We’re four days into The Reading Rush and wow have I read more words in passed these four days than I have in the past year. As expected, I have already strayed from TBR in an attempt to finish books opened before this week, and delve into ones that were calling my name. However, those books do correspond with a challenge so I’m not doing too bad.
Here’s a little catch-up on where I am with my Reading Rush progress from Monday to Wednesday. And if you’re not following me on Instagram, I recommend doing so as I am sharing my progress and activities over on my stories. While I am sharing my rating and a few thoughts on each book here, I actually plan on publishing separate mini reviews in the coming weeks.
Normal People by Sally Rooney (Goodreads Link)
A pre-readathon read, I was hoping to finish Normal People on Sunday night, however I was exhausted and fell asleep with only 35 pages remaining. So, my first mission Monday morning was to make a cup of tea and finish the final pages of this unexpectedly sex-filled book – adding 35 pages to my reading count and marking the first book I have completed this YEAR.
Read: 35 pages
Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
Another pre-readathon read, but one that was actually on my Reading Rush TBR, I was quite excited to return to this fantastical LGBTQ+ mystery romance. A prime example of YA Lit, this book was just fun, exploring a murder mystery, lesbian love, and even touching on some darker themes (trigger warning for sexual assault and rape).
Challenge: Read a book with a cover the same colour as your birth stone.
Read: 128 pages
The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
So, I think I might leave this read for a later date. Every time I pick this book up I get the strongest urge to play The Witcher 3, so this is definitely going to be a read that takes a bit of time to get through. The prose is more accessible than I expected it to be and I love seeing a different side to Geralt’s character and the world he inhabits.
Challenge: Read a book that starts with the word “the”.
Read: 44 pages.
Out of Love by Hazel Hayes (Goodreads Link)
Deviating from my TBR, Out of Love is a recent purchase that I’ve been aggressively eyeing. I’ve never really been drawn to reading romance literature, but Normal People and Summer of Salt have really gotten me in the mood. Plus, I’m a huge fan of Hazel Hayes as a person and a film maker, so I’m excited to support her dive into romance prose. I’ll talk more about this book in a review once it’s complete – but if you’d like to know more now, check out the Goodreads link above.
Challenge: Read a book in a genre that you’ve always wanted to read more of.
On Wednesday evening at 6pm, I joined @Coffee_Coffee_Books‘ Read-In event! Everyone shared what they were reading, their Reading Rush progress so far, and which challenge they were tackling at the moment. I got to hang out with the loveliest group of ladies and despite all of us being shy and trying to navigate the Zoom hangout platform, it was super fun.
Once everyone had entered the chat we spend a little bit of time introducing ourselves before sitting down for 30 mins to read together. Then, we shared our progress, favourite quotes from our current reads along with our general thoughts, asking each other questions and having a good old chit chat.
We closed the event by taking a group photo with our current reads (image curtsy of @Coffee_Coffee_Books – link above).
Pages Read So Far: 282
How are you doing so far? Let me know your progress in the comments! I’m loving how the bookish community is coming together to take parts in challenges, discover new reads, make new friends, and just have a jolly good time. It’s refreshing and certainly lights up the darkest timeline that is 2020.
While I do wish to be reading more as I know 282 pages is not a lot, I don’t want to pressure myself too hard. This is my first readathon in 3 or so years and I’m here to have a good time and reignite my love for literature.