Hey there, book nerds!
Welcome to my 2019 Reading Rush TBR post a.k.a. my FIRST non-review post in almost 6 MONTHS!!! SIX MONTHS, GUYS!!!I know, y’all! I can’t believe it either! As I said yesterday, I took inspiration from several friends’ Mid-Year Freak Out Tags to start diving back into the blogging world. I’ve kept up with my reading (sort of), but clearly let this site go to the wayside! Hopefully, I’ll be able to get back into the 2018 swing of things for the last 6 months of this year and onward!!
And while this may be an unusual topic to break my blogging hiatus (seeing as I’m not a booktuber), I figured it contained enough elements to keep me motivated and focused: lots of reading, fun prompts, community involvement (and thus support), and BADGES earned for crossing challenges off the list! For all these reasons and more, I’ve decided to join The Reading Rush! Scroll on down to learn more about the challenges and my book selections!
Hosted by Ariel @ArielBissett and Raeleen @raeleenlemay this week-long readathon (formerly BookTubeAThon) runs from July 22-28, so you’ve still got some time if you’d like to sign up!! Consisting of SEVEN prompts plus a bonus challenge (see below), The Reading Rush‘s goal is simply to encourage readers to (you guessed it) read as much as they can within the week. The fun twist/upgrade this year? You can sign up on their website (for free), make a profile, and win badges to display your reading progress throughout the week! So even if you aren’t on Booktube, this could still be a fun boost for you and your TBR!!
IF you decide to partake, click this link for my Reading Rush profile so we can be readathon friends!
1) Read a book with purple on the cover — Roar by Cora Carmack
Stunning cover art that features the color purple? ✅
A YA romance that’s been on my TBR shelf for too long? ✅
The rush to read because the arc of its highly anticipated sequel is already sitting on my Kindle? ✅
All in all, there’s plenty of reasons to justify this novel making my readathon list. Plus, it fulfills additional prompts should I not make #7in7.
2) Read a book in the same spot the entire time — Announcing Trouble by Amy Fellner Dominy
I’m not going to lie, I was initially looking for the shortest book possible on my TBR for this prompt because of the whole “same spot for the ENTIRE time” thing. However, I realized it DIDN’T say the selected book had to be read in one sitting. Merely that every time I read from this book it would need to be done in the same location. My understanding of the prompt changed the game. And thus I decided to try and knock out one of the two books I’m doing a blog tour for in the next few weeks. It came down to a 600+ page WWII novel or this (drastically) shorter YA contemporary. Do I need to say more?? If I do, I guess I’d say this felt more summer. 😂
3) Read a book you meant to read last year — The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
This prompt was the most challenging for me, which I am the first to admit is absolutely ridiculous given how many books are on my TBR. But I find I always clam up when presented with too many options. Because I’m on a big “catch up on arcs” kick I thought I should just go ahead and pick one of my backlisted titles. But (as I mentioned earlier) this was my last selection for this readathon, and I felt I had devoted adequate space to arcs (3 of 7) and turned instead to my physical TBR lists. It took about 3 seconds for me to find a title that’s been calling my name for YEARS before adding it to this list. Hopefully this readathon will give me the proper push to finally cross this beloved historical fiction novel off my list!
4) Read an author’s debut novel — The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
This YA fantasy hits shelves TWO DAYS after this readathon wraps up, so it seems fairly obvious why it made one of the seven spots on this list. Jokes (and just good planning) aside, this is one of those debut novels that’s making a lot of noise in the community for all the right reasons. Almost everyone I know has adored this title for its world building, fierce characters, and its use of the “enemies-to-lovers” trope, which y’all all know I adore. I am a little nervous because of the tone established from the opening line (it’s a good one 😉), and the whole magic system being based off the use of teeth thing, but I’m trusting y’all and diving into this duology with high hopes.
5) Read a book with a non-human main character — Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
I’m not really sure what’s left to be said about my journey with the Illuminae series. I read and 5-Starred Illuminae (book 1) back in 2017. A year later (maybe less) I reread and reconfirmed my 5-Star rating for Illuminae. Then I moved onto Gemina (book 2) and became one of 3 people that liked it less than its predecessor. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it and the new book boyfriend it came with, but parts felt recycled and just didn’t wow me like the first installment. I moved onto book 3 (Obsidio) and read about halfway through, but then paused to let my buddy read catch up. Then I got distracted, and here we are 6+ months later. Short version? I somehow realized I never finished this series and need to rectify that immediately.
6) Pick a book that has five or more words in the title — The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
The third and final arc on this list is a charming contemporary I’m super motivated to dive into ASAP. Why you ask? Well this novel is centered around a smart, witty book nerd who spends her days in a bookstore and her evenings showing off at trivia nights and her local movie theater. Can we say “relatable” together? But for real, Nina is all about her schedule and that’s pretty hard to maintain when she discovers that she’s got a whole slew of family members she never knew about practically living in her backyard. Not her literal backyard — obviously — but yeah, safe to say this transition will be an enjoyable one to watch unfold throughout the story.
7) Read and watch a book to movie adaptation — To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Last but not least is the only reread on this list. But I have my reasons:
1) It’s been years since I read this and after watching the adorable Netflix version, I want to see how much was altered from the source material. Even though I know this will quickly be lost when I rewatch the Netflix movie.
2) It’ll springboard me into books 2 and 3 of the trilogy (the last of which I never read).
3) It just makes sense to get reacquainted with John Ambrose before the second movie drops. That’s more a tie-in to #2 than #1, but whatever.
Read SEVEN books in SEVEN days!
Seven challenges. Seven selections. And, that’s right, seven days to complete them. Do you think I can swing #7in7? Are you participating in this readathon?? It starts on Monday so you’ve got all weekend to plan if you’re interested! If you are reading along, what titles are you choosing for the challenges? Did we share any books? Let me know below!
And, as always: Happy Reading!