Hey guys <3!
I’m participating in this crazy challenge. The host is Read at Midnight
But, to give you the basics, here’s some quotes from the rules:
You must pick one path (one character) to start. Once you finish all of those squares, you can pick another character.
The Knight is the top row, right to left. The Bard is the top right to the bottom right. The Rogue is from the bottom right to the bottom left, and the Mage is bottom left to top left.
“Once you pick a character, you must stay on their path (or the side quests) before you can proceed to another character. E.g. If I am a Knight, I cannot do the Bard’s ‘Fairy Tale Retelling’ prompt until I’ve completed all 5 of the stages for the Knight.
If you do complete your first chosen character’s quest before the quest period is over, you can follow a new character path for additional points.
You only need to read one book for each of the four corner stages on the quest board (e.g. I can read Want by Cindy Pon for the ‘Book With One Word Title’ prompt and it will count towards both the Mage and the Rogue path).
Everyone starts with 10 EXP
Each book you finish is +10 EXP
– Graphic novels are +5 EXP
– Books by marginalised authors (basically, non-white authors) +20EXP
Completing a characters quest +50EXP
Completing additional character quests +30EXP
each 50EXP = 1 Level up.
Everyone starts with 10HP
Every 10 pages is +1HP
– Graphic Novels are +1HP every 20 pages
Tweeting on the hashtag #TheReadingQuest with recommendations, current reads or roleplay will earn you +1HP
Maximum +20HP from social media.
Photos of your #TheReadingQuest books TBR will count 1HP each. it contributes to the +20HP from Social Media you can earn.”
I’ll also be keeping my progress and EXP/HP tally here. 🙂
So, first up: Rogue
EXP/HP – Level
10/10 – Level 1
The Reading Quest is the greatest reading challenge I’ve heard of all year. I’ll be updating my overall progress above, meanwhile documenting my journey below.
My first route of choice for the Reading Quest, is Rogue. So here are the prompts and my choices.
Look, don’t I make a cute rogue? I shoddily customized it to look more like me. unfortunately I didn’t have time to put on glasses. To be honest, the glasses might ruin the rogue-ish mystique of it all.
Prompt #1 – A Banned Book
13 Reasons Why
“You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.”
It’s time for me to weigh in on one of this years buzziest books. It came out years ago. In fact, it came out 10 years ago. However, the book was made into a Netflix television series (which I haven’t watched). The book heavily involves suicide and other psychological disorders which are close to my heart. So I feel it’s time for me to dig in. Also, the 10th anniversary edition contains an alternate ending, which I’ll probably end up needing to read to make myself feel better. XD
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Promt #2 – A Cover with a Partially Obscured Face
“In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.
At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.”
Ok, you’d be ridiculously surprised how many books I had that have a partially obscured face on the cover. However, this one has been on my shelf for AGES and I’m DYING to read it. Ironically, the other shortlisted book that almost made the cut, is also a phantom of the opera retelling. Looks like I have a thing for Phantom of the Opera. Ironic, since I’ve never actually seen the original.
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Promt #3 – A Book With Less Than 500 Ratings on GoodReads
“He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.
Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.
His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.
Until a human kills her…
Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.
Shelter in place.
Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?
Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.
Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…”
Sci-Fi? A character named Raven? Looks so good, I can’t wait to read it. Currently, it has only 72 ratings on GoodReads, which is a shame, because LOOK AT THAT COVER. But also, yay? Because that means it counts for the challenge. Very few challenge squares can be fulfilled by Sci-Fi.
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Prompt #4 – A Book Published by a Small Press
“Quanta has escaped her laboratory prison, but that’s where the good news ends.
Life at the Shadow Ravens’ compound is a disaster. She’s drowning in visions of the dark pasts and darker futures of her fellow Ravens and is plagued by her own panic-inducing memories, but Lady Eva still expects her to “train” and “participate in missions.” Plus, the food tastes like burnt plastic.
The only bright spot is her genetic pairing to the brilliant Altair Orpheus. As their relationship grows, she’s positive that chemicals aren’t the only things drawing them together—although chemistry is definitely involved.
While they test the limits of her game-changing new ability to reset time, word arrives from Eva’s agents: Doctor Nagi is still experimenting with her DNA. If he succeeds in duplicating her power…
Forget the Shadow Ravens. The whole world is toast”
This is the third book in a series that I’ve so far, really enjoyed. Cipher (book #1) was really good, but Quanta (book #2) really blew my mind. I’m really looking forward to reading it. It’s published by Ink Monster, which is a really tiny press. Yay for another Sci-Fi fitting the bill!
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Prompt #5 – One Word Title
“A healer who cannot be healed . . .
When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.
A soldier shattered by war . . .
Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.
Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.
This smart, sweeping fantasy with a political edge and a slow-burning romance will capture fans of The Lumatere Chronicles and An Ember in the Ashes”
I can’t wait to read this one either. And, it’s for a really crazy unique reason. MY NAME IS IN THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. YES. IT IS. Too bad it isn’t in the ARC. Ah well. I’m dying to read it and see what’s changed from the beta version I read before. Also, it will allow me to refresh my mind so I can write an official review. It’s totally unethical to review a beta copy. So I made zero notes, nothing.
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