I’m a glutton for punishment. Despite the fact that I’m already doing a few reading challenges this year AND my bookclubs, I seem to have signed myself up for ANOTHER reading challenge.
This one is called ‘The Reading Rush’, its only a week long, so I may be able to fit some of my current TBRs into the challenges and it looks like fun.
Their website describes it as “A week long readathon that anyone can participate in and try and read as many books as possible”
One of the creators of The Reading Rush referred to it, on twitter, as a “Book Party” I love the sound of that!
The challenge runs from 22nd July to 28th July and it has a number of little challenges within.
So the idea is to read as many books as you can and collect badges at the same time, each badge has a different challenge involved, and if you’re clever you can collect more than one badge per book.
The badges this year are:
- Read a book with purple on the cover
- Read a book in the same spot the whole time
- Read a book with over 5 words in the title
- Read a 5 star book
- Read a book you meant to read last year
- Read a book with a non-human main character
- Read an authors first book
- Read over 1000 pages
- Read and watch a book to movie adaptation
- Post a Reading Rush bookstagram
- Participate in a Twitter Sprint
There are a few others, but they’re not ones i’m goint to be able to achieve, so this list is what im aiming for.
My TBR list for the Reading Rush is;
How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail Carriger (196pgs) – 5 words & purple on the cover
I’ve been meaning to read more Gail carriger since finishing the Parasol Protectorate series, and this is also a little bit of a cheat read for me as its a short book worth 2 badges.
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman (286pgs) – ‘purple in the cover’ and ‘read/watch book to movie adaptation’
I’m really excited about this one. Practical Magic was one of my favourite films growing up, and when I found out it was also a book it went straight into my TBR pile, but I’ve never got round to reading it. So this seemed as good an opportunity as any to make myself read it.
Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat by Ursula Moray Williams (256pgs) – book with a non human main character.
I was thinking about this one, and did wonder about my usual kind of reads, do witches still count as human I thought they might, despite the fact most of them are based in an alternate world? So I thought about it then decided to go with Gobbolino, well it was either that or the Hobbit and I don’t think I’ve read Gobbolino in the last 30 years or so.
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (374pgs) – First book & 5 star read
I struggled with this one, as I’m not quite sure what the parameters of a 5 star read are, so I googled it and it seems to be a matter of personal opinion. Anyway, I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Eyre Affair AND it’s Jasper Ffordes first book, so double win
Total page count for all this is 1112 pages, so that should also complete my ‘read a 1000 pages‘ badge.
So for an extra bit of geekery, the total for all this is 1112 pages and according to my bookly app I read an average of 46.2 pages an hour. It will take me 24 hours to read all these, that’s 3.5 hours a day. Seeing as I work 9.5 hours a day this definitely doable, so I may be adding more to the list as the week goes on.
One thing i’m really looking forward to is the Twitter Sprint, as I have no idea what it is! the schedule for the Twitter sprints is this This is PST time, which is about 8 hours behind me (GMT) so i’ll probably get involved in the 10am slots, or sometime on the sunday.
I’ve also got my spot set up in my reading hut (or what my husband affectionately calls my Hippy hut)
So, i’m ready for Reading Rush, bring it on!