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Bookie Trials - Winter Quest Booktag

Because of the ridiculously busy week I’ve had (being on call as an surgical intern for a week is not feat to be scoffed at), I wasn’t planning on posting multiple times. Yet here I am, thanks this single tag-announcement on Youtube, I couldn’t pass up. Picture me on my morning off after an exhausting week, catching up on my Youtube feed over my lazy breakfast, only to discover that two of my favourite booktubers have updates up for the only two readathons I’ve ever cared about. These two booktubers being Book Roast with the Magical Readathon, and Rachael Marie with The Bookie Trials. This post is all about the latter, but don’t worry, I’ll get back to the former at a later time in a separate post. Racheal has just announced the Bookie Trials Winter Quest (link to her video below), for which she included a Scavenger Hunt Tag this year. Being the big fan I was of the creativity she put into the prompts for the July Edition of the Bookie Trials, I was of course going to be all over that. Que me, sleepdeprived but on a coffee-high, taking apart my bookshelves for the perfect covers to match these prompts. Take note: this tag is all about book covers, not the content of the book! This also is not the actual Readathon itself, which will take place in December, as announced in the video. Without further ado, let’s get into the prompts, and the beautiful book covers I picked to match them with.


  1. You will be crossing the Eastern Sea, you’ll need a 𝐁𝐎𝐀𝐓

We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen One of the most beautiful covers on my shelves, and to my shame I still haven’t read it yet… I hope to depart on this journey any time in 2020.

  1. To be under-dressed in Orc Eaves is an offence, wear something 𝐄𝐋𝐀𝐁𝐎𝐑𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐋𝐘 𝐃𝐄𝐒𝐈𝐆𝐍𝐄𝐃

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff One of my favourite cover designs of all time features an elaborate ink drawing by Kerby Rosanes.

  1. You need 𝗪𝐎𝐎𝐃 to keep The Beacon of Hope lit

The Overstory by Richard Powers. This book is all about the natural world, trees and woods. I haven’t had the time to get to it yet, but I’ll be sure not to cut it from my TBR anytime soon.

  1. To work with The Serpentine Allegiance you first need to master the language, speak with our own 𝐃𝐑𝐀𝐆𝐎𝐍𝐒/𝗪𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐑 𝐃𝐑𝐀𝐆𝐎𝐍𝐒

Eragon by Christopher Paolini You can say all you want about Christopher Paolini, Saphira will always be the first thing I think about when anyone mentions the word “dragon”. Not in the least thanks to this stunning cover art by John Jude Patencar.

  1. Tell the dears at Rural Haven that you are thankful - with a gift of 𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐑𝐋𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓

Where the Forest meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah This prompt and the book are a match made in heaven. Where the Forest Meets the Stars does not only feature a stunning cover with a beautiful nightsky, it also provided me with a safe haven of comfort in a time where I very much needed it.

  1. In order to gain entry, show Eastern Escape that you are an ally to 𝐏𝐎𝐂𝐬


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas I had many ideas for this one. Some of my favourite covers that feature a person of colour include Children of Blood and Bone, The Deep and Binti. Yet if there is one book that defines POC representation for me, it has to go to The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, as I think it’s been a long time since a book did that much for the YA community…

  1. Lay 𝐅𝐋𝐎𝗪𝐄𝐑𝐒 at Graves End of those already passed

Wild Beauty by Anna Marie McLemore Anna Marie McLemores writing is as stunning as this cover suggests. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves lyrical, “flowery” writing in the most literal sense of the word.

  1. Whilst hiding from the Frost Giants keep warm with 𝐅𝐈𝐑𝐄

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor Not only does this book feature fire on the cover, it’s also one of those YA series that gives me a warm feeling everytime I think about it.

  1. Rebuild some of the Desolate Ruins with 𝐕𝐈𝐍𝐄𝐒

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss A story twisted as the vines on its cover: Patrick Rothfuss has spun a masterpiece of words with The Name of the Wind. My only hope is that part three will come out, any time soon, or at all…

  1. Gather the 𝐁𝐎𝐍𝐄𝐒 of Daemonic Residue - we will bury our Daemons on our own lands.

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio One of my biggest surprises of 2019, displaying a prominent skull on the cover was a perfectly dark match for this…

  1. For the dark shard, you will have to sneak. Cloak yourselves in a 𝐁𝐋𝐀𝐂𝐊 robe

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire You all know about my feelings about this book: my possibly favourite book of the year couldn’t be left behind in this tag.


Again, big credits to Rachael Marie and all the winter knights, artists and other community members who’ve helped her out in creating this project twice a year. Be sure to follow her on her Youtube channel, and of course on The Bookie Trials Twitter.



Rachael Marie's Social:

Link to Rachael's Youtube Channel

Link to The Bookie Trials Winter Quest Announcement Video

Link to the Tag announcement https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE1x35NkbO8 Link to the The Bookie Trials Twitter


Artwork: Cristina Velado Conde

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