11 Books in One Month | July Reading Wrap Up | Sitting In The Clouds

It’s official!!! I’ve never read so much in one month in all the years I’ve been an avid reader. I want to thank Zoe and Ariel, two of my favourite booktubers for hosting two of my favourite read-a-thons. Zoe’s 24HR Read-a-thon came first and got me out of my reading slump. I managed to read 2 books in around 17 hours. Then the Booktube-a-thon happened this past week and I managed to read 7 books in one week, completing all the challenges which is just so crazy, as most of the time I don’t even complete one book a week.


What I Read…and their ratings
(books highlighted with an ‘*’ are the books I read during the Booktube-a-thon)

> Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick –  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ .5
One of my all time favourite books (my favourite books) so I thought I’d reread it to help me get out of my slump and it seemed to have worked wonders, seeing as 2 and a bit weeks later I have finished another 10 books.
All About Mia by Lisa Williamson – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Lisa Williamson wrote another one of my all time favourite books, The Art of Being Normal. Therefore All About Mia has been on my radar for a while now. I read it during Zoe’s 24HR Read-a-thon and it was the perfect book to devour in a day. I loved it.
Fairest by Marissa Meyer – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ .5
I’m slowly but surely getting through the Lunar Chronicles but the size of Winter is so intimidating but hopefully, I’ll get round to it at some point before the end of the year. Overall I really enjoy this series and can’t wait for Winter and Stars Above. 
> Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ .5
Kate from GirlReading on Youtube recommended this read in one of her recent videos and it so happened that I downloaded it years ago on my e-reader. I decided to give it a go and absolutely adored it, but seeing as it’s a mystery I won’t speak a word. If you give it a go, go into it knowing nothing.
Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I adore Harry Potter but you definitely don’t need to read the short stories for it to add anything to the original series. I enjoyed this but it was nothing special.

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Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This book was the booktubeathon pick. Another contemporary, another enjoyable read.
> * By Your Side by Kasie West – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Now I LOVED this book and may be my favourite book I read this month. New fictional boyfriend…DAX!!
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Simon VS The Homo Sepians Agenda by Beckie Albertalli – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
A really great book with an amazing discussion point but because of the hype, I feel like I had too high of expectations for it, so it didn’t get as much love as I think most people give it. I still really enjoyed my time reading it though.
> * 
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher –  ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I’ve seen the Netflix show and I adored it and watched the entire season within 24 hours…opsie! So when I saw this audiobook on my library app, I downloaded it to help me read more during the Booktube-a-thon.
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The Eye of Minds by James Dashner –  ⭐️⭐️.5/75
I used to LOVE the Maze Runner and don’t get me wrong I still do love it, just not as much as I used it. I’ve had this book of Dashner’s on my shelf for a while and I was getting tired of reading contemporary so decided to pick it up.
The Walking Dead Vol.1 by Robert Kirkman – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This was a reread to complete the challenge to read an entire book outside for the booktube-a-thon. I adore The Walking Dead, tv show, and graphic novels. I have only got up to volume 10 in the graphic novels, but I read that one such a long time ago, it’s not that I’ve forgotten the story, as I have watched so many reruns of the tv show, it’s the art and what each character looks like in the graphic novels that confuses me and therefore, I want to reread the series, and the booktube-a-thon was the perfect time to do so.

Monthly Reading Stats

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I still can’t believe the amount I read this month. I don’t think I will EVER read that much again but knowing that if I prioritize my time, I can read more, makes me so happy, and in August I’m going to make it a goal just to prioritize my time more wisely. I just need to learn to pick up a book more than watch hours of Youtube.

What did you read in July? Did we read any of the same books? Did YOU participate in the Booktube-a-thon? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel



BOOKTUBE-A-THON WRAP UP | Sitting In The Clouds


Welcome Back!!! This past week I participated in the 2016 BOOKTUBE-A-THON. In 2015, when I was summer break and had no work commitments, allowing me the entire week to read, I finished 3 books and 2 graphic novels. This year I had a full time job and a boyfriend to keep happy….they are jobs of their own, so I knew I wasn’t going to beat last years reading but I actually surprised myself with how much I did end up reading.

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If you read my TBR (here) you will know I didn’t allocate books to two of the challenges, read book older than you and read 7 books, because I just knew I wasn’t going to complete them.

So let’s see how I did with a day-to-day run down…

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And if you are a brainiac and worked out my total number of pages whilst reading the chart above you would already know that my total number of pages was….


Seeing the stats above, I would call this years BOOKTUBE-A-THON a SUCCESS!!! 

When I tallied everything up last night, I was shocked at how much I had actually managed to read. The use of the Goblet of Fire audiobook came in super handy as I read the majority of that whilst getting ready and driving to and from work the entire week, allowing my evenings free for other books. Although I didn’t finish Scarlet, I was about 80 pages out when the clock striked midnight, calling BOOKTUBE-A-THON to an end. However, instead of reading Scarlet I watched the movie Goblet of Fire, completing a challenge. So overall, I completed 4 challenges which I’m stocked about. 

Overall, I am so impressed with how BOOKTUBE-A-THON went for me this year and when I told my boyfriend my overall stats he said and I quote….

“baby, you’re a machine”

So that’s it. The BOOKTUBE-A-THON  is done and dusted for a whole nother year…yes ‘nother’ is correct, I googled it. This read-a-thon will always be my all time favourite and one I look forward to each year. I just love the sense of community it brings. 

I hoped you enjoyed my run down of the week and I hope if you participated you are happy with how well you did. 

until next time, 

xoxo, rachel 

P.S. I’m thinking of setting up a DEPOP for books I no longer want, either I didn’t enjoy it and won’t read it again or I have multiple copies. Let me know if you are interested, the books I post will be super discounted, selling at around £3-6. 

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