Reading Rush 2019 (Yes, one more readathon)

For the last 2 days I’ve been down with gastroenteritis which has put my 100 day project of working out every day for 100 mornings on hold. However, like any sick person who’s upset at being sick but not too much because it gives them a legitimate reason to take a day off work, I spent my entire day in bed on YouTube.

And that’s how I discovered Reading Rush.

So, this is a readathon which was previously called Booktubeathon and it’s hosted by these two amazing booktubers called Ariel Bissett and Raeleen Lemay. It spans a week, throws some fun challenges or prompts at you, invites you to participate along with other readers on YouTube, Twitter and Instagram and basically reminds you that there’re a lot more out there sharing the same crazy as you.

This time, they’re also giving out badges for each challenge owned and as a nod to my Asian love for exams and rewards, I really want to collect them all.

These are the challenges (with badges) they’ve put out on their website:

  1. A book with purple on the cover
  2. Finish a book in the same spot
  3. Book that you meant to read last year
  4. An author’s first book
  5. Book featuring a non-human main character
  6. A book with 5 or more words in the title
  7. Read a book and watch its adaptation

There are also badges given out for things like posting on bookstagram or on YouTube or participating in a twitter sprint. I seem to be getting thoroughly diverted by these badges, don’t I?

So, I’ve been trying for the last hour to put together a TBR for the rush which wouldn’t completely isolate my textbooks. That doesn’t mean that I’m including them on my list; I’m not that big of a masochist. What I’ve finally decided though is to add my own little addendum to the existing layout: I’ve decided to focus my TBR on a single author.

And the lucky penner picked… is…. <drumrolllll> … Gail Carriger!

Gail Carriger (Real name: Tofa Borregaard) is an American archaeologist whom I stumbled across while I was in a mood for boarding school fiction.

She writes novels which are set in Victorian era England which has evolved into a steam-powered industrial society, made up of humans, vampires, werewolves and probably other creatures I haven’t come across yet. Her characters are sassy, witty and actually made me laugh the first time I read them. The series I fell in love with is called the Finishing School series and revolves around the (mis)adventures of our heroine Sophronia.

When I first discovered the series, 3 of the 4 books had been released. I gobbled them up and was left salivating on a cliff-hanger for the 4th; which was released in 2015. Since then, I told myself that I would marathon the entire series before I picked the final instalment and put it all to rest. The time hadn’t come (apparently)…until now.

While I’m adding all 4 books of Finishing School series to my Reading Rush TBR, I’m buying Soulless which was Carriger’s debut and features a werewolf for one of the main characters, and also How to Marry a Werewolf for the prompt of a title with at least 5 words. Both Etiquette & Espionage and Curtsies & Conspiracies, books 1 & 2 of Finishing School, have covers that fall in the area of purple and reading in the same spot shouldn’t be that difficult since I hardly get out of bed.

That only leaves the final prompt of book to movie adaptation and this is where I’m cheating a little since Carriger, unfortunately, hasn’t been translated to video yet (where’re y’all producers at?!). But, as I’ve been for the last couple of weeks, extremely lazy with reading (and studying), my Good Omens is still lying unread in my bag. So, I’m gonna read that and watch it on Amazon Prime like I’d intended from the start and it should all be hunky-dory.



So that’s it then. I’m off to set my books up on the table, mark my calendar and reassure my textbooks that they won’t be entirely ignored. Until next time,

Happy Reading!

PS: Check out the links- they provide all the details I skipped over.

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