The Reading Rush is a week long readathon for book lovers all around the world. For one week readers gather together to read as much as they possibly can and to participate in challenges and giveaways online. Starting in 2019 the Reading Rush introduced a website, in order to allow anyone taking part in the readathon to track their reading statistics and come together in a central place.
The Reading Rush started as the “BookTubeAThon” in 2013. Ariel had been poking around the bookish internet and stumbled upon some readathons. She thought it would be a really fun way to bring people together on BookTube, and ran to Raeleen to help her run it. Together they thought up some reading challenges and posted videos on their channels announcing the dates for the first week long YouTube readathon. In the years that have passed it has grown in size to a point where thousands of participants take part every year to read as much as they can during the week of the readathon.
Ariel Bissett is a filmmaker and writer living in British Columbia. She has been making booktube videos since 2011 where she tries to encourage everyone to pick up a book. She loves art museums, George Orwell, and Animal Crossing.
Raeleen Lemay is a book lover and Harry Potter fanatic living in British Columbia. She got her start on BookTube in 2011, and currently spends her days working in an indie bookshop. She loves anime, cats, and Stardew Valley.