Monday, July 20, 2020

Reading Rush TBR

Hello everyone! Today I am super excited because it's the start of Reading Rush! Reading Rush is a 7-day long readathon that starts today and ends on Sunday. There are different challenges for what to read and there's a bunch of fun activities that will go on throughout the week. But, without further ado, here's my to-be-read pile!

Challenge 1: Read a book with a cover that matches the color of your birthstone.

I was born in August so my birthstone is the peridot which is a bright green color. It was actually quite difficult to find a book for this, so I decided to go with three short novellas instead of a full novel. I've chosen Meeting Sang: Gabriel, Meeting Sang: Nathan, and Meeting Sang: Silas by C.L. Stone

Meeting Sang: Silas (The Ghost Bird, #1.3) Meeting Sang: Nathan (The Ghost Bird, #1.4) Meeting Sang: Gabriel (The Ghost Bird, #1.5)

These are three novellas taking place from different character POVs during the first book in the Ghost Bird series. I've read the first two but haven't gotten to these three yet. I think they'll be short, quick reads and I'll hopefully gain some character insights through them. 

Challenge 2: Read a book that starts with the word "The."

For this challenge, I decided to go with The Prince and The King by Jennifer L. Armentrout. These are two of the novellas following the Wicked trilogy and I've been eagerly awaiting the release of the final novella before I read these. They're both under 200 pages so I think it will be easy to fulfill this challenge.

The Prince (A Wicked Trilogy, #3.5) The King (A Wicked Trilogy #3.6)

Challenge 3: Read a book that inspired a movie you've already seen. 

This might be cheating since I've already read this book, but I chose Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. This is the final book in the Twilight Saga and I've been rereading the series in preparation for Midnight Sun's release in August. It's been many years since I've actually read this but it was always my favorite in the series so I hope that this will also be a quick read.

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

Challenge 4: Read the first book you touch. 

The first book from my monthly TBR that I touched was Burn by Maya Banks. This is the third and final book in the Breathless Trilogy which is a trilogy of companion romance novels following different main couples. I read the first two each in one sitting and I'm surprised that it actually took me so long to finally get around to reading this one. 

Burn (Breathless, #3)

Challenge 5: Read a book completely outside of your house

For this challenge, I'm going with The Queen by Jennifer L Armentrout. This is the final novella in the Wicked trilogy that I mentioned in Challenge 2. This is also relatively short and I think that on the day where the weather is nice that I can get outside and read this easily. Although, I may also take one of the novellas from challenge 1 to fulfill this challenge since they're shorter. Either way, I will be reading this during the readathon no matter what. 

The Queen (A Wicked Trilogy #3.7)

Challenge 6: Read a book in a genre that you've always wanted to read more of. 

I've chosen nonfiction for this challenge and I actually have two picks for this. The first that I want to read is Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. This is a nonfiction book about systematic racism and how it impacts all areas of life with a specific reference to the UK. As someone who wants to move to the UK in a couple years, I think it's very important that I'm knowledgable about how structural racism is similar and different to America.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

The second is Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi. I don't see myself finishing this book this week since it's a super long, dense history book but I would like to make some significant progress. I read a couple chapters last night and already feel as if I've learned more about racial history than in my entire public school education. I can tell that this is going to be an invaluable resource for me and I do want to continue reading it this week even if I can't finish it before the readathon is over. 

Challenge 7: Read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live. 

I've chosen two books for this challenge as well. It may be slightly cheating in that I've chosen fantasy books but, to be fair, they don't take place on my continent. The first of these is Curse of the Night Witch by Alex Aster. It's a middle-grade fantasy that came out a month ago and I meant to review before then.

Curse of the Night Witch (Emblem Island, #1) The Dark Tide (The Dark Tide, #1)

The second is The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska. This is a YA fantasy that sounds so good. This one comes out in August and I'd also like to have my review up before then. This is actually also the book that I am starting this readathon with today.

Are you going to be participating in the Reading Rush? Let me know in the comments below! I am super excited to be participating in this readathon for the first time and I can only hope that I'm going to be motivated to actually complete the challenges!

Thanks for reading!

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