THE READING RUSH | Wrap Up & Many Badges!

The Reading Rush (former Booktube-a-thon) read-a-thon is one of my favorite bookish events of the year! It’s never easy to read 7 books in one week, but I love how many people participate in it. There were tons of YouTube videos, that I still need to catch up on, twitter sprints, bookstagram posts, and forums on the new Reading Rush website.

Did you participate? How many challenged were you able to complete?

I mostly stuck with my initial the Reading Rush TBR, which is very surprising, and managed to read 4 full novels, 1 graphic novel and 1 very short story.

2019 reading 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 5 or more words in the title
7/ Read and watch a book to movie adaptation

BONUS: Read 7 books!


Two books I read last week had a purple cover: «Lock Every Door» by Riley Sager and «Shadow and Bone» by Leigh Bardugo!

Once again there were two books I read at the same spot the whole time – «Saga Vol 3» and «Harry Potter: The Prequel». The prequel can be found on-line and it’s only 800 words long. Perfect for a read-a-thon! 😉

I was hoping to finally read «Normal People» by Sally Rooney, but that didn«t happen. Instead I picked up «Shadow and Bone» by Leigh Bardugo! I will be incorporating the other books in this trilogy in the prompts for NEWTs read-a-thon in August.

It was a real struggle to NOT pick up the 2nd book in the Grisha trilogy right after finishing the first one!

I actually stuck with my TBR for this challenge and read «Three Ways to Disappear» by Katy Yocom, a debut novel about family, loss and Bengal tigers, that made me feel so much! I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did.

This book could easily count for the other challenge as well – to read a book with a non-human main character. The Bengal tigers of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve were a very big part of the story.

«Saga Vol 3» – I picked it up specifically for this challenge. It was the last volume I had, and I’m glad to finally read it and be done with it, as I won’t be continuing this series.

This was one of the challenges I really struggled with. I’m writing this wrap up early on Sunday, and I’m currently half way through «The Ten Thousand Doors of January», that I hope to finish later this evening.

This is the book I expected to love and fly through… and I was a little bit disappointed for not loving the first half of the book, so I had to put it away for a bit and read other books in order to actually complete the read-a-thon’s challenges.

«Matilda» by Roald Dahl was such a quirky little book. The 7-8-years-old me would have loved it so much!

This year’s The Reading Rush website and badges made this read-a-thon an even better experience! As you can see, I didn’t read a lot during the week, and did bulk of my reading on Saturday, when I managed to read almost 600 pages!

Besides the 7 badges for the reading challenges, I was also awarded with:

  • 2019 Reader – the badge you get when you register on the website;
  • Completed all 2019 challenges – for completing all 7 reading challenges;
  • Read a 5 star book – I read two books last week that received 5 stars and made it to my 2019 favorites shelf on GoodReads!
  • Read over 1000 pages – I read a total of 1675 pages!
  • Posted a Reading Rush bookstagram – three bookstagrams to be precise 🙂


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15 thoughts on “THE READING RUSH | Wrap Up & Many Badges!

    1. Thank you! It was a lot of fun and surprisingly there were 2 books I gave 5 stars to, and now all I want to do is read read read! 😀 Hopefully that reading mood extends for August as well, so I can pass my NEWTs.
      NEWTs begin in 2 days!!!! AAAAHHHHHH
      I have a pile (a HUGE pile) of books sitting on my table waiting for August to arrive. lol

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        1. The Book Junkie challenge does sound like a lot of fun, I just wish it would take place during some other month, as I don’t see myself ever skipping the Booktube-a-thon (The reading rush).
          Now we need to focus on the NEWTs!

          P.S. I still need to finish 2 books and write 7 reviews before the end of July… hmm… 😀

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    1. Ahaha, that’s how I felt as well 😀 Unfortunately, it’s not.
      It’s a very short story (like 800 pages) that J.K. Rowling wrote for charity. You can find all of it online, it reads in a few minutes 🙂


  1. Omg congrats on doing an amazing job with the readathon! I’m so happy you enjoyed Shadow & Bone, I feel like the Grisha trilogy doesn’t get enough love 😢 HOLD UP, THERE’S A HP PREQUEL. AN OFFICIAL ONE, BY J.K. ROWLING?! HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS????

    💛 Ngoc

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    1. Thank you 🙂 I was kinda scared to commit to the read-a-thon, because I was already feeling that reading slump getting closer and closer. Surprisingly, after the week of constant reading and thinking about reading, I don’t feel that slump at all! All I want to do now is read read read 😀

      Ahha, I only found out about the prequel last Monday, it’s very short and was never published. But you can still find it online ❤

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