CONTEMPORARY-A-THON ANNOUNCEMENT + CHALLENGES | ROUND FOUR

 Hi, what is my life? No, seriously, 2019 has been such a wild ride just starting a Booktube channel, but never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be co-hosting one of my favorite readathons of all time! I am so honored, I am so blessed, and I hope you all join us!


DATES FOR ROUND FOUR:
➽ 2/11 – 2/17


CHALLENGES:
➽ 1. Read your most recently purchased or acquired contemporary
➽ 2. Read a contemporary with blurple (blue or purple) on the cover
➽ 3. Read a diverse contemporary keeping in mind its African heritage month and an own voices African author would be a great pick
➽ 4. Read a dark, taboo, or emotional book
➽ 5. Read a contemporary you meant to read in 2018 but didn’t get to
➽ 6. Read a contemporary in a non-traditional format (ebook, audio, graphic novel etc)
➽ 7. Read a contemporary with a picture on the spine (not a color or pattern but an image)

(Double up and make as many of them work for as many books as you want!)


LIVE-SHOW:
➽ 2/16 on Chelsea’s Channel (Time TBA!)


THE BABES:
CHELSEA
JULIE
NATASHA


CONTEMPORARYATHON INSTA



GIVEAWAY(S) INFO:
➽ CHELSEA’S: on the TBR videos
➽ JULIE’S: On the week long vlogs or wrap ups
➽ NATASHA’S: On the daily vlogs
➽ MINE: On the Contemporary-a-thon Instagram!
➽ Go to each of their channels and to their own personal announcement videos for more details about their actual individual giveaways! But mine will go live the on Feb 11th on the Contemporaryathon Instagram, and all the rules will be in the post, and it will last for a week and then I will pick a winner on the 17th!
➽ Winners will be picked at random. All winners will get a book of up to $20 value on either amazon or book depository.


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Top Ten Tuesday | My Favorite Booktubers

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!

Hey, loves! Like many people in the book community, I consume a whole lot of Booktube! I love that this week’s topic is all about giving back to the community and putting a spotlight on other people that do so much to make the book world a much better place! So, needless to say, I couldn’t only pick ten! So here are my thirty favorite Booktubers of all-time! You should watch, (hopefully fall in love,) subscribe, and follow all of them! 💗


➽ Adriana @ perpetualpages

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➽ Frankie @ Frankie Reads

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➽ Julie @ Pages and Pens

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➽ Sylwia @ Wish Fulfillment

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➽ Joce @ squibblesreads

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➽ Emily @ Possibly Literate

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➽ Farah @ A Booktube Book

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➽ Christina Marie @ Christina Marie

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➽ Brandi @ Brandi Janee’s Bookshelf

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➽ Chelsea @ chelseadolling reads

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➽ Alexis @ The Sloth Reader

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➽ Steph @ Stephs Rom Book Talk

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➽ Lainey @ gingerreadslainey

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➽ Riley @ Riley Marie

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➽ Spence @ Common Spence

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➽ Lea @ drumsofautumn

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➽ Connor @ Connor O’Brien

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➽ Elise @ thebookishactress

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➽ Marines @ mynameismarines

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➽ Kav @ xreadingsolacex

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➽ Sam @ Sam’s Nonsense

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➽ Samm @ Sassenach the Book Wizard

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➽ Gabby @ gabbyreads

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➽ Stephanie @ Wickedjr89 and Books

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➽ Madalyn @ Novel Ink

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➽ Allie @ alliembooks

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➽ Monica @ shemightbemonica

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➽ Jocelyn @ yogi with a book

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➽ Chelsea @ Chelsea Palmer

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➽ Jen @ Book Syrup

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Okay, my loves! I hope you enjoyed! Seriously, these thirty people are putting in and doing the Lord’s work every single day. I not only love to watch them, I admire them. And I’m forever thankful for everything they do for this community! Who is your favorite booktuber? Let me know! And I hope you’re all having the happiest of reading!

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The 2018 BooktubeSFF Awards

Hey, friends! As many of you may know, I participate in the BookTubeSFF Awards every year and I love it so very much! I always try to pick up some of the books that I haven’t read that have been nominated, and then pick the winner of each category for me, personally. And even though I really slacked this year, I figured I’d still share my favorites with you today!

The voting for the actual winners opens up on June 1st and closes on June 7th! The live show, where all the judges will discuss the nominees and announce the winners, will be held late June!

But here are all of the different categories, with my reviews and star ratings linked if I read, and who I think should be crowned the winner of each category!


Best Fantasy Novel:
💛 The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin ★★★★★
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden  ★★★★★
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence  ★★★★★
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab ★★★

This category truly guts me, but I have to go with The Stone Sky always and forever. The trilogy is a masterpiece in general, and that final book is one of the most perfect concluding novels I’ve ever had the honor of reading!


Best Debut Novel:
💛 The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden ★★★★★
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames ★★★★★
The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty ★★★★★

Yeah, I five starred ALL three of these. Oh, cruel world! But The Bear and the Nightingale is the best debut novel I’ve ever read in my entire life.


Best YA:
💛 Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor ★★★★★
Windwitch by Susan Dennard DNF @ 50%
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab N/A

I don’t even feel bad about this one, because Strange the Dreamer was my favorite book of 2017. Obviously, it deserves to win everything.


