#ReadThemAllThon TBR – Pokemon-inspired reading challenge!!

So I’m joining a Pokemon-themed read-a-thon set up by Aentee at Read at Midnight and referred to me by Katsyxo. I’ve got a bunch of books that I need to get through, I love Pokemon, and I don’t have a job right now so this is kinda perfect. It started today and runs until September 4th. The sign-up page and rules are here!

You pick a Pokemon and start at CP 10 for ones that evolve and CP 50 for those that don’t. There is a book topic/genre for each gym of the Kanto region to read and you get points for pages read and a bunch of other stuff to level up and evolve your Pokemon. I’ve chosen Ghastly cuz I love the ghost types a lot and Gengar is my favorite Pokemon.

Ghastly (1)

I’ve got a lot of random books that I’ve picked up from various places that I keep not reading so I’m gonna change that. Here’s my list of what I’m going to attempt over the next three weeks!


My Boulder Badge is to a book that I’ve had for a long time but I’ve never read: Castaways of the Flying Dutchman by Brian Jacques. I used to collect the Redwall series so I’m hoping to enjoy it. Its a bit different from the other books on this list and one of the shortest at 356 pages.

+35 CP!!



I don’t really own any books that might summon tears so my girlfriend is letting me borrow her copy of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. All I know is that it follows a blind French girl and a German boy during in World War II. Its 530 pages and I’m nervous.

+53 CP!!


As you progress further down this list, you’ll find that I’m probably overestimating my ability to actually complete books but hey. Why not? My Thunder Badge belongs to the massive 1Q84, a Haruki Murakami novel totaling 1157 pages. It’s technically three books but I’ve got the one volume paperback. So, bottoms up.

+115 CP!!


This will be my second Murakami book on my list. I bought The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle at the same time I got 1Q84 and they’ve both been looming on my bookshelf. This book is 605 pages long but I did get 50 pages into it last week so I’ll be subtracting that from the total for 555 pages.

+55 CP!!

For the Soul Badge, I’m going to read the most epic romance of all: The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Or is it S. Morgenstern? I love the movie to death but I’ve heard that the book is a tad bit different with scenes of what happens to the gallant party after they ride off into the sunset. I have the fancy 30th anniversary edition that sails in at 450 pages.

+45 CP!!


I’m gonna be super hopeful with the Marsh Badge and attempt Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell. I’ve had this book for a few years and the size of the spine keeps me at bay but no more! I will defeat the daunting 782 page debut novel by Susanna Clarke once and for all.

+78 CP!!


I want to do something a little different at Cinnabar Island. Since I love history and question the motives of the United States military often, Washington Rules by Andrew J. Bacevich will be a fun choice. My girlfriend loved it in college and I just recently got the 304 page hardcover at a nearby used booksale.

+30 CP!!


The last badge will be another borrowed book since I don’t have any unread post-apocalyptic books nor do I have any money for a new one. I’ll finish up with Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff since 1) it seems really interesting and 2) its 599 pages and I apparently needed another big book (He says as he watches the download time for No Man’s Sky on his PS4).

+59 CP!!

My potential Gengar after completing all books, book completion bonuses (20 CP each), and evolution bonuses (50 CP each):

CP - 730

(Look at how cute he is!)


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