The Reading Frenzy August 2019 Challenge: A Bookish Treasure Hunt

bookish treasure map

Next month’s challenge is a treasure hunt!

Our goal is to find books to read based on the symbols on the map: either the word or a variant of it is in the title, or depicted on the book cover.

I had actually done a Tumblr post for a different challenge about books from my collection with birds on the cover, but they were all ones I’d already read!

So, instead of actually reading one of the books I still have left to do for this month’s challenge (I’ve read four of six so far, and I have eight days remaining for the last two) I put together my proposed TBR for the upcoming challenge. No photo, sadly, because it turned out most of them are in my digital collection.

  1. Bird: All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders (both)
  2. Moon: Justice Calling, by Annie Bellet (on the cover)
  3. Flower: Moloka’i, by Alan Brennert (on the cover)
  4. Key: Keys to the Castle by Donna Ball (both)
  5. Book: The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, by Meg Elison (title)
  6. Door: Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (both)

I tried to fill this challenge from books I’d already picked out for the PopSugar Reading Challenge, as I did this month for the Circus Read-a-thon, but mostly failed. I’ve owned a few of these long enough they’ll count for Mount TBR, at least, so it’s not a problem, but I was surprised how hard it was to come up with entries for “moon” and “book” in particular, at least from my already-owned TBR. (I didn’t want to rely on library books right now, I’ve already got two out that I haven’t read yet while I’m trying to finish the Circus challenge!)


The Reading Frenzy is an open-invitation book club on Goodreads that is running a friendly year-long reading competition while also posting fun monthly challenges to shake up your TBR. Everyone is welcome!

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