Hello everyone! Hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m going to talk about my TBR for the Reading Rush, which is hosted by Raeleen of padfootandprongs07 and Ariel of Ariel Bissett. They’ve been hosting this readathon for a couple of years now, I believe, and I decided that I wanted to give this readathon a go. I’ve been having…okay luck with readathons this year, and they made these challenges super easy to combine books for, so that’s what I’m doing.
If you’d like to hear a little more about the Reading Rush for this July 20th-26th stretch, then here’s their video:
They also have videos specially for the reading challenges and the vlog challenges:
So, with that, let’s jump into the reading challenges, which, by the way, you can combine or switch up as you see fit to fit your reading style/habit/mental health, so keep that in mind as we go! I’m going to list them all below, and then talk about the books and how I’m combining the challenges for the books.
- A book that is the same color as your birthstone.
- Read a book that starts with the word “The.”
- Read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen.
- Read the first book you touch.
- Read a book outside/a book that takes place outdoors/that has a cover of the outdoors/etc. (Be safe during quarantine, please.)
- A genre that you want to read more of.
- A book that is set on a different continent than where you live.
I think these challenges are pretty fun! So for this readathon, I’m only picking two books. I’m combining five of the challenges for one book, and then the last two for the second.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts – The Princess Bride is a modern storytelling classic.
As Florin and Guilder teeter on the verge of war, the reluctant Princess Buttercup is devastated by the loss of her true love, kidnapped by a mercenary and his henchmen, rescued by a pirate, forced to marry Prince Humperdinck, and rescued once again by the very crew who absconded with her in the first place. In the course of this dazzling adventure, she’ll meet Vizzini – the criminal philosopher who’ll do anything for a bag of gold; Fezzik – the gentle giant; Inigo – the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Rugen – the evil mastermind behind it all. Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercup’s one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate.
“Buttercup’s Baby” is at the end of this edition.
Here’s how The Princess Bride fits into the first five challenges:
- My birthstone is the peridot for August, which is a pale green gem, and there’s a lot of pale green in this cover (I have a peridot ring so I color matched the cover lol).
- “The” Princess Bride.
- I. Love. This. Movie. It’s so cheesy and so funny, and I’ve been meaning to read the book for a long time now, so I’m going to give it a go!
- When I was thinking of books for these challenges, The Princess Bride was quite literally the first book I touched because it was the first pale green cover/spine I saw on my shelf.
- I can read this outside if I want to because we have a porch and such, but I’m not about to read in 90+ degree Fahrenheit humid weather, so I’ll just read by the windows. There; sunlight.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” Thus memorably begins Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, one of the world’s most popular novels. Pride and Prejudice—Austen’s own “darling child”—tells the story of fiercely independent Elizabeth Bennet, one of five sisters who must marry rich, as she confounds the arrogant, wealthy Mr. Darcy. What ensues is one of the most delightful and engrossingly readable courtships known to literature, written by a precocious Austen when she was just twenty-one years old.
Humorous and profound, and filled with highly entertaining dialogue, this witty comedy of manners dips and turns through drawing-rooms and plots to reach an immensely satisfying finale. In the words of Eudora Welty, Pride and Prejudice is as “irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.
Here’s how Pride and Prejudice fits into the last two challenges:
6. A genre you want to read more of: I want to read more classics, or at least the ones currently on my shelves for now. I just find them much harder to digest and read because the language is so different from how we use it now, even through translation.
7. This book is set in the United Kingdom in Derbyshire, England, so yeah. Since I live in the USA, it’s set on a different continent from where I live.
Now, do I think I can read both of these books in the span of a week? I’m not very confident I can lol But I’m going to try, and that’s all that matters. I’m really only participating in the Reading Rush to have fun, and I liked the challenges, so why not?
Are you participating? How many books are you reading? Are you going to try to read one book per challenge, or combine a few together like I did? What’s your most anticipated read for this readathon? Let me know in the comments!