Biannual Bibliothon Reading Vlog | NYC Trip, Kingdom of Souls Unboxing & XYLO Concert

Biannual Bibliothon Reading Vlog | NYC Trip, Kingdom of Souls Unboxing & XYLO Concert


Hello and welcome to my biannual
bibliothon vlog! It’s 4:10 p.m. I haven’t started the vlog at all. I look ashy.
Anyway. In case you notice, my background… it’s a different location or a similar
location if you’ve been on my channel for a while, over a year a while. But
basically I’m at my parents house. I’m in New York for the weekend. Like the first
half of the bibliothon I think I’ll be in New York. I started one book. I started
Bad Blood which fulfills two of the challenges that I can’t remember right
now and don’t want to look up. I’ll look it up later,
another time because I am supposed to be on my way out. I’m actually meeting my
friend who I met on the Internet’s through booktube basically. Her name is
Vee, but she doesn’t have a channel right now but she is revamping her channel [and]
planning on making a comeback. If she’s already made the comeback by the time
this video’s up I will leave her new channel down below. You should go check
her out because she’s my friend! and I’m gonna meet [up with] her. We will probably vlog
together which will be fun. But yeah we will be in public the whole time so it’s
not like we’ll do any videos or anything. But yeah that’s the update right now. Off Screen: “They have ice cream cake” Me: Wow I’m vlogging too I’ll just follow you. *Background Music* Good morning it’s day two of the
biannual bibliothon. So yeah, yesterday I went to Manhattan with my friend Vee, you
saw her a little bit. I don’t think we talked at all in this vlog. Like it was
probably just a montage of clips, but she was also vlogging. I’m in like two of her
vlogs I think so if those are up I’ll link them down below. We went to a vegan
food place, the food was okay, and then we went to The Strand and we went to Barnes
Noble. At the Strand I bought this book We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by
Samantha Irby. Why did I buy it? Well the last time I was at the Strand I was
eyeing this book and then I didn’t buy it and I think I bought bad feminist and
I was just like “yeah I’m just gonna support black women whenever I go to the
strand” so that’s what I did. This is just, I think a series of her essays I read
like a few of them… I read little snippets [when] I was in the store and she
seems funny to me so I want to read it eventually. I probably shouldn’t have
bought a book since I am on my fake book buying ban and I definitely don’t have
enough credits to buy a book and I need to read more of my own books. But I did, I
bought a book because self-control is not really existent in me. So today it’s
like almost 11:00 a.m. I’ve been awake for a while. I’m gonna go get breakfast
I’m probably gonna get a bacon egg and cheese because I’m in New York and
that’s what you eat in New York. I’m gonna try and edit a video. My the
reading rush TBR should be up by the time you see this because that’s the video
I’m going to be editing so the link to that [is] down below. So I’m gonna try working on
editing that and then I think I’m gonna start Eleanor Oliphant is Completely
Fine. It’s in my bag so I’m not gonna get it right now, but yeah also reading
update! I was listening to the bad blood audiobook anytime I was on the
train basically and I am now two and a half hours in. It’s really
interesting so far. Right now it’s just detailing kind of how the business
got started. A lot about Elizabeth the founder and how she got started and
kind of like her history and a bunch of other people who were there from
the beginning and how they were treated. A bunch of people got
fired. Elizabeth seemed like erratic. It’s super interesting. It talks
about how the medical device didn’t always work which was super interesting
and yeah, right now I’m pretty intrigued by it. I’m gonna hopefully
continue listening to that probably when I go to get the bagel I’ll listen to
more of that but until I go get my bagel I’ll probably just gonna watch YouTube
videos and play some games on my phone because I am a scrub. And later
today I’m going to be seeing my other friend not from booktube or anything.
