The Reading Quest: A Sort of Wrap Up

I think if we limited this to the amount of times I’ve Instagrammed #thereadingquest I probably would have done well. As is…I got kind of overwhelmed with work and reading other things off my TBR that my quest pretty much failed to launch. As a Mage, anyway. When I changed my character to a Bard (because heck, if I’m still in the character customization zone I can totally change my character class without penalty, right?), I at least felt a little bit accomplished, lol!

Last month, I’d signed up for The Reading Quest challenge hosted by Aentee @ Read at Midnight. It was such a cool challenge that I was so enthused about it that I made myself a huge list that accounted for all of the quests and side quests on the board, knowing that I probably wouldn’t hit many in a month but hell, might as well fill up the board with possibilities!

In the end, I took some bookstagram pics, I read a bit, I crossed a few things off my TBR, and I realized I practically meandered into sidequest land. Which, if you know me, shouldn’t be surprising. I’m the type of girl who plays games like Fallout 4 and Skyrim and starts deviating from the main quest the minute I’m given freedom to roam. (“Alright, let’s head down to the settlement to meet the–OH THERE’S SOMETHING SHINY DOWN IN THE WATER LET’S JUMP IN!”)

So I changed my class. Beep boop. And the rest is history?

In summary, I read:

Book with TV/Movie AdaptationThe Killing Joke by Alan Moore
Mini-GameMonstress, Vol. 2 by Marjorie Liu
GrindDreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

I started reading Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie as a Buddy Read but my friend and I realized we were not getting into the novel so decided just to DNF it, so I suppose it doesn’t count. I also started Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch but it wasn’t likely that I’d get it finished anytime soon. Well, maybe by next week, who knows.

So okay, I went up 20 experience points? All the same, it was pretty fun to play, and it definitely gave me excuse to take pretty pics of my books!

What do I do with the rest of the list, you ask? Well, I suppose I can try to keep track of it as a TBR for the foreseeable future. I mean, I’m pretty behind on most of my reading challenges minus the Goodreads one, so…who knows.

In any case, how did you guys do?

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We Have a Quest!

To find the grail!

The quail!

No, the grail.

For some reason every time the use of the word “quest” makes me start singing to Spamalot. There’s too much Monty Pythoning around here…

But that’s me digressing.

Kudos to CW at Read, Think, Ponder for the awesome graphics!

Aentee at Read at Midnight put forth an amazing reading challenge called The Reading Quest and just so I can force myself to read and catch up to my TBR, I decided I’d join in on the quest. That said, I doubt I’m going to get through all of the ones I’ve put on this list, but I’ll try to at least get my lovely Mage through her hero’s journey!

Now, normally I go straight for either the Rogue or Mage during my fantasy playthroughs (almost always a Rogue during my first playthroughs in Elder Scrolls and Dragon Age franchises), but occasionally being a mage has its perks. Like being able to heal yourself without waiting for your slow-ass party members. Or setting people on fire at whim. Erm. Not morbid at all or anything…

I do plan to do either Bard or Mage next, depending on whether or not I get out of the realm of side quests on top of the Mage quests… (and goodness knows I love my side quests!).

Just so I don’t lose track of which books I plan to read for each quest, I’m putting my master list down here:

The Quest Board Book List

Mage:

The First Book of a SeriesSnow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
A Book Set in a Different WorldOur Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
A Book Based on MythologyThe Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
A Book that Contains MagicGoldenhand by Garth Nix
A Book With a One Word TitleCaraval by Stephanie Garber

Bard:

A Book that has a TV/Movie Adaptation – Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
A Fairy Tale RetellingHeartless by Marissa Meyer
A Book Cover with Striking TypographyVassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
A Book Translated from Another LanguageW.I.T.C.H. vol. 1 by Elisabetta Gnone (translated by Parke Godwin)
A Banned BookDrama by Raina Telgemeier

Knight:

A Book with a Verb in its TitleGod Save the Queen by Kate Locke
A Book with a Weapon on its CoverEon by Alison Goodman
A Book with a Red CoverThe Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Rogue:

A Book Published by a Small PressHollow City by Ransom Riggs
A Book with <500 Ratings On GoodReadsThe Magic Mirror by Susan Hill Long
A Book Cover with a Partially Obscured FaceAmerican Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Side Quests:

Potions – A Book Concocted by 2 Authors – The Janus Affair by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
Time Warp – A Book Set in Either the Past or the Future – Dreadnought by Cherie Priest
Expansion – Read a Companion Novel or Short Story – Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
Multiplayer – Buddy Read a Book – Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
Mini-Game – Read a Graphic Novel, Novella, or Poem Collection – Monstress, Vol. 2 by Marjorie Liu
Grind – A Book with 500 Pages – Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Respawn – Read a Book You Previously DNF – Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley
Animal Companion – Book Referencing an Animal in the Title – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I will be updating this list with links to reviews at some point!

Are you taking part in The Reading Quest? Let me know!

Of Pokemon Going and Book Tags

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If you haven’t noticed by now, Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm. And like many folks who’ve gone out to the now-Pokemon infested world, I, too, have begun my quest to be a Pokemon master.

And boy, that attempt sucks when you’re living in the suburbs. I suppose it could be worse. At least I live across the street from an Eevee spawn point. Which I can access from my bedroom.

But enough about my lamentations. This is about the book meme Aentee at Read at Midnight (Thanks, Aentee!) started.

