Lila’s Doing Her First Ever Read-A-Thon?!! My 2020 Reading Rush TBR

Some of y’all who’ve been around here a while and know me well enough by now may be gasping in shock at that title.

I know, I know, I know, in my six years of book blogging I’ve never once participated in a readathon. It may be hard to believe, but it’s true. As a slow reader (despite primarily listening to audiobooks—I can’t listen on anything but regular speed or I loose focus) with severe ADHD, I always shy away from readathons, especially team-based ones, regardless of how cool and fun they look. But Quarantine has finally broken me, friends. I’m an extrovert with an underlying health condition who can’t leave the house and it! is! driving! me! up! the! freaking! walls!!

So I gave in.

I’m in desperate need of some sort of sense of community and social life—even if it’s online! So I’m doing the damn thing and finally decided (today, completely last minute, true to my chaotic ADHD self, mind you!) to participate in The Reading Rush.

Friends, let’s not dwell on my shame anymore, let’s rush right into me telling you what my TBR is! (Get it? “Rush into”?? Hey??? Okay I’ll stop, let’s go…)






Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
  • Read a book with a cover that matches the colour of your birth stone
    • My birthday is in November, meaning my birthstone options are citrine and topaz, both of which are this kind of light golden, amber-ish yellow. And, luckily for me, that shade of yellow is actually a prominent shade used on the cover of my current read, Raybearer.
  • Read the first book you touch
    • I took this as the first book I “reached for” today, which happened to be the audiobook of Raybearer! Lucky me!
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
  • Read a book that starts with the word “The”
    • I think this is pretty explanatory, but The Tea Dragon Society starts with the word “the.”
  • Read a book completely outside of your house with nature imagery on the cover
    • So, I live in the Washington, D.C. area and, while I’m fortunate to live in a house with a good size yard and could technically read outside without it being an extreme health risk in the COVID-19 sense, we’re also going through quite a heat wave this week and given my heart condition, it wouldn’t be healthy, happy, or comfortable to read outside for more than 30 minutes. But Ariel and Rayleen encouraged us to “get creative” with this prompt in these trying times, so I’ve twisted this prompt into “read a book with nature imagery on the cover.” And—just my luck!—one of my current reads, The Tea Dragon Society, happens to fit my version of the prompt very nicely!
Spider-Gwen Vol. 0: Most Wanted? by Jason Latour & Robbi Rodriguez
  • Read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen
    • I absolutely ADORE Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and one of the characters who appears in the film is Spider-Gwen. Hence why I will be reading volume 0 of the Spider-Gwen series. Fortunately, I’ve heard nothing but good things about the art and the story of this series/run, so I’m majorly hyped to finally read it!
The Paper Girl of Paris by Jordyn Taylor
  • Read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live
    • A lot of YA books set in the real world are, unfortunately, set in the US, but I was actually surprised to find that I actually have a decent amount of books spanning several genres that are, in fact, not set in the US or even in North America. From Last Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton (which is admittedly still set in North America, but in Cuba, rather than the US) to Loveboat Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen(which takes place in Taiwan) to Written in the Stars by Aisha Saieed (Pakistan) and even my other current read of The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty (Egypt, East Africa, and The Asiatic Middle East) and more, I actually managed to find a HUGE variety of books that don’t take place in the US or North America. I wanted to keep my read both interesting and short, though, so I finally settled on The Paper Girl of Paris by Jordyn Taylor, which takes place in Paris, France!
  • Read a book in a genre that you’ve always wanted to read more of
    • The Paper Girl of Paris blends contemporary and historical fiction, both of which are genres I rarely pick up these days. I have had the taste for just a hint of contemporary lately, though, and I’m hoping The Paper Girl of Paris might scratch that contemporary itch for me.

So that’s it, friends! That’s my TBR! I’m in a pretty laid back mindset about this first time try at a readathon, so I’m hoping I can at least finish two books. Wish me luck and I’ll see y’all on the other side!



  • Are you participating in this year’s Reading Rush?
  • If so, what’s the book on your TBR that you’re most excited for?
  • If not, what are you currently reading and how are you liking it?

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Lila @ Hardcover Haven

Lila is a twenty-something college student studying physics and a lover of literature. When she's not busy reading or saving the world through science, Lila can be found singing jazz and blues and obsessing over hedgehogs (a.k.a. the cutest animals in the multiverse!)

7 thoughts on “Lila’s Doing Her First Ever Read-A-Thon?!! My 2020 Reading Rush TBR”

  1. I hope you have fun! Yes the quarantine is… a lot. Even here in CT when our numbers are way better than others. It’s still not over. I’ve never participated in reading challenge. I’m a fairly quick reader, but senior-itis in the WORST way. It sounds like it’s going to be fun. I hope it scratches your extrovert itch! I’m a newer follower but I’m looking forward to reading about your read-a-thon. If you’re interested you can find me at All Books All People .

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