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The Reading Rush: day 6-7

SATURDAY, 25 Juy 2020

10.55 – Day 6 of The Reading Rush and it’s raining. Yuck! Well, chores are mostly done. I have been to the supermarket, I have fed and cleaned the pony paddock. I just had a coffee with my husband (not that that’s a chore!) and now I am ready to sit down with The Dinner. I am quite curious to see where it’s going. There has been mention that they found out something about their sons, but what is it? I am not sure what I would call this book? It’s very slow and mundane, but there’s an edge to it. I am not bored at all!

Koch, Herman - Het Diner17.47 – Funny how as I try and document my reading daily, my updates become further apart! I am on page 203 of The Dinner. I found out what awful thing the sons did. Vile people, all of them. The narrative  is starting to drift all over the place and it is losing me a little. I have about a third to go.

I was thinking that I want to read some fantasy once I have finished this one. I am craving some fantasy for some reason. I may continue the Blackthorn & Grim series by Juliet Marillier.

23.59 – I have finished The Dinner. I decided I wanted to finish it before bed and I managed! I am pretty proud of myself.

I will decide tomorrow whether to read a fantasy book or one of the other two books that I had on my Reading Rush TBR. After all, I have completed all the challenges with the four books I have already read. I think I chose well this time. I enjoyed all four books and they were all very different. I ticked three books off my TBR that had been on my shelves a while.

It is pretty much 26 July now, so I will take it easy these final few days of the month and not concentrate on reading so much.

Night night!

SUNDAY, 26 July 

10.04 – I finished my four books of The Reading Rush, which complete all the challenges, and I have decided not to read any more of The Reading Rush TBR.

I had been reading It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne in bed the last few nights. I like a light read before bed that is easy to dip in and out of. I am enjoying it, so I have decided to continue with that time for a bit this morning before picking up Tower of Bourne, Holly - It Only Happens in the MoviesThorns by Juliet Marillier, the second book in the Blackthorn & Grim series that I have been meaning to continue for yonks!

My Airbnb guests are leaving today and I have new ones arriving tomorrow, so I have some cleaning to do today and I want to exercise my Shetland pony as the specialist vet confirmed he is a bit overweight. We need to sort that out. The problem is that he has been lame and I have not wanted to force it, but he is a lot better right now, so I need to up his exercise.

15.22 – I am loving It Only Happens in the Movies so much I can’t stop reading it! So Tower of Thorns will be put off until I finish this one I am afraid. This is the kind of YA I love. It’s basically a romcom, but I just love the characters and there are serious issues being discussed. On a side note, I also love how it talks about losing your virginity in real terms. I think it’s good for teenage girls to read books like this that give a realistic view of what it’s like and romanticised versions. I am 53% in right now. I could finish this today, but I think it will probably roll into tomorrow. I am really enjoying it though!

MONDAY, 27 July

08.53 – I forgot to update and post yesterday. The Reading Rush has officially ended. I completed my four books and I am very pleased with how the week has gone. My absolute favourite book I have read was The Lost Flowers of Alice Heart. I LOVED that book. However, I liked all all my books. My ratings were as follows:

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The ratings got steadily worse! I did like The Dinner, by the way. I just had some issues with it. The above four books completed all The Reading Rush challenges.

On a side note, I discovered that this copy of About A Boy, which I picked up for 1 euro in the charity shop is actually a first edition. I kind of like that!

I am currently still reading It Only Happens in the Movies, which I hope to finish today. I have also got Tower of Thorns down from my upstairs shelves, so I will probably start reading that today. I won’t have a ton of time for reading today and since I have read a lot in the past week I am going to take it easy!

If you participated in The Reading Rush, let me know! Back to normal now!

Have a great week, peoples!

Books · Reading Challenges · Reading Diary

The Reading Rush: Day 3-5

WEDNESDAY, 22 July

Challenges finished:

  • read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart -> Australia)
  • read a book that starts with the word ‘the’. (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart)
  • read the first book you touch (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart)

Challenges in progress:

  • read a book completely outside your house (Hyperbole and a Half)
  • read a book in a genre you’ve always wanted to read more of (Hyperbole and a Half – graphic novel)
  • read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen (About A Boy)

IMG_20200723_120938_121.06 – Can’t believe this is my first update today, but it has been a pretty busy day. I did post my WWW Wednesdays post earlier today and I also wrote up my review for The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (Holly Ringland). I finished that one this morning and I absolutely loved it! It got a full 7 stars from me!

