The Book Junkie Trials TBR

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hello, junkies! 

It’s time for the Book Junkie Trials!! Have you heard of it?? It’s a readathon – new this year – that’s all over Twitter and IM SO EXCITED for it!! There is something 4,178+ participants (at last count) this year, so it’s going to be loads of fun. It already has been, and we’re just sharing TBRs :) 

Basically, it’s a mapped reading challenge. There’s a map of the Queendom – run by the royal Majesty herself, Rachel Marie – and there are four teams: mages, bards, outlaws, and scribes. Each team has its own route, four locations, to the Bookie Grail. Each location has a task given by the Queen, which translates to a reading challenge. I’m going for the title of Quest Champion, which means that I’m planning to complete all the tasks for each team, totaling 17 challenges and 17 books. Interested? Check out the announcement video here

What makes this challenge different is that you have to set your TBR ahead of time, and it’s not allowed to change. And one book only counts for one challenge – no exceptions. 

The challenge runs for the entire month of July, but as I chose the Mage team, I got the advantage of starting three days early. 

Links will be added to books as challenges are completed :) 

The challenges:


  1. Orc Grove: Some say there is no talking to Orcs, but a good political relationship is needed. Learn some Orc customs by reading a book a book that is gruesome, gory or gritty
    • Scythe by Neil Shusterman (433 pages)
  2. Ol’ Pirate Cove: Shiver me timbers. You shall be walking the plank if you don’t learn how to sail better. Read a book that takes place on sea
    • Seafire by Natalie C. Parker (274 pages)
  3. Glimmer: This Isle is alight with gems and crystals, one of the most picturesque spots in the High Queendom. Make sure you fit in with a beautiful or colorful book
  4. Draconic Isle: Oh my! This island is swarming with wyverns and dragons. Brush up on your draconic knowledge with a book that featured dragons
    • Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (830 pages)
  5. Bookie Grail: Here you find a lost manuscript, delivered on this forgotten island by a fallen star. Read the group book
    • Stardust by Neil Gaiman (279 pages)


  1. Crimson Peaks: These peaks are about to blow! Reread a favorite to soothe them into dormancy
  2. Queendom Stone: The stone of our Royal Majesty – what are the royal customs of other lands? Read a book featuring royalty
    • We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal (472 pages)
  3. Forgotten Forest: All these open series, the forest knows and feels your forgetfulness. It will sing a mournful lament, tormenting you until you read the next in a series.
    • Time by Penny Reid (236 pages)
  4. Weeping Falls: To pass through the rapids unscathed, you must give to the Falls. Read a tear-jerker
    • The Boy Who Steals Houses by CG Drews (347 pages)


  1. Dwarf Mount: Read a romantic novel
    • Risky Play by Rachel van Dyken (274 pages) 
  2. Apothecary Towers: Where the wizards dwell. Tricksters. They have blind-folded you and randomized all your books, choose a book at random for your library.
    • What I thought was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick (422 pages)
  3. The Great Library: Ahhh the great archives, find and read a book that’s been on your TBR forever
    • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (323 pages)
  4. Drowning Deep: The whirlpool… is so… mesmerizing. Read a book with a rich world-building that will suck you into its own world, instead.
    • A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab (413 pages)


  1. The Elven Guard: They’re surprised by your visit and are immediately on the offensive: Read a book with war, military or political themes
    • The Thief by Meghan Whalen Turner (280 pages)
  2. On the Hallow Isle: lurk incorporeal monsters and the ghosts of your past: Read an atmospheric, thriller, horror
    • Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell (362 pages)
  3. Empty Barrel Inn: Everyone deserves a swig or too, some say it even aids warming up those vocal cords. Enjoy an indulgent read
    • Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh (392 pages)
  4. Giant Squid: Read a book that intimidates you
    • Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (669 pages)

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Thanks for chatting with me! Are you participating in the Book Junkie Trials, or a different readathon, this summer? Have you read and liked any of these books? Let me know down in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you! 

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