She doesn’t really like being on video so there probably won’t be a lot of that
but yeah we’re gonna go to the glossier store and we’ll get dinner and stuff and
yeah that’ll be a good time good morning it is now day three of the
biannual bibliothon on outside now I’m walking to the deli to get a bagel
because I’m in New York you are thirsty I’m gonna say that every time I go get a
bagel yesterday kind of forgot I was vlogging when I went out and met my
friends so there’s probably like only a few clips but we went and got dinner
there’s no clips from that and then we went to the glassy air store because
they have like a permanent store now in Soho and we saw that it was cute it was
fun I bought some stuff that I didn’t mean and yeah that’s it so reading wise
I am now like five hours into bad blood so that’s about 42% almost halfway there
still really interesting still intrigued by what’s going on I kind of want to see
like things are really ramping up and like all the kind of scamming she did I
she was so what’s the word like evasive whenever anyone asked questions about
the technology and stuff so it was really interesting how like she was able
to get away with it like that oh and also yesterday I started we are okay
which is another book on my TBR and I found the e-book so I could read it on
the train because I didn’t really feel like listening to an audiobook on the
train and I’m like 15 percent of the way through that maybe I will finish that
today I’ll either try and finish that today or I’ll start Alvin or elephant is
completely fine we’ll see how it goes today I’m gonna try and actually read
some more and then I’m maybe gonna go through like my old closet and stuff and
see if there’s anything I want to take back with me or just get rid of more
stuff walking and talking is really hard on me as you can tell about my heavy
breathing I forgot to update you guys at all
yesterday but it is now day four of the biannual bibliothon I did not really do
a lot of reading since my last update yesterday I did read a little bit of bad
blood I’m now 50% like 52% of the way through so I think I got like 10%
further in which is cool I’m hoping today I’ll finish bad blood and maybe
get like halfway through we are okay and maybe start I’ll oh no are all the
things completely fine that’s like a stretch goal but yeah I think I’m going
to try and spend today mostly listening to bad blood I’m also gonna try and edit
a video last night I ended up putting on captions on a bunch of my videos so
starting from my reading rush TBR and like those four videos after that are
all captioned if you are interested right now I’m outside again going to get
breakfast once again so I just finished bad blood by John Kerry Roux I gave it
four stars I enjoyed reading it it was a really interesting story I’m glad I read
it I don’t think I gave you guys the synopsis but basically it follows how a
start-up in Silicon Valley called theranos which was supposed to
revolutionize blood testing kind of went belly-up because the technology they
claim to have they didn’t really have and the book talks about how like the
CEO how she got started in the company and it talks about like former employees
and stuff and how they felt about the company and how they felt about the CEO
and there’s just like a bunch of like corrupt stuff that was happening and it
was just really interesting I’m not really that good at reviewing nonfiction
I realize like most of the time when I review nonfiction is just like oh the
story was interesting but like it’s real life so I don’t know but I felt like it
was well-written the author it was it was I don’t know if he’s still a
journalist but he was a journalist for The Wall Street Journal so I seen it was
well-written it seemed fine to me the only part of the book that I wasn’t a
huge huge fan of is that like the last third of the story he kind of goes into
how he uncovered the story so he like talks about contacting sources and like
what caught him interested in the story and all this stuff and it was kind of
nice I guess but I felt like the book could have done without that and it kind
of felt like a kind of self congratulatory thing where you just like
look at me and how cool iam foreign covering the story look
at me look at all this work I had to do rather than just telling us the story
but that part of the book did have like a lot of background information and a
lot of his sources and like the stuff that they were going through like it was
really kind of insane really wild what mara knows the company was willing to do
to not get the sources to talk like they threatened to sue literally everybody
who left the company and anybody they suspected of talking and it was really
interesting so yeah that’s my little review of bad blood so now that I’m done
with that book I don’t know what I’m gonna do I’m gonna I think I’m gonna try
and edit a video for the next couple of hours and I’m gonna have to choose a new
audio book I’m either gonna start listening to er okay because like I
mentioned yesterday or Friday I started the e-book so I might just switch the
audio book for that I’m not sure yet or I might find a different audio book
that’s not on my TBR it is day five of the biannual bibliothon it’s Monday a
new day I’m actually flying back to Atlanta today so yeah I’m once again on
my way to get a bagel my last bagel being in New York so sad I shall miss my