I read a bit more of Hyperbole and a Half in the hammock down the back of the garden, but really did not have that much time for reading outside today. Fingers crossed I can cross that one off tomorrow, as after that the weather is supposed to be a bit wetter again.

I have started About A Boy (Nick Hornby) for the movie challenge. I coincidentally picked the harback up in a charity shop for €1 a couple of weeks ago.  I am about 60 pages into that one. I can so see the movie characters whilst I am reading this! It’s a pretty easy read and it is under 300 pages. Since I don’t have so much on tomorrow, I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to finish it tomorrow. My aim is to get to page 100 tonight. I am on page 60 now, so fingers crossed!

THURSDAY, 23 July

09.02 – Right, I am fully planning on finishing About A Boy today, and Hyperbole and a Half. The latter I definitely want to finish, as it’s my book for reading outside and today it is the warmest day for a while. It’s only 24 celcius, so it’s not even that warm!

I don’t have a lot of chores on today and only one errand towards the end of the afternoon, so in theory I have lots of time for reading. Unfortunately, I am also feeling really low on energy… If I did not have a child to look after, I would be curled up in bed right now! I don’t know why I am feeling so tired. I only got up an hour ago.

200722Anyway, I am having a coffee right now. Hopefully, that will help me!

13.26 – I haven’t read as much as I would have liked (of course). I spent quite a bit of time with my ponies this morning. I did sit with them and read a bit of Hyperbole and a Half, so that counts. My girl has a horse riding lesson later today, so I will hopefully finish that book whilst she is doing that. I have about 70 pages to go, but it’s a graphic memoir, so should be pretty quick. I am enjoying it a lot!

I am not even halfway in About A Boy, so I doubt I will be able to finish it today. I will try though!

18.29 – Pizzas are in the oven, but I thought I would write a quick update. I just finished Hyperbole and a Half about five minutes ago. I swear I recognised far too much of myself in that book! It was a fun time, a recognisable time, but definitely a fun time.

Let’s race against the clock and see whether I can write my thoughts down before the pizzas are done!

FRIDAY, 24 July

00.37 – I am about to go to bed, but technically it’s Friday. Did I manage to finish About A Boy? Of course not! I am on page 205 and have about 70 pages to go. Oh well, tomorrow’s another day! Or today… Whatever…

I can’t complain with the amount I have read so far, so I won’t. I don’t think I have much on tomorrow, so fingers crossed I can get About A Boy read in the morning, so I can start my final read, which will probably be The Dinner by Herman Koch.

08.28 – Just had my breakfast and a big coffee and I am about to start reading. Like I said, I am hoping to finish About A Boy today, so I can move on to The Dinner, which would complete my final prompt. That is also the one that intimidates me the most as I know how polarizing that book is!

11.13 – I finished About A Boy and just posted my thoughts on it. It was an enjoyable read! After lunch I will start reading The Dinner by Herman Koch. I will be reading the original Dutch version (Het Diner), which will be weird, as I hardly ever read books in Dutch. Am I apprehensive? Yep!

16.48 – I have had a bit of a funny afternoon. I have been doing some macrophotography in the garden and I started feeling all weird. Kind of light-headed and nauseous, so I took IMG_20200724_172713some time out to lie down, which seemed to have helped. Once I started feeling a little better I started reading some more of The Dinner. I am 80 pages in and I am really enjoying it. It reads far more easily than I expected and the Dutch is not an issue for me. In fact, it is a very Dutch book and I can’t imagine reading a translation. The Dutchness also make me wonder whether that is an issue for a lot of foreign readers. So far, so good.

23.24 – About to go to bed. I managed 107 pages of The Dinner, which is more than I expected. It puts me in a pretty good place for finishing my four main books for the Reading Rush. The book is exactly 300 pages.

Unfortunately I also went on Abe Books tonight, mainly because I have a problem, and I ordered 18 books! Oh dear! To be fair, this is the first time this year that I went a bit crazy. I have been very restrained with my book buying this year, and I am allowed a treat! They were all relatively cheap (mostly) out of print books, so I think that’s fair enough.

