Readatmidnight.com is hosting a Pokemon Go themed Read- A- Thon and it sounds like an excellent way to check off some of the books on my “To Be Read” shelf. If you want to participate check out the original post here. There’s more to this challenge than just reading and taking over the gym. The other challenge involves choosing a Pokemon and using your reading to gain combat points for him. Whoever owns the Pokemon with the highest CP in the end, wins the title of Pokemon League Champion and will earn a prize (to be announced), as well as bragging rights.
In all honesty I probably will not take on that aspect of the challenge. I know I am going to have a hard enough time just trying to read the books to take over the gym. If it’s something you choose to do though I wish you a lot of luck! As I progress in this challenge I will update this page as well as my Goodreads #ReadThemAllThon shelf with what I’m reading. If I have thoughts about the book I will link them to Goodreads to save any spoilers.
- What Is It? A 3 week long reading challenge based on becoming a Pokemon Master. Instead of fighting gym battles, you’ll be reading books instead! Your reading will power up the pokemon of your choice to have a final battle in the end, so choose wisely.
- When Is It? August 14th until September 4th. You can sign up anytime between now and the end of the read-a-thon.
- The Challenge/Gyms: There are 8 reading challenges within this read-a-thon, based on the 8 gyms that are in the Indigo League. Earn a badge every time you complete a book!
I Want To Be The Very Best
Pewter Gym: The First Book In A Series
This Rock-type gym is the first gym Ash and the Pokemon player ever encounters. Finish this challenge to win a Boulder Badge.
Chosen Book: Fury Rising by Yasmine Galenorn
Cerulean Gym: A Book That Might Make You Cry
This Water-type gym has a badge that looks like a droplet of your tear, so read a book that will rip your heart out. Finish this challenge to win a Cascade Badge.
Chosen Book: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Vermillion Gym: A Book With Thunderous Hype
Vermillion City is the home to Lt. Surge and his many Electric-type Pokemon. For this challenge, read a book that’s been hyped all over bestseller’s list and the internet. Finish this challenge to win a Thunder Badge.
Chosen Book: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2 by J.K. Rowling
Status: In Progress – Not going to lie, this is boring to me.
Celadon Gym: A Book That Focuses on Diversity
Celadon Gym is one of my favourites, because of it’s colourful Grass-type aesthetics. Read a diverse book and you will earn yourself a Rainbow Badge.
Chosen Book: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Fuschia Gym: A Book With A Great Romance
I’ve always been confused by the fact that a Poison-type gym has a heart-shaped badge. Can someone explain please. Read a book that features romance prominently and earn a Soul Badge.
Chosen Book: Autumn Thorns by Yasmine Galenorn
Saffron Gym: A Book With Fantasy/Supernatural Elements
Saffron City is where all the Psychic-types hang out, so for this challenge, read a bool with fantasy, magical realism, or paranormal elements. Finish this challenge to win a Marsh Badge.
Chosen Book: Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Status: Completed. Thoughts here.
Cinnabar Gym: A Book With A Red Cover
Cinnabar Island is famous for red earth and Fire-type Pokemon. For this challenge, read a book with a red cover. Complete this challenge to win a Volcano Badge.
Chosen Book: Fire Study by Marie V. Snyder
Viridian Gym: A Book With Post-Apocalyptic Setting
The final gym is home to a Team Rocket Leader (OK, if it’s been out 10+ years you can’t cry spoilers) and Ground-type Pokemon. For this challenge, read a book featuring a ruined, post-apocalyptic Earth. Finish this to win yourself an Earth Badge.
Chosen Book: Time Zero by Carolyn Cohagan
If you decide to set out on this quest let me know! I would love to see what books others are reading to beat the gyms. Be sure to follow my own progress by viewing my Goodreads or following me on Twitter! I will also be updating this blog entry as I complete books.