Reading Rush TBR

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.

  1. A book that is the same color as your birthstone.
  2. Read a book that starts with the word “The.”
  3. Read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen.
  4. Read the first book you touch.
  5. Read a book outside/a book that takes place outdoors/that has a cover of the outdoors/etc. (Be safe during quarantine, please.)
  6. A genre that you want to read more of.
  7. 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:

  1. 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).
  2. “The” Princess Bride.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

Disney-a-thon TBR

That’s right, I’m joining another readathon! Everyone’s coming up with a lot of good ones lately, so I’m excited to join!

And, really, if you don’t know me by now: hi, my name is Rayna and I love Disney.

So as soon as I saw there was going to be a readathon based around Disney, OF COURSE I HAD TO JOIN. Disney-a-thon, here I come!

Let’s go over the details of the readathon and then I’ll jump into my team and my TBR!

Hosts: Izzy of izcurrentlyreading, Ally of nature of pages, Francisco of Books Under Covers, and Divya of celebrityreadshush.

Time: August 1st-31st

There are four teams for this readathon, and each of the hosts is going to be head of their team:

  • Izzy is hosting Team Aladdin
  • Ally is hosting Team Tangled
  • Francisco is hosting Team Lion King
  • Divya is hosting Team Mulan

Each team has their own prompts and reading goals, but I’m going to talk about my team: Team Aladdin!

So each team has a total of five books to read (this is including the group book for their specific team), and each group has a special ability granted to them by one of the characters in their movie!

Here’s the prompts and how many points they’re worth:

  • Jasmine: a book that features royalty – 10 points
  • Aladdin: a book that includes romance – 10 points
  • Magic Carpet: a fantasy book – 10 points
  • Jafar: a book that sucks you in as if you’re in a trance, and one you must read only at night/in the dark – 25 points
  • Abu: this is the group book: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell – 50 points

Our special ability is granted by, you guessed it, Genie! Our special ability allows us to DNF a book if we’re not liking it and keep our points for that specific prompt, excluding the group book.

I’m pretty excited because for my TBR I picked books that I think are going to be really fun to read – and they’re all ebooks, which makes me feel like I’m reading faster, even though I’m probably not lol

Here’s my TBR!

  • Jasmine: Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • Aladdin: The Risk by Elle Kennedy
  • The Magic Carpet: We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
  • Jafar: The Wicked King by Holly Black
  • Abu: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

I’m going to take it easy this month and only participate in this readathon. Last month kind of overwhelmed me, haha!

Let’s Chat!

Can you keep one jump ahead of the bread line? One swing ahead of the sword? Or are you going to be swept under by the Cave of Wonders? (If you’re participating in this readathon, let me know and tell me what team you’re on!) Which book are you most excited to read in August?

TBR Takedown 3.5 Wrap Up

TBR Takedown 3.5 is over and I had a lot of fun during the weekend! I found that even though I didn’t have a lot of time on my hands, I did enjoy what I did read and I had fun doing it.

TBR Takedown took place from April 8-10 and had four challenges:

  1. Standalone – a book that’s not part of a series
  2. Most recent haul – your most recent purchase from your most recent haul
  3. Catch up in a series – an opportunity to catch up on that series you’ve been putting off
  4. TBR shelf over a year (or the longest) – you know the ones

Here are the results:

Overall I’d say that’s an accomplishment considering I usually struggle to finish books during readathons.

Here are some shortened thoughts on the books I read and the challenges I completed for this readathon:

Standalone & Most Recent Haul

I found that This is Where It Ends was a very fast-paced, intense read with four characters that each played a major part in the plot of the story. Though there were some problems within the book, I thought that the overall story was well done and that it did what it set out to do: create a heart pumping, fast paced narrative of school shootings in the U.S.

Catch Up in a Series & Been On the Shelf 5ever

Though I didn’t get too far into the book, I have enjoyed what I’ve read so far of Splintered. I’ve recently gotten into an Alice in Wonderland retelling kick, so this is feeding that need just right. I’m finding the main character is growing on me and I’m really interested to see how things unfold in the rest of the book. Plus, the font color throughout the whole book is purple! Extra points!

