The Book Junkie Trials 2019: TBR

The Book Junkie Trials

YAY readathons! I love readathons, but due to the hectic nature of this year and my life in general, I do not get to participate in them frequently. However, when I saw that The Book Junkie Trials were a thing, I knew I had to join! And I am!

What is it?

The Book Junkie Trials are a month-long readathon hosted by the lovely Rachael Marie (aka Book Junkie) during the month of July. The concept is really cool: basically, there is a queendom and there are four different groups that compete for The Bookie Grail: The Magi, The Scribes, The Outlaws and The Bards! Each time has a unique set of four challenges they have to complete, and then one common one, which is to read the book group of the readathon.

There’s even a personality test you can take and you will get sorted into your group (or you can choose a group you like). It looks super fun and I literally cannot wait for it to start!

All the information can be found in the announcement video HERE, and in the Google Drive HERE, and also you can follow The Book Junkie Trials on Twitter!

So I took the test and I am officially…


So I am on team #Outlaw! I think it’s so cool that you get an actual quiz that sorts you PLUS I really love the challenges for the Outlaws and generally being an outlaw is such a power move, so I am super excited! Here’s the outlaw map:

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So there are 5 challenges and you are supposed to do them in order, which is a fun little challenge, so let’s talk about my TBR!

We start at Crimson Peaks and the prompt is to: Reread an Old Favorite
My pick:
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

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I’ve been meaning to reread the Percy Jackson series for a while, and this is a great way to get me started on it!


From there we move to Queendom Stone and the prompt is to: Read a Book Featuring Royalty
My pick:
Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins

Image result for prince charming rachel hawkins

This book was originally called Royals, but it got reprinted and renamed and it has this new pretty swanky new cover. This book is about Daisy, whose older sister is getting married to the Crown Prince of Scotland and she needs to become more “royal” material, so the prince’s younger brother Miles gets tasked with teaching her the ropes. It sounds cute and fluffy and I need something cute and fluffy.


Onward to The Forgotten Forests and the prompt is: Read the next in the series
My pick:
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

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This will be my big project of the month – I adored The Lies of Locke Lamora and it’s atrocious that I still haven’t read the sequel. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read and I’ve been meaning to continue since forever and it’s finally time. Cannot wait. The Lies of Locke Lamora has a fantastic cast of characters, a really interesting setup and such a great story. I cannot wait to continue.


From there we go to The Weeping Falls and the prompt says to: Read a tear-jerker
My pick:
My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

I am someone who really rarely cries to books (or just in life in general) so I have no idea if this will actually be a true tear-jerker, but I love Backman and his books just get me in my feelings. This book’s premise sounds really moving and heartfelt – it’s about a young girl whose grandmother dies and she goes on a mission to apologize to all the people her grandmother wanted to apologize to. Sounds like it’s gonna hurt in a good way.


Finally, we reach The Bookie Grail – Read the group book pick which is…
Stardust by Neil Gaiman

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I actually recently got a copy of this, so this could not have come at a better time. I remember liking the movie back in the day, but more importantly, last summer I read American Gods and I loved Gaiman’s writing SO MUCH. So I am excited to read this one and discuss with other people.

And that’s my TBR for The Book Junkie Trials! I am still unsure whether or not I’ll try to complete any other challenges, but I might!

Another note: each team has an ability and a weakness which sort of plays into the reading plans. For the outlaws, our ability is that we are able to read any book off of someone else’s TBR and it need not match any of the prompts, which will be cool if I am not enjoying something I started or if I have trouble with a specific challenge.

Our weakness is that we have to “catch up” on reading by doing a 24-hour readathon! I’ve always wanted to try to do a 24-hour readathon, so I am gonna do and host one in July, so all of you can join me if you want!

However, these books are my priority and ones I am hoping to finish! And now I am super excited for July!


Hope you enjoyed this announcement and I hope you like my TBR and the concept of this readathon! I would love to know if you’ll be joining the readathon and what team you’ll be on – let me know!



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20 thoughts on “The Book Junkie Trials 2019: TBR

  1. This sounds so cool!! But I don’t know if you put the links in — can you send me the links so I can participate too??

    I really need to read “Stardust” and more by Gaiman in general … this year! I also want to read Prince Charming … THAT COVER!! And you’ll be happy to know I FINALLY got 4 of the 5 Percy Jackson books at a book sale for SUPER cheap so i’m going to read them for the FIRST TIME EVER this year 😀

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    1. I totally forgot to put them, how are you always correcting my stupid mistakes 😂 I’ll DM you the links on Instagram as soon as I get home! I cannot wait to read more Gaiman, I am so hyped. I LOVE THE COVER. And omg, yay!!! I cannot wait to hear your thoughts on Percy Jackson!

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      1. LMAO!! It’s because I’m obsessed with your posts and I tend to want to participate in these things as well ! And i found it! I’m going to participate too! I got Outlaw as well! I used to have Twitter then removed it … now I’m going to get it again he-he!

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  2. This readathon looks so cool! I’ve been hearing a lot about it but never looked up more info on it lmao. And oh my god, I never made the connection that Prince Charming was Royals?? I always was like, Prince Charming sounds so weird but okay, but now it makes sense 😎 And aahh I hope you enjoy your PJO reread! I did one last year (and I already want to do it again) and it was so good 💖 Good luck, Marija!!

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    1. I was so confused by the whole Royals/Prince Charming thing??? I finally saw someone’s video on it and I was like AHA that’s what it is. Ah I am so excited to reread PJO, it was my favorite series when I was younger so I cannot wait to dive back in. Thank you so much 💜

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  3. Do you think it’s cheating if I just read three books in a series? I really want to read the Percy Jackson books so i was thinking for Crimson Peak to read book 1, since it’s on your TBR and we can choose one from a friends list without it matching the prompt, then book 2 because I consider gods and goddesses to be royalty, the book 3 because it’s a sequel … then i’ll pause and read “Love & Gelato” and “Stardust” … thoughts?

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    1. I think that absolutely works! The gods and goddesses being royalty IS a bit of a stretch, but I am sure there’s some royalty in the PJO? I am sure it can fit! And we could even do a buddy read of the first book – I just can’t start it until the 7th of July because I’ll be in Italy, so that might be a tad late for you 😁

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      1. I actually ended up changing mine around! I’m doing …

        1. Crimson Peak: Matilda
        2. Queendom Stone: Prince Charming
        3. The Forgotten Forests: Her Royal Highness
        4. The Weeping Falls: Love & Gelato
        5. The Bookie Grail: Stardust

        I’m posting my thing for it tomorrow 😀

        If we end up reading Her Royal Highness at the same time, we could buddy read that!

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  4. I’m a mage and I was impressed by how fun the prompts for this readathon are! I actually picked a book for all 17 challenges in case I finish my initial quest and want to keep going!


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