So, for the first time on the old blog, I’ve decided to participate in a reading challenge and I’ve got myself thoroughly excited about it. The challenge, called The Reading Quest, is hosted by Australian book blogger Aentee (you can see her original post here) and is based on video games. You choose one of four avatars (Knight, Bard, Rogue or Mage) and complete each stage on their quest, earning experience points for books completed and accumulating health points for pages read (or minutes listened to in the case of audiobooks).
It’s set out like a bingo board, with the main quest reading prompts around the outside and “side quests” in the middle for if you get a bit of spare time. The quest starts on Sunday 13th August 2017 and runs until the 10th September. Seems like a while, but with five books and lots of fun other challenges I’d like to give a go, I’m sure it’ll feel like no time at all!
Because my TBR consists almost entirely of fantasy and science fiction at the moment, I’ve decided to be a mage, who is described as follows:
“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.”
The reading prompts appealed to me more than any of the other avatars and also, he’s (she’s?) a pretty cute little thing. In fact, the artwork for the whole challenge is absolutely beautiful and is done by CW over at Read, Think, Ponder.
By the way, Aentee supplies everything for you to make your own character card, so here is mine:
Proudly knocked up on Microsoft Word by the way, the image editing choice of the thoroughly amateur.
So, onto the TBR! It will, of course, be subject to change (go spontaneity!), especially since I’ve decided to put a book on it that weighs in at over 1,300 pages…
The First Book of a Series…
…will be Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I received this at the Harper Collins Big Book Bonanza event, although it had already been on my radar for a little while. I know almost nothing about the plot but Catriona, or the Little Book Owl on YouTube, raves about it constantly and I have heard really good things about it. It has assassins – I know that much! It is the first in his The Nevernight Chronicle series, so it fits the bill.
A Book Set in a Different World…
… will be The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin. This is also the first in a series, The Broken Earth trilogy, but you’re not allowed to count a book twice and this one is set in a world called the Stillness. As far as I can gather, the world in question periodically undergoes devastating, climate-change type catastrophes (called Seasons), and the populations have to try to survive as they wreak havoc on the landscape. That’s about all I know. As far as I can gather, this novel will also count for double the points as it is written by a “marginalised” author.
A Book Based on Mythology…
…might be subject to change. It’s either going to be The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller or Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I’ve heard great things about both, but it will depend on whether I feel like something a bit more literary to counterbalance all the fantasy, or something middle-grade to lighten things up if I feel like my reading list is starting to get a bit heavy. This one also might be an audiobook, as I don’t currently own either of them.
A Book that Contains Magic…
… will be Gilded Cage by Vic James. I’m actually really excited by this category because I’ve read a few fantasy books lately that have been disappointing because they have completely lacked a magic system. This one is set in an England where the magical aristocracy force non-magic people to serve them for 10 years. I just checked it out on Goodreads, and although I had been under the impression that it was some kind of Victorian setting, it is in fact modern day, which makes it all the more interesting, I think. Looking forward to checking this one out!
A Book with a One Word Title…
… will be (am I mad? I think I’m mad) It by Stephen King. Yes, I know, what am I doing? Number 1, I only have a month of this reading challenge, not a year, and number 2, I’ll probably wet myself with terror and be some kind of gibbering wreck by the end of it. I am really desperate to read more Stephen King because I absolutely LOVE his novels, so I’ll try my hardest. Although if I run out of time or want to get on with some side quests as well as the main one, I’ll probably shelve it until after the quest and read another one-word title book, most likely Flawed by Cecelia Ahern. I can always use it for the 500+ page side quest.
Wish me luck! Or – join me!
What do you think of my TBR? I’d love to hear if you’ve read any of them or if they’re on your TBR too?