The Reading Quest – TBR & Progress Post

I missed the official sign up for The Reading Quest, which is a video-game/fantasy quest based reading challenge. The Quest started on Sunday the 13th of August, but I was at Worldcon 75 the whole of last week (had two of my Robin Hobb books signed, eek!), so I didn’t have time to make my TBR post until now. It’s a month-long readathon, though, so I have plenty of time to read despite missing one day.

From the official page:

Welcome to #TheReadingQuest! I invite you to join me on a reading adventure based entirely on a video-game quest. In this challenge, you’ll be embarking on a journey to conquer your TBR pile through a series of stages. You’ll read new stories, gain experience, and level up a character of your choosing.

The Reading Quest runs from August 13th to September 10th. It is hosted by Read At Midnight and the cute artwork is done by CW of Read, Think, Ponder. The challenge rules about gaining XP and completing quests are here – you can still read along for fun, even though the official sign up for winning prices is closed.

My Character

MAGE: As wielders of spells and witchcraft, these players will conjure and summon their way through the First Down path on the quest. Their tomes contain magic and whispers of alternate lands.

My Quest (click to enlarge)

Completed quests:

A book with a one word title: Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani
A book that contains magic: The Magicians of Caprona by Diana Wynne Jones
A book based on mythology: The Wicked + The Divine Vol.5 by Gillen & McKelvie
A book set in a different world: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
The first book of a series: Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw
Animal companion: Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee
Expansion: Stealer of Souls (short story)

Planned Mage TBR

A book with a one word title: Steelheart (The Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson
A book that contains magic: The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3) by N.K. Jemisin)
A book based on mythology:  Silver on the Tree (The Dark is Rising #5) by Susan Cooper
A book set in a different world: Mélusine by Sarah Monette)
The first book of a series: The Just City (Thessaly #1) by Jo Walton

Experience Points:

Completed book (physical, eBook, audiobook): +10 XP
Completed book by marginalized author: +20 XP
Completed graphic novels: +5 XP
Completed character quest: +50 XP
Additional character quests: +30 XP
Level up at every +50 XP

My Level: 4
My Progress: 155 XP
Starter experience points: 10 XP
Completed Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee: +20 XP
Completed The Wicked + The Divine by Gillen & McKelvie (GN): +5 XP
Completed Down Among the Sticks and Bones: +20 XP
Completed The Magicians of Caprona: +10 XP
Completed Hammers on Bone: +20 XP
Completed Sunbolt: +20 XP
Completed The Mage Quest! +50 XP

Health Points:

Every 10 pages of a book: +1 HP
Every 20 pages of a graphic novel: +1 HP
Tweets with #TheReadingQuest: +1 HP each
Photos of your books or TBR: + 1 HP each
You can have a maximum of +20HP from Social Media interactions (tweets & photos combined).

My HP: 126 HP
Starter health points: 10 HP
Tweeted about my participation: link +1 HP
Read 355 pages (Raven Stratagem): +35 HP
Read 144 pages (The Wicked + The Divine GN): +7 HP
Read 176 pages (Down Among the Sticks and Bones): +17 HP
Read 256 pages (The Magicians of Caprona): +25 HP
Read 58 pages (Stealer of Souls): +5 HP
Read 112 pages (Hammers on Bone): +11 HP
Read 152 pages (Sunbolt): +15 HP


June & July #MountTBR Progress

This is my fourth progress post for the Mount TBR Reading Challenge. I’m aiming for the Mount Blanc level: reading 24 of my owned TBR books during 2017. That means reading two books every month, and I would prefer at least one of them to be from my physical TBR shelf. All of them have to be bought before 2017.

In June and July I managed to read 2 owned TBR books, and both were physical books! I read so many more owned books, especially in July, but since all of those had been bought in 2017, they sadly did not count for this challenge. It was 3 ebooks and 4 comics. Bummer! But let’s talk about the challenge books.

The Grey King
The Grey King by Susan Cooper
205 pages / an omnibus paperback

The fourth book in The Dark is Rising series sees Will travel to Wales. I read the Finnish edition from a two book omnibus that contains the fourth and fifth books. I pretty consistently give the books in this series three stars, and this one is no exception. I’ve never been a huge fan of Arthurian legends. I liked the latter half of The Grey King a lot better than the first half, though! It actually gripped me. Now I only have the fifth book left to go in this series.

3 out of 5 stars

Heroine Complex
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
378 pages / paperback

A fun superhero urban fantasy novel. Evie Tanaka is her superhero bestie’s assistant, but something forces her to take the more heroic role for a change. Heroine Complex is in the genre of usually paranormal urban fantasy where the kick-ass heroine clad in leather battles baddies and meets a hot guy – except in this one it’s the protagonist’s bestie who is the leather-clad, kick-ass one. There are sex scenes, so if that’s not your thing…

This was an enjoyable, fun romp with a message about respecting your friends, but not a new favourite. Look at that cover, though!

3.5 out of 5 stars

Those were all the books from June and July that qualified for the challenge. The bought-in-2017 ebooks that I read were The Dream-Quest of Vellit Boe, Summer in Orcus, and The Book of Phoenix, and the comics were The Girl From the Other Side Vol.1, Giant Days Vol.1, Goldie Vance Vol.1, and Night’s Dominion Vol.1. Check them out if you are interested (the links take you to Goodreads). I especially recommend The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor and The Girl from the Other Side Vol.1 by Nagabe. Happy reading!