Hello, readers! As I am sure many of you have heard because most of the book community is doing it, the Reading Rush is happening tomorrow. This read-a-thon was created by Ariel Bissett and Raleen Lemay. Here is a link to the Reading Rush channel for all the different videos they have about it.
Because I am true to myself, here is a very last-minute TBR post because I honestly been super overwhelmed with options and decisions and trying to work out many ways to hit all the prompts. My TBR is not set in stone for many reasons. The first being that I am a mood reader so my mood will change. The second being that I don’t have some of the books that I would like to read yet, and I don’t know if they’ll come in time for the Reading Rush.
For full transparency, I do plan on doubling up on the challenges. I’d like to get through as many books as possible, which does mean that I claim that I read a book for a different prompt than what I said here because I could fit more books in. I am ahead of my reading goal, but I am a thousand pages behind on my page goal for the year so I would like to use this week to get closer, if not even to my goal.
Book With a Cover the Same Color As Your Birthstone
This is a perfect example of my second reason for not putting up a TBR earlier. My birthday is November 16, which makes me a November baby. My birthstones are any Topaz and Citrine. And this gave me a lot of options, but I was initially very devoted to doing an orangey-yellow book, none of which I have unread on my shelf.
But then I read Radio Silence and decided to buy every other Alice Oseman book that I didn’t already own, which includes I Was Born For This. However, I ordered it from a UK site so I have a feeling that it won’t come until the very end so I may have to change my plans.
If it doesn’t come in time, I will be reading a blue book for blue topaz, and I will read Challenger Deep by Neal Schusterman. I had a lot more options for unread blue books, but this is the one I felt was closest to blue topaz. It is short so I thought it was most likely that I could read it since I am working almost every day the Reading Rush is going on.
Read a book with a title that starts with “The”
I had lots of options, but I decided to go with The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan. I made it a goal of 2020 to reread the Percy Jackson books by the end of the year, but mainly in the summer because it feels like the only right time to read them. Lucky for me, they all start with “The”. I just finished The Titan’s Curse so this is the next one. I am so excited to continue the reread so this is going to be one of the first books I pick up for the read-a-thon.
Read a book that inspired a movie you’ve seen
A lot of people are saying that this is really hard for them, and I can see it. I did instantly have a book for this challenge, and I wish it could be changed, but it can’t. And I must admit that I am also really concerned about this challenge because the book is…
Emma by Jane Austen.
I am worried because I take a while to read classics. I kinda struggle to read them so I like to take my time. I have tried to read Emma four years ago when I was a senior in high school, and I DNFed it within the last fifty pages because I was at the beginning of a reading slump that would go on for years. I do plan on listening to the audiobook throughout the week so I can maximize my time with it.
The movie Clueless, which I have seen many times and loved, is based off of this, and it was really the only one I could think of. This will be a huge success on my TBR because this is one I’ve been meaning to get back to for years. I have a book idea inspired by Emma that I can’t write until I’ve finished it, and I also have had this on my shelves for at least five years. I did include this in my Mid-Year Freak Out tag as one of the books I had to read this year so go me, I guess.
Read the first book you touch
I have not done this one yet, and I am sort of overwhelmed with options. I will be doing one of two things with this on Monday so I can properly plan how I am going to navigate my already-messy TBR. The first will be to pick one of my two buddy reads for this month, which means I will either read Loveless by Alice Oseman or Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. The second will be to select one of my books I haven’t yet doubled up on and pick which one will double with this one. We will eventually see which one I pick.
Read a book completely outside your house
Yes, the infamous challenge. I live in Wisconsin so reading in my backyard is something that is very tangible for me. I also do have a friend visiting me, and reading is a big thing that we do together so I thought about taking her to my local park and read out there.
For this, I have decided to pick a graphic novel because I love to read graphic novels in one sitting anyway. I bought a three graphic novels because I couldn’t decide which one to pick, but I have decided on Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. I chose this one because it gives me summery vibes that I’m not quite sure are completely accurate since I haven’t read it, but they’re there. It is also sapphic, and anything sapphic makes me happy. I also know it’s about a toxic relationship, and I am excited to see that discussion.
Read a book in a genre you want to read more of
As I just mentioned, I was thinking about doubling this challenge up with the one before, but upon reflection, I might chose either The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang or Bloom by Kevin Panetta and illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau because I have those, too. We will see what I end up doing.
Read a book that takes place in a different continent than where you live
I am hoping to read Loveless by Alice Oseman for this since it takes place in England, a European country. I am buddy reading it with my friend who’s visiting me this month. However, I have still not gotten my copy of it (and neither has she) and I don’t know when it will be coming. I do plan on picking it up as soon as it arrives since it is one of my most anticipated books so hopefully it’ll be here soon.
If it doesn’t come, I will be potentially doubling up with various other challenges. If it comes in time, I could also read I Was Born For This for it since it’s also in England. Emma also takes place in England so that works. The Prince and the Dressmaker takes place in Paris, France so I can use that one as well.
I am really excited for the Reading Rush but also feeling really overwhelmed because I have no idea what I plan on reading. That being said, I am a mood reader so I shouldn’t feel so overwhelmed because I probably won’t read many of these anyway. I don’t think it helps at all that I don’t have many of the books that I want to read for it here physically.
I will post a wrap-up at the end of the week. I feel like it would be pointless to do daily updates, although I am hoping to post every day next week in honor of the Reading Rush. I am planning on taking today off from reading so I am hoping to schedule a lot of posts. Are you partaking in the Reading Rush? I’d love to hear what books you plan on picking up.