The Reading Rush 2019 | TBR + Recommendations


The Reading Rush (once known as The Booktubeathon) is a week long annual readathon that the booktube community takes part in. This year they revamped the entire thing and made it all smancy with a website that has a more interactive feel with profiles, badges, and personal goals. Fun! Go have a look and add me on RootingBranches. If you're seeking more information check out the video explaining it all HERE. The readathon is taking place July 22nd - July 28th! Without further ado, this is my TBR complete with other suggestions in case you're here for some inspiration! I've linked each title with it's Goodreads page to make it easier for you.

Side-note: I'm a mood reader, so I've given myself back-up options. I advise you do the same, there is nothing worse than having to read something that you really aren't feeling.

1. Read a book with purple on the cover.
My Pick: My Lovely Wife In The Psych Ward by Mark Lukach
This non-fiction read has been sitting on my TBR for a few months so I'm really excited about finally picking it up. Why does non-fiction always seem to take a backseat to fiction? This is the memoir of a man as he deals with the breakdowns his wife experiences, leading up to her being committed. I've read a lot of books about mental health, but never from the POV of the person in the background of someone else's story. So that alone compelled me to buy it.

Back-Up: A Series Of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket

Recommendation: Matilda by Roald Dahl (Most covers I see online have purple on them)

2. Read a book in the same spot for the entire time.
My Pick: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott. Fitzgerald
I've never read this classic story of rich men, dazzling women, and a world that rivals that of Crazy Rich Asians. I think, I'm not really sure. I've somehow completely been unspoiled for this book, I'm unsure what it's actually about. I ought to be ashamed of that, but instead I'm quite excited to give it a read.

Back-Up: She Felt Like Feeling Nothing by r.h. Sin

Recommendation: Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid (currently free on Amazon Kindle/as a audiobook!)

3. Read a book you meant to read last year.
My Pick: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
If you read my blog on a regular basis (which *flattered, awkward, shy* thanks, I mean, yeah, you're great, super cool, thanks, again.) then you'll know that this has been on my TBR for way too long. Kristin Hannah is one of my favourite authors and this is her latest release, which I already know I'm going to love. This is a coming-of-age story about a young girl as her father comes home changed from the Vietnam War, and moves them across the country to Alaska. There her family tries to keep from falling apart.

Back-Up: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Recommendation: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

4. Read an author's first book.
My Pick: Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healy 
This was a total cover buy, but after hearing so many positive things about it, it's been bumped up my TBR list. A story about a seventy-year-old woman with Alzheimer's as she tries to solve the mystery of her best friend's disappearance. This has been described as a book with a heart, so though it's a little bit big for a readathon, I'm taking the plunge and choosing it.

Back-Up: My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper

Recommendation: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

5. Read a book with a non-human main character.
My Pick: The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
This prompt stumped me. I automatically assumed I'd have to read a fantasy and got intimated by the 500 plus page reads I have on my TBR. Then I came to my senses and saw what was right in front of my eyes - many cat related books. I settled on this tale of a companionship between man and cat, as they journey across Japan together. It's written from the cats perspective which fits the prompt perfectly. This seems like a quick read, hilarious, and is likely to end leaving me happy or devastated. I'm probably going to cry, and I'm okay with that.

Back-Up: Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

Recommendation: And The Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

6. Pick a book that has five or more words in the title.
My Pick: A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena
I like variety during a readathon, so a thriller was a must. They're fast paced, entertaining, and usually at the very least enjoyable. The only thing I know about this book is that it involves a wife who loses her memory after an accident of sorts. I try to go into thriller/mysteries blind as the synopsis can sometimes give too much away.

Back-Up: The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

Recommendation: The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice Of A Thirteen-Year-Old Boy With Autism by Naoki Higashida

7. Read and watch a book to movie adaptation.
My Pick: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I've been wanting to reread my favourite book for a while now, so this is perfect! Charlie is a high school student who is shy, introverted, and socially awkward. In today's society, he would have anxiety. When he falls into a friendship group of wallflowers, he starts to open up about himself. My husband hasn't watched the movie yet, so we're going to do a double feature with whichever book he decides to do for this prompt. Be sure to have a nosy at his TBR over on SomewhatNerdy.

Back-Up: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

Recommendation: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

B O N U S (multi-purpose books)

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

  • Read in the same spot
  • Authors first book
  • Over 5 words
  • Book to movie
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J. K. Rowling
  • Purple on the cover
  • Read in the same spot
  • Authors first book
  • Non-human main character
  • Five or more words in the title
  • Book to movie
Carrie by Stephan King
  • Purple on the cover
  • Read in the same spot
  • Authors first book
  • Book to movie
Have any other multi-usable book suggestions? Leave them below!

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