Okay, sooo I may or may not have carried my childhood love for Pokémon into my adulthood. (Meaning I might still watch the series from time to time, and might still have my Pokémon paraphernalia from my youth. <_<) And I may or may not have impatiently awaited Pokémon Go since first hearing of its development, pounced on it as soon as it became available to me, and forced…, I mean, uh…aggressively persuaded my sister to join my brother and me in virtually enhanced, pocket-monster-catching merriment. Maybe.
Alright, alright, I may be a tinsy bit of a diehard Pokémon fan. So, I ask you, what could more fun for a bookish Pokémon fan such as myself than a challenge combining both reading and training? But, a more important question is…
Are you ready to become a bookish Pokémon master? If so, then it’s time to take on the Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon challenge!
What’s the Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon? It’s a Pokémon-inspired, three-week readathon, hosted by Aentee from Read at Midnight. It runs from August 14th to September 4th, during which time we retrace the beginning of Ash Ketchum’s journey to become a Pokémon master with our main challenge containing eight categories inspired by the gyms in the first season of the animé’s first (Pocket Monsters) series, Pokémon: Indigo League. Finishing books in each of the eight categories (listed below) wins you the corresponding badge. That’s it.
But wait. For added fun, readers can choose a Pokémon and “train” (or level) it through reading and other activities. Reading, tweeting updates and Pokémon+book photos using the #ReadThemAllThon hashtag, and reviewing books read during the readathon increases your Pokémon’s combat points or CP (e.g. every 10 pages read = 1 CP). Reaching 150 CP helps your Pokémon evolve once, and 400 CP, twice (if applicable). In other words, the more you participate (read, review, and tweet), the better. The reader/trainer possessing the Pokémon with the highest CP wins a special prize.
Too much? Don’t worry. This second challenge is purely optional. For more details on the rules (for the main and extra challenge and more) visit Read at Midnight. To participate, sign up here.
And, now, the moment I’ve been waiting for. Dratini, I choose you!
*Dratini cry* (I’d spell it out if I could. Just think of as a trill/dolphin song or something.)
By the way, don’t you just love the Pokémon Trainer Card Aentee made for me. It’s sooo adorable…^_^ *Ahem* Anyway…
As of now, here is the list of books I’ll be reading for each category.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Pretty decent. And, yet, this list could change over the coming weeks. We’ll just have to wait and see. And I still hope to read more (maybe shorter works), because I love to read, obviously, and…CP.
I’ll try to update this post and tweet regularly so you can track my progress if you’d like.
Once again, sign up here to join the fun. If you can’t participate, you can keep an eye on the action and cheer readers on by following the Twitter hashtag #ReadThemAllThon.