Challenges finished:

  • read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart -> Australia)
  • read a book that starts with the word ‘the’. (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart)
  • read the first book you touch (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart)
  • read a book completely outside your house (Hyperbole and a Half)
  • read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen (About A Boy)

Challenges in progress:

  • read a book in the colour of your birthstone, which is aquamarine (The Dinner)
Books · Reviews

(Graphic) Book Thoughts: Hyperbole and a Half (Allie Brosh)

Brosh, Allie - Hyperbole and a Half

★★★★★★☆

Title: Hyperbole and a Half
Author: Allie Brosh
Genre: Graphic Novel / Graphic Memoir / Humour
First published: 2013
Edition: Paperback, published by Square Peg in 2013

Hyperbole and a Half is a blog by twenty-something American Allie Brosh. Her debut-book –half new stories, half favourites from the blog- chronicles her ‘leaning experiences’ and character flaws. It includes stories about her rambunctious childhood, owning a mentally challenged dog and a moving comic account of her struggles with depression.  

When your recognise yourself in a book, it is always kind of surprising, baffling and worrying at the same time. That was definitely the case for me with this humorous look at some of Allie Brosh’s version of her some of the stuff that has happened to her.

For example I am a champion procrastinator, so the story on that hit pretty close to home! Also, as a dog owner, I definitely recognised some of the doggy themed comics. Dogs are incredibly stupid sometimes…

The art style is nothing amazing, but I love the bright colours and its simplicity works. The stories made me smile a lot (and shake my head in worrying solidarity just as much).

If you like funny self depreciating stories, you will enjoy this. I definitely did!

6 out of 7 stars

Books · Reading Challenges

The Reading Rush – Day 1-2

MONDAY, 20 July 2020

08.15

4. Read the first book you touch.

7. Read a book that takes place on a different continent from where you live.

2. Read a book with a title that starts with ‘The’.

Ringland, Holly - The Lost Flowers of Alice HartThose are the categories my first book works for. I put my Reading Rush TBR in a pile at midnight and closed my eyes, randomly touching one. This would be my first read of the Readathon and would dictate what else I would read.

Well, my first book is The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, by Holly Ringland. It is the biggest book on my TBR, but also fits three categories. It is on my 20 Books of Summer TBR as well as my 2020 TBR. I guess it;s a good one to start off with.

My daughter (8) thinks she may participate. We will try and choose some books for her today.

10.18 – About to make some coffee, after which I will spend some time with my lovely ponies. A specialist vet is coming for my Shetland pony Pippin on Wednesday. He is having some lameness issues that I can’t seem to solve and my normal vet appears a bit useless with it. Maybe they just think it’s only a Shetland pony, so who cares? Well, I care! He is only 11 and could have 20 years ahead of him, so if I can help him, I will! This particular vet has a mobile clinic and is able to do x-rays. I am not sure he will think it necessary, but at least we have the option. I just want to get to the bottom of what’s going on.

I have started The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart. I am only 15 pages in. This is definitely a book I could end up loving. It has pretty small font and it has 370 pages, so was this a wise choice for a readathon TBR? Maybe not, but at least it ticks 3 boxes!

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17.33 – I am only on page 30! That’s not much progress, is it? I like the book, but I have simply not had much time to read today. I trained my ponies, then had lunch and spend choosing books for my daughter, who wants to participate in the readathin. She chose three books. Then her friend came to play and I had coffee with his mum. Before I knew it it was 16.45!

Just posted my adult romance taste test.

I am about to do dinner. It will have to be pasta tonight 🙂 Hopefully I can concentrate on reading my book tonight! Not the best of starts to The Reading Rush so far!

22.54 – I managed 100 pages so far today. I am loving this book so far. It already broke my heart a thousand times, but so, so so good! I love the mention of all the Australian things, like Vegemite, anzac biscuits, kookaburras, possums and galahs. It makes me happy and maybe a little nostalgic to the year I spent in Australia in my early twenties. I loved that country so much. Waking up to the sound of kookaburras and Australian magpies… There’s nothing like it. I would love to return some day… It made me realise I want to read more books set in Australia full of Australian things. Any recommendations welcome!

TUESDAY, 21 July 2020 – DAY 2

11.38 – I am 164 pages into The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart right now. I had planned to read 200 pages yesterday, but only managed half that. I am pretty sure I won’t be able to catch up today, but if I can get to page 300 I will be very happy. So far, I am absolutely loving this book. It’s perfection. I love the writing, the characters, the descriptions. It’s definitely has a tinge of sadness and horrible things have happened. So far, I think this may be a new favourite… We’ll see!

