The Reading Rush Wrap-Up | ft. mini reviews for the books I read, and better luck next year, right?

Hello! Last week, I participated in a week long readathon called the reading rush, and here is how I did, the books I read, and all that great stuff!

The Reading Rush is a week long readathon for book lovers all around the world. For one week readers gather together to read as much as they possibly can and to participate in challenges and giveaways online.

My original TBR for the reading rush was:

I actually read:

So, as you can see, I didn’t read nearly as much as I’d hoped to. I still did read four books, which covered four of the prompts. Below, I’m going to go through the books that I did read, which prompts they were for, and also mini reviews of each!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. 

But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. 

As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

I read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before for the prompt reading a book with a cover that matches the color of your birth stone. My birthday is in October, so my birthstone is pink opal. The cover above doesn’t have that much pink on it, but the edition that I read was very pink, so that counts, right?Anyway, onto the mini review:

I have been hearing wonderful things about this book for YEARS, and I am so glad that I finally decided to read it! One of my favorite aspects of the book was Lara Jean’s relationships with her sisters. Her family is very close, and it’s hard for them to handle Margot, the oldest sister going to college.

Kitty is so wonderful, and is so sweet! Margot is so strong and responsible, and really takes care of her family. Lara Jean wishes that her older sister trusts her enough with everything, and their father is really nice, and does his best.

I love the starting point for the romance, and the whole book in general: Lara Jean’s love letters have some how been mailed. That is so unique, and a really hilarious way to start off the book. It was also really funny to watch as Lara Jean realized that the letters had been mailed.

Overall, I really loved reading this book, and I definitely recommend it.

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My Lady Jane, by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…

Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…

Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?

I read My Lady Jane for the prompt of reading the first book that I touched. I am so so glad that I touched this book, because I loved reading it so much! I’ve been wanting to read My Lady Jane for a while, and I can’t believe I waited so long. The writing (and all of the horse jokes) were absolutely hilarious, and I loved reading about a main character (Jane) who loves reading!

The whole plot was so well crafted, and I thought the three different authors did a really good job of weaving together the history and the fantasy and all of the shape-shifting craziness into a story that was fun to read and the characters were so hilarious!

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Not Otherwise Specified, by Hannah Moskowitz

Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.

Everywhere she turns, someone feels she’s too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; and not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere— until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca seems like Etta’s salvation, but how can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself? 

The latest powerful, original novel from Hannah Moskowitz is the story about living in and outside communities and stereotypes, and defining your own identity.

I read Not Otherwise Specified for the prompt ‘read a book entirely outside of your house.’ So, I read this book entirely outside of my house. Let me tell you, it was much more difficult than it would have been pre-covid. I read a little of it at a park, but I only got through a few chapters. Then, I sat in my hammock for a few hours (even though it was pretty chilly out) and finished the book. I am so glad that I did!

The characters in Not Otherwise Specified were so easy to get to know, and at the end of the story each one feels so real! Bianca (though that really did make me think of Bianca from PJO) and James have such a wonderful relationship, and I loved reading about it. James is so supportive, and is always there for his little sister.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

I reread The Lightning Thief to fulfill the prompt of reading a book that inspired a movie that I’ve already seen. Since I’m not in the habit of watching the movie before reading the book, I chose to reread this book. Not that the movie was any good, but I did see it.

Rereading The Lightning Thief was so much fun! I feel like Rick Riordan’s books just never get boring, and the story is always fun. I’m not going to write a lot on this book, but a while back I did do a post about the entire Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. (It is full of spoilers though, so beware.)

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

There are my thoughts on the four books that I read for The Reading Rush! This was pretty much my first readathon, and I had a lot of fun with it. Even though I didn’t read as much as I wanted to, it was really fun and I’ll definitely be participating next year!


Did you do the Reading Rush? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Chat with me in the comments below!

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