I’m not typically a TBR-maker – in fact, I can’t think of many occasions at all where I have made them in the past. The game changer is, as always, The Reading Rush. Choosing my TBR for this year has been a bit different because I usually like to read a mixture of my own unread books and books that I’ve picked to perfectly fit the challenges from the library. This year, the library has been a very limited option, so I’m working these challenges around what I have! I guess you could say this is the perfect opportunity to start ticking off some of the books that I’ve got on my physical TBR…
#1: Read a book with a cover that matches the colour of your birthstone
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Also fits: 2, 5, 7)
This has been on my radar ever since all of the hype began around it a couple of years ago, but after watching Hollywood on Netflix and realising that its cover is the perfect emerald colour to match my May birthstone, I figured, what better time? This will also be the first time that I will be listening to an audiobook for The Reading Rush!
#2: Read a book that starts with the word “The”
The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark (Also fits: 5)
This is the book I’m potentially least likely to get to, as so many of the other books that I’m planning on reading can also fit this challenge. That said, I’ve heard absolutely nothing about this book from other people, which can often be a refreshing change when so much of your reading is influenced by the books that you see in the spotlight online.
#3: Read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen
The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Also fits: 2, 5)
This may be bending the rules slightly, because when I first read The Maze Runner as a teenager, I hadn’t seen the film adaptation. I have seen all of the films plenty of times now (and I love them!) but I have been meaning to re-read the books for so long as this is such a nostalgic series for me, and this seems like the perfect opportunity to get started.
#4: Read the first book you touch
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (Also fits: 2, 5, 6)
I don’t know if this book is going to be a good choice for a readathon simply because it seems as though it’s going to be very character-driven rather than having a fast-paced plot based on its synopsis. When I picked the three shortest books on my unread shelf as candidates for this challenge, though, this is what I got! Luckily, I am very intrigued by this one and the writing looks to be beautiful.
#5: Read a book completely outside of your house
Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington (Also fits: 7)
It isn’t The Reading Rush if I don’t read at least one YA novel. They are the foundation of where my book blogging started and perfect for readathons, plus it has become something of a tradition for me to browse the library for the YA books that I have missed throughout the rest of the year when I’ve been reading other things. As I didn’t use the library this time around, OLCBYH is the only YA novel that I have on my shelves. It has been there for far too long and it’s definitely time I read it!
#6: Read a book in a genre that you’ve always wanted to read more of
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Also fits: 2, 5, 7)
Despite the fact that I often really enjoy it, I don’t read anywhere near as much literary fiction as I would like to. I watched a documentary about Toni Morrison’s life a few years ago but have still yet to pick up one of her novels. It’s time I did something to change that and starting with her first novel seems like a good option to go for.
#7: Read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live
American Street by Ibi Zoboi (Also fits: 5)
Another YA novel, and another one that I haven’t heard too much about. That seems to be the running theme of this readathon… This novel follows a Haitian family who move to America and protagonist Fabiola’s experience when her mother is detained by immigration. This is another audiobook, and I am really hoping that as a newcomer to audiobooks I get along well with them!
By mixing up my TBR this year with a mixture of formats, I’m hoping there’s a chance I will be able to have my best Reading Rush yet, and I am so beyond excited for all of the interactions and events that come with it. As always, I will be posting daily with wrap ups for how I am getting on!
I would love to know if you’re taking part in The Reading Rush, and what you’re planning to read if you are!