Inge: You’re probably one of two people: either you’re loving the Pokémon Go craze, or you’re getting really tired of seeing it everywhere. There is no in between. In case you’re the latter, we’re sorry but kind of not, because we happen to be the former. So here’s another Pokémon Go post! This time, we are announcing our participation in the Pokémon Indigo League Read-a-thon, a three-week-long reading marathon (from August 14th to September 4th) in which we try to win all the badges by reading books. On top of that, every 10 pages will earn you +1 CP for the Pokémon of your choice. More CP will make your Pokémon stronger and will eventually evolve them.
This fabulous idea was invented by Aentee @ Read At Midnight and speaks to our nerdy hearts.
To start off, we’re supposed to pick a Pokémon. There was absolutely no doubt in my mind: Jigglypuff is, and will always be, my favourite Pokémon. I have no idea why. Probably because he likes to draw on people’s faces and I’m immature like that. But that would be my companion. Imagine my surprise when Jigglypuff turned out to be a three-tier Pokémon and not a two-tier like in the first generation? This is good for points. Apparently they added Igglybuff later on, so that’s my starter Pokémon.
Aly: Pokémon Go has quite literally taken over my life. I play it at home, at work and usually opt out of hitching a ride home so I can sit on the bus and connect to their WiFi and hatch some eggs whilst I chill to the dulcet tones of Lin Manuel Miranda. I think Pokémon, dream Pokémon and would eat them too, if they were real and not so darn cute and deadly.
So I was one of the people that was super excited when Aentee announced she was hosting a Pokémon themed readathon. I’ve grown pretty fond of readathons myself, and even though the Rock My TBR challenge crashed and burned for me, I aced the #FFReadathon and have many a high hope for this one. As always, I’m being stupidly optimistic with this challenge, and setting myself two books per category to read. This does not mean I will read both books I selected. I did it to give myself some leeway when it comes to making a decision. Being a mood reader means that challenges and tags can be an absolute nightmare, because I never feel like reading the books I picked for myself. It also doesn’t help that work sucks up 99% of my time, and the time I do get off is spent sleeping and binge-watching TV because I have zero energy. So I’ve tried to go for a variation of large and small books, in case I don’t have as much time as I’d like, and I get to pick a book with fewer pages. Which means less CP, but I can live with that!
As my chosen Pokémon, I went with Squirtle because look at him. Turtles always make close second if sloths aren’t available, plus his evolutions are pretty badass.
So here are our planned reads!
Inge: Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. It’s a book I’ve wanted to read for a long time after reading her other books. Should be a fun and light-hearted read! // Pages: 384 | CP: +38
Inge: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Any story about World War II is bound to give me some feels. // Pages: 354 | CP: +35
Inge: You by Caroline Kepnes. I’ve heard so very much about this book and it sounds so exciting! I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this. // Pages: 422 | CP: +42
Inge: Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I can’t believe I still haven’t read this book. It’s about time I change that! (Somewhere in the distance, I can hear Bee @ Quite the Novel Idea cackling with glee.) // Pages: 303 | CP: +30
Inge: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West. Probably not what is meant by epic, but Kasie West is basically the queen of cute and fluffy romances. Also I have been waiting for this book a long time so I really want to read it! // Pages: 304 | CP: +30
Inge: Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) by William Ritter. I really enjoyed Jackaby, which turned out to be a strange combination of Sherlock and Doctor Who. It’s about time I continue this series. // Pages: 304 | CP: +30
Inge: I Suck At Girls by Justin Halpern. Given to me by my friend Natalie after I couldn’t shut up about Shit My Dad Says. // Pages: 180 | CP: +18
Inge: Angelfall by Susan Ee. Another series that was popular years ago and somehow I still haven’t read. It’s been a while since I’ve read about angels! // Pages: 288 | CP: +28
Aly: Prodigy [Pages: 371 | CP: +37] AND Champion by Marie Lu [Pages: 369 | CP: +36]. This category was definitely the hardest to choose because I own practically no dystopian books that I haven’t read or given away. The hype died with The Hunger Games for me, I’m afraid.
Those are our lists! Are you taking part in the readathon? What books are you planning on reading in the upcoming month? Let us know in the comments below!