I Read 6 Books In 7 Days! [The Reading Rush 2020]

Hey,  (mood) readers!

It’s been a while since I posted something here on the blog. I have to admit my focus has slightly been rerouted on Booktube – and we don’t want that to happen! So, here I’m trying to make the two worlds meet and share with you guys a readathon I joined a few weeks back.

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The Reading Rush is known to be Youtube’s biggest readathon – used to be BooktubAThon (?) and it runs for a whole week once a year. This readathon was created by Ariel and Raeleen, both from Canada, to gather readers all over the world and make reading fun with challenges and giveaways.

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Before I dive into my post, I would just like to acknowledge that I do not condone the creators’ actions during one of the live streams of the readathon. I was unable to attend the said live shows as I only focused on the challenges and strayed away from Twitter & Instagram sprints.

However, it has been brought to my attention that the creators did not take their Book Club’s Pick Of The Month (Such A Fun Age) seriously, and instead, brought offense to the Black Community. I am not one to place judgment and forgive the creators, as I do not belong to the community that they have hurt. I just want to put it out there that it is NEVER right to poke fun on POC authors and the books that they create.

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My Reading Rush TBR vs What I Actually Read

To make everything more fun, the creators assigned 7 different challenges to make choosing the books you read much more exciting. These are the books I planned to read and the ones I actually got to read.

Being on-brand to my mood reader tendencies, I was unable to commit to my initial reading list for the Reading Rush. However, if you want to do a quick peek on what those titles were, you can watch my booktube video below:

1. Read a book with a cover that matches the color of your birthstone.

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Originally, I wanted to read Cupid’s Match by Lauren Palphreyman for this promptHowever, the busy week made me switch to an audiobook instead of an eARC, so I switched to Dear Adam by Kelsie Stelting.

I rated this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5 stars.

2. Read a book that starts with the word “THE”.

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For this prompt, The Mall by Megan McCafferty is my original pick. I read this in preparation for a blog tour organized by the publisher, Wednesday Books. You can read my review of the book here.

I rated this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5 stars.

 

3. Read a book completely outside of your house.

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Because of the pandemic and the community quarantine imposed here in our area, I had very little options for reading outside. As I prefer reading indoors, I decide to go for a book with a few hundred pages so that reading will only take about an hour. My pick was What About Today by Dawn Lanuza.

Originally,  I was planning to read on our rooftop – but it rained – so I moved to the balcony instead – and it was a success!

I rated this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5 stars.

4. Read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen.

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I felt so excited for this prompt because I finally got motivated to pick this book up! I’ve had this for about a year now and I never got the chance to read it. But yaaaaay I was able to read Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy!

I rated this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5 stars.

 

5. Read the first book you touch.

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I had to cheat a little with this prompt and still go with Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy! The first book that I actually touched was Forbidden To Touch, an ARC I got from Netgalley waaaaay back. However, there wasn’t time left – so I just took the prompt to mean the first book I grabbed at the start of the Reading Rush.

Again, I rated this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5 stars.

6. Read a book in a genre you’ve always wanted to read more of.

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There are three genres that I don’t usually read – and these three are fantasy, non-fiction, and middle grade. My first choice for this prompt is Ignite The Stars by Maura Milan, which was part of my original July TBR.

However, because of lack of time, I had to switch to an audiobook that I can read while doing chores in the house and while I cook meals for the family. I picked up The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater, a YA narrative non-fiction that I saw on Scribd.

I rated this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5 stars.

7. Read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live.

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For this prompt, I picked up Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim. I read this in preparation for my spot for Caffeine Book Tours #VanessaYuTour and though it’s an Asian read, most of it takes place in Paris! You can read my review here.

I rated this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5 stars.

 

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Wrapping It All Up

Overall, I loved the Reading Rush experience, and it’s a good way to keep me going and help me not be too lazy about reading books. I was able to complete 6 books – which is a lot in my opinion – so that’s a huge achievement!

In total, I have read a whopping 1,634 pages, which is definitely something to celebrate!

Here are the badges that I was able to collect:

 

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Know more about by overall Reading Rush experience by watching my daily vlogs through this playlist!

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2 thoughts on “I Read 6 Books In 7 Days! [The Reading Rush 2020]

  1. It’s so unfortunate the readathon had to end on such a sour note and the creator’s behaviour was so poor and insensitive. But you did so well wow!! I really want to read Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop now, it sounds so adorable xx

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  2. Another year where I didn’t participate, but I loved the Booktube explosion of content. Similarly on bookstagram there were so many exciting things going on! I was disappointed by the sour note in which the readathon ended. Still, you read so many good books and enjoyed yourself! That is always good to hear. Happy August, can you believe we’re almost a week in? It’s crazy. Take care x

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