The Reading Rush Wrap-Up

Welcome to my recap of my experiences during the Reading Rush (formerly known as Booktubeathon). This is the first time I’d participated in this particular readathon, and hopefully, I’ll be able to make it a regular thing. (insert comment about how I think the readathon went)

Day One

I didn’t read anything. I spent the whole day either doing work or wasting time, so I didn’t even crack open a book to glance at the first page. Nothing.

Day Two

This day was a little better than the last one. I still didn’t do any physical reading, but I listened to almost 4 hours of my audiobook of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which I’m using for the challenges of reading a book with 5 or more words in the title and reading a book and watching its movie adaptation. I had to go to work, so I mostly listened to it during my commute.

The audiobook is 21 hours long, but I’m listening to it at 1.75x speed, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to get through it before the end of the readathon (for clarification—I’m writing this day two section on day three of the readathon, so I don’t know yet if I was successful). Since part of this challenge is also watching the movie version, it would be nice to finish it before midnight on the last day, since I’ll also need to watch the movie. I suppose I could watch the movie before I finish the book, though. It’s not like I’ll be spoiling anything—I’ve already seen all the Harry Potter movies, several times, even though this is my first time ever reading the books.

Day Three

I finally read some pages in my physical book on day three—namely, 75 of them, in To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. I also listened to a little over 2 hours of the Goblet of Fire audiobook on my way to and from work that day.

Other than that, I did some writing for my blog and for my Camp NaNoWriMo project, plus a little work for the internship I’m currently doing. Overall, it was a pretty productive day.

Day Four

On this day, I was pretty busy doing a lot of other things most of the day, so I didn’t get as much reading done as I had wanted to, but I did read 25 more pages of To Kill a Kingdom, and, of course, I listened to the audiobook for Goblet of Fire during my drive to and from work.

Still hadn’t finished a book yet, and I only had three days left in the readathon. This seems to be a trend.

Day Five

On day five, I was supposed to put up a blog post, since it was a Friday, but as you can probably tell, I did not end up doing that. Part of that was because I was desperately trying to finish reading To Kill a Kingdom before the end of the day at work because I decided I wanted it to count for the challenge of reading a book in the same place. I successfully did that, but that ended up taking up most of my time that day.

I also listened to another two hours or so of my audiobook for Goblet of Fire during my commute.

Day Six

This is the day I decided to go off the rails and pretty much completely ignore my original TBR. I still listened to a little more of Goblet of Fire, though not nearly as much as I needed to, only a little less than an hour. Instead of picking up one of the books I had actually put on my TBR for my next physical read, I decided to reread Cinder by Marissa Meyer, because it counts for the purple on the cover challenge and I didn’t feel like reading the purple book I’d originally chosen. In that book, I read 115 pages.

I also did a lot of other things that day, like laundry and dishes and internship work and going out to dinner. It was a very long day and if I had managed my time a little better I might have been able to get more reading done, but oh well. 

Day Seven

I finished two books on the last day of the readathon. One was Goblet of Fire, which, of course, I’d been listening to throughout the week. The other was Cinder by Marissa Meyer. After I finished the audiobook of Goblet of Fire, I sat down and read the last two-thirds or so of Cinder in basically one sitting. And then I watched Another Cinderella Story with Selena Gomez, and used that to count as the “movie adaptation” of Cinder, which may or may not be cheating, but I’m counting it anyway.They are both based on Cinderella, after all.    

I know that I said I was going to use Goblet of Fire for the book-to-movie adaptation, but even though I own the DVDs of all the Harry Potter movies, I really just wanted something that would be easy to watch on my laptop, which does not have a disc drive as far as I can tell. The movie adaptation of Goblet of Fire isn’t on Netflix, so instead I just watched a version of Cinderella, which also happens to be one of my guilty pleasure movies.

Overview

Pages Read: 1,463

Books Completed: 3

Challenges Completed: 7/7

  1. Read a book with purple on the cover- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  2. Read a book in the same spot the entire time- To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
  3. Read a book you meant to read last year- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  4. Read an author’s first book- To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
  5. Read a book with a non-human main character- To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
  6. Read a book that has five or more words in the title- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  7. Read and watch a book to movie adaptation- Cinder by Marissa Meyer (with the movie being Another Cinderella Story)

Okay, that’s all! I’m fairly proud of what I managed to accomplish this week, reading-wise, though I wish I’d been able to read one more book and also participate in a reading sprint on Twitter. Neither of those things happened, clearly, but still. I completed all the challenges, which is more than I can say for most of the other readathons I participate in, so that’s a plus.

Let me know how you did in the Reading Rush, if you participated, and if you didn’t, then just tell me how your week went, in terms of reading or otherwise.

Anyway, thanks for reading, everyone! I’ll see you next time.

-Ariel

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