I don’t think I have ever participated in one of these before so I am extremely excited to be part of the #ReadersCrossing challenge!

The challenge is inspired by the mobile game Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and is open from December 10th to December 30th.


There are 4 different themes that can be followed or multiple themes can be followed: Cute, Cool, Sporty, and Natural. The blue squares in the middle are extra challenges. Every square completed accumulates points for the reader. I pulled these instructions from the original post by Aentee @ READ AT MIDNIGHT.


  • All campers starts with 0 Experience Points (EXP), and each book completed for the challenge (in any format: physical, eBook, or audiobook will gain them 2 EXP.
  • #OwnVoices novels will give you an addition EXP point, instead of gaining 2 EXP for their completion, you’ll gain 3 EXP.
  • You will level up every time you get 10 EXP points. You begin at Level 1.
  • Tweeting or Instagram posts on the #ReadersCrossing will earn you points (every 5 tweets/photo will earn you 1 EXP). You can gain a maximum of 5 EXP for your social media interactions. These should be tweets related to the challenge such as comments on your current read, book reacommendations, or posts about the game itself).

The complete rules can be found here.

My goal is to at least complete the “Natural” theme but I hope to be able to complete at least a few more as well.

For a book set in the wilderness – An Echo of Things to Come by James Islington. This is the second book in the Licanius trilogy. As it is a high fantasy book and based on the events in the first book, I think I can say with pretty good certainty that at least a good chunk of it will take place in one forest or another.

For a book with an animal on the cover – The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso. I don’t think this one needs much explaining. There is a black bird on the cover and we will be interviewing Melissa Caruso on our podcast very soon so it just worked perfect.

For a classic – The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan. This series is a classic of epic fantasy so I feel comfortable using it for this challenge. I may also try to read Treasure Island as I have wanted to for a long time.

For a book with a yellow cover – Knights Shadow by Sebastien de Castell. I read the first book a while back and have been meaning to continue the series but just have not gotten around to it so I am hoping that this challenge will be the perfect motivation to keep going.

For a book set in your country – This one was oddly tricky. I live in the US so it should be easy right? Well unfortunately, most of what is on my TBR is fantasy or science fiction so the US doesn’t really exist in most of it. But I did recently pick up Bonfire by Krysten Ritter. So yay me! I found one book on my shelves that takes place in the US.

I hope to be able to complete some of the other challenges as well but with Christmas coming up I think I will have more than enough on my plate to finish this up.


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