bagels last night after I finished bad blood I did not read anything else I did
add it a little bit but I have to do some stuff with my parents so not a lot
got done at sat on that I’m here to report a little change in my PPR if you
watched my TBR video because I never went over my TBR in this vlog because I
just never made that happen you will know that I had we are okay for a book I
was looking forward to reading but never read and a five star prediction I
decided to make a different book a five star prediction since I was able to get
the e-book for we are okay and I wasn’t sure if I was gonna listen to the
audiobook and read the e-book but I decided I just try and read the e-book
and hopefully finish that but I need another audiobook in the meantime since
I finished bad blood and so I’ve chosen that is a large bug so I went through
all the audiobooks I have out from the library and Daisy Jones in the sixth
actually came in like yesterday or the day before so I’m gonna read that you
know so that’s gonna replace as a five star prediction even though it’s kind of
not really a five-star prediction because I gave Evelyn Hugo four stars
but I don’t know people mixed feelings about these jokes a lot
of people liked it more than ever you go and then some people did it so we’ll see
where I fall hopefully it is five stars but we’ll see
well I’m just going to be getting to the airport in like an hour or so
I have managed to just get home from the airport I’m in my apartment now and
guess what someone spit their gum on my shoe
that’s what I’m gonna be spending the next I don’t know how long it takes to
remove it it’s obvious that someone like spit out their gum and it landed on me
somehow and I didn’t notice because like it’s not on the bottom of the shoe or
anything like it’s a pretty high up there you know if you can see that like
that’s the gum that’s the bottom of the shoe like it looks like if anything it
looks like someone aimed at it like how does that happen I don’t know it only
happens to me all right I realize I haven’t done an
update in quite a while so I’m running late because I’m going to a concert Wow
another concert when I sing I’m seeing Olivia no no I’m seeing Olivia and Brian
in the West Country but the last well I went to a concert in I’m seeing Shiloh
who I don’t actually know all that much about but the tickets were really cheap
so I wanted to go so I’m going and I’m kind of running late
it’s fine I’m always running late yeah so an updating you guys while
getting my makeup I updated a little bit when one day barely I think I just
showed you the dumb that hang on my shoe so I think it’s these six so since
Monday today’s Wednesday I am now I’m thirty five percent of the way through
Davy Jones in the six so yeah I’m enjoying it so far we’re learning how
they came to be you know the six was a band he’s Jones was a person with a band
and then yeah we learned how they came together like why they started doing
things I’m still a little confused because I thought the book is about how
these enjoying the six kind of a broke up and I thought it was gonna be like a
romantic thing between Daisy Jones and one character but it doesn’t seem like
it I feel like that was the thing we would know by now so I’m not sure I’m a
little confused on how they break up like maybe it was just really creative
differences I don’t know we’ll see but the audiobook is cool like everyone says
it’s told with what is it called like a full cast every character has their own
voice actor which is really nice like gallant people say I’m not sure how I’m
feel if I need chapstick I’m not sure how I would feel if I had
physically read the book because it’s only dialog tax rate basically like it’s
a heavier when you go it also really reminds me of
Evelyn you know Daisy Jones is a beautiful woman who like had kind of a
rough childhood and like no one can keep her eyes off her she’s exceptionally
talented all these things but so it doesn’t mind me a little bit of Evelyn
you though but it is what it is I’m enjoying it there are differences the
other book I’m reading is we are okay I’m reading the e-book I’m now 30% I’m
not much farther than I was last time I okay did you guys learn in but I’m just
taking my time now I finally know what it’s about because I wasn’t really sure
but basically it follows a girl whose mother died when she was young so she
her grandpa was taking care of her and my crazy oops and then he dies and she
like can’t deal with it and she was it was like right before she was about to
go to school and on East Coast so she ends up going to school early and she
like drops communication with everyone she knows and so now it’s winter break
and one of her friends who she like hasn’t talked to comes to visit her on
the East Coast cuz she stayed at school ooh there’s like a dent in my
highlighter I don’t know it also doesn’t agree whatever I’m not doing honey I
know so if her friend is visiting and her friend was kind of like a more than
friend we don’t really know yet but I think that’s what it is so that’s what
we’re reading now it seems it’s kind of really heartbreaking because it does
deal a lot with grief because her mom died and she was young and now her
grandpa just died who she was very close to they do my eyebrows bad boom
yeah those are the books I’m reading that’s kind of all I have to update you
