this is because I’ve just spent the last two days at home, lounging about in my PJs, trying to get over the last of my jetlag, so I finally have free time to just blabber on.

The biggest thing that happened in the last few weeks is that I flew to New York for my girl, Cerena’s, wedding.

I haven’t seen the professional pictures yet and I, stupidly, didn’t bother to take any photos throughout the day because I was too busy sobbing and then drinking and then dancing but I managed to snag one that the happy couple was tagged in on Facebook:

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What’s Up Wednesday: Vesak Day, Theatre, & Awkwardness

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Happy Vesak Day!

Singapore is enjoying this midweek public holiday and flocking to their nearest temple to take part in celebrations. I have yet to shower and get dressed so … you know … priorities.

I completely missed writing a WUW last week thanks to my utter laziness. I woke up late and then spent the rest of the afternoon getting ready to go out for the evening. But this wasn’t any normal going out.

I’d treated myself to theatre tickets.

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What’s Up Wednesday: Wedding Fever, Giant Moths, & Booktube

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I am in full wedding mode and it’s not even my wedding.

In 4 weeks time, I’ll be flying to New York for my friend Cerena’s wedding. I will be her Maid of (Dis)Honour. Let’s be honest, though – I’m doing a pretty shitty job of that already as I live on the other side of the world and can’t be there for any of the planning.

I will also be the token Welsh girl in a sea of New Yorkers. Me at 8am:

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Teaser Tuesday – 25/04/17

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by The Purple Booker, that wants you to add books to your TBR or just share what you are currently reading. How it works:

+ Grab your current read
+ Open to a random page
+ Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
+ Be careful not to include spoilers
+ Share the title & author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers

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“She took his money and went out with other men, and she lied to the student – who was certainly a fool. He limped about, looking soft and sad, and soon all John’s sympathy was given to this violent and unhappy woman.” – Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

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