Book Ravens TBR Takedown

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Last weekend I participated in the #SavvyReadathon hosted by The Savvy Reader. Being involved in a readathon emersed me further into the bookish community, which is why I got excited when I saw that Raven from @booktalkwithrae is hosting #BookRavensTBRTakedown. This is a series of five 48-hour readathons, taking place on each weekend in June. I normally don’t plan my reading ahead of time. I usually pick a book based on my current mood when I finish reading. But since this is a goal oriented readathon, I thought that it would be best if I planned ahead, especially for week 5 which is my follower’s choice.

Since these readathons are geared towards taking down different aspects of your to be read (TBR) pile, I chose books that I keep putting to the back burner with no real plan of reading it in the near future. I’m really excited about the line-up I have for the month.

I hope you all participate in at least 1 weekend readathon. If you do, make sure to use #BookRavensTBRTakedown on Instagram and Twitter!

 Here is my readathon TBR, all shelved on my readathon TBR shelf on Goodreads.

June 1–2: Read a backlist book

A backlist book is any book not published in the current year. Do you have an older book sitting on your bookshelf that you’ve been meaning to read? This is the perfect opportunity for you to do just that. Pick it up and knock it off your TBR. The book I chose was written for a much younger audience than me but I am really intrigued by this graphic novel series because of the beautiful illustrations inside. It’s quick and fun read for a busy weekend!

Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson

Published in 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Published in 2017 by Balzer + Bray

This is the story of two totally different girls—quiet, shy, artistic Emmie and popular, outgoing, athletic Katie—and how their lives unexpectedly intersect one day when an embarrassing note falls into the wrong hands. 

June 8–9: Read a sequel

Sometimes we start a series but then there’s a delay in publication so we don’t end up getting around to the sequels. It’s a perfect week to make a dent in series you have started, loved, and never finished. This prompt tied in extremely nicely with week 1’s prompt. In week 1, I plan to read the first book in the Emmie & Friends series. The length and format of these books are perfect for a 48-hour readathon and they are the sequels to the book I will be reading in week 1!

Positively Izzy by Terri Libenson

Published in 2018 by Balzer + Bray

Published in 2018 by Balzer + Bray

Middle school is all about labels. Izzy is the dreamer. Bri is the brain. The girls’ lives converge in unexpected ways on the day of a school talent show, which turns out to be even more dramatic than either Bri or Izzy could have imagined.

 Just Jaime by Terri Libenson

Published in 2019 by Balzer + Bray

Published in 2019 by Balzer + Bray

Friends. Frenemies. Middle school... The last day of seventh grade has Jaime and Maya wondering who their real friends are. 

June 15-16: A book you were gifted

For this week’s prompt, I had to cheat a little bit to make it work. Usually when people gift me a book, it’s because I’ve asked for that book. Then typically I have it read within the month of receiving it. Since I’ve read all the books I’ve been gifted, I decided to do a work around. This week’s book was given to me by HarperCollins Canada after a company-wide meeting. It’s the only non-fiction book on this list. I normally don’t read non-fiction but the content of this book seems like something I need to read because I sometimes struggle to put things into perspective and I think this book will be great for my personal growth.

Let That Sh*t Go by Nina Prewal & Kate Petriw

Published in 2019 by HarperCollins Publishers

Published in 2019 by HarperCollins Publishers

Kate Petriw and Nina Purewal share the wisdom they’ve gained though decades of practicing and teaching others to find peace of mind no matter how busy they are. Learn to put your life in perspective, take each day one step at a time and steal moments of calm amid the chaos. And remember: it’s not worth holding onto that sh*t.

June 22–23: Something recently added to your TBR

This book was lent to me by a coworker. He really thought this is a book that I would like and brought it into work for me to add to my TBR pile. I added this book to my TBR in May so I felt this was a great choice for this week. I’m normally always adding things to my

Goodread’s TBR and this is one of the ones that I have access to. It’s a little bit dark but sometimes dark and twisty is exactly what you need!

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

Published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster Canada

Published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster Canada

In this deeply suspenseful and irresistibly unnerving debut novel, a man and his girlfriend are on their way to a secluded farm. When the two take an unexpected detour, she is left stranded in a deserted high school, wondering if there is any escape at all. What follows is a twisted unraveling that will haunt you long after the last page is turned. 

June 29–30: Follower’s choice

This week is the one I was most afraid of, by far. I don’t get consistent engagement across my social media accounts so I was a little hesitant in doing this week. But I figured that even if one person responded between Instagram and Twitter, it would still count for a follower’s choice. I’m very thankful to the 5 people who answered on Twitter and for the 4 people who responded on my Instagram story. The two choices I gave were Little Darlings by Melanie Golding and And Then You Were Gone by R.J. Jacobs. My followers on both platforms all leaned heavily towards one book, which I will be reading over the last weekend in June.

And Then You Were Gone by R. J. Jacobs

Published in 2019 by HarperCollins Publishers

Published in 2019 by HarperCollins Publishers

After years of learning how to manage her bipolar disorder, Emily Firestone finally has it under control. Even better, her life is coming together: she’s got a great job, her own place, and a boyfriend, Paolo, who adores her. So when Paolo suggests a weekend sailing trip, Emily agrees—wine, water, and the man she loves? What could be better? But when Emily wakes the morning after they set sail, the boat is still adrift…and Paolo is gone.


Question of the Day

Have you ever participated or wanted to participate in a readathon? Let me know in the comments below (no account required) or on my readathon TBR post on Instagram!