guys I’m really gonna speed this up now fingers but yeah I’m just gonna take this time
to try and update you guys a little bit so yesterday I think I talked yeah I
talked before I did my makeup and I was doing my makeup for a concert
I saw Shiloh concert was good I really only went because I’ve heard at least
one of her songs and it was cheap which I do a lot I like concert so I if the
price is right I’ll go that’s that on that as for my breathing Oh
today’s day seven day eight day nine day nine of the read-a-thon I don’t know
what yesterday was but the read-a-thon ends tomorrow and
I’m kind of failing but I still have hope that I can succeed right now I’m
almost halfway through we are okay this book is pretty short so if I buckle down
and read it tomorrow on the train on my way to work in on my way home I’m pretty
sure I can finish it and also I’m definitely gonna finish
Daisy Jones in the sixth I only have like an hour of runtime left because I
listen faster than the no melodia book speed I think I’m close to 80% through
the book that is kind of coming to a climax soon you can like see it and
where we’re going kind of what I expected to happen is happening not
exactly how I expected to happen but what I suspected like this book is about
how the band broke up but what I suspected cause that is like I think
what’s going to be happening I still don’t know exactly why they broke up but
yeah I’m really enjoying it though I’m pretty engaged in reading it and
listening to it so yeah those are four challenges out of the way I think I
already completed one challenge with bad blood earlier in the week so I’m pretty
confident I can get all the challenges done except for the group book I never
made time for rising the last chance to read a graphic novel I do have paper
girls as an e-book so I could also read that once I finish we are okay so
hopefully I will buckle down and do that I have a lot I feel like I have a lot to
do tomorrow but yeah I just have a lot of like life maintenance stuff because I
am moving in two weeks or so and I really need to get myself together for
that start packing and stuff yeah it’s like 11 p.m. at night so yeah I’m about
to go to bed basically I’m about to just try and breathe we are okay until I fall
asleep okay so it is the last day of
a phone that is happening it’s like six o’clock so I have about six hours until
the end of the read-a-thon and I’m feeling okay I have some book mail to
open look at that isn’t it cute it’s fun we’ll get to that though I want to tell
you guys how much about my reading today I finished jay-z Jones and the six it
was really good I gave it four and a half stars in the end I think I would
have given it five stars if I had liked one part of the ending more I liked the
ending overall the book is similar to the seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo and
that you’re being told a story basically and in Evelyn Hugo the narrator is a
character and you see stuff from her point of view sometimes but in this book
it’s just like a transcript of the interviews and the narrator is taken out
so you like you don’t even realize there’s a narrator but then at the end I
don’t is this might be a spoiler I’ll put a timestamp here if you want me to
skip forward it’s not really spoiler but anyway at the end the narrator is
revealed and I didn’t like that the narrator was revealed at all yeah I just
didn’t like that the narrator was revealed so that took a little bit away
from my enjoyment but if you know now before going into it then you might
enjoy it more I don’t know especially because they weren’t a character at all
really like you didn’t hear anything from their perspective unless it was
like little headlines and stuff so I didn’t like that but other than that I
really enjoyed it I kind of thought I knew where the story was going and it
did change it a little bit so I enjoyed that I thought all the characters are
realistic the hype is real basically I really really enjoyed it and
I’m also 55% of the way through we are okay I’m hoping to finish that tonight I
definitely can’t finish it tonight there’s just so many things that I want
to do tonight so yeah but finishing we are okay is on it it’s really sad which
means I’d kind of like it so yeah I’m enjoying it so far and it’s a really
short book like I should be able to finish it tonight and then I’m going to
try and just read paper Girls Volume one and two
I might just read paper Girls Volume one honestly even though that technical is
on my TBR it’ll be a reread but those still count because I do feel like I
need to reread paper here as well in order to read paper girls volume 2
now I want to unbox this box this is for kingdom of Souls
I was reached out to by Jen from the book David who was like doing stuff for
the publisher and like finding people who wanted to get like the promotional
box and thank you to Jen and the publisher HarperCollins for sending this
to me I’m super excited to open it this is like I don’t know it’s it is this my
first promotional box I don’t think it is but it’s definitely I definitely no
it’s not this is like only my second promotional box ever so really exciting
and has one giant piece of tape that I will not cut through this is what the
box looks like isn’t that fun so this is just like I guess the spoiler card or
whatever it says we hope that you find some magic between the pages of Rena
Barron’s epic fantasy Kingdom of souls to get you in the mood Rina has
