This challenge is inspired by the recent popularity of a game I'm sure you've heard of called Pokemon Go. But also, it's inspired by the Indigo League that Ash had to work through in the beginning of the Pokemon cartoon. Which is what I rushed home to watch after school when I was younger, so it is near and dear to my heart. :)
For those not familiar with the situation, Ash had to battle 8 different elemental Pokemon gyms, earning a badge from each one, to try and help on his quest to be a Pokemon Master. So for this challenge instead of battling Pokemon, we'll be reading books.
Here's what my list looks like so far, with badge descriptions borrowed from the challenge organizer (in italics):
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saffron Gym: A Book With Fantasy/Supenatural ElementsSaffron 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.
I've just recently started the Spirit Animals series, so for this one I will do the second book in the series, Hunted by Maggie Stiefvater
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.
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.
I don't read a lot of dystopian, so I struggled with this one. But I think I will be going with Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.
So that's my plan so far. I suppose it's possible this list might change as I go along, but that's my plan so far. Who knows if I will make it to the end, but I'm going to try!
In addition to earning badges, you have the option of doing the extra fun of evolving a pokemon. You earn CP points to evolve your pokemon by finishing books. I'm starting with Eevee, because it's been my favorite Pokemon forever. So cute!
Not really a smart choice from a point perspective, but I figure my chances of being in the top points wise are pretty limited, so I'm just doing it for fun.
If you'd like to join the challenge yourself, make sure you check out Read At Midnight's post for all the details. Happy reading!