23.26 – Completely forgot to update today! My parents came over this afternoon and we did some gardening together, so that was my afternoon gone. I did manage to read another 100 pages. I am about to start page 271. I am happy with that. I have about 100 pages to go.

Brosh, Allie - Hyperbole and a HalfI guess for a 7-day readathon to take 3 days over the first book is not great, is it?! However,  it can count it towards three categories if I need to.

I did also read the first 47 pages of Hyperbole and a Half in the garden earlier today. This graphic memoir / graphic book (not a novel!) could count for for two categories as well (genre I would like to read more of and read a book outside)

I am planning on finishing both these books tomorrow if I can. The vet is coming to look at Pippin, my Shetland pony, in the morning, but apart from that I should have time to read. I hope.

Goodnight!

(and let me know if you’re participating!)

L. xx

 

Books · Reading Challenges

The Reading Rush TBR

This is probably my favourite readathon and one of the few I participate in. Check out the website for more information.

There are 7 prompts. I will choose a couple of books for each challenge, so I can sort of decide to double up or not:

1. Read a book with a cover that matches the colour of your birthstone.
Choice 1: The Dinner (Herman Koch) – I have this one in its original language, Dutch (Het Diner). It appears to be a very polarizing book, but I have been meaning to get to it for ages. It’s on both my 2020 TBR and my 20 Books of Summer TBR
Choice 2: Flames (Robbie Arnott) – I have heard such good things about this book. I keep meaning to read more Australian fiction.

2. Read a book with a title that starts with ‘The’.
Choice 1: The Dinner (Herman Koch) – see challenge 1
Choice 2: The Lost Flowers of Alice Heart (Holly Ringland) – More Australian fiction. I have had this book on my shelf for a couple of years, but have not gotten around to reading it yet,.

3. Read a book that inspired a movie that you have already seen.
Choice 1: About A Boy (Nick Hornby) – Enjoyed the movie and I am curious what the book is like.
Choice 2: The Black Stallion Returns (Walter Farley) – Used to love this movie and this middle grade series as a child and have been meaning to re-read for ages. Maybe I could even watch the movie again!

4. Read the first book you touch.

Will do this to decide what book to read first.

5. Read a book completely outside your house.
Choice 1: Hyperbole and a Half (Allie Brosh) – a graphic novel seems perfect for this kind of challenge! I have heard good things about this one.
NO SECOND CHOICE

6. Read a book in a genre you’ve always wanted to read more of.
Choice 1: Hyperbole and a Half (Allie Brosh) – I always mean to read more graphic novels.
Choice 2: The Black Stallion Returns (Walter Farley) – This is a middle grade book in a series I used to love as a child and I would like to re-read it. I hardly ever read middle grade these days.

7. Read a book that takes place on a different continent from where you live.
Choice 1: The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (Holly Ringland) – see challenge 2
Choice 2: Flames (Robbie Arnott) – see challenge 1

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Now, normally I would be ambitious and choose a different book for each prompt, but I want to keep things low pressure for myself, so I will probably end up doubling up some of the challenges. I have 6 books on my list! Very unlikely that I will get to that number though. I would be very happy with 4.

The most likely books I will read are The Dinner (for birthstone and ‘the’), About A Boy (movie), Hyperbole and a Half (for outside and genre) and finally The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (continent). I expect the easiest read to be Hyperbole and a Half and the most intimidating read is The Dinner.

Fingers crossed 😉

Are you participating? What does your TBR pile look like? Please link your TBR below.

Books · Monthly Reading Wrap-Up

July 2019 Reading Wrap-Up: a readathon… or two!

Now, my TBR for July was pretty ambitious with ten books on it. Six of those were for Summerathon, which actually took place in June, but I used the prompts to set my July TBR.  So let’s have a look what those books were and whether I read them:

  • All These Beautiful Strangers (Elizabeth Klehfoth) 
    • For Summerathon prompt to drink my favourite drink whilst reading
  • Summer: an anthology for the changing seasons (edited by Melissa Harrison)
    • For Summerathon prompt to read a book set in summer
  • The Other Wives Club (Shari Low)
    • For Summerathon prompt to read a book featuring travelling
  • The Kiss Quotient (Helen Hoang)
    • For Summerathon prompt for a beachy read
  • Singletini (Amanda Trimble)
    • For Summerathon prompt to read a book with food on the cover
  • Daisy Jones & The Six (Taylor Jenkins Reid)
    • For Summerathon prompt to read a book with sunrise colours on cover
  • The Bees (Laline Paul)
    • Book hauled in July 2017
  • The Secret Lives of Cows (Rosamund Young)
    • Book hauled in July 2018
  • Pan’s Labyrinth ( (Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke)
    • NetGalley e-ARC
  • Crashing the A-List (Summer Heacock)
    • NetGalley e-ARC

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So, how did I do?

