The Reading Rush 2019 Daily Blog & Wrap Up

the reading rush daily blog and wrap up

The Reading Rush ended yesterday, and while I didn’t participate officially on their website (just because I knew I’d put more pressure on myself that way), I did participate on my own and I kept a mini blog about my progress. I wrapped up my progress at the bottom of this post, so if you’re not interested in my daily updates, keep scrolling. Otherwise, just keep reading:

Day 1

It’s Day 1 of The Reading Rush, and I’ve started two of my planned reads: Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie and Still Alice by Lisa Genova. Peter Pan fits the challenges of a book you meant to read last year and read a book in the same spot the entire time – I am listening to the audiobook on my commute, so my reading spot is my car (that counts, right?). Still Alice fits the challenge of an author’s first book, and I am also planning on watching the adaptation for the challenge of read and watch a book to movie adaptation.

So far, I’m really enjoying Peter Pan. I put off reading it because I’d read Christina Henry’s Lost Boy first, and didn’t want to go into it with a prejudice against Peter. I think I’ve gotten sufficient distance now – I’m able to read (or listen) to the book without immediately hating Peter. Still Alice is a tough read, but I am liking it quite a bit. I’m pretty sure the ending will make me cry, but I’m just going to power through.

Day 2

I finished Still Alice this morning, and definitely teared up a bit. It was particularly difficult to read, because as someone with MS, I do occasionally have cognitive fog, or cog fog. I know it’s not the same as dementia or Alzheimer’s, but even having a little taste of it terrifies me (cog fog is not nearly as bad – usually – but the frustration is real, so I empathized with Alice a lot). So I think I felt this one pretty strongly, and it hurt. The movie is definitely going to make me cry, so I think I’ll save it for the weekend.

I’m still listening to Peter Pan and enjoying it. I’m definitely glad I picked it up for this week. I think I’m going to pick up something for the read a book with a non-human main character next. My original plan was to read The Wind and the Willows (because I was dumb and read The One and Only Ivan last week, which would have been perfect), but I think I’m going to go with And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness instead.

Day 3

I just finished Peter Pan on my drive home and I loved it! Which I wasn’t expecting. It was also really interesting to see how it inspired so many other books.

Then I did end up starting And the Ocean Was Our Sky. And, honestly, I’m not really feeling it. I only read a few chapters, but I’m just not that excited to pick it up again. Hopefully I can finish the rest tomorrow, but we’ll see how it goes.

Day 4

If you didn’t get the hint from how drastically my TBR has changed already, I’m definitely a mood reader. And the reason I do readathons or reading challenges that often is because my mood very rarely actually fits into what I “should” be reading. Case in point: this morning I was looking through the audible app on my phone for a new audiobook after finishing Peter Pan yesterday. I have several options, including a few shorter ones I probably could have finished during the readathon. So, what did I pick up? A 24-hour long (or 625-page) Catherine the Great biography. Which, to be fair, I’m really enjoying so far, but is probably not the best pick for a readathon.

I’m not really feeling And the Ocean Was Our Sky, but hopefully I can finish it soon anyway.

Day 5

I finished And the Ocean Was Our Sky. And… I didn’t love it. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. I liked the idea, I just couldn’t get into the story. I thought I would enjoy having an animal protagonist (I loved Fox 8), but I ended up enjoying this less than Moby Dick (which it’s based on). I do still want to read Patrick Ness’s other books, though.

I have a birthday dinner later tonight, so I’m not sure how much more reading I’ll get done today. But I am changing up the plan a little bit (I think) and reading The Killer in Me by Olivia Kiernan to complete the “read a book with purple on the cover” challenge. Which I think is the only challenge I have left to meet. Hopefully I can at least start it today.

Day 6

I was planning on getting a lot of reading done today, but life had different ideas. Still, I started The Killer in Me by Olivia Kiernan for the book with purple on the cover challenge. I wasn’t feeling Beowulf this week, and I thought this would be easier. So far, I’m enjoying it. If I manage to finish it tomorrow, I’ll have completed all of the challenges.

Day 7

I realized I hadn’t exactly completed my challenge for Still Alice because I hadn’t watched the movie yet. So I rented it this morning and watched it. And I feel just as sad as I did after reading the book. This is such a difficult story to process. Definitely need some happier books now. Why couldn’t I have picked a rom com?

And, I read my final book of the readathon: The Killer in Me by Olivia Kiernan. This is the second book in the Frankie Sheehan detective series (though they can be read as standalones or out of order). Overall, I didn’t like it as much as the first book, but I liked it.

Wrap Up

Total Read:

4 books, 1,056 pages

Challenges Completed:

I did not read seven books, but I did complete all seven reading challenges!

Read a book with purple on the coverThe Killer in Me by Olivia Kiernan

Read a book in the same spot the entire timePeter Pan by J. M. Barrie (listened as an audiobook in my car)

Read a book you meant to read last yearPeter Pan by J. M. Barre OR Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Read an author’s first bookStill Alice by Lisa Genova

Read a book with a non-human main characterAnd the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

Pick a book that has five or more words in the titleAnd the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

Read and watch a book to movie adaptationStill Alice by Lisa Genova

If you want to see how little I followed my original TBR, click here!


This was a fun readathon. I’m glad I participated. My favorite book of the readathon was definitely Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie.

Did you participate in The Reading Rush this year?

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