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The Reading Quest

If there’s anything you need to know about me, it’s that I’m extremely obsessed with RPG games and the quests that they contain. Some of my favourites include The Elder Scrolls and Dragon Age. So, when I heard of #TheReadingQuest, it was impossible NOT to do it! I’ve had so much fun choosing books to read for this challenge that I’ve never read before but choosing my class was perhaps the easiest decision. I’ve always loved magic, so it wasn’t hard to consider myself a mage already!

Beware, I might be filling this post with a ton of game gifs. Including this one!

If you want to join The Reading Quest, you can read Aentee’s post over at Read at Midnight! The Reading Quest related graphics were created by Aentee, while the character art was created by CW from Read, Think, Ponder.

Without further ado, here’s my character class and card!

MAGE: 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.

reading quest character card

Isn’t my avatar so beautiful? I have to say, it’s such a cute mage and I wonder what magic powers I have! I also have 10HP, which I’ll probably add to the character card at the end of the challenge.

Challenge Questions

What’s the duration of this challenge? – This challenge runs from August 13th to September 10th, which gives you almost an entire month to read the books that you’ve chosen for the challenge.

What are the other classes? – The other classes up for grabs are the KnightRogue, and Bard classes. Each of them has different starting quests and positions which is quite interesting but fret not, you can still do other class quests as well after you’ve completed your own!

EXP and HP Breakdown

In The Reading Quest, you have the opportunity to level up and gain extra health! Honestly, this feels like an RPG game and I’m too excited. Every person starts with 10 EXP and you will level up with every 50 EXP you gain. EXP can be earnt by:

  • Every book read in relation to a quest = 10 EXP
    • Unless it’s a graphic novel or manga, then it’s 5 EXP.
    • But, if it’s a book by a marginalized author, it earns you 20 EXP.
  • Complete your character quest = 50 EXP
  • Complete additional character quests = 30 EXP.

Additionally, everyone begins with 10 HP too. The way to earn HP is as follows:

  • Every 10 pages read / 20 minutes listened = 1 HP
    • Unless it’s a graphic novel or manga, then it’s 20 pages = 1 HP.
  • Meaningful tweets with #TheReadingQuest = 1HP (Max of 20HP for Social)
  • Meaningful Photos with #TheReadingQuest = 1HP (Max of 20HP for Social)

It’s safe to say that I’ll be trying my hardest to reach the highest level. (imagine all the spells I can unlock!)

Quest Board & TBR

So the quest board shows that I have to read a maximum of 25 books during this period. This is more than I’ve read so far this year.

But nevertheless, I’m determined to succeed! The purple squares represent the mandatory quests while the blue squares are side quests and can be attempted at any time in the challenge.

quest board

Now here comes my TBR. It’s quite a lot of books, some of which I don’t own yet but I’m planning to purchase soon. (These will be marked with an asterisk *)

I have to complete the Mage Quest before I can pursue the Knight, Rogue or Bard quests but I am free to do the Side Quests whenever I want. Also, I do not have to repeat corner quests which is great!

Mage Quest

First book of a Series – Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
A book set in a Different World – Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
Read a book based on Mythology – Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Book that contains Magic – Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
A book with a One Word Title – Want by Cindy Pon (*)

Knight Quest

Read a book with a Verb in its Title – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
A book with a Weapon on its Cover – Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
Book with a Red Cover – Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (*)
A book that has a TV/Movie Adaptation – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (*)

Rogue Quest

Read a Banned book – A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle (*)
Book with a Partially Obscured Face – When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
A book with <500 Ratings on Goodreads – The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana (*)
Book published by a Small Press – Geekerella by Ashley Poston (*)

Bard Quest

A Fairy Tale Retelling – Because You Love To Hate Me by Various Authors (*)
A book cover with Striking Typography – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (*)
A book translated from another language – I AM UNSURE ON THIS ONE. I’ll get back to it!

Side Quests

Potions (Read a book written by two or more authors) – The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
Time Warp (Read a book set in the past or future) – The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
Expansion (Read a companion novel or short story) – The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan & Maureen Johnson
Multiplayer (Buddy Read a book!) – Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
Open World (My choice!) – The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye
Mini-Game (Read a graphic novel, novella or poem collection) – A Change is Gonna Come by Various Authors
Grind (Read a book with 500+ Pages) – The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Respawn (Read a book you previously DNF’d) – Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Animal Companion (Read a book with an animal in the title) – The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

How will I keep track of my score?

Along with setting up a page for this challenge up on my blog, I’ll be using a spreadsheet provided by the amazing Novel Knight on their reading quest post here. This will greatly benefit me during the process and make things much simpler! I’m so excited to start this amazing quest, and I hope you’ll consider joining in too!

Also, I will hopefully have so much health that no monster could ever best me!


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Are you participating in #TheReadingQuest? If so, what’s your class?
If you’re not participating, give me some good luck because I’ll need it! Also, if you’ve read some of the books on my TBR, tell me if they’re good or not!

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  • Hope

    August 15, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Aw this looks so fun! Good luck with the challenge! May the Maker watch over you and Andraste light your path:) And watch out for dragons.

  • A Random Faerie Person

    August 14, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    For a book translated from another language, try Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff

  • Nicole Junk

    August 14, 2017 at 1:29 am

    Hey! Those are some fantastic books on your TBR! I have never done a reading challenge like this before, but I am very excited to participate! I have already read one book today, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. I saw that you had her new novel, Flame in the Mist, on your TBR. It is a WONDERFUL book! I loved it and can not wait for the next one. I have already started on The Rose and the Dagger. Luckily I was able to make challenges work for each of them. ") Happy Reading!

    • Joel Rochester
      to Nicole Junk

      August 15, 2017 at 12:01 am

      Thank you so much, Nicole! The Flame in the Mist is a read-along that I'm doing with my friends so I'm so excited to be sharing the experience with them. I can't wait to pick up The Wrath & The Dawn as well as I've heard it's amazing. Happy reading to you too!

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