Hey guys! It’s Amanda once again. I’m posting out of my ordinary schedule, but it’s worth it. I was talking to Jessica over at JessicaMarie493. I’d definitely classify her as my Bookish Best Friend. Definitely go check her page out!
Alright, enough promoting. Anyway, we were talking and decided that we should do the Book Buddy A Thon. I was kind of iffy about it when she first mentioned it because I thought there was going to be more to it than there was. But it’s really easy and I think I only added one book to my TBR for it. No, two books. But they are both fairly small.
Now, if you haven’t heard of Book Buddy A Thon, I discovered it through the person who I feel I tag a lot, Book and Lala (someone please tell me if that link doesn’t work, my wifi has been acting up and I couldn’t get to Lala’s page so I guessed at the URL). I would tag her video, but as I mentioned, my internet is acting up and it’d be too difficult and take too long to get the link.
But, it’s a Readathon where you choose a book buddy to do the Readathon along with. Obviously, my buddy is Jessica! There are 5 challenges related to your buddy in some way that you need to complete. You’ll understand it more as I go on explaining the books I’m reading for each challenge.
Dates: May 6 to May 12
Challenge 1: Buddy Read A Book
We have been trying to buddy read this book since the end of last month and it just hasn’t been going over very well. We’re both busy, busy people and, well, ACOWAR happened. But, we stopped at about the same spot so we decided that we’ll pick it up again and finish it off for this readathon. That book is: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
This book is based off the Black Lives Matter movement. I’m not going to lie. I went into this book half expecting it to be completely one sided and just hating on cops. That’s the side that I see the most from the news. But it’s so much more than that. It’s showing the different sides and how a black teenager being shot by a white cop while the teen is unarmed can affect everyone around him. The main character, Starr, was in the car when all of this went down. She has two brothers and we see how the wrongful shooting and killing of their sister’s childhood friend affects them. And to add fire to the flame, Starr goes to a predominantly white school.
I started to type so much more, but I’m going to save my thoughts for my wrap up and review of this book once I finish it. Because there most certainly will be one.
Challenge 2: Read a Book That’s Title Starts With The First Letter of Your Buddy’s First Name
Obviously, I got J for the letter I need to choose from. I don’t have any small books that start with J. So I figured I’d go check on the app where I read manga. There are 12 completed. So I had to start looking at some ongoing. I decided that even if it’s ongoing, I’ll just read everything that they have on the app. I also decided that it had to have a decent amount of “chapters.”
I think I decided on a manga called Jiujiu by Touya Tobina. From what I gathered from the description, it’s about a girl who lost her brother when she was young. She gets two werewolf pups and they grow up as she does and end up going to the same high school as her. It’s a Shoujo and romance so I definitely think it’ll be a quick read. It’s 23 chapters so it’s long enough that I’m going to count it. But, it’s claimed to be ongoing. Also, hasn’t been updated in 2 years. We’ll see.
Challenge 3: Read A Book That’s The Same Color as Your Buddy’s Favorite Color
I’m kind of cheating with this one, but that’s alright. Readathons are meant to be bent slightly. So, Jess’s favorite color is orange. Alright. Orange books are hard to find. I have three that I classify as orange on my shelves. And they aren’t even really orange. So, onto the cheating.
I chose Orange Vol 2 by Ichigo Takano. It’s got orange in the sunset on the cover. Close enough. But I’m excited to get into this book finally. I know it’ll be a quick and easy read. I mean, I did read the first one in a day. This manga follows a girl who gets a letter from her future self that the new boy in her class is going to die if she gets close to him. So the letter explains what is going to happen and how she should handle each situation. But it’s becoming harder and harder for Naho to avoid getting close to Kakeru.
Challenge 4: Choose 3 Books and Read The One Your Buddy Chooses
The three books that I chose were Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, Blindsided, and Chinese Handcuffs. Jess decided to choose Blindsided. This book is a part of the Diversity Bingo that I decided to do this year so that’s good!
This book is about a girl who is living the life. She’s got everything she could ever want. Until her world is flipped upside down when she’s told she’s going blind. Now she needs to learn how to survive as a blind woman. She’s hoping for a miracle, but she’s going to have to find a way to live with these changes.
Challenge 5: Read Whatever You Want
I decided for this one, I was going to read The Fill in Boyfriend by Kasie West. All I know about this book is that the main character goes to a party or something and has to use a some guy to be her “boyfriend” for the party. I don’t really know. I’m okay going into this book blind.
If I can manage to get through that, I’ll probably either read the ARC for All The Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham which comes out in June 2017. So I need to get to that before then so I can get my review up. Hopefully I’ll get through these books quickly and I can get to this. Either way, it’s my next read!
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