The Reading Rush is a week-long readathon for book lovers to participate in. It was started a few years ago on YouTube by Ariel Bissett and Raeleen Lemay, and was originally known as “BookTubeAThon”. To make things even more exciting, this readathon includes daily reading, video and instagram photo challenges, twitter sprints and discounts on Book Depository.
I first participated in this readathon in the summer of 2014. It was such a fun experience! I didn’t exactly know what I was getting myself into, but I remember stopping by my library to compile my BookTubeAThon to-be-read pile. I vividly remember reading my first book – Anna and the French Kiss (excuse the cheesy title!) – in one sitting, finishing the last couple of pages on a cool summer night. It’s certainly a good way to read out of your comfort zone.
I wanted to do a quick recap of the books I read for this year’s Reading Rush. Each year there are 7 challenges (i.e. “read a debut novel”), and participants try to choose their books based on those challenges (but you don’t necessarily have to follow the challenges. At the core of this event is to have fun!). The challenges for this year were:
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!
Here are the books I planned to read (minus an ebook which isn’t pictured). There’s a strategic pattern here. I often try to include alot of contemporary or poetry books on my to-be-read pile because those are books I can quickly plow through and still enjoy:
The books I ended up reading and finishing were:
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (★★★)
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (★★★★★)
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur (★★★★★)
I was only able to complete challenges 2, 6, and 7. I swear I started out strong. I thought this would be the year I would complete all of them plus that bonus challenge, but things petered out by the end of the week. Oh well. There’s always next summer!