hand-picked some fun items that pay off play off the themes in the story I’m a
booktuber who can’t read first we have is this a bath bomb yeah this is a bath
bomb it’s oatmeal milk and honey seems really soothing soon I will have a
functioning bathtub after I knew so can’t wait to use that we have a candle
it’s old book scented can you see that and it’s so cute it’s from Frost beard
studio which I think our crate has used all this smells nice it smells nicer
than old books so I’m not a huge fan of like actual old book scent because it
reminds me of just but this obviously does not smell like gas smells good I
have an epic candle that’s not that epic but I’m an avid candle collector so this
will get some good use and I’m really excited about that we have a voodoo doll
this is the story and have until just enough SIA for the stories about a witch
doctor who I assume practices voodoo so that’s what this is I don’t know
anything about we do so excited to learn more it smells kind of like that bath
ball this is the character card it is Aurra I’m excited to find out who this
is and we have a bookmark that’s super cute so now on to the book honestly I
don’t think I can summarize this better than the back so I’m gonna read you the
back born to a family of for witchdoctors magic lisara is a
growing disappointment to her bit ambitious mother there’s only one thing
ara has never tried the deadly last resort of trading gears of her own life
for power but when the kingdom’s children begin to vanish
ara is desperate to find the culprit she uncovers something worse the long
imprisoned demon king is stirring and she may be the only one who can stop him
if he awakens the demon King’s hunger for souls will bring Aras world to its
knees unless she pays the price for the magic to save it
so sound really interesting the catchphrases magic comes at its price
it’s pretty big I’m really excited an epic fantasy about
witch doctors that’s once again not something you really see in fantasy long
I I’m just really excited to read this clearly this is an advanced readers copy
it comes out September 19th and which is one day before my birthday so there’s
that and the world on this is inspired by the author’s West African roots so
everything about it sounds exciting and fun and I’m excited to read it now I’m
gonna go try and spend some time cleaning my room I’m gonna order
McDonald’s because I am a trash person and I eat trash food literally okay I’m
back it has been many many weeks since the end of the biannual bibliothon
and I just finished basically editing the whole vlog I just have to film this
last clip to like end it and tie everything together so yeah that’s what
I’m here doing in the end I ended up starting three books and I finished two
books and with those two books I did complete five of the eight challenges so
I’ll go over those now first I’ll talk about the book that I started but didn’t
finished I started we are okay by Nina Lacour since it has been like multiple
weeks like it’s almost been a month since the end of that vlog guess I’m
really behind I know I have finish that book and I really enjoyed it you’ll hear
more about it in my July wrap-up whenever that shows up like I said I’m
behind but yeah I really enjoyed it just so you know I thought it was really good
I ended up giving it four and a half out of five stars and yeah
here right at my gel I rap now for the two books that I did finish in the
biannual bibliothon I finished bad blood secrets and lies from a Silicon Valley
startup by John Kerry room this completed three challenges to read an
adult book this was the free choice challenge you could just pick any book
to have read and so I’m choosing this one and a book from an author you’ve
never read before I gave this 4 stars makes me write down the rating but I’m
pretty sure here before stars and yeah overall I enjoyed reading it the story
is really insane and I thought it was told really well
I appreciated the level of detail carrier was able to provide about the
goings-on of theory notes and my only issue was the last third that I
mentioned where it felt like a lot of self-congratulatory miss from the author
but other than that I enjoyed it I’m the second book that I finished was Daisy
Jones in the six by Taylor Jenkins read this completed like picking up a book
based on the cover the cover is really pretty I think it’s C K covers it’s
really pretty and the other challenge I completed was to read a predicted
five-star read and while this wasn’t quite 5 stars I did end up giving you
four and a half stars I really enjoyed this I liked it more than Evelyn Hugo
like I think I mentioned earlier in the vlog I probably would have given it five
stars if it wasn’t for like one detail at the end I just really enjoy hearing
about each of the characters they did feel like pretty like well fleshed out
realistic characters and I just loved young stories about that like I do love
character based stories and this was great everything about it was really
engaging and I just enjoyed it so yeah that was my band new biblethumb I did do
a lot I feel like I went on a trip to New York or I went to a concert saw my
friend so yeah thank you so much for watching it if you like this video
please be sure to give it a thumbs up if you haven’t already subscribe to my
channel my outros are too long so I’m just gonna say bye bye