The Reading Rush Recap & Review

As I’ve previously mentioned, The Reading Rush is a read-a-thon than took place last week – Monday 22nd – Sunday 28th. You are encouraged to read as much as you can during the week, and you can participate in different book prompts, read ins or twitter sprints.

I was on holiday all week, so I got to read a lot, but I didn’t get chance to take part in many of the challenges, etc. But here are the books I read, and a quick summary of my thoughts about them. If you want to know what any of these books are about, I talk about most of them in my Reading Rush TBR post.

Monday

When The Reading Rush started, I hadn’t finished City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare, which I was reading over the weekend and had about 80 pages left, so I finished that. I really enjoyed it, but I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as City of Bones, and I don’t really remember much that happened. I rated it 5 stars but I think I’m going to change it to 4.

Then I started reading Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman for my non-human main character book, and I only read about 60 pages of it because it was so confusing to me and I really wasn’t enjoying it. I decided I was going to watch the TV show when I got home, and then try to read it again. So my Reading Rush wasn’t going well at this point aha.

City of Ashes and Good Omens took up most of my Monday, but on Monday night, before I went to sleep, I started reading James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl for my debut novel prompt.

Tuesday

I finished James and the Giant Peach on Tuesday morning. I loved it, obviously. The nostalgia, the humour, the talking insects, everything. I gave it 5 stars and I would give it more if I could.

I still wasn’t in the mood to read a big, chunky book yet, so I went with Batman: The Killing Joke, a comic which was my book with purple on the cover. It was odd. It didn’t make much sense. The ending was, I don’t even know. The whole thing was a bit strange. I gave it 3 stars because it was like reading in a completely made up language.

I couldn’t decide what to read next, so I asked Siri. I gave every book a number and asked Siri to pick a number. So my next read was Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz for my 5 or more words in the title book. I read most of this book on Tuesday, but finished it on Wednesday.

Wednesday

I didn’t really like the ending of Aristotle and Dante…, if I’m honest. I expected it, but I wasn’t too bothered about that, I just felt like it was rushed and just stuck on the end with no real build-up. Because of that, I gave it 4 stars, because I still liked the story, just not the ending.

Next, as my parents were still asleep in bed, I decided to read Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr Spencer Johnson for my read a book in the same spot. It was so helpful, and I’m so glad I read it. There’s a discussion section at the back where it tells you how some people interpreted the story, but I decided not to read it, so I could interpret it myself, and make my own lesson out of it. 5 stars, again.

Then, I remembered that I needed a new book for the non-human main character prompt, and before I’d left, I’d downloaded some books onto my kindle in case I finished all of the books. So I decided that I would read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum as my replacement for Good Omens. I read it all on Wednesday and it was alright. I think it was a bit too slow and long-winded, and so much darker than the film, oh my. I gave it 4 stars, but I’m not really sure.

My final book for Wednesday was SpiderMan: Carnage by David Michelinie. I love Carnage, He’s my absolute favourite Marvel character, even though he is a deranged serial killer with an alien symbiote. He’s still so cool.

Thursday

I finished Carnage. 5 star read. Obviously. I love this like underlying sass that Carnage has when he speaks to Venom, his parent (asexual reproduction only requires one parent, this is how these aliens reproduce). I have another Carnage comic to read, I am super excited to get round to it.

I finished Carnage quite early into the day, and the next book I picked was my Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay by JK Rowling. I loved reading this. As I read through the scenes I remembered watching them and how I felt when I saw them. Like when he showed his case to the customs officer and there was the Hufflepuff scarf, I was like “aww” and then thought hmm I’ve done that before. I gave this one 5 stars as well, because I loved every second of it.

On Thursday night I started reading Turtles All the Way Down by John Green,

Friday

It took me most of today to read Turtles All the Way Down. I slept for like half of the day. I gave it 4 stars, because, like Aristotle and Dante… I liked it, but not the ending. I don’t know what it was that made me dislike it, it just was a bit lacklustre.

Saturday

Once again, I didn’t read much today because we were travelling home, so I just slept mostly. I started reading Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman, but it was a bit boring, and there were too many characters, it was confusing.

Sunday

At this point, I’d completed The Reading Rush, and couldn’t be bothered finding more books for the prompts to do it again. So I just started reading City of Glass by Cassandra Clare – the third book in The Mortal Instruments series. I also decided I was going to re-read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and annotate it, because it’s one of my favourite books.

Overall, I’m glad I took part in The Reading Rush. Hopefully next year I won’t be on holiday during it so I can take part in read ins and the daily challenges, etc.

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