With Pokemon being such a great big part of my life (I remember collecting the cards and playing the original games on the Gameboy), I thought this would be a great read-a-thon to take part in. It is being hosted by Aentee at Read At Midnight. She came up with a whole host of challenges, point systems, and more for this readathon; I can't wait for it to start.
The Pokemon Indigo League Read-a-thon starts Sunday August 14th and continues for a nice long 3 weeks. It's nice and cushy, giving you plenty of time to complete the challenges without the stress a shorter read-a-thon might have. It ends on Sunday September 4th and in that time you have these challenges to complete:
Read the first book in a series.
My selection: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Read a book that might make you cry.
My selection: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Read a book with thunderous hype.
My selection: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Read a book featuring diversity.
My selection: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Read a book with an epic romance.
My selection: Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Read a book with fantasy or supernatural elements.
My selection: Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
Read a book with a red cover.
My selection: The Elite by Kiera Cass
Read a book with post-apocalyptic settings.
My selection: Wool by Hugh Howey
These are just the gym challenges, though! There is a point system and the points aren't just that, oh no, they are combat points. You get to pick a representative Pokemon and these points you earn act as combat points for them. The more you get, the stronger your Pokemon gets and if it gets strong enough (and if it can) it evolves! :o I have chosen Happiny as my Pokemon.
Current CP: 10
This evolutionary line has always been my favorite and I was really happy when it got expanded to have three stages.
Happiny, Chansey, and Blissey are the Pokemon you'd be most likely to see around the Pokemon Center as Chansey is the often chosen companion of Nurse Joys the world over. She's such a sweetheart, so I'll begin with her baby form and work towards her ultimate form as Blissey.
For reference, here is the point system chart to figure out how to earn the most points:
- Each participant can choose one Pokemon, and will start with i) 10CP (Combat Power) for a Pokemon that can evolve OR ii) 50CP for a Pokemon that cannot evolved e.g. Lapras.
- For each 10 pages they read during the challenge, their Pokemon will gain +1CP. That’s +10CP per 100 pages!
- For each gym badge/book completed, they will gain an extra +20CP.
- For each review you post of a book you read during the Read-a-Thon period, gain an extra +20CP.
- Each time you tweet under the hashtag #ReadThemAllThon on Twitter, gain +2CP.
- Each time you post a photo of your book + a Pokemon (via Pokemon Go camera function) under the hashtag #ReadThemAllThon on Twitter, gain +5CP.
- When you are 150CP, your Pokemon can evolve, earning you gain an extra +50CP. If your Pokemon has a third evolutionary form, it can evolve again at 400CP and gain you an extra +50CP.
- If you choose a Magikarp, you can’t evolve until you get to 450CP, but you will gain an extra +120CP when you have a Gyarados. Basically, if you think you can read loads of books, choose a Magikarp.
- 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.
I recommend this read-a-thon even if you don't play Pokemon Go. The challenges alone are interesting, but this might also be a good introduction to the game if you're unfamiliar with it. Either way, it looks to be a load of fun, so please join in and check back here frequently during the read-a-thon to see how my little Happiny is doing in her quest to be the very best!
**Thank you to Aetnee for the use of her banners/graphics in this post.