I wasn’t sure if I was going to participate in The Reading Rush this year, but in the end I just couldn’t resist. I love the forum on the website and that I can connect with other readers. I wasn’t too inspired by the challenges, but there is something nostalgic about this readathon and I think I would get FOMO if I didn’t at least attempt it! Also, the book club book is Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, which I have already read and really loved!
Read a book that starts with the word “The”/Read a book completely not in your house
The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert
As you will see, quite a few of the books that I plan to read this week would work for this challenge, but I really want to read The Voting Booth so I had to include it. Libro fm was kind enough to send me an ALC, and I noticed that it is quite a short audiobook. I have a six hour car ride ahead of me today, so I am hoping that I can finished this book and maybe start another. That will fulfill the challenge to read a book outside of your house. I have been hearing great things about The Voting Booth, and it seems to be extremely timely and poignant. I am sucker for a cute illustrated cover as well!
Read a genre that scares you or your least read genre
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
I am not someone who typically reads horror, even in October! I hate horror movies and I am such a scaredy cat, but every once in awhile a horror novel comes along that catches my attention, and that is the case with The Only Good Indians. I have seen some incredible reviews from Own Voices reviewers. I have heard that it shines a light on the injustices experienced by Native Americans and does so in a way that is truly authentic and all too real. I know it’s going to be a tough read in many ways, but I’m looking forward to it.
Read a book matching the colour of your book stone
Sadie by Courtney Summers
I was born in June, and it is never quite clear to me what my birthstone is- I believe there are three birthstones for June! The one that I have always been drawn to is pearl, though that does not make for an exciting colour for a book cover. I then remembered that Sadie has a whitish cover, and this is a book I have been meaning to read since it came out. I have been told that it is one of the best audiobook narrations of all time, and I am so ready for that. If I manage to finish The Voting Booth on the drive, I will start Sadie next!
Read a book that inspired a movie you’ve seen
World War Z by Max Books
This is the prompt that I struggled with most. I know that I am not alone when I say that I usually read the book before seeing the movie and that if I see the movie first I often struggle to then read the book. I was going through my shelves trying to figure out something that would work, when I remembered World War Z. I love the movie, and I have heard that the book is quite different. It is good to know that going in, so hopefully I won’t be comparing them too much! I also have the audiobook of Max Brooks’ latest release, Devolution, thanks for Libro fm, so if I enjoy World War Z I can jump right into that audiobook.
Read a book that takes place on a different continent than yours
The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
I have heard nothing but incredible things about The Girl with the Louding Voice, and many fellow readers have told me that it is their favourite book of the year. The book is set in Nigeria, and I am so excited to finally get to this one.
Read the first book you touch
This challenge is a little confusing, so I do not have a book chosen for it yet. I think I might just choose a few books and have someone else pick which one I should read. To be honest, if I don’t get around to reading a book for this challenge, I will not be too upset!
Are you participating in The Reading Rush? If so, post a link to your TBR in the comments!