Well, pretty bloody fantastic, if I say so myself. I read a total of 15 (!!!) books in July, which is a lot for me. I also decided to take part in The Reading Rush pretty last minute and that bumped my numbers up as I read a few shorter books for that. You can check my TBR for that here if you like! I did try and fit in some of the books already on my TBR.

So what did I read and in what order (I don’t know why the order matters, but it does!!!)?

 

 

Then The Reading Rush started in 21 July:

  • 8. Sweetpea (C J Skuse) ★★★★★☆☆
    • Prompt: purple on the cover
  • 9. Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (Wendy Cope) ★★★★★☆☆
    • Prompt: read an author’s first book
  • 10. The Secret Life of Cows (Rosamund Young) ★★★★★☆☆
    • Prompt: read a book you mean to read last year
  • 11. Albert Einstein (Ned Hartley/Tom Humberstone) ★★★★★★☆
    • Prompt: read a book in one place
  • 12. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (Rachel Cohn/David Levithan) ★★★★★★☆
    • Prompt: read a book and watch a movie adaptation
  • 13. A Black Fox Running (Brian Carter) ★★★★★★☆
    • Prompt: read a book with a non-human main character
  • 14. Daisy Jones & The Six (Taylor Jenkins Reid) ★★★★★☆☆
    • Prompt: read a book with five or more words in the title

I am so proud of myself for doing so well and fulfilling all the prompts. For once, the timing just worked!

And finally to finish the month:

The only book from my July TBR that I did not manage to read was Summer: an anthology for the changing seasons. There is a chance I will read that one in August instead, even if I have not actually put it on my TBR. I will if I am in the mood for it. As for the prompt that I put it down for, there were other books set (partly) in summer, so I consider that prompt fulfilled either way.

So to sum up I read: 10 full length novels, 2 non-fiction books, 1 short novel, 1 poetry book ad 1 graphic novel. I am very happy with that indeed! I rated 10 of those books 5 out of 7 stars. I had one 2-star book and one 4-star book. The 6-star books held out until the end of the month, but I still managed to find three books worth that rating in my opinion. Unfortunately no seven-star books this month, but there was one that came close, which brings me to…

Carter, Brian - A Black Fox RunningBOOK OF THE MONTH:

Hands down my favourite book that I read in July was A Black Fox Running. Although it was not quite perfect for me, it came pretty close. The writing is absolutely gorgeous and it just felt like a very special book. It was first published in the 1980s and is written mainly from the point of view of a fox roaming Dartmoor in Devon and it’s so so good. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it definitely is mine!

And the cover of this new edition is just a joy to behold!

 

 

 

Books · Reading Challenges

‘The Reading Rush’ Wrap-Up

For once a readathon took place at the right time for me and it was a joy to participate in The Reading Rush, formerly known as the Booktubeathon.

So, this was my TBR:

TBR:
1. Read a book with purple on the cover: Sweetpea (C J Skuse) – completed
2. Read a book in the same spot the entire time: Einstein (Ned Hartley/Tom Humberstone) completed
3. Read a book you meant to read last year: The Secret Life of Cows (Rosamund Young) completed
4. Read an author’s first book: Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (Wendy Cope) completed
5. Read  a book with a non-human main character: A Black Fox Running (Brian Carter) completed
6. Pick a book that has five or more words in the title: Daisy Jones and The Six (Tara Jenkins Reid) completed
7. Read a book and watch the movie adaptation: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (Rachel Cohn/David Levithan) completed

Yes folks, you see that right! I actually managed to read all of these books in the last week! I am so proud of myself. I did choose my TBR wisely for a change.

I started out reading Sweetpea, which I was halfway through when the readathon started to be fair, but hey, I have to give myself some slack where I can! I finished that one on Monday.

On Tuesday I finished The Secret Life of Cows and I read Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, which is a poetry collection.

On Wednesday I finished Albert Einstein, which is a graphic history that I would recommend to anyone who feels history can be a bit dry (I don’t think that by the way!).

On Thursday I finished Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist and re-watched the movie, which was fun.

