I Failed the Reading Rush…

So I guess I technically failed the Reading Rush readathon…

… but I think I’m good with that.

How do you fail an entirely optional, self governable reading challenge?  Here’s how:

First of all, my TBR went out the window as soon as the readathon started.  I had a feeling my goals were a bit too ambitious to start with, and I ended up picking easier things and making them fit the challenge prompts.

Speaking of challenge prompts- my plan was to fulfill each with a separate book.  Seven prompts, seven books, no overlapping… which would also allow me to achieve the bonus of reading 7 in 7.  In the end I met 6 of the prompt challenges in 5 books.

1. Read a book with purple on the cover

  • I, Parrot by Deb Olin Unferth & Elizabeht Haidle

2. Read a book in the same spot the whole time

  • The Birds by Daphne Du Maurier
  • When I Walk Through That Door I Am, by Jimmy Santiago Baca
  • My Favorite Half-Night Stand, by Christina Lauren

3. Read a book you meant to read last year

  • The Birds
  • FAIL- The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien (I read about half way through this)

4. Read an author’s first book

  • Property Of, by Alice Hoffman

5. Read a book with a non-human main character

  • FAIL- City of Brass by SA Chakraborty (got about 70% through this during the readathon, and finished it the day after the readathon ended)
  • FAIL- The Fellowship of the Ring

6. Pick a book with 5 words or more in the title

  • My Favorite Half-Night Stand (I count the hyphenated ‘half-night’ as two words… yeah?)

7. Read and watch a book to movie adaptation

  • The Birds (film by Alfred Hitchcock)… the book- well, short story- was better!

So I definitely didn’t accomplish everything I wanted to with this readathon, but I found myself pretty much burned out by mid week.  I definitely do not do well with week long readathons like this,  I much prefer month long ones.

That said, I haven’t decided if I want to do the NEWTs Magical Readathon hosted by Book Roast, or if I want to read randomly through my own TBR.  The NEWTs start today, and I have my pick of wizarding professions since I passed all my OWLs a few months ago.  What to do, what to do?