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The Reading Rush – TBR

From reading slump to a readathon…? maybe? I’ll give it a try.

I did their weekend long reading rush for lockdown back in March but before that, this is another readathon I’m new to. I’ve heard about it but never really participated. So here we are 😁 Unless this is the remake of the Biannual Bibliathon…?

Anyway, this readathon is a week long from 20th to 26th July. It’s an intense readathon where the only goal is to read as much as possible.

The hosts are Ariel Bissett and Raeleen Lemay. Here are their joint announcement video:

Reading Challenges

Read a book with the colour of your birthstone -> emerald

A book you enjoyed the movie adaptation of

Read the first book you touch

A book starting with THE

A book outside your normal genre

A book that takes place on a different continent you live on

Read a book entierly outside

Group book -> Such a Fun Age

My wishful TBR

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

This book has been on my TBR shelf for s long time. I bought it went it came out as the hardback was so pretty and I heard it was thieves in Paris during the jazz age or something like that. I got Six of Crows vibes from it so I just bought it. Hopefully now I can read it too.

This book is emerald green cover, which is the same as my birthstone of emerald.


No one believes in them. But soon no one will forget them.

It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.

Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.

Lean In by Cheryl Sandberg

Business non-fiction isn’t really my thing. I got this one time when the office was having a clear out. I also managed to get a cider cup and a mug with the company logo on. Win 😆

I do hope to learn something from this, but I’m not sure what that will be.


Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In is a massive cultural phenomenon and its title has become an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of bestseller lists internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. Sandberg packed theatres, dominated opinion pages, appeared on every major television show and on the cover of Time magazine, and sparked ferocious debate about women and leadership. Ask most women whether they have the right to equality at work and the answer will be a resounding yes, but ask the same women whether they’d feel confident asking for a raise, a promotion, or equal pay, and some reticence creeps in. The statistics, although an improvement on previous decades, are certainly not in women’s favour – of 197 heads of state, only twenty-two are women. Women hold just 20 percent of seats in parliaments globally, and in the world of big business, a meagre eighteen of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business – draws on her own experience of working in some of the world’s most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

It’s one of my favourite romantic movies and a favourite Sparks story. But I remember being told the ending in the book is different than the film which stopped me reading it. I bought it back when the movie came out and never read it. Now is the time.


An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life–until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who has captured his heart.

But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else.

Dear John, the letter read… and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true love—and face the hardest decision of his life.

The Sleeping Beauty by C. S. Evans

This is an e-book which has been (yeah you guessed it) on my TBR for ages. It’s super short so I thought I could push it in midweek of something. It will be interesting to see if this lives up to my expectations and how different it will be from the Disney movie.


Sleeping Beauty has enchanted generations of readers, young and old alike. The king and queen have a fervent wish; to bear a son or daughter. Their wish is answered when a beautiful princess is born. Unfortunately, at the banquet to celebrate the daughter’s birth, an evil fairy places a curse on the child, when she is fifteen she will be pricked by a spinning wheel and fall into a deep slumber. But such is the joy of the occasion that the curse is forgotten and seldom recalled as the child grows up. But indeed the evil fairy was speaking the truth, and upon her fifteenth birthday, the princess, along with the king and queen, and courtiers, fall into a deep century long sleep. But all is not as it seems and salvation may be at hand!

A TBR of 3 normal books and one short one in 1 week is a bit cramped… I always do this. I always make ambitious TBRs for short readathons and short TBRs for longer readathons. I need to learn. Anyway, hopefully i can get some of these books of my TBR so i can make space for more 😆😁

Anyone else participating in The Reading Rush this round?

7 thoughts on “The Reading Rush – TBR

  1. What a great selection of books! The Gilded Wolves is one I’ve heard great things about and has been on my list for a while. I don’t normally read business non fiction either but lean in sounds like a really good informative read. Great post

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    1. Thanks! Same here, Gilded Wols – heard great things but been on my shelf forever 🙂 We’ll see how it goes. I’ll share my opinions in my wrap-up after the readathon. I hope it will be interesting 🙂


    1. 89 pages for sleeping beauty and I read it all outside 😂 it’s the only book I’ve read so far. I started the gilded wolves but haven’t reached 100 pages yet. It’s not easy to come from a reading slump to a readathon but I hope to finish two more books at least. Thanks! I’ll check it out 😊


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