Y’all, YouTube can suck rocks.
Tangent: Did you know you can actually suck rocks to help assuage thirst? Keep that in mind the next time you’re stranded in the desert. Wait, are there rocks in the desert? You should probably keep one in your pocket just in case.
So yeah, YouTube. It can actually suck the elixir of the gods because I am full-on addicted to it. Watching it anyway. Filming and editing for it appear to currently be out of reach of my ability at this point in my life.
What point, you say?
I can’t go through this every day, Dory. We are all going to need to work on our retention skills if we’re going to be bros.
I’m comfortable(ish) in Blogland, so let’s keep it to here and Insta for now. And because it’s everyone’s happy hour day, let’s do a Friday Fiver.
Monday begins the week-long BookTubeathon readathon and I am super psyched. I love readathons because, DUH reading, but also because of the socialization and the excitement of the community. There truly ain’t no party like a book-reading nerd party. We’re going to party like Dewey just dropped the decimal system, yo.
The rules of BookTubeathon are simple:
There are seven challenges and here are five of my contenders for my TBR:
This book is by Jane Austen and qualifies for the book older than me challenge.
I started this one with one of Book Riot‘s badass muthas, Wallace Yovetich, on an Insta read-along, read eight chapters and promptly said wah, the langauge is too antiquated for my bourgeois ass. I’m outie 5000.
And it’s been eating at me ever since. Srsly y’all, Jane Austen is a universally adored rock star of literature and I’m not going to finish it because it forces my brain to work a little bit harder? I’m constantly pushing my son to work harder, to sound shit out, that it’s not learning if it isn’t challenging. I need to vag the fuck up and finish that book.
My library had a digital copy available so it’s ready and waiting in my Kindle.
Not HomeCOMING like I was erroneously perpatrating, but HomeGOING. By Yaa Gyasi. This book satisfies both the yellow on the cover and learned about from BookTube categories. I think I first heard of it from Rincey, but it has been EV REE WHURR. Buzz is strong, yo.
There’s a copy sitting in my library waiting for me to get out the damn house and pick it up.
Book by William Goldman for the read the book, watch the movie challenge.
I am not a fan of this category. I think reading and watching too close together affects the impact of each medium. I re-read The Hobbit before seeing the movie when it came out and spent the entirety of the movie comparing the differences instead of just enjoying the movie for what it was on its own. I felt similarly about the Netflix series Jessica Jones based on the comic series, Alias. Alias is one of my all time faves and I re-read it with glee in expectation of the television version. I ended up only watching the first episode, which was good but not the same. Comics can be especially difficult because you already have a visual on the characters and the world they inhabit.
I re-read and re-watched Fantastic Mr. Fox for the Book Riot Read Harder challenge and, although I adore both, the movie is better and therefore did not traumatize or bore me. This is my thought for Princess Bride. Also, my son has never seen it and I will enjoy experiencing it with him.
I downloaded the book on my Kindle and the movie is currently streaming on Netflix.
This is a short story collection by Neil Gaiman, fitting into the book by a favorite author challenge. I may also use this for the read only after sunset category.
My husband gave me this for Christmas and I’ve put it off because I prefer more lengthy immersions in other worlds, but I love NG and am excited to be back inside his worlds. I’ve found short story collections work really well with weeklong readathons because you can dip in and out over the week.
I own the book. It’s on the stack.
Graphic novels –
I have a variety in my possession or on hold at the library. As the other four books fulfill the first six challenges, I thought I would make some more progress on my Panels Read Harder challenge while simultaneously fulfilling the final challenge to read seven books. Reading graphic novels is a great way to break things up, stave of slumps and boost motivation by upping the number of books completed. They will also be a good addition to the 24 in 48 readathon that overlaps with the final days of BookTubeathon.
These are my front runners, but I’m a mercurial gal so we’ll see. I’ll post my final cut on Instagram. Are you in it to win it on this challenge? What’s in your stack?