It’s that time of the year again! time for the annual Reading Rush! (previously known as TheBooktubeAThon), If you have absolutely no idea what i’m talking about, The Reading Rush is a read-a-thon that takes place from July 22nd to the 28th and is a time where every book reading person on the internet tries to read as many books as possible, while also attempting to tailor their TBRs for the week to the 7 reading challenges! it’s a lot of fun, while also slightly exhausting, and i think i have attempted to do it almost every single year and failed. But this year I am determined to make an indent in my current TBR shelf, and try to get out my reading slump that I have been in for what seems like f o r e v e r.
The awesome thing about the reading rush is the way in which it is present on multiple different social media platforms, and encourages people on twitter, instagram, and youtube to participate in daily video & photo challenges, as well as daily reading sprints over on twitter. There is also a snazzy website they have introduced this year where you are able to make a profile to track your pages, get badges, and talk to fellow book readers like yourself!
Now in order to begin my reading for this read-a-thon I of course had to curate my TBR, and did so with the 7 challenges in mind. Now I will admit some of these were hard to do, and i might be cheating for a couple… but you gotta do what you gotta do!
1.) Read a book with purple on the cover
the first challenge for curating this year’s read-a-thon TBR is to read a book with purple on the cover. This was one of the easier challenges, and I even found that some of my choices for other challenges overlapped with this one. But ultimately i decided to go with Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer which has a beautiful cover that included the colour purple. Now i’m going to have to be honest here, i have already read over half of this book, but that was also over 6 months ago so i have a very foggy idea of what has happened thus far in the book and therefore i will probably end of having to restart from the beginning. Nonetheless i’m always excited to re-enter Uncle Rick’s world of mythology and if i remember correctly i was really enjoying this book before i stopped reading for some stupid reason!
2.) Read a book in the same spot the entire time
our second challenge is to read a book in the same spot the entire time. Now i am the type of person that will pick up a book and end up reading the whole thing in one sitting, though that is not always the best way to go when enjoying a book because i will admit that i am guilty of skim reading from time to time. That being said this challenge is not saying to read the entire book in one sitting, but rather in the same place — but i am unfortunately also the type of person that cannot choose one place to sit when reading and i often move from chair to chair. nonetheless i decided to go with a short book in hopes that i can read in quickly and in one spot. That book is Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell. This book is actually two short stories, and is very small not only in thickness but the actual book itself is tiny!
3.) Read a book you meant to read last year
now when i said that the first challenge was easy, that was nothing in comparison to this challenge! pretty much my enitre TBR shelf is made up of books i have been meaning to read for the last few years, and pretty much every book on this TBR could be used for this challenge. Although, in the end i decided to pick What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, because i really did mean to read this last year! and these are two of my favourite authors so i know i’m bound to enjoy it.
4.) Read an author’s first book
the next challenge is to read an author’s first book — and this challenge ended up being much more difficult than i first anticipated! (i kept choosing books but then looked up the author to discover they had written multiple books before hand!) But in the end i decided to go with the book Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram. I received this book for Christmas last year, but i have unfortunately never gotten around to reading it since then, which makes me sad because i have read nothing but positive reviews for this book– especially with it being this author’s debut novel! (which thus makes it perfect for this challenge)
5.) Read a book with a non-human main character
okay, this one was definitely the hardest challenge: read a book with a non-human main character. for some reason pretty much none of the books on my TBR shelf fit this bill, or if they did i really didn’t want to read them. Although i did end up figuring out a book that could fit the challenge. the graphic novel Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. This was on a reading list for one of my uni classes last semester, but i never ended up reading the whole thing because i’m lazy. Although, i do remember the idea that the main character is not technically human because she is a shape shifter and therefore is neither human nor an animal !!!! (I was very excited when i realized i could use this book for this challenge)
6.) Pick a book that has 5 or more words in the title
The sixth challenge is to pick (& read) a book that has five or more words in the title, and (as you might’ve noticed) there are actually a couple books that i chose for the other challenges that i could have doubled up with this one (see books for challenge 1 & 4!)– but i ended up deciding to go with Tahereh Mafi’s A Very Large Expanse of Sea. This is a book i have anticipated since she announced it (that was quite a while ago now), yet i of course have yet to actually get around to reading it…. until now! (hopefully)
7.) Read & watch a book to movie adaptation
and the 7th and final challenge is to read and watch a book to movie adaptation. Now, i have read my fair share of books that have movie adaptations, yet the thing is there are very few in my TBR. So, i kinda cheated for this one. Rather than a book that has been turned into a movie, i have a movie with a novelization! For this challenge i have chosen Star Wars: The Force Awakens which is written by Alan Dean Foster. I’ve already seen The Force Awakens but i’ve had the novelization of this (as well as episode VIII) on my TBR for a while, and i’m very much anticipating episode IX in December, so what better way to prepare then rewatching the previous films!
Bonus challenge: Read 7 books!
as you can see i have 7 books on this list, so if i read them all I will have achieved all 8 challenges! that being said, will i read all of them? probably not… but let’s keep a positive outlook!
anyways, there we are — a look into my upcoming week of reading. Although, as you can probably see the read-a-thon has already begun and here i am writing this blog post rather than reading!
are you taking part in the read-a-thon? if so what does you TBR look like?
*please note as i am updating this post the reading rush website is currently down due to maintenance because of high traffic!*