Chain-Reading Game

To friends, followers, and ragmuffins!

I invite you all from across the realm to gather here today for one purpose: to propose a Game.

I’m not normally an advocate for chain-habits, but when it comes to reading, I’m a shameless addict.

The Play:

The first commenter will post the title of a book s/he has just read, along with a quick comment about the story to prove s/he has read the book.

The next person has to find and read a book with a title containing a word from the previous book’s title. After finishing reading, s/he will post the title along with a brief review to the comments underneath the parent book.

And so on.

The Objective:

There is no end to this game, but let’s see how clever we can get, eh? I certainly won’t go easy on you lovelies…

The Rules:

The title word that you choose to repeat may not be an article. (So no “the,” “an,” “a.”)

The linked word can be grammatically modified. (Example: Prophecy instead of Prophecies)

You must read (or have read) your selected book. (Honor code, ladies and gents.)

If someone has stolen your title word, then too bad too slow, mate. Move on and read another book! (Though you’re more than welcome to submit your review for publishing on the blog via our contact form.)

If your review looks likely to get long (more than 5-6 sentences), submit it for publishing and it can have its very own post!

Feel free to enter and drop out of the game at any point.

-ominous voice- Who will be the last one standing?

The Twists:

Kudos to the most creative chain-readers!

Kudos to the chain-reader with the most linked titles!

An Example and Kick-Off:

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by JK Rowling; This must be the eighth time I’ve read this book. Kind of like my Lord of the Rings Extended Editions marathon, which must happen annually or else the world will wake up covered in potatoes. (KICK-OFF TITLE by Sarah)
  2. The Prophecy of the Stones, by Flavia Bujor; The protagonists aren’t especially admirable, and every Reader is bound to have your favorite and least favorites, but these books go back to a time when the fantasy was simple and undramatic, a beautiful backdrop to a strong story. I’m pretty sure this is a trilogy, but I was never able to get into the sequels. Just this first book, this first adventure — it has a special place in my adolescence. (Sarah)
  3. (Your turn!)

Tenth Doctor gif courtesy of BBC’s Doctor Who.


4 thoughts on “Chain-Reading Game

  1. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2), by Sarah J. Maas.
    Lead by a booty-kicking assassin who secretly has a heart of gold and a mysterious past! Secrets are revealed and the romance triangle is severely tested during this 420 page adventure. This was the book I was waiting for all summer but I am still not sure whether I love it or hate it.

  2. Crown of Embers (Girl of Fire and Thorns #2), by Rae Carson.
    I was so-so on the first book, so when I read the second and loved it, it was a most welcome surprise. Elisa has a character change in the first book, but she really comes alive in this one. She becomes a kick-A character and a real strong woman. In this book, Elisa is continuing her quest with her Godstone and trying to learn how to be queen. It’s a fabulous book.

  3. City of Embers, by Jeanne DuPrau.
    The city of Ember has always existed in total darkness: the sky is black, the only lights come from the lamps that are lit everyday. Nobody knows the exact date anymore, but the people have always lived their days just fine…until now. Crops are dying, people are falling ill, and in the midst of the chaos are Lina and Doon, two children who stumble upon strange messages from the past.
    I’m one of the few people who say this book is really good. It’s very reminiscent of The Giver and Susanne Collins’ Gregor and the Overlander series.

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