Hi friends! I know that The Reading Rush is over for more than a week now. But being the lazy person that I was, I am only wrapping it up now. I can say that I am successful with this readathon even though I haven’t manage to finish all 7 books in a week. I might have done that if I have chosen shorter books but where’s the fun in that?
Anyways, here is a quick overview of how my Reading Rush went.
If I haven’t slacked off on day 4 and 5 I might have read more books than just 5. Also I have managed to accomplished a couple of the challenges. I really tried very hard for this readathon because I like the badges! So here are all the badges that I have acquired in this year’s Reading Rush.
I think it’s about time for the wrap-up! I haven’t posted my full reviews for all the books that I have read but it’s coming. So with that being said, let’s proceed with the wrap-up.
Challenge Completed: Read a book with over 5 words in the title
Thoughts: I was really engrossed with this story; even though the story is told in the perspective of a whale, you could still relate to her sentiments. From what I have read from Patrick Ness so far, I am amazed by how he could come up with a world like this one. I have read the first two books in his Chaos Walking Trilogy and even though it is not the same story and the plot is different from this book, I feel like this book reminds me of that trilogy and in a good way. I wish I have read this book sooner. There’s a lot to learn as a human from this book. Also, the illustrations are so beautiful! If you haven’t read this book, be sure to check it out.
Challenge Completed: Read and watch a book to movie adaptation
Book Thoughts: This is a reread for me and I can confidently say now that this is one of my favorite classics (even though I have yet to read more). Gatsby’s story feels like a story for all ages. You can read it in different ages and it would give you different meaning every time. What I learned from it from my first read is different from when I read it again. The story gets more deeper and more tragic than it already is.
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Movie Thoughts: Since I also watched the movie for this readathon, I feel like it is right to review it as well. This is my first time watching the movie (I know, where have I been?) and I could say that it was beautiful and it’s quite a good adaptation. However, like any other adaptation, it is not perfect. There are parts of the book that I wish I have seen in this adaptation and there is a scene that leaves me raising my eyebrow. But all in all, I like it. Gatsby’s fortune was really unimaginable. I did not imagine it to be that grand while I was reading it but after seeing the movie, it exceeded my imagination.
Challenge completed: a.) Read a book with non–human main character; b.) Read a 5-star book
Thoughts: Revisiting the Vampire Academy was the best choice that I ever did in this readathon. It felt like home. And added to the fact that I read the anniversary edition with all the bonus content, it makes me love this world more than before. I just wish that they included Homecoming in this book as well. But I guess they could include it to the Last Sacrifice’s anniversary edition if there is any. Now I have the urge to reread the whole series.
Challenge completed: Read a book in the same spot the whole time
Thoughts: I cannot believe that I am rating a Sarah Morgan book that is lower than 4 moons but here I am. This is a trilogy bind up of her earlier work following a triplets. I think my tolerance for contemporary in a month has been exhausted by this book. Moreover, the main characters are three different people yet somehow I could not distinguish them from the other while I am reading their story. I have read 12 books by Sarah Morgan, though most of it are her earlier releases, and I felt like I have already read the plot from one of her books that I have read before. That’s probably one of the reasons why I am not a fan of this book.
Challenge completed: Read an author’s first book
Thoughts: I was expecting a fluffy contemporary but the story is much heavier than expected. It tells the story of how one could cope with grief & loss, love and acceptance. I cannot believe that this is Jennifer E. Smith’s first book. It is so underrated that I wish she has gotten the hype from this book. The only thing that I did not like about it is the open ending. You never really know what happens and it’s bothering me until now. This book also made me so emotional because the story really hits me hard especially with the grief and loss element of the story. I highly recommend everyone to read this book.
And that, my friends, are all the books that I have read in this year’s Reading Rush. I hope I can participate again next year.
Till next time!