The Reading Rush (previously the Booktubeathon) was created by Ariel Bissett & Raeleen Lamey. This year’s the read-a-thon is running from the 22nd to the 28th July.
After years of watching everyone’s Booktubeathon vlogs and videos, I am finally participating myself in the 2019 Reading Rush! Every other year this read-a-thon has taken place when I am either away or unable to commit to reading this much in a week, so I am insanely happy that this year I am able to give it a go for myself.
Based on my reading so far this year, I am not sure if I will be able to complete all of these challenges or read seven books in a week, but nonetheless I will definitely be trying my best to prove myself wrong. Because of how little I have been reading recently, I have included two options for each challenge, many of which could also fulfill multiple challenges, so that no matter what mood I am in I will hopefully be to read something on my TBR.
So here is my TBR for the Reading Rush 2019!
There aren’t too many books on my TBR that have purple on the cover, so it did take me a while to come up some to pick from for even this first challenge! That said, the one I am most likely to pick up is Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner, as after loving his debut novel I am already in need of reading another of his books. This is a 2019 release that follows two best friends who host a local friday night TV show as they have to make decisions about their future and whether or not to leave everything behind after they graduate.
If I’m more in the mood for a fantasy or sci-fi however, then I also have Mirage by Somaiya Daud as a choice for this one, as this book not only has purple on the cover, but it also purple under the dust jacket, and has purple sprayed edges. I don’t know much about this book, but I am still interested in possibly diving into this one if I am in the mood for it during the read-a-thon.
As soon as I read this challenge, I instantly knew that I would have to pick a short book to have any chance of completing it, and so my first pick for this one is the graphic novel Heartstopper by Alice Osman. It’s been so long since I read a graphic novel, and this read-a-thon seems like the perfect oppurtinity to do so, plus this one sounds like the cutest story of boy-meets-boy that’ll warm my heart.
As a backup I have Dear Martin by Nic Stone, which I chose as it is under 200 pages, and so it is definitely achievable to read entirely in the same spot. Despite the short nature of this one, it sounds like a very powerful story that deals with such important topics surrounding race relations, and so I am sure this will be a relevant book in today’s society.
I feel like this challenge could apply to almost all of the books on my TBR at this point, but one that I definitely meant to read last year when it was first released is The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke. I adore the sound of this dark standalone fantasy, which along with the fact that is fairly short, particularly for a fantasy, makes this a perfect choice for the Reading Rush.
I also have a very different story lined up in Save the Date by Morgan Matson, which I meant to read both last summer and the summer before that when it was first released. I love reading Morgan Matson books during the summer, and always tend to get through them very quickly, and so if The Boneless Mercies doesn’t take my fancy then this seems like a perfect back-up for this challenge.
Another challenge that I actually have a fair few options for! My first option for this one is More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera, as not only have I loved all of Adam Silvera’s other books, but this one is also a contemporary and not particularly long, and so shouldn’t take me too long to get through, something that I want in a read-a-thon.
The other book I may chose for this challenge is Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, which I have started an endless number of times now but never actually finished. Therefore, hopefully this read-a-thon will either motivate me to finally get past the first fifty pages, or to finally decide that this just isn’t the book for me.
This one was definitely the one I struggled with the most, and even the books I have chosen may bend the rules just slightly as both of these main characters seem human in their physical form. Cress by Marissa Meyer features Cress, who is a genetically-mutated human called a lunar, as well as Cinder, who is a cyborg and Iko, who is an adroid.
Meanwhile, my second option, Someday by David Levithan, follows A, our main character who wakes up in a different body every single day. This one probably fits the challenge a little better than Cress, but either way these are the best ones I could come up with that I am actually in the mood to possibly read.
At first I wasn’t sure which books I was actually gonna chose for this one, until I remember that I have been meaning to get round to A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir ever since it was first released, and so this challenge could act as perfect motivation to do just that. I also have this one on audiobook, which is likely the route I would go, and so it seems like a great fit for this read-a-thon.
This is the one challenger where I am very likely to go with my first option, but if for whatever reason I don’t, then I also have The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown which fits this sixth challenge.
I have been so bad at both watching and reading book-to-movie adaptation, and this challenge might actually be the motivation I need to change that. The first book I am desperate to get to is Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, as the adaptation just looks like the perfect rom-com.
I’ve also got an older choice in Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List by David Levithan & Rachel Cohn which I am also in need of getting around to, as I have owned this book for years now without reading it. Both of these are fairly short and easy reads, so hopefully I will be able to get around to one of them within the week of the read-a-thon.
Are you participating in the Reading Rush? What books are you hoping to read during this read-a-thon? Have you read any of the books on my TBR – what did you think?