Best Middle Grade:
Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi / #1 ★★★
Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan N/A
💛 Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend ★★★★★
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken ★★★★★

I’m a little torn on this one, just because I did really enjoy Nevermoor, but it took me forever to read! Plus, I also really loved Prosper Redding, but I just think I’ll carry Nevermoor with me longer.


Best Graphic Work:
💛 Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda ★★★★★
Everyone’s a aliebn when your a aliebn too by Jomny Sun N/A
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris N/A
Paper Girls, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan / Vol. 1 ★★

This is another I should feel bad about, especially because I’ve heard such good things about My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, but Monstress is my favorite graphic work of all time. I couldn’t not pick it.


Best Short Work:
💛 Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire ★★★★★
All Systems Red by Martha Wells N/A
Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor / #1 ★★★★

Few things in my bookish life mean more to me than Seanan McGuire’s novellas. And Down Among the Sticks and Bones is my favorite in this series, to date.


Best Science Fiction Novel:
Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee N/A
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer N/A
The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi N/A
Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel N/A

I know, I’m terrible, but I’d pick Yoon Ha Lee because I’m such a fangirl of their work, but I can’t believe I haven’t picked up Raven Stratagem yet!



Okay, there you have it! Those are my picks! Do you guys feel the same? Did you participate in the BooktubeSFF Awards too? Let me know! And I’m wishing you all the happiest of reading always! And if you’re interested in seeing my picks for the 2017 BooktubeSFF Awards – Click here!

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Also, don’t forget to check out the amazing hosts of this event:
🌑 Samantha from Sam’s Nonsense
🌒 Frankie from Frankie Reads
🌓 Kaitlin from Kitty G
🌔 Rachel from Kalanadi
🌕 Thomas from SFF180
🌖 Connor from Connor O’Brien
🌗 Sam from Thoughts on Tomes
🌘 Chelsea from TheReadingOutlaw
🌑 Elena from Elena Reads Books

BookTube Shout Outs!

YouTube recently decided they were going to change their policy on what channels could be monetized. Now, creators must have accumulated 4,000 hours of overall watch time on their channel within the past 12 months and have at least 1,000 subscribers. YouTube begins this policy for all existing channels as of February 20th, which means if your channel does not, you will not be able to monetize your content.

Because of the changes, the community has really come together and helped raise the voices of some smaller channels. And I have found some AMAZING new people that I have immediately subbed to! I’ve stumbled upon all of these channels because of the policy change (with the exception of two!) and I really enjoyed all of their content!

Plus, as part of the book community, I want to do my part to help, too! So, I wrote up this quick little post, and I hope you all will check out these ten channels! Maybe even like, comment, and subscribe! All of these channels are under and/or around 1k subscribers, and I completely recommend them all!

The Sloth Reader
Alexis is a very dear friend of mine, but I couldn’t resist making this post and not including her! She is insightful and gives great critiques, she is a gamer with a very impressive Funko collection, and besides me loving her content, you’ll get cat meows in the background!

Frankie Reads
Frankie is back after a wedding and a new job, and I am beyond words excited! I can’t even emphasize what a bright, shining light Frankie is in the BookTube community! Frankie’s smile is infectious, and I’m just praying we might get another Prince cover in 2018.

BeautyBookCorner
Books AND beauty products! Oh, and the YouTuber is such a sweetheart, with the cutest pupper ever! Plus, they are so kind! I love their hauls and wrap ups so very much!

BooksWithWings
Mel picks the best books, ever and I could listen to her talk about what Wild Beauty means to her… forever. She is from Argentina, and her voice and recommendations are so very powerful. She also has one of the best videos I’ve ever watched on Magical Realism.

Stephs Rom Book Talk
When I found this channel, I instantly added twenty books to my TBR! Be still, my Romance loving heart. I instantly fell in love with Steph, and their Top 17 of 2017 was so powerful and emotional that wild horses couldn’t have kept me from buying the entire series off that number 1 pick!

Kath Elizabeth Reads
I stumbled upon Kath from Thomas’ Twitter Thread, where I actually found a lot of new BookTubers! I was completely blown away by how much Kath’s reading tastes were so similar to my own! And yes, forever and always, to people who love The Cruel Prince!

WhattheGemini
This gorgeous girl added me to Instagram, and I immediately had to go look at her BookTube channel! Her channel is brand new, but I already love all her reviews!

Musical Tati
I stumbled upon Tatiana’s channel from Winx & Ink’s BookTube Shout Outs Video, and I fell in LOVE instantly. I love her passion, I love her voice, I love her humor (she’s so hilarious), and I could listen to hear talk about Strange the Dreamer forever.

Sprinkled Pages
Anisha is a wonderful teen blogger from Australia. Me and her had so many similar tastes with our 2017 reading! Seriously, so many good YA books!

Katie’s Booktube
YA, NA, Adult, MG, Manga, Candles, and more! I binge watched all of Katie’s videos and loved them all. And like, she might be the first BookTuber I’ve seen bring up Yuri on Ice!

Okay, I know this was super short and sweet, but I hope you guys find some new favorite BookTubers from this, because I know I did! And again, I’m so very thankful to be a part of this community, and I never want to take it for granted. BookTubers do the Lord’s work each and every day, from planning, to notes, to filming, to editing, and to so much more! They make such an impact on the book community, and they deserve to be compensated for their work, effort, and passion! I hope you all enjoyed this, and I hope that I’m able to do this again before February 20th! Happy reading, everyone!

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