Hi, friends! Readathon week is creeping up—fast. It’s time for me to announce my reading pile and snoop through yours. Don’t you just love this time of year?
As always, I’m trying to be as realistic as I can about how much reading I can get done. I won’t have a whole lot to do that week, but I also don’t want to get burned out!
That said, I’m aiming to read four books for certain. I may add some more in there if I’m lucky, but I’d be pretty pleased to get these four read.
I’m also still looking to add more friends on my The Reading Rush account! If you’re taking part in the readathon, too, send me a friend request so we can connect!
Read a book with purple on the cover + Read a book in the same spot the whole time
I’m planning on picking up Lock Every Door by Riley Sager. I’ve been hearing great things about it all over bookstagram lately.
It’s a thriller (meaning it will probably grab me from the first page) about Jules, an apartment sitter in Manhattan. Her job is to look after a peculiar building alongside Ingrid, a fellow sitter who looks just like the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid goes missing, the secrets of the building’s past start to reveal themselves—and a killer is on the loose.
I don’t know about you, but this one sounds terrific and addicting. I need to find out what all the hype is about!
If my library doesn’t have this title available (someone just requested it, bummer), I’ll pick up On the Come Up by Angie Thomas. I’ve read (and loved) The Hate U Give and I’m ready to dive into more of Thomas’s writing. Plus, I need to read more African American books this year.
This novel tells the story of Bri, a teenage girl who wants to become the next big rapper. Her father was a legendary rapper, so she has expectations to fulfil. But when her mom loses her job, Bri has to make it—for her and her whole family.
Read a book you meant to read last year + Read an author’s first book
I’m doubling up the challenges for this one and picking Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney. You probably know I loved Normal People (it quickly became one of my favorite books of 2019), so it’s only natural that I want to read her debut novel.
In this one, we follow Francis and Bobbi, two university students, as they forge a unique connection with a married couple. They are both aspiring writers and poets who, during a spoken-word performance, meet Melissa and Nick. Thus, a flirtatious relationship is born.
I love entitled and annoying female characters, and judging by its reviews, I think I’ll love this novel.
Read a book with a non-human main character + Read a book with over five words in the title
For this one, I’m going with And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness. I have heard nothing about it. I only saw it on a bookstagram picture and immediately knew it would be perfect for The Reading Rush.
A pod of whales travels with harpoons on their back, ready to fight the world of men. When they come across a vessel at sea, lead by Toby Wick, they think it will be an easy fight. However, they find that it really isn’t that way.
I don’t know anything else about the plot besides this vague Goodreads synopsis. I do know that there are illustrations and that a friend of mine has called them “dark” (which I’m super pleased about). Let’s see how I like this retelling of Moby Dick!
Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation
While technically it has been adapted into a Hulu series, I’m picking up Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. It has such good reviews and I’ve been dying to read it for years now!
Moriarty’s novel follows three women: Madeline, Celeste, and Jane—each at their own crossroads. They all have secrets they want to keep for themselves, from ex-husbands to schoolyard scandals. The synopsis on Goodreads is somewhat vague, which is all the better! There’s nothing like going into a book not knowing what to expect…
Are you also participating in The Reading Rush? What books do you have on your TBR?