Reading Rush 2019! TBR + Mid-Point Update3 min read

It’s time for The Reading Rush 2019! (And my first time participating in it!)

If you’re active in any corner of the online book community, I’ve sure you’ve heard something about The Reading Rush. In case you haven’t, in short, it’s the most popular read-a-thon in the community and is hosted by Ariel Bissett and Raeleen Lemay. The objective of this read-a-thon is to read books that fit the seven challenges our two lovely hosts have given us, ideally by reading seven books, but it can be done with less. Plus, there are daily Instagram and YouTube/video challenges. But most importantly, the goal is to have fun!

My Reading Rush TBR

I made a video last week outlining my TBR for The Reading Rush 2019, if you prefer to watch that! Below the video is the simple list of books with the challenges they fulfill. The video goes more in depth about why I picked each book, what they’re about and how I strategically curated my TBR to have a long version (see below) as well as a short version in case I feel like I’m slipping.

1. Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor – Read a book with purple on the cover

2. El mundo no es otra cosa by Yara Liceaga – Read a book in the same spot the entire time

3.  Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds – Read a book you meant to read last year

4. Running With Lions by Julian Winters –  Read an author’s first book

5. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, narrated by Martin Jarvis – Read a book with a non-human main character

6. Señales que precederán al fin del mundo / Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera, translated by Lisa Dillman – Read a book with more than five words in the title

7. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, narrated by Ramón de Ocampo – Read a book and watch it’s screen adaptation


Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, narrated by Ramón de Ocampo – I loved this book even more the second time reading it, and I already wat to pick it up again and annotate the hell out of it now that I have my own physical copy. I listened to the audio of this for the read-a-thon, and it’s such a great performance. I cry thinking about these characters. They’re practically my family.

El mundo no es otra cosa by Yara Liceaga, illustrated by Nieves Pumarejo – I’m not giving this a rating or a recommendation, because I feel like there was too much of this collection that I just didn’t understand. It speaks to my Spanish knowledge level (and probably to my attention span) more than the quality of the book. From the passages I did understand, I think I’ll enjoy it when I come back to it in the future and try again.

Currently reading

Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor – I’m only on Chapter 2 of this book which is so much less than where I expected to be by now! It’s really me, though. I shouldn’t have read RWRB first, because now I only want to read contemporary and my brain is like “lol wut is scifi?” Luckily, I have a buddy read group chat with my friends Kitty, Chloe, and Cody and seeing them further ahead in the book screaming about what’s happening it making me want to read more because FOMO.

About to Start

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett – I don’t have much to say about this since I’m going to start the audiobook probably right after I post this. But *sigh* I am ready to join this fandom. I am ready to cave.

Don’t forget to add me on The Reading Rush website!

Are you doing The Reading Rush 2019? What books are you reading?

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