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Does a collection of fairy tales count? Maybe? I couldn’t tell you when I started my love for reading because I’ve always loved stories (my mother was probably my first audiobook narrator; she often sent my sister and me audiotapes of her singing and reading stories when she was abroad). As for which book started my reading voraciousness, I was a big Nancy Drew fan, because being a girl detective took Nancy places. I was also a big reader of Sweet Valley High and The Babysitters Club books. Claudia Kishi was my spirit animal.

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Frelling Pikachu. I’ve caught maybe two, and several of them have already escaped my grasp. Grr.

Hmm, it’s pretty hard to fall out of love with Harry Potter in this case. Reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child only reminded me how much I loved stepping back into the wizarding world.

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Not only are these darn bats everywhere, they’re one of the HARDER ones to catch on top of it! So not worth my Poke balls.

I wouldn’t say I’ve lost interest in the book entirely, but I haven’t picked up the next books of Sarah Maas’ Throne of Glass series because hype reasons (the irony is that I had been part of the hype). Actually, it probably has more to do with the fact that my ship apparently doesn’t make it through past book three. Mostly, it has to do with the fact that I thought this series was a trilogy, and now I’m hearing it’s much longer. I’ll pick it up again eventually.

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Does this pokemon even exist in-game yet?!

Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On anyone? It was practically a Chosen One wizarding school (read: Harry/Draco slash fanfiction *coughs*) trope that was done splendidly. #SNOWBAZFOREVER

The Belgariad by David Eddings also comes to mind, because the series pretty much undergoes a similar journey as Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Ahh, Snorlax. My first 10k egg. Love it XD.

And hahahahaha, large books. Technically, I’ve started Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings. I’m finally 700 pages in, with still a whopping 500 pages to go. It’s seriously a marathon, guys. A really good one, but a marathon nonetheless. Other authors I groan about as far as continuing their series pretty much include Patrick Rothfuss, G. R. R. Martin, Terry Goodkind, and Robert Jordan.

pokemon-gengar

This is pretty much my sister’s favorite Pokemon, lol. Weirdly enough, there is no Jigglypuff topic on this tag, because the Jiggly is my personal favorite…

The most recent one is probably Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs. This isn’t really much of a surprise, considering I pretty much binge-read all of Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. My record for Briggs-reads was having devoured Blood BoundIron Kissed, and Bone Crossed within the span of a single weekend. Yeah, totally didn’t sleep then.

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I find it amusing that my Nidorina is far stronger than my Nidorino. Totally not surprising, though.

I…have way too many OTPs. Currently, my book squeeness goes to Mercy/Adam (Mercy Thompson), Yelena/Valek (Study series), Snow/Baz (Carry On), Shahrzad/Khalid (Wrath & Dawn), Cinder/Kai and Cress/Thorne (Lunar Chronicles series), and Haruhi/Tamaki (Ouran High School Host Club manga series). My head canon also persistently insists that Albus and Scorpius will be together (from the Harry Potter series), and that eventually Nami and Luffy (One Piece manga series) will hook up. Don’t ask. I’m practically a romantic.

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Lawd, I ended up hatching two Ponyta eggs. One more lucky hatch, and I can evolve this baby here!

Hands down all of Victoria Schwab’s books so far. I tried to lengthen and savor her books, but there’s only so much I can do before whizzing through them. A Gathering of Shadows was SO GOOD OMG.

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I have a mighty fine Flareon I’ve renamed Zuko. Katara and Azula were okay, but my fluffy Flareon rules the Eevee house.

And just like Avatar: The Last Airbender, I’m never going to get tired of Tortallan world spinoffs. I’ve devoured every single Tortall book Tamora Pierce has come out with, and likely I will keep going.

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I’m slowly making my way to getting enough candy for a Gyarados. It’s kind of hard when I’m landlocked and nowhere near a damn pier, though…

Uprooted by Naomi Novik was a barrelful of surprise. I liked Novik’s Temeraire okay, but the series and Novik’s books weren’t on my priority list. A short story Novik wrote and this stand-alone book changed my mind altogether.

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Leigh Bardugo, Leigh Bardugo, Leigh. Friggin. Bardugo. I must have seen a gazillion Six of Crows reviews, and I still haven’t finished her first Grisha trilogy. I WANT TO THOUGH. And Six of Crows is SUCH A PRETTY BOOK.

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I’ve seen really pretty collector’s editions of fairy tale anthologies. And if I had the money for it, I’d probably be compelled to collect every single Jane Austen cover editions (particularly that of Pride and Prejudice). There’s also the Harry Potter House-themed hardbacks, too. I personally like the Slytherin covers, though I’d get myself the Ravenclaw because that’s my house forever.

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I am super-excited for Rebel Genius by Michael Dante DiMartino. The man isn’t an unknown (he’s the co-creator for the absolutely fantastic Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra series, which includes several AtLA graphic novel adaptations), but Rebel Genius is definitely his debut novel into the literary world. And I cannot friggin’ wait.

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Kristin Cashore and Marissa Meyer. Their book covers are so pretty, too, so they sit nicely on my shelves. I’m still waiting for Cashore’s next book, but Meyer is definitely an auto-buy once Heartless comes out.

pokemon-server

That screen is frustrationz central.

I feel like The Gift of Power by Tamora Pierce has been on the works for the longest time ever. That said, I’m sure the wait will be totally worth it.

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