Friday, July 17, 2020

My Reading Rush 2020 TBR!

It's almost time! Oh my gosh, I'm so-so excited! The Reading Rush starts on Monday, and I couldn't be more ready!!!

If you're unfamiliar with The Reading Rush, you can get the general idea here, but simply put - it's the most fun read-a-thon in allll the land! This year's event runs from July 20th - 26th, and if I haven't already convinced you to jump in, it's not too late! It might be a little tight for finding the right books, but you can do it - I believe in you. :) And perhaps my list below will give you a jumping-off point.


This year's challenges are as follows:

1/ Read a book with a cover that matches the color of your birth stone.
2/ Read a book that starts with the word “The”.
3/ Read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen.
4/ Read the first book you touch.
5/ Read a book completely outside of your house.
6/ Read a book in a genre that you’ve always wanted to read more of.
7/ Read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live.

And as always, a bonus is to read 7 books. It's my favorite challenge to complete! Plus: an extra bonus is that I want to read a book by Fredrik Backman each year because it's become my own little special Reading Rush tradition.

2020 reading rush TBR

After ridiculous levels of research (which you can see here), I've finally decided to read these books:

The Noticer book

The Noticer by Andy Andrews
(Birthstone Color, Starts with The, Read Outside)
Last summer, my MIL was reading this book and talking about how amazing it was. It sounded interesting, and a few weeks later I happened across it at a big book sale. It was only $.25 and it seemed like fate, so I grabbed it. It's got the right color, starts with The, and it's read-a-thon short so this was an easy pick!

Judy Bloom book

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume
(Genre I Want to Read More Of)
How have I never read this, you ask? Yeah, so do I. I have no idea. Knowing this was an essential read for pre-teens I'd grabbed a copy of it for my classroom library when I was studying early education. I am fascinated by children's lit and definitely want to fit more of it into my reading!

Fredrik Backman books

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
(Birthstone Color, Different Continent, Fredrik Backman)
I'm gonna cry, there's no way around it - every single one of his books brings me to tears. I've wanted to read this one for a while, it takes place on another continent, and I so love Fredrik Backman, so this one is perfect to add to my stack.

Alex & Eliza trilogy

Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
(Book that Inspired a Movie I've Seen)
Okay, I wasn't so sure about this one. I STRUGGLED to find something, and with Hamilton heavily on my brain I realized that this would be the perfect time to pick up this series. Just to make sure I wasn't bending the rules too much (because the play nor the book inspired the other) I checked with The Reading Rush officials, and they gave me the all clear!

As for my other three books - I've never done this before, but I've decided to leave it up to my mood. This is a unique year, in that I'm not at all making use of the library. If I was, I would be a little more picky about finding quick reads and getting exactly what fits. The truth is, though, the four books above will complete all of the challenges themselves, so getting to 7 books after reading these can be flexible. SO, I chose a bunch of books that I think I might want to read or have been meaning to get to, and I will pull from them depending on how I feel. Kind of excited about it, actually.

Those books are....

Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz (this is the 2nd book in the Alex & Eliza story)
A Totally Awkward Love Story by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison
You'd Be Mine by Erin Hahn
What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker

I am the most excited! Stay tuned - I've got a bunch of bookish posts planned for next week in honor of the reading rush. Happy Reading!

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