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?