So yeah! Even though I didn’t finish one book, I finished the other, and I’d say that this was a successful readathon.

Did you participate in TBR Takedown 3.5? What books did you read and how many challenges did you complete? Let me know!

Genrethon TBR

Let’s just participate in all the readathons while you’re doing Camp NaNoWriMo, Rayna. Yes. Brilliant idea.

So I heard about this other cool readathon that’s going on this month from April 10-17 called Genrethon that is hosted by four lovely people on Booktube:

The rules are pretty simple:

  1. Read at least three books.
  2. Read at least three different genres.

Pretty simple, right? I’m actually kind of excited for this one because I have several books on my shelf that I’ve been putting off because it’s not the typical genre that I read, so this is the perfect opportunity to jump on those!

So here is my TBR for this week of madness:

1 . Horror

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

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For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it’s a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it’s no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

I try to stay away from horror in every way, shape, and form (unless it’s video games or I’m in a weird mood), so that’s why I’ve put this book off for well over a year and a half now. So I thought that this would be the perfect time to pick it up and see how I like it (and hopefully not be too freaked out by it).

2. Memoir

Binge by Tyler Oakley

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Pop culture phenomenon, social rights advocate, and the most prominent LGBTQ+ voice on YouTube, Tyler Oakley brings you his first collection of witty, personal, and hilarious essays written in the voice that’s earned him more than 10 million followers across social media.

I’ve been following Tyler for several months now, and I got his book around the time it came out and started to read it, but I just never finished it. Hopefully I do finish it during this week!

3. Magical Realism

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

I feel like everyone and their mother has read this book because I constantly hear praise about it and so I’m going to read it for this readathon. I don’t know that I’ll get through the whole thing, but I’m going to do my best to read what I can! Plus it just sounds enchanting.

I’m pretty excited to do this readathon because I’m hoping to knock a book off my shelf that’s been there for over a year; a book that I’ve wanted to read for several years; and a book that I started but haven’t finished. I know I most likely won’t finish them all to 100% by the end of the week, but I’m going to do my best to see how much I can get through.

Are you participating in Genrethon? What books and genres do you plan on reading? Let me know!

TBR Takedown 3.5 TBR

The title sounds repetitive, doesn’t it?

So the lovely Shannon @ Leaning Lights is the host of TBR Takedown and it’s a relaxed readathon where you can read whatever kinds of books you want.

It’s running from April 8-10. (Starts at 12:00 AM on the 8th (YOUR TIME) and goes through 11:59 PM on the 10th.)

There are also four challenges that are totally optional, and they are:

  1. Standalone – a book that’s not part of a series
  2. Most recent haul – your most recent purchase from your most recent haul
  3. Catch up in a series – an opportunity to catch up on that series you’ve been putting off
  4. TBR shelf over a year (or the longest) – you know the ones

There will also be daily challenges on Twitter! Follow @TBRTakedown and use the hashtag #TBRTakedown to participate. There will also be giveaways, so definitely follow the Twitter account for more details on that!

Alright, so let’s get to the TBR!

I’m going to read something from each of the challenges, but I think I may combine two of them together, and then the other two together, for a total of two books.

The first book I’m combining the Standalone & Most Recent Haul challenges:

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

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10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

This sounds like it’s going to be a very controversial book, but I’m definitely interested to see how it goes and if I like it. I’m hoping it’ll be a fast read as I have work and Camp NaNoWriMo that I’m participating in.

The second book I’m combining the other two challenges: Catch Up in a Series & Been On the Shelf 5ever.

Splintered by A.G. Howard

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This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence.

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

This has been on my shelf for probably a year and a half now, and as it’s the first book in a trilogy, I think I should read it. Since reading Alice by Christina Henry, I’ve been thinking about reading this one, so I’m excited to get to it.

And that’s all I have for this weekend TBR! I’m hoping I can finish both of them in the three days, but I’m not going to worry too much about it. I’ll let you know how I did in a wrap-up post next Monday.

Are you participating in TBR Takedown? What books do you plan on reading? What’s your most anticipated read for this readathon? Let me know!