Hello I'm Holly and today I have areally exciting video.
I couldn't even sleep last night.
I was that excited andthat's because I have created my own TBR game.
I love these videos.
I've been heavily inspired by Becca and The Books.
She has her Bookopoly.
You've got Jade from Jadeyraereads.
She does her TBRPursuit.
There's Rachael who does her Rachael's Realm.
There's so many otherpeople and I just love these videos so I wanted to create my own and it is calledThe Game of Books.
It's very loosely based on The Game of Life.
I mean very loosely.
It's literally only the board.
I don't know how much you can see, but like you know thecolours and stuff.
I think I'm gonna have a lot of fun doing this.
It also makes mepick up books that maybe I wouldn't.
If I go through my board.
As you can seethere's loads of different colours and each of these colours represents a typeof genre so in this key at the bottom.
I don't know how well you're gonna seethis but there's like yellow is fantasy, green is science fiction, red ishistorical fiction, pink is contemporary, then orange is horror, thriller ormystery, blue is non-fiction or poetry, purple is classic and then there arealso these funky rainbow bits on it.
My initial thought was that they could belike a free choice but then I had a couple of challenges that didn't reallyfit specific genres.
So for example, it's like my most recent purchase.
So that isthe main board.
I've got two dice and each roll I'm going to do five rolls amonth and then any doubles are like extra rolls.
That's what Becca does withher Bookopoly and I kind of like that.
I think a core five books is quitea good amount for me and then maybe a couple of doubles on top of that and thebasic premise, the basic rules of this game are that I will roll five times.
Iwill land on different colours.
They are the genresand then I have this lovely mug full of tons of different prompts and like Isaid there are the rainbow squares so these rainbow squares are thesespecifically yellow ones.
The other ones are just white and those yellow ones aremore like special challenges so it might be like randomly generate a number onyour shelves or something like that.
Something that doesn't really fit agenre and if I just randomly pick one to give you an example.
So let's say Ilanded on a green which is a science fiction then I would pick a prompt andthen that prompt is orange on the cover.
I would have to find a science fictionbook that also had orange on the cover.
Illuminae is a really good pick for that.
Those I think are the basic rules.
I have seen like punishments if say Idon't complete all those books in a month and I actually have this TBR Jar.
These are most of my books on my shelves that I haven't read.
I did make this a whileago and it hasn't been updated so definitely there's gonna be books inhere that I have read.
There's gonna be books that I've acquired more recently thataren't in here but I think this is a good way to make me pick up books thatmaybe I wouldn't just pick up on my own and I think some of my rainbow squares, some of them are also my TBR jar.
If I end up not reading some books I will pick booksfrom the TBR jar as like extra picks next month.
I hope that made some kind ofsense but I think we should just get into itand go into my first roll.
Hello so this is my board.
This little pom-pom is goingto be my counter and as there isn't like a start position I thought I'd just throwit on the board and see which one it lands closest to and that is where Iwill start from.
Okay yes so that is where I'm going tostart.
So I can either go for a classic, a contemporary or a horror/thriller/mystery.
I think I'm gonna go with the horror so one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, a horror, thriller or mystery that is by a person of colour ora minority author so maybe in the LGBTQ spectrum.
I'm not sure if I have this.
I'll have to have a look.
So my first roll was a horror or thriller ormystery that is written by a person of colour or another minority author.
This isa massive goal for me to be reading from more diverse authors and actually thiswas a really hard prompt to fulfill.
There were no books on my shelves thatfit in that kind of horror or thriller that were also written by a person ofcolour and that's kind of what I wanted to focus on this time rather than otherminorities because I know that my reading is really white and it needs tochange but I did a little digging and I found a book I've heard no one talkingabout but the premise sounded really interesting to me and that is a bookcalled Fledgling by Octavia E.
I am familiar with this author's name.
I knowshe's written some really popular books.
I think she's done like science fiction.
They're really like highly acclaimed books and it follows this woman who hasamnesia.
