BookTube-A-Thon 2017 TBR

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If you follow the BookTube community you might have seen and felt the excitement around the 7 day long readathon being held every year around this time. It is hosted by Ariel Bissett on the BookTubeAThon channel and this year I’m going to join the challenge. I’m so excited, even though my full time job might get into the way, but I’m going to do my best. Reading is fun, so I’m not going to stress out if I won’t be able to read as much as I would like. But just to be on the safer side I picked the slimmest books I own, just to make this challenge as easy as possible.

The readathon takes place between the 24th and the 30th of July. Here are the seven challenges set for this year along with the books I pick for each.

  1. Read a book with a person on the cover: The Boy with the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  2. Read a hyped book: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  3. Finish a book in one day: Eszter hagyatéka by Márai Sándor
  4. Read about a character that is very different from you: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  5. Finish a book completely outdoors: The Prince by Machiavelli
  6. Read a book you bought because of the cover: Egy piaci nap by Závada Pál
  7. Read seven books: Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier

Five of these are from my bookshelf so I’m happy to get to some of my unread books this month. Two of these are from the library, one e-book – Six of Crows, and one paperback Jamaica Inn.

I’m happy with the books I choose. The Boy with the Striped Pyjamas is a sorrowful story about two small boys during WW2. All Bruno wants is to play but when his family moves he finds himself without any playing companion, until he meets Shmuel, a boy wearing striped pyjamas living behind a wire fence. I saw the movie and it made me cry so naturally when I saw the book at a flea market I picked it up.

I have finished reading The Grisha Trilogy a couple of weeks ago and as soon as I did I’ve reserved a copy of Six of Crows at my local library. I wasn’t that fond of The Grisha Trilogy, I read it because I wanted to get to the Six of Crows, because of all the craze surrounding it both on YouTube and Instagram. Everyone says it is much better than The Grisha Trilogy and since I invested so much time in this world I decided I might as well give it a go.

Eszter hagyatéka (in English, Eszter’s Inheritanceis a Hungarian (my mother tongue) book I bought after I saw the movie and loved it. This is another book which will make me cry. It is a heartbreaking story about unrequited love and its consequences. The author writes exceptionally well and is one of the best known Hungarian writers. The book has been translated to English.  This book is a masterpiece and a great pick especially if you’re looking to diversify your reading portfolio. This will be my second Márai book after A gyertyák csonkig égnek (Embers in English). If Eszter hagyatéka is half as good as A gyertyák csonkig égnek I will be happy.

Siddhartha is one of the books I picked up in Berlin a few months ago. It tells the story of a man living in India at the time of the Buddha. It is a journey of spiritual evolution. From the back cover:

‘Handsome, well-loved, and growing increasingly dissatisfied with the life expected of him, Siddhartha sets out on his journey, not realising that he is fulfilling the prophesies proclaimed at his birth. Siddhartha blends in with the world, showing the reader the beauty and intricacies of the mind, and his experiences on the path to enlightenment.’

The path to enlightenment… isn’t that something worth knowing of? I am increasingly curious about Buddhism and this will be a book to give me some insight into the subject, I hope.

The Prince by Machiavelli is a bit of a joker in this hall, I don’t even know why I picked this book up. It is presented as a manual of ruthlessness for any ambitious ruler. I guess I am somewhat curious about this character. One must know about this person who was so manipulative and scheming that his name became a concept, a political doctrine. According to my dictionary Machiavellianism is a political doctrine, meaning that any means (however unscrupulous) can be used by a ruler in order to create and maintain his autocratic government. I just hope this won’t be an overly difficult read.

Egy piaci nap by Závada Pál is a book I picked up because of its cover. It is also the second book in this TBR I am going to read in Hungarian. The first sentence of the book description captured my attention, it reads something like this: What might make people band together and attack others? What innervation might transform a mob into a bloodthirsty predator? It is a story about antisemitism in 1946 and I haven’t read anything of the kind before. I hope it won’t be too terrifying.

And finally, I have Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier. I recently read Frenchman’s Creek and loved it. It was such an easy/nostalgic romance. Beautifully written. I decided to read some more of Du Maurier’s works and since I saw a TV adaptation of Jamaica Inn a few years ago I picked it as my second Du Maurier read. I remember it being mysterious and creepy and that i was drawn to the main character. Can’t wait to read it and freshen up my memory of it.

Overall, my TBR is a great mix of different books and subjects and I think this readathon is going to bring out a lot of different feelings in me.

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