The Reading Rush – 2019

Hello!

Last week was the Reading Rush (formerly BookTube-A-Thon) and I participated again! It was fun! I read a lot! But still not enough!

This year was tough for some reason. They changed it up, so now there wasn’t the main challenge of reading seven books in the seven days. So it could be any number! I chose five! And it was still extremely difficult for me. I mean, I’ve reached 6.5 books. It shouldn’t have been THAT hard, yet here we are, the Monday after, and I’ve only read 3.5 books.

Here was my TBR and what I actually read:

Saga, Vol 9 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples (COMPLETE)
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (COMPLETE)
The Circle by Dave Eggers (COMPLETE)
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (HALF)
Black Heart by Holly Black (NEVER EVEN TOUCHED)

Here’s the breakdown of my days reading:

  1. Read a book with purple on the cover (The Near Witch)
  2. Read a book in the same spot the entire time (Saga, Vol 9)
  3. Read a book you meant to read last year (-)
  4. Read an author’s first book (The Near Witch)
  5. Read a book with a non-human main character (Saga, Vol 9)
  6. Pick a book that has five or more words in the title (A Room of One’s Own)
  7. Read and watch a book to movie adaptation (The Circle)

I read 928 pages, which is a lot for me, sure. In a WEEK? That’s insane. Sometimes I don’t get that in a month. I’m just disappointed because I didn’t get to all of them. I thought, SURELY, this year, with no 7 books challenge, I could get to 5??? Nope. I was too tired and kept falling asleep while reading by day 4.

Oh well! I still read a lot, had fun, and can’t wait for next year!!!

I will say that the whole little team of two or three who run the Reading Rush do, and especially did this year, an incredible job! The new website is awesome and fun. The new name is great and easier for my family to understand what I’m doing for a week (lol). The whole experience was great. I just wish I’d had more time to read this year!

2016 Reading Update — November-December

Oh how optimistic I am about how much reading I’ll be able to get done in a given amount of time. I read 24 books this year. That’s all. I changed my target on Goodreads to 24 only because I hate having it say I failed, but my original goal had been 50, then 45, then 40, then 35, then 30, and I finished 2016 with only 24. Less than half of the original goal of 50.

I’ve learned a lot of things this year: Sometimes, I just don’t read a lot and that I set myself up for failure with too high of goals. So next year, I’ll be lowering my goal. But I’ll also be increasing my reading time by making it more of a priority instead of a last minute item on my to do list to skip. I’ll be making it first, reading every morning and afternoon.

Anyway, here is what I read since November:

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Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
★★★★★

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The Walk Up Nameless Ridge by Hugh Howey
★★★★

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Glitch by Hugh Howey
★★★★

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
★★★★

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Galway Bay Folk Tales by Rab Fulton
★★★★

(BOOKS READ THIS YEAR)

2016 Reading Update — August-November

Since it’s been while since my last update on reading, not having posted about it since August, and because the year is coming to a close, I thought I’d share one last reading update before my grand total post at the end of the year. I’ve stated in my goals updates that I’ve been struggling reading the amount I want and have decreased my goal to 30 books, stand-alone short stories, or graphic novels. Which, I’m thinking of keeping as my goal for every year. I’ve never reached 50 and I probably won’t. 30 is a good number. Maybe I’ll increase to 35 optimistically, but 50 is just unrealistic for me right now.

Anyway, I’ve read more since August and have picked up my total to 17, just over half my goal. I’m confident I’ll be able to finish 30. Some of my upcoming reads are short and some are graphic novels. I’ve been making efforts to read more frequently by cutting most social media out of my daily schedule and keeping it at fewer amounts. That alone helped me reach 4 reads in two weeks (1 book, 1 graphic novel, and 2 short stories) when I’d been struggling with reading a single book, taking me over a month to finish.

So, here’s what I’ve read since August:

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The Walking Dead, Vol. 5: The Best Defense
★★★★

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
★★★★

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The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
★★★★★

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The Walking Dead, Vol. 6: This Sorrowful Life by Robert Kirkman
★★★★

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A Madness So Discreet by
★★★

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Burning Girls by
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Turn Here by Jackson Pearce
★★★

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
(not yet finished)

(BOOKS READ THIS YEAR)

2016 Reading Update – January-April

Because I want read 50 books this year, I was hoping to have been further ahead on my reading, but unfortunately, I just haven’t been able to find the time. Most of the time, I read in the morning or right before I go to bed, but that doesn’t always give me the most time to do so. With school and work taking up most of my time, I usually end up only reading a few pages here and there, not getting very far.

At this point, I should be around 15 or 16 books. And I’ve read 3. I know, I know. But I do this every year and I always read a ton in the summer, so I’m not too worried. Hopefully I can do the same. Anyway, here’s what I’ve read so far and what I’ve rated them on Goodreads (and what I’m currently reading). I’ll be updating every few months or so this year with my progress in achieving 50 books read in 2016!

Six-of-Crows

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
★★★★★

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
★★★★★

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
★★★★

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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
(not yet finished)

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A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
(not yet finished)