I know my last post was sharing my TBR for the upcoming N.E.W.T.s magical readathon, but I decided last minute to take part in this year’s The Reading Rush, which was formerly known as Booktubeathon.
It has seven different challenges, each with a prompt to read a specific book.
I’ve tried to pick relatively short books, because otherwise I’ll never be able to get them all read in a week! Not that I think I’ll be able to get them all done anyway.
There’s also a dedicated website where you can track all your pages, which I’m super excited to use!
For anyone else interested in taking part, it begins today and runs until Sunday.
I probably will only get through one or two of these, but I’ve created an entire TBR in case i’m feeling particularly productive!
Read a book with purple on the cover
For this, I picked My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, which has a little bit of purple on the cover, but it’s one that I was really excited to get to, and I don’t have an awful lot of purple books on my shelf for some reason. Might be a bit of a stretch, but there’s definitely purple there!
Read a book in the same spot for the entire time
I’m going with Hunger by Roxanne Gay, which is the group pick for this month’s Lauren and the Books patreon book club. I’ve had this on my shelves since the start of the year, and it’s part of my Reading Women challenge as well which I’ve not made much progress on, so I really need to get to it.
The spot I will be reading it in is my bed. The place I do 90% of my reading!
Read a book you meant to read last year
I purchased The Last Children of Tokyo by Yoko Tawada last year, and was super excited to read it, because I’m a big fan of Japanese literature. It’s about children who are frail and dying, while the older generation don’t seem like they are reaching the end of their lives.
Read an author’s first book
This might have required some research, but luckily I picked up Water Shall Refuse Them by Lucie McKnight Hardy last week. It’s a really interesting sounding horror-based novel from Dead Ink Books, who I’ve just placed an order with (so I will share that when it arrives). I was mostly drawn to this because I love the aesthetics of the book, but I thought the premise sounded fantastic. I’ve got this one for my kindle, so hopefully that’ll help me read faster.
Read a book with a non-human main character
Chocky by John Wyndham. I know next to nothing about this but I believe Chocky is an alien? I own three of his books now and I haven’t read any of them so I really need to get a wriggle on. I’d rather not know anything about this one going into it.
Pick a book that has five or more words in the title
For this I went with The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
It’s one of the books I’m looking at re-reading for a future blog post, which I won’t spoil right now, but there’s no time like the presence to get started on that. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a classic which follows a man called Dorian Gray, who gets a painting of himself, which he keeps in the attic because every time he does something immoral, his painting shows how warped his soul is.
Read and watch a book to movie adaptation
If I manage to get to this point I will be extremely surprised, given that I work full time and sadly do not have any days off next week. However, if by some miracle I’m able to get to seven books, my final choice is Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan.
I was gifted the book by my friend last year after she was unhauling it, and it’s still sitting unread on my shelf (what’s new there?). There’s also a film on Netflix with Chloe Grace Moretz, so that’s handy.