I’m sorry but is this not the cutest reading challenge that anybody ever created? The gorgeous illustrations are courtesy of CW of Read, Think, Ponder. You get to pick a character, go on a quest and even level up and build HP. It’s all adorable and I’m really excited about getting started with reading for it. There’s a Quest Board that sets out the various paths readers can take and to determine which path you follow, you choose a starting character. There are side quests that readers can complete and it’s all just adorable and sounds like fun.
The challenge runs from Sunday 13 August to Sunday 10 September. On with the character/book choices…
Task 1: Choose a character!
Once you pick a character, you must stay on their path (or the side quests) before you can proceed to another character and I’ve been dithering over choosing all day.
Here are the options:
I’ve been torn between Rogue, focussing on some of the slightly less mainstream titles I’ve been picking up recently, and Mage, picking up the fantasy titles that I’m currently still craving. In the end, I’ve gone for Rogue because I can think of books that I really want to read for all of the prompts and a lot of them are conveniently books that I’ve acquired recently! And because this description just really got me:
ROGUE: These adventurers have absolute mastery over stealth and speed, and they slip in and out of the quest through the Fifth Across path. They celebrate underappreciated books and half-forgotten stories.
Task 2: Choose the books!
I’ve chosen a pretty random pile of books for this challenge and my TBR looks like this:
A Banned Book: Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut – not banned in the UK as far as I know but it has been at the centre of controversy over banning in the US and I want to read it so I’m counting it…
A Book with a Partially Obscured Face: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – I’m sorry but I’m a bit addicted to these books and I’m not sure I can wait much longer before picking up this one. Feyre’s face is handily partially obscured on the cover so that’s a relief.
A Book with <500 Ratings on GoodReads: Sea of Ink by Richard Weihe – this sounds gorgeous and has a mere 92 ratings on GoodReads! Peirene Press’ books are beautifully published and I’m really excited to get started on the few I have.
A Book Published by a Small Press: The Iron Age by Arja Kajermo – “part coming-of-age novel, and part fairy-tale told from the perspective of a young girl growing up in the poverty of post-war Finland”, published by Tramp Press.
Book with A One Word Title: Alice by Christina Henry – a re-telling of Alice in Wonderland that I have on my Kindle and that someone at work is apparently dying to discuss with me after I persuaded her to buy it (not having read it myself…awkward…).
Task 3: Read and keep track of my score!
There’s a full breakdown of the challenge, of the rules and of how readers can score on the sign-up page HERE.
I’m going to be tweeting on @LitAddictedBrit throughout the challenge and I’m going to do a weekly update if I think I’ve read enough to warrant it. I AM EXCITED!
If you’re joining in too, let me know in the comments or tweet me! Let’s quest!