She ends up discovering that she is a 53-year old vampire and she goes onthis kind of journey to discover I guess who turned her, who wants to like killher, who wants to hurt her family, the people that she loves and I thinkvampire novels are coming back.
I loved vampires when I was a teenager and I'venever heard anyone talk about this so I'm interested to give this a go.
My second roll – two and that is a double.
So a fantasy.
Let's do there and for fantasy wehave got over ten years old so a book that was published over ten years ago.
Mysecond roll was a fantasy and for that I had to pick a book that was over tenyears old.
This worked out quite perfectly because I'm filming this likeat the end of April and I'm struggling with my magical Readathon TBR.
I thinkI was a little ambitious and one of the books that was on that TBR was The FinalEmpire by Brandon Sanderson and I was reading this for the Cosmerealonghosted by Rachael at Rachael Marie.
She's reading through Brandon Sanderson'sbooks.
We've read Elantris.
This was the second one.
I think the live show is atthe beginning of May so I'm going to try and read this as like my first book ofthe month.
I don't know that much about this.
I know it's the first in a trilogy set in this world where the evil villain wonand because of this life is pretty rubbish for the majority of people andthe magic system in this is really unique.
It's kind of metal-based.
Peoplehave to eat or consume metals to gain a range of different abilities.
I'm reallyinterested to read this.
I did enjoy Elantris.
That was a four-star readfor me.
I'm really excited to give this a go.
My third roll – that is 4 so I cango one, two, three, four, so there's another fantasy, another fantasy or anotherhorror.
I think I'll do another fantasy and we'll go there and that is an author I've read before.
Thenmy third pick was another fantasy and this one was an author that I've readbefore and I've had this book on my shelves for a while.
I'm very intimidatedby it but I thought you know let's just do it.
Let's just put it on a TBR andhold myself accountable and that book is The Priory of the Orange Tree bySamantha Shannon.
This is a gigantic adult fantasy and I think it's astandalone.
It's set in this world that's kind of divided into the east and thewest.
One side really love dragons.
They kind of worship dragons and the otherside – they do not like dragons basically.
It's a dragon book.
It's lots ofperspectives.
It's lots of political drama I believe and I'm just reallyintimidated by it.
800 pages, the font.
I've read Samantha Shannon's Bone Season up to the ones have beenpublished and I've really loved The Bone Season and I'm just.
I'm excited, apprehensive, yeah.
And my fourth roll.
Another double and that is eight.
So Maybe a contemporary.
I think we'll go forthat.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, so a contemporary that my cat has picked.
So these are the three books I've got.
Silence is Goldfish by Annabel Pitcher, Paper Weight by Meg Haston, and The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan.
I've got some cat food here.
This is my cat, Milo.
He's a bit stressed because he doesn't know what's going on.
Here he is.
I've put somebiscuits.
oh! No you're not gonna eat that.
My fourth roll was a contemporary and for thismy prompt was cat picks a book.
I was going to pick three books and put like atreats on each one and see which one he goes to first but that just didn't work.
My cat is a very scared cat.
He was not having it.
He was hiding in the tiniestof spaces.
Eventually I got him in front of the three books which were thesethree so I had Paper Weight, Silence is Goldfish and The Keeper of LostThings and he didn't really pick it.
It was more the one that was more in front ofhim but it's the closest we're gonna get okay and the one that he picked wasPaper Weight by Meg Haston.
I don't know that much about this one.
I thinkit's like an eating disorder book.
It's following this girl who is in atreatment center for her eating disorder and I think it's gonna be veryhard-hitting.
I've heard really good things about this so I think it's goingto be an interesting read and then my fifth roll is not a double.
That's greatand that is 9.
So a non-fiction or poetry, a contemporary, a horror or thriller, contemporary, historical fiction.
I think I might do a historical fiction.
Let's do that.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine.
Ah a borrowed book.
