It's that time of year again; the 2020 Reading Rush is just days away! Regardless of the varying degrees of success I have in them, I just love readathons. I will always take part in them, especially the more thoroughly and elaborately developed ones. I love the sense of community, indulgence, and challenge these events instill. The Reading Rush, formerly known as Booktubeathon, was the very first readathon I've ever taken part in. My extreme sense of tradition makes this particular event very near and dear to my heart. I will take part every year I can in the foreseeable future. That is why, from July 20th-26th, I'll be happily participating in the festivities surrounding the readathon.
My favorite part of The Reading Rush are the reading challenges. I just love games and personal challenges. These prompts throw in the perfect amount of chaos for my reading week, as I desperately try to complete every single one. I do not allow myself to double up on challenges, unless of course, the readathon falls on an inopportune week in my life. Though I'm back to work, the seven books for seven challenges still feel quite manageable this year.
So, without further ado... here are the seven challenges and the seven books I've paired with them!
Read a book with a cover that matches the color of your birth stone.
I just LOVE this challenge. As a November baby, my two main birthstones are Citrine and Topaz. Essentially, I have to choose between a goldish-orange and light blue. My solution to this prompt? Pick a book with both! For this prompt, I will be reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. I've been inspired to pick this one up after the glowing reviews by the lovely Karo over at Wyrdgurls. Actually... Why are you even here when such a great blog exists in the same universe? 10/10 human over there, just saying...
From what I've gathered, Eleanor Oliphant struggles with social anxiety. In fact, she's come to know a social box entirely separate from excessive social situations and pressures. That is, until a very unlikely situation rips her out of her comfort zone and joins her with two complete strangers. Together, the three learn to navigate the potential for friendships and help each other grow.
Read a book that starts with the word “The”
The Killing Joke is a comic I won't soon forget. The story follows Joker's plot to induce Commissioner Gordon's insanity. The scheme that comes from this plan is likely one of the most gruesome and uncomfortable scenes in all Batman Comics. The story also acts as a kind of origin story for the character Oracle.
The DC Prose novels have so far done the Batman Universe a great service. I'm looking forward to picking up this last one, yet equally nervous. I know Christa Faust has taken some liberties in the story by including more of Batgirl-a reasonable artistic decision considering Barbara Gordan's role in the story. However, this comic was such a masterpiece. I'm nervous any changes will render the story less effective.
Read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen.
I'm not much of a movie watcher. This simple fact did make this prompt rather difficult, especially because many books that go alongside a movie I've seen actually came AFTER the movie. I'm looking at you, Star Wars. If I've seen an adaptation, I've likely read the book first, because I often only watch movies because of the book I read. Did you even follow that logic...? Anyway, Jurassic Park has been sitting on my shelves for about a year now, and it is now time to read it!
...I don't need to describe this plot, right?
Read the first book you touch.
Actually, I let my friend choose this book based on the first one she touched. It's the same energy though, right? I've left this trilogy sitting on my shelf for far too long now. This book is a five-star prediction for me, but I've avoided it because it hasn't been the right time. I'm looking for the right mood for it, and I'm just terribly scared of disappointment. Does anyone else avoid their five-star predictions? Just me? cool.
Leviathan is an alternate historical fiction novel taking place in a steampunk-era WW1. That's a mouthful. I've experienced very little steampunk in my days, but I've adored every bit of it. This particular novel is also filled to the brim with some of the most stunning illustrations. I can't wait to dive into this one, finally!
Read a book completely outside of your house.
I'm not sure how I will be interpreting this challenge yet. I live in a large city currently, where I don't feel comfortable going out alone. Not to mention the health safety issues being out and about poses. I may just read this one next to an open window with some outdoorsy white noise. Perhaps now is a great time to snoop out some spacious hiking/picnic areas near me. Only time will tell.
Everland is a dark story set in a war-ridden London. As its name suggests, the characters and plot are based on Peter Pan. However, with the involvement of disease and genetic experimentation... I'd say it's likely a loose interpretation.
Read a book in a genre that you’ve always wanted to read more of
Though I do tend to read a lot of historical fiction, I still feel The Kite Runner falls under the "need to read more of" umbrella. To put it simply, I've found that my historical fiction consumption all falls under one side of history. It's extremely important for one to allow the voices of every side of history be heard and appreciated. It's time I've made more of an effort to diversify my historical fiction/nonfiction reading. This will be the start.
This story takes place in Afghanistan amidst war, devastation, and destruction. As this revolves around the story, we follow the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and a poor servant boy. (I'm getting Boy in the Striped Pajamas vibes, and I'm looking forward to this!)
Read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live.
With so many chunky books planned for the week, I decided a short play was in order. The Importance of Being Earnest takes place in London, and fulfills this prompt. However... I do feel some guilt by choosing a Euro-centric book for this prompt, and may change this decision by the time the readathon rolls around.
The Importance of Being Earnest is a dramatic display of the trivial matters of the Victorian Era, including etiquette, courtship, and the overtly stiffness of the society with satire. It follows two men as they court women who mistakenly have named them Ernest.
Of course, TBRs are always subject to change, but these are my reading goals for July 20th-26th. If you are planning to take part in The Reading Rush, I wish you the best of luck and happy reading!