Remember when I finished the OWLs Magical Readathon and I was like, ‘Phew, glad I can go back to mood-reading now!’? Well, as it turns out, I can’t resist a good readathon and this Sims-themed one from BiancaReads looks amazing! I love the Sims, I think I’ve been playing for over fifteen years now? Obviously on-and-off, you fellow Simmers will know how it goes: you don’t touch the game for months and then suddenly you’re doing 12-hour Sim sessions and you haven’t seen daylight in a week. I have a bunch of friends that also love the game so it’s always fun to share our creations and stories with each other! A ‘Sims Day’ was a regular occurrence in my student house during my final year of university, where we’d all cram into our cold conservatory with a bunch of blankets and mugs of tea and just plays Sims all day, occasionally exclaiming “AGH, MY SIM IS ON FIRE!” Those were the days… Anyway, back to the readathon!
Kara at BiancaReads is hosting Sims-a-Thon, with help from Lauren at WonderlessReviews and Jamieson from Jamishelves, but I first came across this thanks to Annemieke at A Dance with Books. You can find Kara’s full announcement video above, but the general gist is that you start by completing a couple of prompts like ‘create-a-sim: read a book that’s first in a series‘ and ‘build a house: read something set in another world‘, and then you move on to ‘Live Mode‘. At this stage, you can complete as many challenges as you like, including choosing a job, where each career has a related book prompt. There’s no pressure to ‘complete’ the readathon – you just do as many prompts as you want, and each one has an assigned number of points which you can tot up at the end of the month. You can even do each prompt multiple times with different books. So for example, if you’ve got a bunch of smut on your TBR (no judging here), then you can complete the ‘Woohoo!’ prompt several times over, earning yourself two points for each read. Woohoo!
My Very-Likely-to-Change TBR
I’m definitely going to be starting with create-a-sim: read a book that’s first in a series because I don’t have any series that I’m partway through right now. Dark Pines by Will Dean will be my read for this one. Then I’m going to continue on to buy a house: read a contemporary or book set in our world. This one’s easy as it’s the majority of what I read, so I’m going for Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Muruta, as that also doubles up for my Unread Shelf Project read for June.
Then I’ll head over to Live Mode! There’s a lot of prompts here I think I can complete but first, let’s look at careers. I’m leaning towards the Writer career: read a book by a new to you author as a lot of the books on my TBR could fit this. I’ll likely pick a non-fiction read for this as I have loads on my TBR that I want to start getting through. Now I’ve picked a career, here’s some of the other Live Mode prompts I could do:
Get a promotion: read a book you think will be 5 stars. For this one, I’m choosing the book that has been on my TBR the longest: East West Street by Philippe Sands. I just finished All the Light We Cannot See and LOVED it so I’m in the mood for more reads about WWII. It’s won a few non-fiction prizes and has an average rating of 4.47 on Goodreads so it seems promising!
Make a friend: read a book that features friendships. I have a perfect non-fiction read for this prompt: Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by Kayleen Schaefer.
Fall in love: read a book with a romance element. At first I was sure this would be a skip for me but I remembered I have The Pisces by Melissa Broder on my list! Not usually a fan of romance but falling in love with a merman? You have my attention.
Get married: read a book with an established couple. I may have to wrestle this back from my housemate as I’ve lent it to her, but Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey features a married couple whose daughter goes missing and then returns, but unable to explain what happened.
Eat a cookie: read a book under 200 pages. Nice and easy, the shortest book on my TBR is Carol Ann Duffy’s poetry collection, The Bees.
Pay bills: read your most recent purchase. That’s Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, which I have some reservations about but it’s been received so well by the book community so I’m hoping I love it as much as The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.
Meet the Grim Reaper: read a book featuring death. Another non-fiction pick that I’ve managed to make fit into this readathon: Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession by Alice Bolin.
Take a bubble bath: read a book over 400 pages. I have a few on my list that tip over 400 pages so I’ll see what I fancy if and when I get to this prompt.
Have your birthday: read an adult book. This is the majority of what I read, so again I can just pick whatever I’m in the mood for.
Gain a fishing skill: randomise your TBR. This is basically a wildcard prompt, so I can read anything I fancy that doesn’t fit any of the other prompts.
I haven’t made myself as a Sim for years but I thought it would be fun to do for this post!
Here’s the prompts I think I won’t be doing, because I don’t have anything on my current TBR that fits right now:
- Change your career: read a book outside your comfort zone, then you pick another career and do that prompt too.
- Become a ghost: read a spooky book.
- Reach the top of your career track: read a finale.
- Woo hoo!: read a smutty book.
- Have a baby: read a book that features a child.
- Cook French toast: read a travel book.
- Have an affair: read a book featuring a break-up.
- Burn down the kitchen: read a book with flames on the cover.
I definitely won’t be able to read all the prompts I’ve come up with choices for – I struggled to fit in nine for the OWLs Magical Readathon – but I’m going to start with Dark Pines at the beginning of the month and see how I do from there!
Are you taking part in any readathons in June?