Recently, I participated in #TheReadingQuest reading challenge. This challenge was created by Aentee @ Read at Midnight: a month long journey of reading with the addition of fun character classes and videogame type quests. Now that it has ended, I’m going to recap the books I read and my experience of my first reading challenge!
I was pretty satisfied with what and how much books I read during this reading challenge. The addition of character paths and completing quests made the challenge extra fun. I really enjoyed the competitive aspect and points of the game, because it made me super motivated to read. I stared my weekly progress on my Twitter and it was great being able to interact with others who also decided to hop on board. I definitely think I conquered by TBR pile to some (small) extent and this has put some pressure off finishing my 2017 reading challenge!
FINAL SCORE BOARD
Mage (completed), Knight (began)
And this was the character card I made from the adorable graphics created by CW @ Read, Think, Ponder:
(books I read)
So this is my updated quest board with all quests I managed to finish during that time:
The Mage’s Quest
I began with the Mage’s Quest and I’m happy to say that I finished this path before the end!! I did have a somewhat ambitious TBR list for this reading challenge (and I secretly knew I wouldn’t be able to finish all of them) but I’m content with the books I completed. Starting off the reading challenge, I changed my planned TBR list for this quest so if you want to know what I originally hoped I could accomplish in this challenge, you can find the post HERE! Moving on, these are the books I read for the Mage’s Quest!
1. A book that contains magic
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
I really enjoyed the first novel of this series, and I was excited to see where it went with this sequel. Unfortunately, I found it difficult to stay focused in the story. Nonetheless, this book has some super unique, magical concepts like dreaming.
2. A book set in a different world
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
I loved the direction that the series took, especially with the protagonist coming to terms with her dark, inner conflict. As the second novel of the series, we got to learn more about the fantasy world, Ravka with all the travelling and running away.
3. A book based on mythology
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
I had a very Stiefvater reading challenge, continuing my quest with the third book of The Raven Cycle series. I found that this book had a clearer plot and direction, and enjoyed it more than its predecessor. We really get to delve into the complex, Welsh mythology that intrigued me so much in the first novel!
4. The first book of a series
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
I didn’t know what to expect starting this first book of a series. I’m glad to say that it was super fun and I really enjoyed it. It was a concise, fantasy novel that is very rare in YA these days.
5. A book with a one word title
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Another first book of a series, but this time: a book with a one word title. It was certainly a relevant title as we meet the protagonist of the series, Cinder (a cyborg!!). I was expecting a Cinderella retelling with the twist of a cyborg Cinderella and sci-fi setting, but I was met with a story that was its own.
The Knight’s Quest
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish a second quest but I did make a start on the Knight’s Quest. I read one whole book on this path. In my defence, I was a pretty long book.
6. A book with a weapon on the cover
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
I finished my last read for the challenge with a book with a weapon on the cover, a knife. It had a interesting premise, but I had a little bit of trouble getting into the story. Nonetheless, the title and the knife on the cover DEFINITELY captured the themes of the novel and I’m always super impressed when authors connect a seemingly strange title/cover with the contents of the book.
I hope that everyone who participated in the #TheReadingQuest enjoyed their time and the books they read. I still have quite a few books I planned to read for the reading challenge that I’m going to unofficially finish, so I better get onto that! A big thanks to Aentee for creating and hosting this challenge, and happy reading everyone!!
How did you go in your quests for the challenge? Which character class did you choose? Comment below!