Lori and the Chamber of the Failed Readathon TBR...

Long-winded explanation to commence in 3...2...1...

Okay, so my intentions were to take a week-long hiatus from blogging in order to plow through my massive Reading Rush TBR, and knock it out of the park. I was going to post an absolutely fantastic Sunday Post and mini-reviews of the many books I read to-boot. What happened instead? Well... let me just fill you in, Sunday Post-style.

What I Read

My TBR for the week was comprised of these seven books:

  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

  • The Killing Joke by Christa Faust and Gary Pullman

  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

  • Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

  • Everland by Wendy Spinale

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

In reality, this TBR was extremely ambitious. There are a lot of chunky bois in this list. I would have needed to read approximately 400 pages a day to complete each of these books. I tend to read quickly, so this wouldn't have been a huge problem typically, but this was not a typical week for me.

I ended up working more shifts than I was scheduled for (I can't really turn down the chance for more shifts during these times), and I simply found myself wanting to do things other than reading once I got home. I don't think one should ever force themselves to read... so I didn't? I instead spent several hours a day playing video games. Yes, I failed The Reading Rush, but it's the first year I haven't absolutely slain the challenges. Everyone gets one, right? Besides, With everything happening around us this year, I found it difficult to really put my heart and emotions into the event the way I normally do. Nothing feels quite normal.

So, what did I manage to read? I completed three of the seven books, and I started two others. I read The Importance of Being Earnest and Everland on day one. I then read Jurassic Park over the course of two or three days. The book was quite densely packed full of science, math, and ethical dilemmas. I just love reading such ideas, and wanted to read the book slowly and fully contemplate the ideas the myriad of characters supplied. Once I finished Jurassic Park, I got about a quarter through Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I am loving this one a lot, and I know I will develop a strong emotional attachment-I mean, already have. For these reasons, I don't want to fly through this book. I want to read it slowly and savor it. I then moved on to The Killing Joke and got a few chapters in before the readathon ended.

Maybe I didn't accomplish my readathon goals, but I was really loving everything I read, which is a win in it's own right! I will still read all of the books in my TBR as I finish out July, don't worry! I also want to post a full wrap-up/review of each book, but I'm not sure if I'll start with the three I've finished, or just wait until I've finished all of the books and post a big post of mini-reviews. (If you have a preference, I'd gladly hear out your opinion below!)

So... When I Wasn't Reading, What Was I Doing?

Great question! Being a workaholic mostly. What else is new?

Really, I've had the biggest gaming bug this week! I started playing Dragon Age on the Xbox 360 (again), and dug out my DS to play Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I don't have a Switch, and I feel incredibly left out from the new AC world. (Does anyone else still play New Leaf?) Oh, and I started playing Pokemon Platinum... for the billionth time. Of course, I chose Chimchar as my starter... for the billionth time. I really need to travel or something...

On my day off, I went to a local brewery for some craft howlers. Instead of reading, I shared the howlers with my better half and we had (another) Weird Al singalong night while utterly beer drink. Ah, true love. Really, I think he's trying to get me tired of listening to Weird Al. Whenever a song he's parodied comes on the radio in the car, I sing the parody as ludly as I can over the original lyrics. It drives the poor man insane, I'm sure. How do I break it to him that I have loved Weird AL since the womb, and always will? How long until he accepts that he just can't listen to American Pie unadulterated ever again when he's with me?

The most important thing I've done all week was to make a life-changing purchase. What did I purchase? Only a signed preorder of To Sleep In a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini! I donned a mask and braved the masses within a bookstore to make the order. I simply cannot wait! This will also be my first signed edition of a book! I feel like a real-life book nerd now!

Thank you for visiting! I apologize for my fruitless week of silence. Don't worry, we are now back to your regularly scheduled bookish shenanigans again. I've missed you all dearly, and I'm looking forward to chatting in the comments again!

If you participated in The Reading Rush, how did you fare in the challenges? I hope it was a fun and productive week for you!