The Reading Rush TBR Pile 2020!!!

Hi guys!

I return to you, writing this at 8:18pm, head pounding and feeling the onset of a cold, but with pure determination to get my Reading Rush TBR for 2020 out into the world before it starts tomorrow.

[Finished putting the post together at 10:43pm, in case anyone was curious]

In case you don’t know already: The Reading Rush is a week long, yearly readathon. It’s run by online book loving personalities Raeleen Lemay and Ariel Bissett. This year it will be running from July 20th – 26th.

Each year there are 7 brand spanking new, no pressure prompts to work towards. You can do as many or as little as you want, or even find books that will cover multiple prompts. The is the road I tend to go down, as I want to try and hit each goal, but know that I simply am not getting through seven books in a week. Props to those who can!

In this post I’ll be going over The Reading Rush prompts for 2020, my TBR pile, and lastly which books will be covering which prompts, since – like I said – I’ll be double up my reads across prompts.

Take a shot every time you read prompt. (Of water, for you under agers!)


The Reading Rush Prompts

1.Read a book with a cover that matches the colour of your birth stone.
2. Read a book that starts with the word “The”.
3. Read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen.
4. Read the first book you touch.
5. Read a book completely outside of your house. *
6. Read a book in a genre that you’ve always wanted to read more of.
7. Read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live.

* Now as you may have thought yourself, Prompt 5 is quite a controversial one this year. As we’re in the middle (or maybe only the beginning) of a worldwide pandemic, not everyone is can presently safely and / or legally go outside to read a book.

If my memory doesn’t fail me, I believe Ariel explains in the video posted to her YouTube channel announcing the prompts, that they came up with the prompts pre-Corona lockdown, and in no shape or form MUST you feel you have to complete it or that it has to be taken literally.

Some ideas I’ve heard for making this prompt work for you if you are unable to leave home, and don’t have access to a yard or balcony include the following:

  • Putting nature sounds or videos on in the background while reading
  • Sitting by a window
  • Listening to an audio book while outside for exercise, during commutes, or even doing tasks such as grocery shopping that take place out of your home
  • Sitting by / in front of a photo, poster, artwork or screen depicting an outdoor setting

My Reading Rush TBR

As I mentioned earlier, I acknowledge that while I’d love to read 7 books in one week (and bow down to those that can) I know that it’s quite unlikely for me. Not putting myself down, I just know my own reading habits well enough, and accordingly carefully chose my Reading Rush TBR so that I honestly believe I am capable of getting through it in the span of the readathon.

First up:

Queen of Geeks – Jen Wilde

What I know about this novel: It’s about three friends, who I believe are from Australia that go to a convention called SupaCon. It’s told from different perspectives. One of the friends, Charlie, being a vlogger and actor who’s at the convention to promote her work. Then we have Taylor, who’s really into cosplay and I suppose will be more involved in the fandom side of SupaCon.

I’m really excited for this book for a couple of reasons. The first being I’ve been a fangirl at heart for as long as I can remember, and aside from reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell back in the day, I haven’t read other books that dive into that topic. I also have heard Queens of Geek is not all fluff, and deals with deeper topics such as sexuality, autism, and not being sure if the person you like will like you back, and being afraid of losing a friend in finding out.

At 262 pages, I feel this book will be fun and light enough that I should be able to fly through it in a couple of days.

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

I believe at this point we all have at least a vague idea of the premise behind F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1920’s classic, The Great Gatsby. The glitz, the glamour, the yearning… Seeing from Nick’s perspective that not everything is as fun and elegant as it may seem.

I first read this novel between the end of 2018 through until roughly February of 2019. I found a secondhand copy at Lifeline, in the small coastal New South Wales coastal town of Nambucca. After choosing to not pack a book for our week long camping trip over Christmas to New Years Eve (honestly though, why would I do that?) I decided I had to get it.

I have such fond memories of starting the novel beside the river, lying in the shade on a hot summer afternoon, or reading beside the pool when I decided my limbs had enough swimming for the day. Then bringing it back home with me and slowly eating up every word over the next two months.

After finishing the novel, I put it up for sale on Depop, thinking I wouldn’t be reading it anytime soon, and instantly regretting it when it sold and I had to part ways.

I know it sounds silly, I didn’t even think I liked the book that much at the time. I simply felt afterwards that Gatsby and I had unfinished business. It feels to me like one of those books you need to read twice, or maybe even three times in your life. Like you will never truly get everything you possibly can from just one read.

