Monday, July 22, 2019

The Reading Rush 2019!

I have been waiting for this read-a-thon alllll year and I'm SO excited that it's finally here! Today marks the start of The Reading Rush, formally known as Booktube-a-thon.

I participated for the first time last year and had a total blast. This year is even more exciting because my husband is joining me! So whenever he's home from work, we're for sure going to be reading and participating in the sprints together.

the reading rush

This year's challenge runs from today, July 22 - Sunday, July 28th, and here are the challenges:

1/ Read a book with purple on the cover
2/ Read a book in the same spot the entire time
3/ Read a book you meant to read last year
4/ Read an author’s first book
5/ Read a book with a non-human main character
6/ Pick a book that has five or more words in the title
7/ Read and watch a book to movie adaptation
Bonus/ Read 7 books!

The Reading Rush 2019 TBR stack

I think that picking your TBR is one of the most fun parts of The Reading Rush (or any read-a-thon).  I really enjoyed choosing a mix of books from my summer reading list and articles on quick and easy reads from around the web. I also love to watch Reading Rush TBR videos on YouTube to get a sense of what everyone else is reading and to see which books we have in common. Here's what all of my super-fun research has lead me to!

Hot Girl by Jennifer Dugan

Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
(Purple on the cover)
This book has had mixed reviews, but it sounds like such a fun and frivolous read for summer and I've been dying to dig into it! I was so excited that it fit a challenge because it's been on my TBR for a couple months now.

Poke the Box by Seth Godin

Poke The Box by Seth Godin
(Read in the same spot)
I found this one on a roundup of quick and easy reads, and I loved that it was full of inspiration and encouragement to do something scary because, well, hello...this whole blog. It's exactly the kind of thing I need to read right now, so I was really excited to find this one.

Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak

Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak
(Meant to read last year)
I'm not sure why, but of all the books I had intended on reading last year, this is the one I most regretted not getting to. I love a book that has some realistic magic woven through it - tie it up with a YA romance and it sounds like my exact cup of tea. I can't wait to read it!

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
(Author's first book)
I have heard nothing but good things about this one so far! The premise is so delicious, in a hallmark movie sort of way, so the fact that it fit a challenge made me SO happy! I'd been on hold for it at the library for so long that I decided to actually buy my copy of this one - there was no way I was missing out on this!!

The original Beauty & the Beast

The Story of the Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
(Non-human main character + movie adaptation)
My favorite Disney movie is Beauty & the Beast (what bibliophile doesn't resonate with Belle?), and by some crazy twist of fate, I have yet to watch the live action movie! I don't know what's wrong with me!! I decided that this made it the perfect book to read with a non-human character (several, actually), so that I could have a reason to finally sit down and enjoy the movie, too! I love that it covers two challenges so well.

Florence Scovell Shinn books

The Magic Path of Intuition by Florence Scovell Shinn
(Five or more words on the cover + purple)
I almost started reading this book a few weeks ago when I realized its size and the purple on the cover would make it a perfect Reading Rush book. It's small and quick, full of the exact brand of spiritual wellness I'm into, and fits the criteria of 2 challenges. Can't wait!

Fredrick Backman's short books novellas

The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman
(Read 7 Books)
And finally, because I have-to-have-to read at least 7 books (because I say so), I chose another quick and easy read - this one with a Christmas in July flavor. I think it's going to be kind of a requirement of mine to read a Fredrik Backman book every Reading Rush because his novella I read last year was a highlight for sure, and I know he'll add some emotion and beauty to my experience.

The thing about including these quick and tiny books is that it helps set me up for success, but I get SO into the reading that there's a chance I'll be ready for an 8th book. If that happens, I'm planning on the eight being....

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
....mostly because it's next in line on my list of library holds so I'll likely be picking it up during the read-a-thon. People have been loving this book this summer so I'm really hoping I'll have time for it this week!

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This stack makes me SO excited! I am so thrilled about taking a week to prioritize reading, and so happy to have company for it this year.

If you're doing The Reading Rush, find me on the website and add me as a friend!!

AND be sure to keep up with my Reading Rush on Instagram, where I'll share photos & videos in my stories as I go along! I have a Reading Rush highlight right on my profile where you can find everything. It'll all be on my book account, here --> @jennsbookshelf

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