Hey, guys! So today I’m talking about something a little different. I’m taking part in a reading challenge! What’s a reading challenge you may ask? Well, the rules tend to change from challenge to challenge but the general idea is to get a whole lot of reading done in a given amount of time. I’ve participated in a few reading challenges before, but nothing quite like this.
This particular reading challenge is called “The Reading Quest” and will be taking place from August 13th to September 10th. It is hosted by Aentee at Read At Midnight. All the amazing artwork was created by CW at Read, Think, Ponder.
Your first task is to create your character and pick a class. You can pick knight, bard, rogue, or mage. You also have the option of creating your very own character card with your name and stats. Here’s mine:
Your next task is to assemble your TBR. "The Reading Quest" uses the quest board below to act as your reading prompts and to guide you on your way. Your chosen class dictates what quest path you follow. As I choose the mage, the first books I’ll be reading all involve magic and other worlds.
Once you’ve completed your initial quest line, you can choose another class and complete another quest line. However choose carefully! Once you’ve chosen a quest line, you can’t read books from the other paths until you finish the one you’re on.
But that’s not all! See all those blue quest boxes in the middle? Those are your side quests. Side quests can be completed at any time with any class for extra points.
If the quest board wasn’t unique enough for you, there are also experience points and health points. Experience points are gained by finishing books or by finishing quest lines. For every 50 XP, your character levels up! Heath points come from how many pages you read or how many minutes of audiobook you listen to. Be sure to check out Aentee’s post here for more information and complete rules.
Before I let you know what books I plan on reading, I’m going to let you know how much I’ll be reading. Since it’s impossible to say how busy the next month will be, my low bar goal is just to finish the mage quest. My second tier goal, the one I actually want to reach, is to finish the four class quest lines. This will be 16 books in just under a month. This one is defiantly doable. Of course, I would love to finish the whole board, and I will try to get as far as I can. My only concern is 25 books come to nearly a book a day and some of my picks are HUGE. Thankfully I’ll be mixing audiobooks with regular books, making it a little easier.
Now without further adieu, my books!
A Book With a One Word Title
Menagerie by Rachel Vincent - This was an easy pick for me simply because A) it’s a one-word title and B) I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf wayyyyy too long. Menagerie is about a girl named Delilah who unexpectedly finds herself as part of a travelling circus Metzger’s Menagerie. In short, it sounds dark, intriguing, and overall awesome.
A Book That Contains Magic
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard - Another one that’s been sitting on my shelf for way too long. I bought this beautiful hardcover immediately after finishing Red Queen. Defiantly looking forward to continuing the series.
A Book Based on Mythology
The Hammer or Thor by Rick Riordan - Really any Rick Riordan book could have gone here. But lately, I’ve been super interested in Norse mythology. Pity I finished reading Norse Mythology last month. But, I love Riordan’s take on the Norse universe.
A Book Set in a Different World
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi - This category was a bit of a free for all. Mostly because I read A LOT of fantasy books and a great many of them don’t take place on our earth. But who doesn’t love a story rich with Hindu influences, curses, and royalty?
The First Book of a Series
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh - The Wrath and the Dawn is a retelling of One Thousand and One Nights. I’ve heard so many great things about this book I just want to dive right into it. ((And it’ll probably be the book I finish first.))
The First Book of a Series - See Mage
A Book with a Verb in its Title
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth - This one was a little harder to come up with. At the end I just went through my Kindle library, looking for anything with a verb. I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet!
A Book with a Weapon on Its Cover
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas - Look at those swords! They defiantly quality! Plus, royal assassins? Yes, please.
A Book with a Red Cover
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen - I’ve previously read the first couple chapters of this book. It was intriguing, but for whatever reason, I never finished it. Hey well, it has a red cover. Time to give it a second chance.
A Book That has a TV/Movie Adaptation
The Maze Runner by James Dashner - The series never interested me before but the movie was okay. I’m hoping, in the general law of books, that the book will be better.
A Book That has a TV/Movie Adaptation - See Knight
A Fairy Tale Retelling
Cinder by Marissa Meyer - Cyborgs count as fairy tales right? They must when the cyborg in question is Cinderella.
A Book Cover with Striking Typography
The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke - This book took a bit of a search. Sure plenty of books have pretty typography, but few have something that stands out as much as this.
A Book Translated From Another Language
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank - My Mother will be so pleased I’m finally getting around to this. This is one of those books that seems to be on everyone's list of “Must read in a lifetime”.
A Banned Book
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - Because what list is complete without a little dystopia.
A Banned Book - See Bard
A Book Cover with a Partially Obscured Face
Three Maids for a Crown by Ella March Chase - Do I get extra points for THREE obscured faces? Plus, it’s about Lady Jane Grey! I write a flipping web series on the girl. ((Shameless self-promotion of the Lost Letters)).
A Book with <500 Ratings on GoodReads
Fully Present by Susan L. Smalley, and Diana Winston - This book is something of an oddball in the group. It’s a non-fiction book about mindfulness. Mindfulness is essentially the mental act of being in the present. This was TECHNICALLY a university text book, that admittedly I never read. But recently I’ve found myself regaining interest in mindfulness.
A Book Published by a Small Press
Stardust by Devon Ashley - I had such a hard time deciding on a book for this category. I’m just hoping that self-published counts as small press? Sort of?
A Book With a One Word Title - See Mage
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan - About two boys with the same name who happened to meet. Written by two authors who just happens to write together.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas - Time to finish that one sided conversation with my sister about how awesome this book is.
The Passage by Justin Cronin - This book came as something of a surprise to me. I must have, at some point, put it on reserve on my library’s website. I don’t remember anything about it, but apparently, it’s available so….
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis - This book is the only book in the way of finishing the Narnia series. The reason I didn’t finish it? Eustace. I think this time around I’ll just slam through it as an audiobook.
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle - Challenge just asks for an animal in the title. Never said it had to be a nice one. :D
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur - I don’t read poetry. I like the idea of poetry, but I’ve never found a place to jump in. Milk and Honey has been described as very human. The poems are of loss, of pain, and love.
The Son of Sobek by Rick Riordan - This was the first book that came to mind for this challenge, though I may swap it out for something else. If I don’t go with this, I’ll probably read The Witch’s Betrayal by Cassandra Rose Clarke.
Written in my Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon - This is the only book in the challenge I’m worried about being able to finish. I love the Outlander books and it is perfect for this challenge but it is so very long.
The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke - This book could have been literally anything. I went with The Pirate’s Wish because it would be awesome to finish a whole series during this quest. Even if it is just a duology.
That’s it for this one folks! Be sure to stay tuned for updates. Also, feel free to join yourself and/or follow #TheReadingQuest on Twitter.