I can’t resist a challenge but especially when the challenge involves reading books. So taking part in this year’s Reading Rush was a no-brainer for me. It starts on Monday (20th July) and runs through until Sunday the 26th. And I’m both excited and terrified at the same time. So today I’m going to be talking about what I’ve chosen for my Reading Rush TBR: what books I picked and why.
1. Book with cover that matches the colour of your birth stone
I was an April baby which means my birthstone is a diamond. Apparently diamonds can come in a variety of colours but I’ve stuck with the most common one: white.
Now I had a lot of options for white covers, across a range of genres and a variety of page lengths. But ultimately I went with His & Hers by Alice Feeney.
It’s a thriller/suspense novel about a murder in a village where both this husband and wife become suspects. It’s still fairly recent having only been released in May and while I haven’t read any of Feeney’s work yet, it does come highly recommended.
2. Book that starts with the word “the”
Choosing a book for this prompt could have taken all day, there are so many choices on my TBR! But luckily for me, as soon as I saw the prompt I was like “right, I’m finally reading The Kingdom. Enough is enough.”
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg was actually on my autumn TBR last year but then life got in the way and I never picked it up. So now’s the time!
From what I can gather it’s a YA sci-fi/fantasy book about robots who work in a theme park that has a lot of similarities to the Disney parks. I believe there’s a murder and maybe some romance? So yeah, that should be an interesting one.
3. Book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen
I decided to play it safe and re-read The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket!
If you’re new to the Series of Unfortunate Events series, first of all – how? But secondly, it’s about three children who become orphans when their parents perish in a fire. They’re basically shipped off to all these distant relatives that they’ve never heard of, some of who have nefarious intentions and basically they endure a series of unfortunate events.
4. First book you touch
For this prompt, I picked four books off my physical TBR and scattered them on the floor, closed my eyes, moved my arm around in circular motions and got my husband to say “stop.”
The book that I touched was SweetFreak by Sophie McKenzie.
This is a YA mystery/thriller about an online troll called SweetFreak who basically starts saying all these horrible things to this girl’s best friend… and then she’s the one accused of being SweetFreak and has to find out who’s really behind it.
5. Read a book completely outside your house
(Given current circumstances, readers have been advised to get creative if they can’t get outside.)
For this prompt, I decided to read We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It’s very short (52 pages) but since we don’t have a private outdoor space, this was strategic to allow me to read it on my doorstep.
6. Book in a genre you’ve always wanted to read more of
First of all, I love this prompt! There are a few genres I want to explore more but I went with YA fantasy and have chosen to read City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab.
I had planned to read this closer to Halloween but hey, it’s the first book in a series so if all goes well, I can just read the next book right?
This book is about a girl whose parents are ghost-hunters and she has the ability to see ghosts. Her family go to Scotland to film a TV series and she meets another girl who can see ghosts who explains their gift and what they have to do with it. It sounds great, very Ghost Whisperer-y. And I loved The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab so yeah, I’m really looking forward to this.
7. Book that takes place on a different continent than where you live
I knew immediately that the answer was going to be A Man by Keiichiro Hirano. It was my Amazon First Reads pick a few months ago and I’ve been meaning to read it ever since.
It’s about a divorce attorney who’s approached by a former client following her husband’s death. Upon his death, she’s discovered that he wasn’t who he said he was and she wants to know the truth about his identity. It’s set in Japan and talks about key events in Japan’s history which is what drew me to it in the first place more so than the premise of the book.
So that’s my Reading Rush TBR for next week – wish me luck!
Are you taking part in the Reading Rush? If so, what book are you most looking forward to reading? And if not, would you ever participate in a readathon? Let me know in the comments!