So, since I got my hands on another copy, I’ve been craving a reread, and it’s so short, I decided it was a perfect edition to my Reading Rush TBR pile.

The World’s Greatest Trials – Tim Healy

Now this one I’m not expecting many to have heard of. It’s a book published back in the 80’s, and states on the back cover that it was, “Published specially for Target Australia PTY LTD.” I was lucky enough to stumble upon it while looking for books on eBay and got it for the low bid of 99 Australian cents, but I had no prior knowledge of it’s existence.

While the text seems quite small and dense, it’s only 159 pages long, and has plenty of black and white photo’s scattered throughout, depicting the people involved in the cases.

This one I’m excited for because I loooove true crime and case stories, and from the look of things, there’s plenty of that backed into this little gem.


Which Books for Which Prompts

Now that you know which books make up the small stack that is my Reading Rush TBR, let’s look at how I’ve using them to cover all 7 prompts.

Read a book with a cover that matches the colour of your birth stone. I was born in October, so my birthstones are opal and pink tourmaline. I chose to go with pink for Tourmaline, as it’s generally viewed as the “primary” stone, and has the added benefit of a specified colour, unlike our multicoloured friiend, the opal. For this challenge I chose Queen of Geeks.

Read a book that starts with the word “The”. For this challenge I simply tried to choose books that applied to other prompts, while also happening to have a title starting with “The.” Both The Great Gatsby and The World’s Greatest Trials fit right in here.

Read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen. This ended up being a toss up between whether or not I wanted to reread The Great Gatsby or The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. In the end The Great Gatsby won out due to being shorter, and I wouldn’t have to worry about being distracted by continuing the series, the way I may have been had I chosen TSOTTP.

Read the first book you touch. I knew before I even started looking at all my books that I wanted to use Queen of Geeks for prompt 1, so it was the first book I touched, fulfilling 2 challenges straight off the bat, woohoo!

Read a book completely outside of your house. To be honest I haven’t completely decided which book I’ll be using for this challenge. I am however lucky enough to be A) Living in a small Aussie town that hasn’t had ANY COVID-19 cases (touch wood), and, B) living on a massively massive property, where I have plenty of room to roam around and find a nice place to read. I’m thinking of going with The World’s Greatest Trials, as the case summaries seem to be quite brief, meaning I can read about a whole trial in a relatively short sitting. And considering how cold the weather can get here in winter, short stints may be all I have the metaphoric lady balls for.

Read a book in a genre that you’ve always wanted to read more of. Again, The World’s Greatest Trials and The Great Gatsby are sharing this space! I mentioned I love crime and case studies, but truth be told, I’ve only read two thirds of one book on the zodiac killer, and the rest of my knowledge comes from documentaries, YouTube, and podcasts. Not only that but it’s also non-fiction, which I guess is more of an umbrella term than a full fledged genre but DAMMIT! I want to read more of it so that I shall! And then when it comes to classics, I’ll probably spend the rest of my life chasing my tail trying to catch up on all the great pieces of literature that have been published. Saying that, a reread doesn’t make the most sense, but it makes my heart swell with excitement and isn’t that really all that matters?

Read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live. ALL. OF. THEM. If my sources haven’t failed me, I believe in Queen of Geeks they are Australian BUT they travel to California for SupaCon. Travel, what’s that? Ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaa *fades into blankly staring at a wall, reminiscing on being able to simply cross state borders without quarantines and border passes on wind screens of cars*. Gatsby, as you probably know, is set in the US, which feels like an easy out, as most of the novels I read are set either there, the UK, or Australia. However! I’m hoping The World’s Greatest Trials makes up for that as it literally has the word, “world,” in the title. Like c’mon, if that’s what you call your book and it isn’t worldly then you’re doing something wrong.


So that’s all folks! My Reading Rush TBR for 2020! I’ll be back in roughly one weeks time to update you on how I went for the week and if I managed to make it through all three books.

Please, please please, share your Reading Rush TBR with me in the comments below as I’m having way too much fun seeing what everyone else has picked out. Feel free to also drop a link to any of your blog posts or YouTube videos discussing Reading Rush TBR’s because… well, I may be biased, but it sure is great content.

Until next time,

Make heaps of room in your life for cozy reading, slow sipping, and plenty of snuggles.

Maddie x

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