Well that was fun!
It’s been a long time since I’ve done a reading challenge and considerably longer than that since I actually completed one. This month has been an excellent reading month for me and while that’s not entirely due to the Reading Quest, the challenge did prompt me to pick up books that I otherwise might not have picked up and I’ve really enjoyed the vast majority of them.
Although I assume today’s reading counts towards challenge stats, I’m not sure how much more reading I’ll get done and I doubt I’ll have time to write a wrap-up tomorrow ahead of going on holiday on Tuesday so I’m totting up my totals now…
Challenge books read: 8
Pages read: 1,536
Quests completed: Rogue quest; Mini-Game side quest; Open World side quest
Social media interactions: 11
All of which means I finish the quest at Level 3.
I’m really pleased with that. I’ve seen on Twitter that other readers have actually managed to finish a book for every space on the challenge board and so clearly I’m not going to be winning any prizes with my contribution but still! I have been very into shorter books recently. Usually I read a fair bit of epic fantasy and generally go for quite chunky books so it is a change of style and pace; one that’s helped me achieve my goals for the reading quest but generally just one that’s been pretty fun!
A Banned Book: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (3 out of 5 stars) – I’m just not sure I really got this. I liked the writing and the realistic elements but the aliens really threw me.
A Book Cover with a Partially Obscured Face: My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix (3 out of 5 stars) – I’m really glad I read this but it didn’t live up to the lofty recommendations I’d read. The first two thirds or so were more four stars for me but the last third was just ok.
A Book with <500 Ratings on GoodReads: Sea of Ink by Richard Weihe (3.5 out of 5 stars) – the writing in this was beautiful and it definitely deserves more than the 93 ratings it has on GoodReads but it wasn’t quite what I was expecting it to be from the blurb so I felt a little bit disappointed.
A Book Published by a Small Press: The Iron Age by Arja Kajermo (4 out of 5 stars) – this little book about a family in post-WWII Finland and Sweden (published by Tramp Press) was really fantastic and beautifully published.
A Book with a One Word Title: Annihilation by Jeff Van der Meer (3 out of 5 stars) – this reminded me a lot of the TV series Lost. I enjoyed the vast majority of this but there were elements that just were a bit…off the wall for me.
For my second path, I chose the Mage path. For my Book Set in a Different World, I read The Call by Peadar O’Guilin (4 out of 5 stars). It’s set in an alternate version of Ireland where teenagers get ‘called’ to a fae realm for three minutes. Nine out of ten children die and return from their three minutes mutilated and the story is pretty gritty and dark but so damn addictive. I flew through it and while it had flaws, it was such a fun reading experience.
For side quests, I read the first volume of Ms Marvel by G. Willow Wilson for the Mini Game side quest and I loved it. I will absolutely be picking up volume 2 soon. I also picked up The End We Start From by Megan Hunter, which I reviewed yesterday and adored.
So it’s been a big success for me! I’m actually going to keep an eye out for a couple of reading challenges for next year despite having previously sworn off them, hopefully to find a few other beauties from my shelves.
If you took part, I hope you had a wonderful time too! Any tips on reading challenges for 2018 that I can be keeping an eye out for?