So this is usually agood one because I do use my library a lot but as the libraries are closed rightnow I'm wondering what I'm going to do for this one.
My last core roll so in thefive rolls that I'm going to do each month was a historical fiction and thiswas a borrowed book which was actually quite a hard prompt to do in this currentclimate.
At the moment the libraries are closed and I don't really like to readeBooks which is what my library is kind of providing at the moment so I've endedup going for a book that I've 'borrowed' from my mum.
I bought it for her as apresent and she has read it and then she's kind of passed it on to me so it's notreally borrowed but it's the closest I've got and that isThe Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.
This follows a family who moved to Alaska – isit? – and it's kind of like an abusive father and the daughter and the mother – their story of survival.
I've never read a book from Kristin Hannah before it issomething that has kind of been on my radar for a while.
I don't know what myexpectations for this are.
I'm interested to see what its gonna be like.
Okay so my first double that I rolled is 11.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, a fantasy, a horror.
I'm doing that one because I want to.
One, two, three, four, five, six.
One, two, three, four five.
We are on a rainbow square which means that I have to pick one of the yellows.
What is is going to be? Oh no, a book club pick.
Actually that's not too bad.
I could use this for either the Elderlingalong or the Cosmerealong.
That's actually not too bad.
For my first extra roll Igot one of my rainbow spots.
I really wanted to do this because these are kindof like the funner prompts and this one was a book club pick.
I ended uppicking Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb.
This is for the Elderlingalong hostedby Becca at Becca and The Books.
This follows a boy called Fitz who is thebastard son of a prince.
When he's six his grandfather on his mother's sidetakes him to the keep and says we don't want to look after him anymore.
Hisfather needs to take responsibility for him.
Before Fitz even meets his father, his father kind of abdicates and goes to live somewhere else so Fitz israised by the stablemaster.
It's his kind of coming-of-age story.
He becomesenlisted by the King to become an assassin.
It's that kind of thing.
I had mixed feelings on the first one.
It was veryslow but I loved the ending and I think I gave it four stars.
This one is biggerI believe.
Obviously Fitz is getting older and that was kind of one of mycomplaints with the first book.
I wasn't so keen on following like his childhood.
That just didn't really interest me as much but I think as he becomes like an olderteenager and actually does more assassin things I think I'm going to enjoy itmore and then my final roll – 6.
So I could do a classic, a sci-fi or I could do another rainbow square.
I'm going todo another rainbow square.
What is it going to be.
Ooo that's interesting – a TBR jar pick.
Thisis my TBR jar.
I do think there are books in here that I've read because I haven'tupdated this and obviously it's very difficult to take out the books thatyou've read because it's random but let's see what it's going to be.
The Stranger by Caroline B Cooney.
For mysecond extra roll and the last book on this Game of Books TBR we have a TBR jarpick.
For that I got The Stranger by Caroline B Cooney.
Funny story about thisbut I got this in a church.
When I was on holiday a few years ago the churches round there had kind of these books for sale and I just picked this one up.
Itseemed very interesting.
It's very short which is good to balance out books likeThe Priory of the Orange Tree.
I have no idea what this is about.
I have no idea.
Letme read you the blurb – “from the moment she first sets eyes on himNicoletta is inexplicably drawn to Jethro, the mysterious newcomer in herclass.
Jethro is dark, brooding and dangerously attractive.
Nicoletta longsto know more about him.
Who is he? Why does he look so sinister and feel sodeathly cold? Soon Nicoletta can think of nothing but Jethro.
He has become adeadly obsession because the truth about Jethro is terrifying and Nicoletta isalready in too deep, much too deep.
” Very dramatic synopsis there.
Is he gonnabe some kind of supernatural creature? Who knows? I have like no expectations forthis.
It might be rubbish or it might be just a lot of fun.
Those were all thebooks that I picked for my TBR.
I really had a lot of fun doing this.
I hope youenjoyed this video.
Thank you for watching and to everyone out there, staycurious, bye.