Hello everyone! I hope you’re all doing well! I know I’ve been absent for a while, but I’m attempting during these trying times to kickstart my love of reading novels once more with my first readathon of the year!
This is The Bookie Trials Royal Weekender, hosted by Rachel Marie on YouTube!
Last year I participated in The Bookie Trials as a Mage, going across the Queendom to read the books in my challenge group as much as possible. Though I did not complete my quest, I still had a blast and am excited to be joining this 48 hour readathon.
This particular weekender readathon is coming up this weekend, March 28-29, 2020.
I also must let you know, that I am not a Mage this time around, as I took the newer quiz that came out over the winter and am, in fact, a BARD! I am very excited to be joining this group of lively people, storytellers, musicians, poets, and orators, and setting off on the quest to earn my Honor Badges throughout the weekend while I read a book or two on my TBR.
What are on these honor badges? Well, the goal is to earn the eight badges during the weekend – four for everyone, four based on your team – and to be an Honorable Person of the Queendom.
Let’s start with the badges that everyone can earn first, shall we?
- Oath Maker: Shared Your TBR – The first badge is one that I’ve earned just by sharing this post with my TBR! I’ve made an oath as a Bard to read the book(s) I’ve set out for this Royal Weekender, and I’m sticking to it/them!
- Tournament Ready: Joined a Competition – This second badge is for joining one of the competitions on Twitter during the weekend. This is separate from the next badge, Power Surge.
- Power Surge: Completed a 2 Hour Sprint – During the weekend, there will be a couple two hour sprints where each team – Bards, Outlaws, Magi, and Scribes – will compete against one another to read as many pages as they can within those two hours.
- Tome Champion: Completed a Book – You’ve done it! You’ve managed to complete one book this weekend. Congratulations, you’ve earned this badge of honor!
Now let’s talk about the Bardic Badges that I shall gain this weekend~
- Superior Inspiration: Read a Retelling – Pretty self-explanatory, this badge is for reading a book based on a retelling! The retelling can be one as old as time, or as new as the day is young.
- Song of Joy: Dance with Your Eyes Closed – This is a self-care badge that has nothing to do with a book, but rather to look after yourself during the weekend. Each team has their own specific ones, and this one is perfect for the bards to let loose and have fun.
- Soft Heart: Cinnamon Roll Character – This is for all of the uwu’s to be had, as this one focuses on all of the soft characters that you find in novels. Ones that you just want to squish their cheeks and protect with your life.
- Simple Soul: An Illustrated Cover – Who doesn’t enjoy looking at pretty things? A beautiful illustrated cover is just the thing to be had. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so if one person finds it beautiful, and another doesn’t, that’s okay.
And now, for the TBR!
As this is only a 48 hour weekend, I want to keep my choice(s) simple. Oh, a few things to mention: yes, one book can satisfy all of the prompts! Yes, you can read a graphic novel, manga, audiobook, ebook, comic, etc. So with that, I am choosing…
Percy Jackson and the Olympians III: The Titan’s Curse
I started reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for my first time as an adult back in 2018. I had never given it a go, but I decided to on a whim one day and found that I really enjoyed it! It’s such a fun, fast-paced series about a boy who doesn’t seem to fit in at any of the schools he’s attended, until one day things go a little crazy and he’s suddenly being attached by a mythical creature – thus beginning his journey and discovering just who, and what, he is, and so I want to continue it with the third installment in the series.
So, for the badges, this book hits all three!
- Superior Inspiration: This book is a retelling about the Greek gods in a modern day setting!
- Soft Heart: The cinnamon roll is totally Grover. He’s adorable and I want to protect him.
- Simple Soul: I mean, look at that cover! Definitely illustrated, as is the whole series. And this one is really cool looking!
I’m only choosing one book that I’ll actually be focusing on for this readathon, BUT I do have a… “few” more that I’ll at least start if I have the time and energy to do so, and they are:
My Hero Academia, volumes 1-6 by Kohei Hoshitori
What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks” at age four? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?
Middle school student Izuku Midoriya wants to be a hero more than anything, but he hasn’t got an ounce of power in him. With no chance of ever getting into the prestigious U.A. High School for budding heroes, his life is looking more and more like a dead end. Then an encounter with All Might, the greatest hero of them all, gives him a chance to change his destiny…
I started watching My Hero Academia when it first began airing a few years ago and instantly fell in love with the characters and the series. It even inspired me to create some of my own original characters that could fit into the world! It’s action-packed, gripping, funny, and a lot of fun.
Bonus Points: There’s several cinnamon roll characters (Deku, Ochako, Iida, Kirishima, etc.), as well as super illustrated covers as they’re manga.
So if I have the time and energy to do so, I’ll read these first six volumes since I have yet to do so – and I own volumes 1-15!
As for the self-care prompt, I have a whole playlist on my phone called “Jam” and I fully plan on listening to that while closing my eyes and just jamming out to some of my favorite tunes, letting go of some of the stress and sadness the world has been feeling lately – at least for a little while.
Alas, my dear friends, this is where this Bard’s introduction and TBR comes to a close! I hope that this fun little weekender readathon inspires you to join not only this weekend, but also the bigger event set to take place this summer in July.
Are you joining in the Royal Weekender? Which team are you representing? What’s one book you hope to read during that time?