The moment I saw this readathon going around on Twitter and the announcement video about what exactly it was, I knew I had to be apart of it. The amount of work and creativity that Rachael has put into this readathon is astounding and I absolutely can’t wait for it to be July! Her video about the readathon explains it so much better than I ever could, but I will try to explain it a little.
Essentially it’s a month long readathon where players are split into teams based on a personality quiz that she created. Based on your team, you have a certain path to follow along the map that she also created. Each destination on the map has a different challenge to complete. To play the game correctly, you must follow along the path and read books that fit those prompts in that order and you must read that books on your declared TBR. There’s also a competitive trials portion of the game where there are scavenger hunts, quizzes and more to find the ultimate champion.
Along with each team having its own path to follow, each one has an ability and a weakness. Completing your path will allow your character to level up for next years readathon, but completing all seventeen prompts will advance your character more.
After taking the quiz, I was surprised to get Scribe as my team. I initially thought I might switch since that is an option, but then decided to just stick with what I got. I’m so glad I have decided that because I love everything about the Scribes. Our ability is that we’re able to rewrite our tale and as such we have the ability to read a book that wasn’t on our declared TBR. However, since it takes us longer to document our findings, one of our challenges will take much longer to complete and one book has to be over 500 pages.
- Dwarf Mount: You spot a fair tavern wench, however the Dwarf Mines, grimey and dusty, didn’t evoke a very romantic feeling. Read a book with a hint of romance to get you in the mood.
- For this, I picked The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. Since the books for this prompt can have any amount of romance, I picked a recent purchase that I’m really looking forward to reading.
- Apothecary Towers: Where the wizards dwell. Tricksters. They have blind-folded you and randomized all your books, choose a book at random from your bookshelf.
- I put several titles on a digital wheel and spun and got The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross. This is actually one that I think could be a five star read for me and I’m really excited to get to this one.
- The Great Library: Ahh, the great archives, find and read a book that has been on your TBR forever.
- For this prompt, I decided on Furyborn by Claire Legrand. This is a book that I received in one of my first Unicorn Crates and have yet to get to. This also works for the Scribe weakness since the book is 501 pages.
- The Drowning Deep: The Whirlpool… is so… mesmerizing. Reed a book with rich world building that will suck you into its own world, instead.
- This is one I struggled with at first and then ultimately decided on Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. I read this book at the beginning of June and as soon as I finished it, I wanted to be back in that world so I knew it would be perfect for this one.
- The Bookie Grail: Here you find a lost manuscript, delivered on this forgotten island by a fallen star. Read the group book: Stardust.
- Stardust by Neil Gaiman. I’ve never read a Neil Gaiman book so I’m interested to see how this one works for me and if I want to read more books from him in the future!
I also plan to complete the other twelve prompts, but as I only have to declare a TBR for the path for the team I’m on, I’m going to leave those ones as undecided for now and input books for those as I read them.
Are you participating in The Book Junkie Trials? If so, what team are you on?