We’re officially three days away from the start of The Reading Rush (formerly known as the Booktube-a-thon). For those unfamiliar, The Reading Rush is a read-a-thon originated by Ariel Bisset and Raeleen Lemay that started in 2013 and has run every summer. The goal is to read as much as you can in the designated week, but other challenges are issued on top of that - seven themed reading challenges (with the bonus of attempting to read 7 books in the 7 days of the challenge), youtube challenges, instagram challenges, twitter reading sprints, and read-ins. I’ve attempted to participate the last three (maybe four???) years, but something has always come up (moving, travel, etc) that’s gotten in the way…but I’ve got a good feeling about this year. The Reading Rush has their own forums set up for the purposes of collecting badges and recommending books, but since bookishness is sort of at the heart of what we do here, I thought it might be nice to have a place for Mountie-specific encouragement! So! I’ve just about finished my TBR list, and I’d love to hear from anyone else that might be participating, or could be convinced to participate!
The 2020 Challenges:
- Read a book with a cover that matches the colour of your birth stone.
- Read a book that starts with the word “The”.
- Read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen.
- Read the first book you touch.
- Read a book completely outside of your house.
- Read a book in a genre that you’ve always wanted to read more of.
- Read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live.
I know I’m not going to be able to read 7 books next week (or any week of the year, let’s be real), so I did a lot of logistical gymnastics to arrange my TBR to hit all the fun challenges but still be manageable. What I’ve ended up with are:
- Nimona (1, 4, 5, 6)- checks off the color and genre boxes, it’s something that I could read outside on my porch (so outside my house), and I picked it with a random choice generator so it’s “the first one I touched”
- City of Bones (3) - I just watched this movie recently and I thiiiink the copy I’m borrowing from my roommate has the color I’m looking for on the cover
- The Storyteller’s Daughter (2, 7) - It starts with “the” and is a retelling of the Arabian Nights folk tale, so I’m counting that as “taking place on a different continent”. Also fun story - I found this book because I adore this author’s Cinderella retelling, and the original cover would’ve been the right color for challenge 1…there was one seller I could find online with the right cover in stock, so I ordered it, but when it arrived it had different cover art. So it doesn’t hit the first challenge and it doesn’t match the other book from the series But! I’m still excited to read this book.
I’ll also be listening to the audiobook of Wild while I take my evening walks, but I used the random choice picker for my audiobook selection as well to give myself options for challenge 4…but this audiobook is 13 hours long, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish it in a week…
If anyone else was planning on participating (or was swayed through this post) I’d love to hear your reading plans, and would love to have some reading accountability buddies!