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BookTube-a-Thon 2016: TBR

I’m back for BookTube-a-Thon with my tentative TBR. It’s mostly tentative because I’m not sure how well I’ll be able to stick to it. I tend to read with my moods, so I’ve never been great at following a set list. With that in mind I’m giving myself flexibility and a LOT of leeway.

Without further ado, here are my plans for each of the reading challenges.

Read a book with yellow on the cover:

   Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle, #2)

I have two in mind for this one, depending on how ambitious I’m feeling. Miss Mayhem is the second book in Rachel Hawkins’ Rebel Belle series, and I’ve been listening to the audio version. Finishing this will be totally dependent on how much time I can dedicate to  working around the house. Summer Days and Summer Nights is an anthology of short stories, and I might give myself a pass and count this one complete if I finish at least one of them. (I know, it’s cheating…)

Read a book only after sunset:

Saga, Volume 1

The sun sets late in Seattle this time of year (around 9pm), and I’m usually in bed by 10, so I’ll be going quick-and-easy with this challenge. I’ve been meaning to read Saga for a while, and Volume 1 is one of my book club picks for the month, so now is the time!

Read a book you discovered through BookTube:

Ivory and Bone

I was completely sold on picking up Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh after watching a few of Trina’s videos on her BookTube channel, Between Chapters. I had never heard of it before, and her reviews easily convinced me that it was worth a read. To sum it up VERY briefly (and not having read it yet), it has a unique 2nd person narrative and is a prehistoric fantasy retelling of Pride and Prejudice.

Read a book by one of your favorite authors:

Reliquary (Reliquary, #1)  Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)  

This one should be easy, but it’s actually really hard for me to pin down. I tend to store up a bunch of books from favorite authors so that I can pull one out when I need help out of a reading slump, or when I just can’t figure out what I’m in the mood for. These are just a few of many that I might choose from: Reliquary by Sarah Fine, Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, and Status Update by Annabeth Albert.

Read a book that is older than you:

Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)

I’ve been meaning to read Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones for a couple years now, and this is the perfect excuse! I love the movie adaptation, and I already have a copy of the book.

Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation:

    Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)

I have a few ideas for this one, each of which is cheating just a little bit. The first is to finish my re-read of the Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (began several months ago). The second is to watch the movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (read for book club in February). Lastly, if I need to, I’m happy to watch and count Howl’s Moving Castle for this one, too.

Read seven books: This is the challenge I think I am least likely to complete. I have read this much before, but not often, and never on command. If I do manage to finish, it won’t be following a set TBR. We’ll see how it goes!


Are any of you guys participating in BookTube-a-Thon this year? Let me know so I can follow your progress!



Review: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson is a young adult, contemporary fiction, standalone novel about a cross-country road trip. Amy and Roger, the two road trippers, are each dealing with their own emotional turmoil, and we experience the trip from Amy’s perspective as she copes with the recent death of her father. Her mother has charged her with bringing the family car from California to their new home in Connecticut and Roger is a family acquaintance who tags along as driver and companion on his way to Philadelphia.

I’ve seen some readers tag this book as “realistic fiction” and I really like that description for this story. The writing style and pacing of their adventure brings back memories of my own cross-country trip, as well as those of times in my life when I looked around and thought, “how on earth did I get here?”

While I have never experienced grief of the same magnitude as Amy’s, the weight of it was palpable throughout the story. Reading from her perspective, she was just trying to cope with all of the mind-numbing sadness and changes in her life. As the story progressed, I could see how each leg of the journey was essential to her well-being. It was wonderful to experience that with her, especially as she began to feel moments of joy again.

“The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren’t looking for them. Columbus and America. Pinzon, who stumbled on Brazil while looking for the West Indies. Stanley happening on Victoria Falls. And you. Amy Curry, when I was least expecting her.”

The relationship between Amy and Roger also fits pretty well under the “realistic fiction” banner, with plenty of hesitant, awkward moments and a camaraderie born of spending hours and hours on the road together. As the trip went on and they kept supporting each other in their respective quests, it felt right for them to discover more between themselves. This definitely isn’t an “instalove” story, and I wouldn’t call it swoony, either, but it is very, very sweet. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour is all about adventure, growth, and discovery, including the romantic elements.

I really enjoyed this one, and I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up more from Matson in the future. This was a great addition to my summer reading this year.

(Special thanks to Emily over at The Little Book Affair for posting and recommending this book in her Summertime Madness book tag last month!)

See my review on Goodreads for Some Particulars.