First, let’s give some background:
The Reading Rush is a week long event, running from the 22nd to the 28th of July, where you try to read as much as you can. You’re given 7 prompts for books to read, but you don’t have to read 7 books during the week, you just get extra praise if you do. If you want more information you can check out the website.
I have got a list of 7 books to try and read throughout the week, and I’m on holiday all week, so I’ll have plenty of time to read, so I have high hopes for myself.
The first prompt is a book with purple on the cover and for that I’ve chosen “Batman: The Killing Joke”, a DC comic written by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. In this comic, The Joker is released from Arkham Asylum with the intention of proving the only difference between the sane and the psychotic is madness and mayhem. He intends to use Commissioner Jim Gordon and his daughter, Barbara, to get his message across, and Batman is tasked with stopping him and saving two of his closest friends. My dad recommended this to me and gave me his copy, so I think it’ll be really good, as his recommendations are almost always reliable.
The second prompt is read a book in the same spot and I wanted a pretty short book for this one, so I could read it in one sitting, so I chose Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr Spencer Johnson. This is a self-help book which is accessible to all, and is almost about coping with change and looking at change in a positive way. Once again, my dad recommended this book to me and I think it will help me a lot, as my life is changing a lot in the coming months.
Prompt number three is a book that you were meant to read last year and for this I chose another comic, Spider-Man: Carnage by David Michelinie. This is the first comic that Carnage was ever in, and it’s kind of like a sequel to Venom. An evil alien symbiote merges with sadistic serial killer Cletus Kasady, and together they kill whomever they wish, bringing chaos everywhere they go. Spider-Man has to turn to his deadliest foe – Venom, the creator of Carnage – for help, as he can’t defeat him on his own. I love Carnage so much, by far my favourite character in the Marvel Universe, so obviously, the becoming of Carnage is a must-read for me! This was also a recommendation by my dad, and I am definitely looking forward to finally reading it.
The forth prompt is to read an author’s debut novel and I’ve chosen James and the Peach by Roald Dahl, because who doesn’t love Roald Dahl. This isn’t Dahl’s first novel, that is The Gremlins, and it’s near impossible to get for a reasonable price, so I went for his second children’s book. This is about an orphaned boy named James (obviously) who lives with his evils Aunts, and absolutely hates it. But when he discovers a humongous peach, he sees an opportunity to leave his bleak existence behind and set sail to New York with a group of insects. The main reason I wanted to read this book is because I haven’t read it in so long, and I’ve been in a really nostalgic mood lately, so it just seemed right. After re-reading Matilda and remembering why I fell in love with it, I’m looking forward to where James and his bug friends take me.
Prompt number 5 is to read a book with a non-human protagonist and for that I’ve chosen Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. This is about an angel and a demon who were sent to Earth thousands of years ago to do their part to aid Judgement Day. Their unlikely friendship develops through the thousands of years of knowing each other, and they go on adventures together on what I think is the last day on Earth. I picked this book up because I saw the adverts for the Amazon Prime TV show and thought it looked amazing, and it was right in front of me at the book shop, so I got it. If the book is anything like the TV show seems to be, I think I will enjoy it immensely.
The sixth prompt is a book with five or more words in the title and I decided on Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. This is about two boys – Aristotle and Dante – who are polar opposites, but they form an unlikely friendship and discover things about themselves and each other, helping to define who they are. This seems like a beautiful coming-of-age story and there are so many good reviews online about this book, and I think it’ll be a really nice story. I won’t lie though, the only reason I chose this book was because it’s the only book I own that is longer than five words.
The seventh, and final, prompt is to read a book that was made into a movie, and to watch the movie after reading it. I chose Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling, but I don’t think I’ll be able to watch the film, because I’m on holiday all week, and land back in the UK at 1am on the final day of the readathon. This story is a Harry Potter spin-off about a magic zoologist called Newt Scamander, who loses his briefcase in New York and the magic animals kept inside it are released into the city. Him and his friends have to traverse the city rescuing the animals, before they become a threat to the muggles (humans). I have already watched the film, and I really enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to reading it also. I have 2 different copies of the book: I have the actual book, and the screenplay, and I’m not really sure which I want to read yet.
Overall, I am so excited to be taking part in my first ever readathon, and I think I will have so much fun with it throughout the week, even if I don’t read all of the books I’m planning on.