On Friday I finished reading the best book of the week, which was A Black Fox Running. That book was just…. *insert big lip smack here* 😉

And finally, I finished Daisy Jones & The Six at five to midnight on Sunday! Just in time!

Double yay for myself!!! Seriously though, I really enjoyed this readathon, especially because there is a whole website dedicated to me. If you participated as well and if you  are on there, let me know! In that case, how did you do?

 

Books · Reading Diary

Reading Rush Diary: 23 July 2019

TBR:
1. Read a book with purple on the cover: Sweetpea (C J Skuse) – completed
2. Read a book in the same spot the entire time: Einstein (Ned Hartley/Tom Humberstone)
3. Read a book you meant to read last year: The Secret Life of Cows (Rosamund Young)
4. Read an author’s first book: Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (Wendy Cope)
5. Read  a book with a non-human main character: A Black Fox Running (Brian Carter)
6. Pick a book that has five or more words in the title: Daisy Jones and The Six (Tara Jenkins Reid)
7. Read a book and watch the movie adaptation: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (Rachel Cohn/David Levithan)

09.16 – I have just read half of Wendy Cope’s Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis. It is a modern poetry collection. They are pretty easy to read and some are quite fun, though as with pretty much all poetry collections, some make no sense to me. I guess it does not really matter.

Skuse, C J - SweetpeaYesterday I finished the last 30% of Sweetpea, so I am counting that for the purple on the cover challenge. It is cheating a bit, but does that really matter? Not to me!

I don’t think I will get all these books read by the way, but I will give it a good go. Today I am planning to finish The Secret Life of Cows, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis and maybe Einstein, which is a graphic novel.

However, my parents are about to turn up, so who knows how much I will actually get read. Might be hardly anything at all.

17.22 – Ok, so my parents came and the day sort of ran away with me. When my folks left I took my daughter to the local swimming pool and met a friend there, so spent my time chatting rather than reading. Almost time to cook, but I will try and finish my poetry book before I have to!

17.52 – I finished Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis and I have to say, it was a fun collection. I really enjoyed the poems! Right, off to feed the ponies, making sure they are ok in this hot weather and will try and finish The Secret Life of Cows after that.

22.05 – I finished The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young as well, so I am feeling pretty accomplished, trying to ignore the fact that I have two bigger books to read as well as a graphic novel and a short novel. I think I can fulfill all the challenges if not with seven different books.

Technically the books I have finished work for the following challenges:
Sweetpea: Purple on the cover/book I meant to read last year
Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis: debut book/book with 5 words in the title/in one place (my sofa!)
The Secret Life of Cows: book I meant to read last year/5 words in the title

So, in theory I have completed 5 of the 7 challenges. If I read Brian Carter’s A Black Fox Running and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist I will have ‘won’ The Reading Rush.

So I have started A Black Fox Running. I am only 6 pages in! It is a hardback, so I won’t be taking it to bed, which means I will also be starting Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist later tonight.

I am watching episode six of Stranger Things and then I will be off to bed.

Nighty Night!

Books · TBR

The Reading Rush 2019 – TBR

I plan to participate in The Reading Rush (formerly Booktubathon), which starts today and runs until 28 July.

This year, there is a website on which you can track your progress throughout the readathon.

THE CHALLENGES & MY TBR

1. Read a book with purple on the cover

I am currently reading Sweetpea by C J Skuse, which has bit of purple in the flowers on the cover. I have only 30% to go, so it’s cheating a little, but sobeit 🙂

EDITED TO ADD: Since writing the majority of this post I have already finished this one!

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

I will be reading Einstein: A Graphic History of the Father of Modern Physics by Ned Hartley and Tom Humberstone.

3, Read a book that you meant to read last year.

The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young. My mother-in-law gave this to me last year and I meant to read it sooner than later, but never got round to it.  I actually started reading this a couple of weeks ago and only got about 30 pages in and decided to save it for The Reading Rush.

4. Read an author’s first book. 

Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis was Wendy Cope’s first poetry collection as far as I can tell, so I will be reading that.

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

I will try and read A Black Fox Running by Brian Carter, of which the main character is a fox.

6. Pick a book that has five or more words in the title.

I have Daisy Jones and The Six by Tara Jenkins-Reid on my TBR for this month and it fits this prompt, so there we go 🙂

7. Read a book and watch the movie adaptation. 

I will read Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan for this one. It is pretty short and it’s a fun movie.

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PS I may change things around a bit, depending how things go…