I’m going to just start off by saying that I have never participated in a read-a-thon before. I always felt like they were kind of pointless, because they just consisted of reading books. I mean, I do that anyway, so what’s the point? #TheReadingQuest, however, which is hosted by Aentee @ Read at Midnight, seems like SO MUCH FUN. I seriously couldn’t resist signing up, and I’m usually pretty meh about this kind of stuff.
The read-a-thon is running from August 13 to September 10, so make sure you go sign up if you’re interested. I’m gonna explain a bit what the read-a-thon consists of and then get into my TBR, so if you already know what’s going on feel free to skip the next part and scroll down to the books I’ll be reading.
The adorable art for this read-a-thon was created by CW @ Read, Think, Ponder!
What is #TheReadingQuest?
The read-a-thon is constructed like a video game quest, which is basically my favourite thing in the world. I haven’t been able to play Skyrim in months, so a part of me probably just signed up due to withdrawal symptoms. In any case, you pick a class (mage, rogue, knight, or bard), and then follow the character’s path across the following quest board.
As you can see, each class has a set path with specific challenges. The blue squares in the middle are side quests that anyone can complete during the read-a-thon to get some extra points. If you wanna know how the point system works, please do read the original sign-up post, because all I can do is repeat what Aentee explains much better herself.
The coolest part about this is that you can download a file to create your own character card! I think that’s a very cute detail that was put into the read-a-thon, and I really appreciate it.
Look how cute that is! As you can discern from the card, I will be a mage in this read-a-thon. I wanted to be a rogue, because I feel like the path is a bit more interesting, but I don’t have any books on my TBR that have a partially obscured face on the cover. Or rather, I have those books back in England, and for this read-a-thon I will be home in Spain. So I had a very limited amount of books to choose from, and the only path that I can do is the one of the mage. But that’s okay, because it will help me get through some big books I have owned for a while!
- A book with a one word title: Arcadia by Iain Pears. This is supposed to similar to His Dark Materials, which sounds quite interesting. I’ve only read the first book in Philip Pullman’s series, but I like how clever it is, and Arcadia seems to have the same mix between multiple worlds, science, and cool characters. I’m excited to find out how strange this is!
- A book that contains magic: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I’m gonna be honest – I don’t really want to read this. But I want to participate in the read-a-thon, and I don’t have any other books that contain magic apart from Mage’s Blood, and I need that one for a different challenge. So I’m gonna have to face my fear of cringy urban fantasy and get this over with! Who knows, maybe it’s better than expected.
- A book based on mythology: American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I’ve never read anything by Neil Gaiman before, and this is supposed to be really good, so I’m looking forward to reading it! The premise doesn’t really give much away, so I’ll just let the book surprise me.
- A book set in a different world: Mage’s Blood by David Hair. I haven’t read any epic/high fantasy in ages, and I really miss it, so I’m super pumped about this. It’s about a world where a bridge under the sea rises to the surface every 12 years, and there’s supposed to be epic fighting. HELL YEAH.
- The first book of a series: The Girl in 6E by A. R. Torre. Very different from all the massive books above, but probably much needed in between. I’m usually not a big reader of thrillers, and I have never picked up and erotic thriller before, but the premise sounds so cool I couldn’t resist. It’s about a cam-girl who can’t leave the house because every time she does, she wants to kill someone. How cool is that! It sounds really original and intriguing, so I’m excited to get around to it.
I’ve also put together a little TBR for some of the side quests, because why the hell not. I’m probably going to end up reading more of these books than for the main challenges, because I’m a bit more excited about them.
- Time warp (a book set in either the past or the future): The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue. Ever since reading Room, I’ve wanted to check out more of her work, and when I found out this was lesbian historical fiction, I got even more excited. I’m glad to finally have a reason to get around to it!
- Mini game (read a graphic novel, novella, or poem collection): And the Years Rolled By at an Alarming Rate by Nicola Daly. This is the second novella in a series by Gatehouse Press. I read and really loved the first one, Kumkum Malhotra by Preti Taneja, so I’m sure I will enjoy this one as well. It’s a really short read too so perfect to break up the tomes I’ve set myself!
- Grind (a book with 500+ pages): The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. ANOTHER massive book?? I know right. That’s wild. But I’ve been waiting to get back home to Spain so I can read this for ages, so I can’t just not put it on my TBR. Also, I got through Donna Tartt’s The Secret History in just a few days, and that one was massive as well, so maybe this isn’t such a bad idea. This book is all about art and secrets and it’s (hopefully) just as atmospheric and dark and beautiful as The Secret History.
- Animal companion (book referencing an animal in the title): Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman. This is about a boy who has just moved to London from Ghana and wants to investigate the murder of one of his classmates, but he doesn’t realise that this is dangerous for him and his family. The premise reminds me a lot of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and I’m really curious to see what the author has done with the idea. It’s not own-voices unfortunately, but I still hope it will be a good read, as it was a shortlisted nominee for the Man Booker Prize in 2011.
And that is my ridiculous TBR! I have taken on way too much (like I do), but at least I have a few books to choose from. I’m really excited to get started with the read-a-thon, and I’m curious to see what will happen!
If you’re taking part in #TheReadingQuest as well, do let me know what you will be reading. I’m curious to see what everyone is planning to pick up! And if you haven’t signed up yet, please do – it really seems like it will be a lot of fun!
‘Till next time and happy reading!