to be ambitious or not to be | reading rush 2020

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Hello friends! After some not so difficult debating, I thought I'd attempt to participate in the Reading Rush 2020 which is a yearly readathon hosted by Ariel and Raeleen. Originally, the BookTubeAThon, it was given a makeover last year to encompass the larger bookish community. Since I've been more active on social media these past couple of months, I thought it would be pretty fun to participate. Plus, it might give me a chance to redeem myself after I horribly failed the Make Your Mythtaker readathon last month.
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a book with the color of your birthstone / a book that beings with "the"
the queen of the tearling
If I had to prioritize the books on my tbr, this one would be on the top. I've had The Queen of the Tearling on my shelves for years now and actually dnf'd the book when I first picked it up from my library. From some strange reason, I felt compelled to pick up the paperback edition and it's been collecting dust since then. I thought I'd take this time to really push through and see if it might be something I'll end up enjoying now that I'm a bit older.

As a side note, my birthstone is the garnet which is technically a darker shade of red, but for the sake of wanting to read this book at last, try to think of it as a garnet that's under a light? So maybe the red will be a bit brighter 🤷🏻‍♀️

first book you touch / takes places on a different continent
clockwork angel
This was kind of fun to choose even though I clearly cheated in the choosing process. I closed my eyes and spun around a couple of times before reaching for the book while knowing its exact location. With that being said, I did really want to get started on my reread of the Infernal Devices trilogy so I thought I'd take advantage of the fact that it takes place in London which is a whole ocean away from where I am in the United States.

movie adaptation you've watched / genre you want to explore 
 read a book outside
howl's moving castle
I just rewatched the Studio Ghibli rendition of Howl's Moving Castle and cannot begin to tell you how much I love that movie. This also happens to be shelved as a middle grade on Goodreads which is a larger genre that I haven't read a lot of books from since I started blogging. I've heard that the original text delves more into character development especially for Howl which was more left out of the movie so I honestly can't wait to read this. 

Also, in keeping with the social distancing protocols and the fact that I literally never read outside unless I'm on public transportation, I'm going to take one of the additional adaptations that the hosts provided for the "read a book outside" prompt. I will still challenge myself to try reading on the porch but I'll also allow myself to read this with an open window and/or while listening to one of those asmr outside sound rooms if I can find one on YouTube.

~ just in case ~ 

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Since my track record with The Queen of the Tearling isn't promising, I wanted to give myself some options in case I still hit a bump and feel like putting the book down.

these feathered flames
This cover has a lot more dark red elements so it definitely fits the garnet aesthetic. I'm super excited to pick up my e-arc from NetGalley especially since it's inspired by Russian mythology and if I haven't raved about The Winternight trilogy, here's a friendly reminder that I adore books inspired by Russian folklore.

the iron king
I mentioned this in my June wrap up as one of the potential options for series that I've been wanting to reread. This book is also currently available for Prime Reading in it's beautiful 10th anniversary glory so you bet I picked it up and am now just waiting for myself to get around to it.

If I really want to be ambitious, I would love to get to all five of these books and maybe even add another two books. I don't think they have the challenge to read 7 books like they did in previous years but it's an iconic part of the readathon that I would like to strive for. Of course, I don't want to put too much pressure because knowing myself I'll struggle to even read the original three books.

Are you planning on participating in the Reading Rush - what's your most anticipated read?

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  1. I've never heard of Reading Rush (lol) but this sounds like an awesome challenge! I wish I had heard about it earlier. Every book on your list is one that I've seen around the book community and considered reading but never made the time to. I love how you spun around to choose a book with your eyes closed while knowing exactly where it was because I feel like that is something I would do too XD. Have fun with the readathon!! :)
    claire @ clairefy

    1. I'm definitely using the readathon as an excuse to get to all of these 😂 haha I didn't know how else to approach it and it seemed like the best idea and it would fulfill multiple challenges~ thank you, fingers crossed I can actually stick to my tbr 😅

  2. Good luck with your TBR! You have 2 of my favorite books there (CA and Iron King- that edition is gorgeous!), I hope you'll enjoy them!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

    1. Thank you!! I'm so excited especially since both CA and Iron King are rereads - can't wait to jump back into those worlds! ❤️