I am absolutely horrible at readathons but I have caved and decided to give The Reading Rush a try this year! I have a feeling that if I didn’t at least attempt it I would have major FOMO. Add me as a friend on The Reading Rush website and maybe we can encourage each other!
Read a book with purple on the cover.
Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Loneliest Horse Race
I listened to the first twenty minutes of this book on audiobook and it caught my attention right away. When I noticed that there was purple on the cover I decided to save it for the readathon. It is a memoir about a young woman participating in a 1000km horse race in Mongolia. I have heard great things about it!
Read a book in the same spot the entire time.
The Water Dance by Ta-Nehisi Coates
I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of The Water Dancer. It is relatively short at 256 pages. I will be at the beach during the week of the readathon so I plan on reading this one in its entirety with my feet in the sand! It is sounds like it is going to be a heartbreaking read so I will make sure to wear sunglasses to hide my tears in public.
Read a book you meant to read last year.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Exit West is a book that I have been meaning to read since it was published in 2017. I have heard wonderful things about it and I love that there is an element of magical realism. Another great bonus is that the cover is purple and it is rather short (231 pages!). That means that this book can work for three prompts if need be. For that reason, I will probably read Exit West first and go from there.
Read an author’s first book.
There There by Tommy Orange
I have only heard incredible things about Tommy Orange’s debut novel, There There. It was on a lot of “Favourite Books of 2018” lists. I can not wait to experience it for myself! I honestly can not believe that it has taken me this long to get to it because I have a feeling I will love it.
Read a book with a non-human main character.
Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2) by Martha Wells
I thought I would struggle to come up with a book for this challenge but then I remembered Murderbot! This series follows an AI and the adventures that he gets himself in to despite the fact that all he wants to do is watch television. I have been meaning to continue on with the series and I am so happy that The Reading Rush has given me an excuse to pick it up.
Pick a book that has five or more words in the title.
This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel
This is How it Always Is sounds so amazing! All of the friends on Goodreads who have read it have absolutely loved it. I usually get along with Reese Witherspoon’s book club picks (though I will never forgive her for The Light We Lost!) and have faith that this one will be a winner for me.
Read and watch a book to movie adaptation.
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
The English Patient is one of my mom’s favourite movies so I told her that I would read the book so that I could watch the movie with her. I have been meaning to read something by Michael Ondaatje as he is a Canadian author and I am trying to read more books written by Canadians. I have no idea what this book is about but I am looking forward to it!
I tried to pick books that are on the shorter side so the total page counts comes to 1,889, which is a lot but I feel is doable. I plan to listen to a couple of them on audiobook as well. I will also be spending a lot of time on the beach during the readathon so theoretically I will have more time to read, but I do have to balance it with spending time with my family. I will just have to go with the flow and see what happens- not putting any pressure on myself!