The Reading Rush: TBR

This year, I’ll be participating in The Reading Rush for the first time! I’m really looking forward to it.

In case you haven’t heard of The Reading Rush before, this is a readathon that was previously known as BookTubeAThon. The name has been changed to be more inclusive for people from other platforms, but the concept is the same: it’s a weeklong readathon where the goal is to read as much as possible and collect badges by completing challenges.

The readathon starts on July 22nd and ends on July 29th, and in this post, I wanted to talk to you about my TBR for the week. I’ve also made an account on the Reading Rush website, so be sure to add me as a friend!

The Reading Rush

Read a book with purple on the cover

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

Sorcery of Thorns

Since I own the Owlcrate exclusive edition of Sorcery of Thorns, which has a purple cover, I chose that book for this first challenge. I’ve been hearing great things about it, so I’m very curious!

Read a book in the same spot the entire time

In thirteen-year-old Aster’s family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn’t shifted . . . and he’s still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be.

When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help — as a witch. It will take the encouragement of a new friend, the non-magical and non-conforming Charlie, to convince Aster to try practicing his skills. And it will require even more courage to save his family . . . and be truly himself.

The Witch Boy (The Witch Boy, #1)

I decided to go with a graphic novel for this prompt, so that I won’t have to sit in the same spot for too long. This could be any graphic novel on my TBR, but I’m especially looking forward to The Witch Boy!

Read a book you meant to read last year

Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been close. After all, nothing can unite four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict, spartan upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? As Branwell begins to slip into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters—the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna—refuse to let them go.

Worlds of Ink and Shadow

Since I haven’t participated before, I took this to mean a book that has been on my TBR since last year. Worlds of Ink and Shadow has been on my physical TBR for ages, and I have been in the mood for historical YA lately, so I’m hoping to finally read it.

Read an author’s first book

Tabby Brown is tired of trying to fit in. She doesn’t want to go to parties – in fact, she would much rather snuggle up on the sofa with her favourite book.

It’s like she hasn’t found her people …

Then Tabby joins a club that promises to celebrate books. What could go wrong? EVERYTHING – especially when making new friends brings out an AWKWARD BUZZING feeling all over her body.

But Olivia, Cassie, Henry and Ed have something that makes Tabby come back. Maybe it’s the Austen-themed fancy-dress parties, or Ed’s fluffy cat Mrs Simpkins, or could it be Henry himself …

Can Tabby let her weird out AND live THE BEST BOOKISH LIFE POSSIBLE?

The Paper & Hearts Society (The Paper & Hearts Society #1)

A recent debut I’ve been wanting to read, is The Paper & Hearts Society. My friend Hâf got to read the ARC and she’s been raving about it a lot, so I’m very excited to finally read it!

Read a book with a non-human main character

In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York. 

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899. 

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free. 

Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker’s debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.

The Golem and the Djinni (The Golem and the Djinni #1)

For this challenge, I chose a book I’ve been wanting to read for ages: The Golem and the Djinni. I finally got a physical copy a month or two ago, so I can’t wait to dive in!

Pick a book that has five or more words in the title

Obviously I’m not what most people would describe as happy. But that has nothing to do with anything. Happiness is not a priority. Survival is.

Alvie Fitz doesn’t fit in, and she doesn’t care. She’s spent years swallowing meds and bad advice from doctors and social workers. Adjust, adapt. Pretend to be normal. It sounds so easy.

If she can make it to her eighteenth birthday without any major mishaps, she’ll be legally emancipated. Free. But if she fails, she’ll become a ward of the state and be sent back to the group home.

All she wants is to be left alone to spend time with her friend, Chance, the one-winged hawk at the zoo where she works. She can bide her time with him until her emancipation. Humans are overrated anyway. Then she meets Stanley, a boy who might be even stranger than she is—a boy who walks with a cane, who turns up every day with a new injury, whose body seems as fragile as glass. Without even meaning to, she finds herself getting close to him. But Alvie remembers what happened to the last person she truly cared about.

Her past stalks her with every step, and it has sharp teeth. But if she can find the strength to face the enemy inside her, maybe she’ll have a chance at happiness after all.

When My Heart Joins the Thousand

I had been wanting to read When My Heart Joins the Thousand for Autism Acceptance Month back in April, but I didn’t get around to it then. I’ve heard great things about the rep though, so I’m really looking forward to it.

Read and watch a book to movie adaptation

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

The Sun Is Also a Star

I think it’s time I made a confession: I don’t actually like movies that much. I don’t watch a lot of them, just because I find them quite hard to focus on. So there aren’t very many book to movie adaptations that I’m dying to watch. But I have been wanting to watch The Sun Is Also a Star, so I’m going to try to reread the book and finally watch the movie.

Bonus: Read 7 books

As you can see, I’ve chosen a book for each of the challenges, and I expect I’ll be able to read 7 books next week. I’m terrible at sticking to a TBR though, so I might end up reading completely different books. I’ll be sharing my wrap-up at the end of the week!

Are you participating as well? Let me know, and have fun!!

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  1. Lovely TBR! I hope you’ll enjoy The Paper and Hearts Society, I really liked that one. I’m also participating (it’s my first time participating) and I really want to read Sorcery of Thorns during the readathin as well!

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  2. Good luck!
    Wish I could participate, but July 22 and July 29 are the start and end dates for my big Evidence final.
    The Witch Boy looks super cute.

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  3. Ahh, i’m so happy you’re participating too! Your TBR looks incredible 🤩
    I hadn’t heard of The Witch Boy, but I’ll be adding it on Goodreads cause it sounds great! I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts 💕

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  4. Participating in RR for the first time this year – one day down and so far, so good!! I hope you have good luck with The Sun is Also a Star – I was unfortunately not a fan, but I think I’m in the minority 🙂

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