The Reading Rush TBR 2020


It's time for The Reading Rush! If you don't know, this is a beloved readathon run by Ariel and Raeleen. It runs from July 20th to July 26th. Read their info page if you want to know more. The added touches to this readathon really makes it fun to participate in. There's a site, merch, and little challenges throughout the week that makes it really easy to interact with. I'm super late in uploading this post (and writing it), but my TBR kept changing. I'm hoping to read a book for all 7 prompts, because I'm a readathon overachiever, but some books can work for multiple prompts so I'm efficiently covering my butt. Whoop. Without further ado, let's get on with the prompts and my (kinda) official TBR.

1/ Read a book with a cover that matches the colour of your birth stone.
2/ Read a book that starts with the word “The”.
3/ Read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen.
4/ Read the first book you touch.
5/ Read a book completely outside of your house (or about the outdoors/by a window).
6/ Read a book in a genre that you’ve always wanted to read more of.
7/ Read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live.

To be honest, I'm a little disappointed by the prompts as they aren't as challenging as I'd like them to be. But I get that it's more accessible this way, especially as some people's libraries are still closed due to Covid. I'm personally trying to only read books that are on my physical TBR.

PROMPT: "Read a book with a cover that matches the colour of your birth stone."
BOOK: Neisi Daughter by Monica Sone
I was born in June so my birthstones are Alexandrite and Pearl. I went with pearl as it's easier to find something that's.. well.. pearly. I have three choices for this prompt. Nesei Daughter by Monica Stone, Hunger by Roxanne Gay, and Unfiltered by Lily Collins. I'm obviously leaning more towards Neisi Daughter, but it's always good to have some backups! Nesei Daughter is a non-fiction about the experience of growing up Japanese American on Seattle's waterfront in the 1930s and to be subjected to "relocation" during World War II. This was written by a family member on my husband's side, so it makes it all the more interesting to me. 

PROMPT: "Read a book that starts with the word "the"
BOOK: The Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger 
Am I psychotic for putting a modern classic that seems incredibly dense on my TBR for a readathon? Yup. Yay for insanity. I know I'm either going to love or hate this coming-of-age story with an apparent pompous main character. But I included it in my most recent '5 Star Book Predictions' so.. I'm hopeful?

PROMPT: "Read a book that inspired a movie you've already seen"
BOOK: A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell
A lot of people seem to be having trouble with this prompt but for me it was easy. I watched this movie starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively a while ago and ever since the book has sat on my TBR shelf gathering dust. I enjoyed the movie for what it was, but I've since heard that the book is rather different in tone - more thriller, less humor. 

PROMPT: "Read the first book you touch"
BOOK: The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow
I chose to do this prompt by picking out 5 books on my TBR, and having my husband mix them up so I didn't know which I'd touch first. I landed on The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, which was a random book I picked up at a thrift store one day. It's about a biracial girl who is thrust into a black community after her parents both die and she's sent off to live with her grandmother. Since owning it, I've seen it on a multitude of lists of 'books you have to read' or 'own-voices books that matter'. I'm excited to read this.

PROMPT: "Read a book outside"
BOOK: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
We're lucky enough to have a spacious garden, so I'm planning to read the entirety of Nimona sitting outside. I have no idea what is about other than it being middlegrade and that it's been loved by many booktubers. Quick to read, but hopefully entertaining!

PROMPT: "Read a book from a genre that you've always wanted to read more from"
BOOK: We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson
Gothic horror is a genre that I've dipped my toes into, but never fully immersed myself with. I stupidly keep putting books like these off for the winter months/Spookathon, but they're really starting to pile up so I'm think I'm good. Plus Summer always seems to bring out my desire to read more horror/thriller. Just me? 

PROMPT: "Read a book that takes place on a different continent than you"
BOOK: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
I didn't want to breeze past this prompt by reading something set in Europe as that's a good portion of my bookcase, and I'm making an effort to read more diversely. So I'm going to Japan for my book, and reading the recently raved about book Convenience Store Woman. I have this on hold at my library, so I'll hopefully be picking it up sometime in the week. (Yeah, I know I said that I was only reading books I own.. but....) If for some reason I don't get my hands on this, I'll be reading Silence by Endo Shusaku, hence the photo.

So, there we have an overly ambitious TBR. My secret goal is to read 10 books, but if I put that into the universe it'll never happen. So let's pretend I didn't say that. Are you participating in The Reading Rush? What book are you most excited to read? And what's your least read genre? 

Keep safe,

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