I have completed quite a few Reading Rushes, before it was even called the Reading Rush, but this year I kind of blew it out of the water. I finished all my seven books in nearly five days as opposed to seven, with no problem at all. I attribute this partially to the fact that my mother was competing with me, and we encouraged each other to stay focused. It also really helped that for two of the days it was raining and cloudy all day, which makes for a perfect atmosphere to read books. It also helped that we had a faux fire going on our TV and a candle to just complete the perfect atmosphere.
If you have no idea what the Reading Rush is, I wrote a post explaining about it and what books I was planning to read, so make sure to check that post out if you missed it.
I ended up keeping a journal of the entire week, documenting some stats as I went. So I thought today I would share my last week.
The first day started out strong. I decided to start with The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side by Agatha Christie because I know Christie’s writing very well and so I knew the book would be a quick read. After I finished this one, my mom and I decided to sit outside in our backyard to complete the challenge about reading a book entirely outside. I finished Tintin’s Prisoners of the Sun within a half hour. Then we were back inside out of the heat. I’m glad we ended up completing this challenge the first day, because the next two days it was raining. I really enjoyed both of these books, as I knew I would.
I then started my third book, Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee, and got about a hundred and fifty pages in. So let’s get into the stats of my books this day.
Books Started: The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side by Agatha Christie, Prisoners of the Sun by Herge, and Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Books Finished: The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side by Agatha Christie and Prisoners of the Sun by Herge
Total Pages Read: 438
Challenges completed: Read a book whose title starts with “the,” Read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen, and Read a book entirely outside your house.
It rained pretty much the entire day on and off. This day went just as good as my first day, even though I was reading my two biggest books (both nearly four hundred pages). I ended up finishing Outrun the Moon before lunch and I was surprised how I really loved this book. After lunch I started The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, which was my biggest book of the week.
I got through about half the book (two hundred pages) before stopping for the day. Despite enjoying this book, the too flowery writing made it difficult for me to get into. Now let’s get to the stats.
Books Started: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Books Finished: Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Total Pages Read: 440
Challenges Completed: Read the first book you touched.
It was also raining this day, and my boyfriend came over to join us reading. I finished The Thirteenth Tale and was really happy with the ending, despite not being a fan of the writing style.
I started Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets next. I forgot how much I loved this series, and how many amazing scenes are in the books but not the movies. Anyway, I got about two hundred pages into this book, which is about two thirds of the way through.
Books Started: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Books Finished: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Total Pages Read: 413
Challenges completed: Read a book set on a different continent than where you live, and Read a book with a cover of your birthstone.
No more rain this day, but it was more overcast for part of the day, so that was good. Until it got super hot. Anyway, I finished up with Harry Potter, thoroughly enjoying it, and then I started Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I really struggled getting into this book, and switched to the audiobook to play some Sims 4 while I listened. Because I wasn’t enjoying it, I ended up not reading as much this day, though I’m still happy with how much I read.
Books Started: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Books Finished: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Total Pages Read: 333 (Ha!)
Challenges completed: None
I finished Ender’s Game today, and while I liked the ending, I really was not a fan of this book. As my boyfriend (who read and enjoyed the book) pointed out, if you like training montages and action scenes, you’ll probably love this book. But its lack of character development, absence of deep worldbuilding, and horrible adults made me not a fan of it.
I started my seventh and last book this day, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa Lee, and I got one hundred and seventy-five pages into it. I was hoping to finish the Reading Rush this day, but I found the book to be really dense with small font.
Books Started: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa Lee
Books Finished: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Total Pages Read: 299
Challenges completed: Read a book in a genre you want to read more
I spend about two hours in the morning finishing up Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. It’s a very serious book, but paints a beautiful picture of the life of women in 19th century China.
And that ended my Reading Rush! Over a day early.
Books Finished: Snort flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa Lee
Total Pages Read: 78
If you competed in the Reading Rush, how did your week go? I know I was surprised how great mine went this year, maybe because I’m mostly just sitting in my house this summer and I wanted to do something.
Have you read any of these books? How many pages do you usually read in a day? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,
Best wishes in your life full of adventure,