The Sims-a-thon is a readathon themed all around – as I’m sure you can guess – The Sims. Kara came up with the idea and ran the first round in June 2019 and I joined in as a co-host for round 2, and since I had so much fun I am of course joining in for round 3 too. Just like last time, we’ve got a big, awesome team of co-hosts who’ll be running sprints on the offical twitter account, helping to run the instagram challenge, and generally be cheering on everyone who joins in. If you missed the first two rounds, the basic gist is this: there are a series of reading prompts based on The Sims 4, you choose the path to start your Sim on, and then you work through any live mode prompts you fancy. For every prompt you complete, you get points!
The Sims-A-Thon is especially great for mood readers, because once you’ve read your first two books, you can move into live mode and work through any prompts you like, in any order, so you don’t have to plan out your TBR in advance (though of course you can!). If you plan out a month of spooky halloween reads and then decide that you’re in the mood for fairytale retellings instead, it won’t matter at all, because there are SO MANY prompts to choose from you’ll be able to fit your books in somewhere. I go through phases of reading nothing but fantasy for a few weeks, or being obsessed with crime novels, and a lot of readathons will only give you one or two prompts for the same genre, which is really frustrating. For the Sims-A-Thon you can repeat a prompt as many times as you like, as long as you read a new book each time, so you could spend the whole month Woohoo-ing (reading smutty books) and every single one will earn you points, it isn’t a case of having ticked off a prompt and being forced to switch genres to get more points.
New for this round:
For each Sims-a-thon round, we’ll be adding a new expansion pack, so this time around we’re adding Get to Work, which gives you a whole bunch more prompts to choose from (see below). Notice I said ADDING, so yes, you can indeed use any of the Outdoor Retreat prompts as well – this is why I said the Sims-a-thon is so great for mood readers, because there are just so many prompts to choose from, you can find something for any book you fancy, and you can work in any order!
What’s slightly different about the Get to Work prompts is that they ARE designed to be done in order – if you decide to be a Doctor, your aim would be to hit as many of those prompts as you could, but you have to start at level 1 and work up. Each prompt is worth 2 points, and if you finish a track you get 10 bonus points. Your progress will carry over into future rounds though, so if you get halfway through this time, you don’t have to start over when round 4 comes along.
TL;DR (Just Give me the Rules!)
- You need to read one book per challenge.
- You can do a challenge more than once, you just need to read different books each time.
- You can’t double up on a challenge – one book only completes one prompt
- Interpret the prompts how you see fit, and you can use any from this or any previous round
- For every challenge prompt completed, you get the indicated number of points.
- MOTHERLODE: for every 10 points you accumulated last round, you can make a single challenge prompt worth double points in this round.