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!
BOOKS READ DURING THE READING RUSH:
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 🙂