The Reading Rush ended nearly a week ago and I’m only just sharing my readathon wrap-up: we love procrastination. Looking back, I was pretty ambitious with my 1,900 page goal. And, despite only reading just over 300 pages in total, I have actually achieved my personal goal of getting back into reading.
For me, The Reading Rush presented the opportunity to spend a week prioritising reading, becoming part of the bookish community again, and discovering new non-fiction and fiction reads for the future. So, in that regard, I’m happy to have achieved what I set out to do.
It’s been a fun week of community challenges, discussions, and sharing recommendations. So here’s my delayed wrap-up for the 2020 Reading Rush.
Starting off the week strong, I managed to complete both Normal People by Sally Rooney and Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno on Monday (20th). Summer of Salt allowed me to tick off the first Reading Rush Challenge: Read a book with a cover the same colour as your birth stone.
I plan to post short reviews for both of these reads soon. However, they will likely go live on Goodreads before they are uploaded here, so make sure to follow me over there!
Now, during the week I dipped into a lot of books. Trying to find my feet, I explored different genres and branched into new territories by reading introductory chunks of three different books: Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson, Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, and Deeplight by Frances Hardinge.
Clap When You Land appeared on my Reading Rush TBR under the prompt: Read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live. However, this book appeared on my Kindle long before I decided to participate in The Reading Rush, as I like many other readers, are making a strong effort to diversify our book shelves.
Clap When You Land, alongside Red at the Bone, are both books that I want to give more time to. Both are pieces of fiction by black, female authors and I don’t want to rush through them for the sake of completing a readathon challenge. My feet are dangling in the pool, I’m just waiting for when I have more time to completely dive in.
Additionally, I read sizeable sections of were The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski (Challenge: Read a book that starts with the word “the”.) and Out of Love by Hazel Hayes. Check out my Mid-Week Check In for my thoughts on those. I do plan to post a review on Out of Love once I’ve completed it.
To Be Read:
During The Reading Rush, I wanted to explore more Feminist Literature. However, half way through the week I realised that reading Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo for the challenge of reading a book in a genre that you’ve always wanted to read more of and We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for the 5th prompt, read a book completely outside your house, would require more than just a highlighter and a cup of tea. With these books, I really want to delve deep and study them properly, giving them the time and consideration their themes deserve. So they’ll be by my desk, ready for a proper study sesh in the near future.
Another book that entered my world this week, Gender Trouble by Judith Butler. This joined my TBR pile of Feminist Literature following a visit to Waterstones in Manchester – though I have seen the words of Judith Butler quoted and discussed in an online Gender and Representation class, I hadn’t considered looking into her work any further…until now.
Although this may seem like a disappointing wrap-up, after all I only finished 2 books and have shelved plenty of others for a later date, I do find myself more invigorated and driven when it comes to literature. I’m coming out of a 3 year rut and actually have the urge to pick up a book when I want to relax.
Plus, I used the readathon as an opportunity to reconnect to with some old book blogging community members who I use to message all the time. Namely, Books for Tea who you can find uploading amazing and fun videos on Youtube these days.
Did you take part in The Reading Rush? Let me know about your experience in the comments.