Reading Rush TBR

Hey everyone! Welcome to my blog, whether it’s your first time or you’ve been here a hundred times. Today I’m bringing you my TBR for the Reading Rush, which starts on Monday, the 22nd. I’ve just finished one readathon, which I did pretty well in, so I’m excited to get started with this one and see how I do.

As usual, because I’m the kind of person who has to plan for every possible eventuality, I have a lot of different versions of this TBR that I could give you, but instead of trying to explain every plan I have and make this blog post ten miles long, I’m just going to give you the version that I think is the most reasonable, which has 4 books, each of which counts for 1 or 2 of the challenges. As always, though, check out my reading recap at the end of the week to see how it all actually went.

Echoes of Us by Kat Zhang

Challenges This Book Satisfies: Read a book with purple on the cover, read a book in the same spot the entire time.

I really need to finish this series. I read the second book in it during a readathon earlier this year, and I had intended to read this one then as well, but I never got around to it, so here it is, still on my TBR. I hope I end up getting to it, because it’s the only book in this post that could count for the “purple on the cover” prompt (though I do have plenty of other purple books I could read if I wanted to).

I also assigned it the “read a book in the same spot” challenge, but this readathon is taking place mostly during a week where I will be spending a lot of time sitting in the same spot at work, anyway, so there’s a good chance most of these books will be read while in the same place. This is the one I’m going to actively try and read in just one location, though.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Challenges This Book Satisfies: Read an author’s first book, read a book with a non-human main character

This is one of the books I showed you all in my most recent haul. I’m fairly certain it’s Alexandra Christo’s first novel, and from what I remember of the synopsis, it’s a retelling of the Little Mermaid, so I have to assume there will be non-human characters in here (namely, mermaids). Either way, I’m excited to read this book.

And if for some reason it turns out this book doesn’t have any non-humans, I’m pretty certain that the next book on this list does (and maybe the last one, too, for that matter), so I’ll just use that one for this challenge instead.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Challenges This Book Satisfies: Read a book that has 5 or more words in the title, read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation

I know that, when talking about them, most people tend to shorten Harry Potter book titles and just call them by whatever comes after “Harry Potter and the,” but still, technically this book’s title is longer than 5 words. It’s not the only book on my TBR that could fit that requirement, and it’s not the only book that could fit the book-to-movie adaptation requirement, but it’s one of the only books I actually feel like reading right now that would work for either.

It’s also the only one where I have easy access to the movie adaptation, since we own the DVDs of all the Harry Potter movies, though it will probably be weird to just randomly watch Goblet of Fire without watching any of the others. Who knows, maybe I’ll have a Harry Potter movie binge this week, too. I haven’t watched them in a while.

Anyway, I’m excited to finally get around to reading this book, though I’m a little nervous because it’s much bigger than the first three. I’m going to be listening to the audiobook version of it, though, since I don’t know where our physical copy of it is, so hopefully that will make it a bit easier.

Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson

Challenges This Book Satisfies: Read a book you meant to read last year

Okay, full disclosure: I’m going to be reading less than half of this book. That’s because it’s a collection of short stories/novellas, and I put this book on two different readathon TBRs last year, during which I managed to read the first four stories. I actually have 5 stories left, but I can’t read one of them yet because it says it has minor spoilers for The Bands of Mourning, which I haven’t read yet. If you saw my TBR for the Series Crackdown at the end of May, you might remember (but you probably don’t because, honestly, why would you?) that I said I didn’t know where my copy of The Bands of Mourning was. I still haven’t found it, and until I do, I can’t read that story (though if I do find it, that book could actually count for this challenge, too).

That was a really long way of saying that I’m only going to be reading the last 282 pages of this 600-something page book. But 282 pages is not that much shorter than most books, so it’s probably fine.


Okay, that’s all I had for this TBR! I’m super excited to finally be able to participate in this readathon!

Thanks for reading, everyone!

-Ariel

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