Hello, July! I cannot believe we’re officially halfway through 2019! So far this year has been crazy busy with a lot of life changes, but I’m happy that I’ve continued to make reading a priority throughout it all. And at this exact moment, I’m feeling super motivated! So my July TBR is pretty ambitious, but I’d really like to knock a bunch of books off of my TBR… so that I can buy more, of course 😊
I recently have become familiar with the Reading Rush readathon, formerly called BooktubeAthon. I read all about the rules and challenges HERE and now I can’t wait to participate! While this readathon technically takes place on July 22nd-28th, I thought it would be fun to create my entire July TBR based on this readathon’s challenges. (And any of you who are sticklers for rules, don’t worry – I will only submit books that I read during that week to the official readathon page. Any books I read outside of that week are for my satisfaction only!!)
Below are the 7 reading challenges for this readathon. I tried to find at least 2 books on my physical TBR shelf to fit each challenge and will be picking from this master list throughout the month. I think I will leave myself the shortest book(s) in each category to read during the ACTUAL readathon week, because I’d like to complete the additional challenge of reading 7 books in total!
Challenge 1: Read a book with purple on the cover
This challenge was pretty easy, and I actually had three books come to mind almost immediately:
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
- Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Challenge 2: Read a book in the same spot the entire time
This challenge is a little different in that it doesn’t matter WHAT book I pick, it just matters WHERE I read it! I think I will likely complete this challenge either in my car (with an audiobook) or on an airplane, as I will be traveling a couple of times this month. So the books I selected are just books that I’d love to complete this month that don’t fit into any of the other challenges:
- Maxed Out by Katrina Alcorn
- Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Challenge 3: Read a book you meant to read last year
I distinctly remember writing both of these book titles down last year and buying them after hearing an executive of my company mention their greatness, buuut I hadn’t gotten around to actually reading them.
- Moneyball by Michael Lewis
- Good to Great by Jim Collins
Challenge 4: Read an author’s first book
As far as I could find, both of these were the first books written by these authors – if anyone knows differently, please do let me know so I can be accurate here!
- The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
- Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
Challenge 5: Read a book with a non-human main character
This was probably the toughest challenge for me as I don’t usually read fantasy, and I’ve read all of my sci fi books that might fit the prompt. But alas, I found two that I’m pretty sure count!
- The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
- Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Challenge 6: Pick a book that has five or more words in the title
And then, conversely, this challenge was the easiest for me to find several books that qualify!
- The Science of Harry Potter by Mark Brake and Jon Chase
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen R. Covey
- The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands by Dr. Laura Schlessinger
- How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found by Sara Nickerson
Challenge 7: Read and watch a book to movie adaptation
I know that a lot of the books I’ve already mentioned actually have movie adaptations and I COULD double up on challenges, but instead I found two more books that I haven’t listed and would be really glad to get to!
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
18 books in total! Will I get to all of them this month? No, definitely not. But I like my chances of sticking to this list in general, with a variety of genres and book lengths to keep me motivated and on track.
Let me know if you plan on participating in this readathon – what books are you reading, and do you have any suggestions for some of the prompts?