Here I am, writing another TBR when I still haven’t read half of the books in my last one.
Anyway: The Reading Rush, previously known as BooktubeAThon, is a read-a-thon taking place from July 22nd to July 28th. This is my first year participating (or, at least, making an attempt to participate), because it’s the first year I’ve actually had time during this specific part of Summer.
If you want more details on The Reading Rush, it has a site.
There are seven of them, and I don’t care too much about completing all of them, but I think trying could be fun.
1. Read a book with purple on the cover:
There are many books I could choose for this, but I think I’ll go with Pet by Akwaeke Emezi: I recently got an ARC and it’s barely longer than 200 pages, which makes it perfect for a read-a-thon. (By the way: I love this cover? It’s so unusual. Also, I think that as the – probably – first ownvoices black trans YA novel, this book should get more hype.)
2. Read a book in the same spot the entire time:
Seeing how short it is, Pet would be perfect for this.
3. Read a book you meant to read last year:
I’m still not sure about this one, it depends on what I will be in the mood for, but The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding is an obvious one, since it’s the f/f book that has been on my TBR the longest. Central Station by Lavie Tidhar would also fit.
4. Read an author’s first book:
I could either try to do the right thing and follow my TBR by reading Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno, or I could ignore my TBR, and choose either After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott (this could be the start of another Out of My Comfort Zone post!) or House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig, the only debut ARC I still have to read.
5. Read a book with a non-human main character:
Finally one I’m sure about! I’m going to start – though not necessarily finish, as this is the kind of thing that needs to be savored – The Fox’s Tower and Other Tales, a flash fiction collection by my favorite author. Several stories in here should have non-human characters, and as one can imagine, some of them are foxes. This book also could count for the “book you meant to read last year” challenge.
As I’m seeing a few people struggle with this prompt, some short books featuring non-human main characters I recommend are All Systems Red by Martha Wells (AI mc, less than 150 pages), This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (post-human mcs, f/f, 208 pages), Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee (gumiho mc, 312 pages), The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill (graphic novel under 100 pages, non-human mcs), If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again by Zen Cho (novelette, imugi mc, f/f, 30 pages) and The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander (novelette, elephant PoV, 98 pages).
6. Pick a book that has five or more words in the title:
There are many on my TBR, like the aforementioned House of Salt and Sorrow, but right now my priority is Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. For an adult fantasy novel, it’s pretty short, and I want to read it before the end of the month.
7: Read and watch a book to movie adaptation:
I am not going to reread it (I remember it vividly and I also recently read On the Come Up, so I don’t feel the need to go back to it right now), but I am maybe going to watch The Hate U Give! Which is more than I’d usually do, as I don’t like watching movies at all, so I don’t care that it’s technically cheating.
Are you participating in The Reading Rush? Have you read any of these?