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!!
> * 
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.
> * 
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 2017 TBR | Sitting In The Clouds

Each year one of my favourite booktubers, Ariel Bissett, hosts one of my favourite read-a-thons, the booktube-a-thon. I have participated every year since 2014, so this will be my fourth one and I have yet to complete 7 books in 7 days and this year will NOT be the year. However I think the week is more than just reading; it’s about coming together as a community and just enjoying the atmosphere and the challenges, videos people post and just seeing everyone else around you read at the same time. Having said all that I do create a TBR correlating with the challenges set.


The Challenges:
>1 Read a book with a person on the cover
>2 Read a hyped book
>3 Finish a book in one day
>4 Read a book with a character who is different to you
>5 Read a book entirely outside
>6 Read a book you bought because of the cover
>7 Read 7 books!

IMG_5243.jpgI have created a double page spread in my bullet journal to track my progress throughout the week. I will just track the books I’m reading and the page count and what I’m thinking about the books. 

>1 By Your Side by Kasie West – This completes the challenge “read a book with a person on the cover” as well as “read a book completely outside“. I will be listening to the audiobook of this in my car on the way to and from work, so even though inside my car isn’t technically outside, it’s outside of my usual reading environment…my bedroom. That counts right? (Update: Ariel tweeted that, yes, reading in your counts for the outside challenge)
>2 Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – This completes the challenge of “read a hyped book” and “read a book with a character who is different to you“. This book is so highly praised in the book community and it is about a boy who is gay aka the complete opposite to a heterosexual female.
>3 Tales of Beedle The Bard by JK Rowling – This will complete the “finish a book in the day” challenge as it is so short, easy to read and Harry Potter. Three key things to able me to read a book quickly.
>4 Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel – This is the booktube pick of the week, a bit like a book club read, you don’t have to read it to participate but I saw it for under £4.00 and thought why not? This book could also count towards the “read a book you bought because of the cover” because look how pretty and also I don’t know anything about it, and really did only buy it because it was the booktube pick and because of the cover.

And that completes my TBR this coming week. I’m hoping I can get through all for 4 books but I am at work from 9-4, Monday to Friday so we’ll see. I’m really excited for By Your Side as it will be my first Kasie West book and I know she is loved by many. But to be honest I’m just excited about the whole week, it’s definitely an event I look forward to each year.

Are you participating? What’s on your TBR? 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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Welcome Back!!! When you’re a reader, a book lover and book hoarder like I am you can’t resist popping into your local bookstores or typing in “book depository” in your web browser….other sites are available, to find the latest titles to add to your collection. This month saw me grow my book collection quite a lot as I’m officially back into reading and doing rather well in the BOOKTUBE-A-THON….if I d0 say so myself, so I was in the mood to buy a lot of books, so guess what?!….thats what I did.

The eBooks I Brought:

I only buy eBooks when they are on sale. I don’t see the point in spending like £10 on a eBook when I could buy the paperback or even the hardback version of the same book for the same price, which I could then add to my collection. I rarely buy ebooks that are more than £5. All the books mentioned below were brought in the “Best Sellers for £1.99 or less” sale on iBooks.

  • The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh
  • A Three Girls Christmas by Rachel Schurig
  • Just One Night by Gayle Foreman (read)
  • An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
  • Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I stocked up on some light-hearted contemporaries while this sale was on as I don’t want to take any physical books with me to America at the end of August. These books, especially Anna and the French Kiss, Maybe Someday and The Lemon Grove, will be great pool side reads.

Physical Books I Brought: 

  • Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher (read) – Zoellas WHSmith Exclusive Book Club cover. I love this book, it’s one of my favourite contemporaries so when I saw this beautiful revamped edition, I had to get it.
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson 

I’m currently coming to the end of BOOKTUBE-A-THON and during every BOOKTUBE-A-THON,  Book Depository have a discount code you can use to get a discount on a collection of books. The books mentioned below, I have yet to receive as I only ordered them last night but I brought them with the BOOKTUBE-A-THON  discount code.

  • Cress by Marissa Meyer 
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer 
  • Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  • More Than This by Patrick Ness

I’m currently reading Scarlet by Marissa Meyer and I’m loving it so I’m super stoked to receive the rest of The Luna Chronicles in the mail. I also recently finished my first Patrick Ness book so when I saw the only book by him, More Than This, that I don’t own by him discounted on Book Depository I had to pick it up. 

I haven’t brought that many books in one month in ages but I’m loving it. My reading obsession is officially back and I’m so happy. I can’t wait to get to all these books. I’m going to sign off now as I have less than 48hrs left of the BOOKTUBE-A-THON so I’m going to go back to reading. If you are participating in BOOKTUBE-A-THON, I hope its going well for you. 

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Welcome Back!!! It’s that time of the year again…BOOKTUBE-A-THON time!! This is the only readathon I make sure to fully participate myself in each year as it has a special place in my heart. The host, Ariel Bisset, was one of the first Booktubers I discovered and I also discovered my love of reading and the BOOKTUBE community around the time of the BOOKTUBE-A-THON 2014 as everyone was uploading their TBRs.

This readathon is running from July 18th – July 24th

The Reading Challenges: 

1/ Read a book with yellow on the cover.
2/ Read a book only after sunset.
3/ Read a book you discovered through booktube.
4/ Read a book by one of your favourite authors.
5/ Read a book that is older than you.
6/ Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation.
7/ Read seven books

The Books I Plan On Reading:

1/ The Rest Of Us Just Live Here – Read a book with yellow on the cover
2/ The Walking Dead graphic novels – Read a book only after sunset
3/ Scarlet – Read a book you discovered through booktube
4/ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Read a book by one of your favourite authors/Read a book to movie adaption

(The challenges of “read 7 books” and “read a book that’s older than you” I haven’t assigned books as I know I won’t be able to complete those challenges) 

So there we have it, my TBR pile for the BOOKTUBE-A-THON 2016! Only 4 books but Goblet of Fire is quite a hefty read so I still have a feeling I won’t complete all 4 but you never know. 

Some of these books have been on my radar for a while, especially Scarlet as I loved Cinder when I read it last year, so I hope I can get to most of and if not all these books during the week. Let’s just hope my boyfriend is on all night shifts so I can spend my evenings binge reading books…haha!! 

Are you participating in the BOOKTUBE-A-THON this year and if so, what’s on your TBR pile? And also, which book shall I start off with? 

until next time, 

xoxo, rachel 

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