Alright, I know I have never taken part in any reading challenges or readathon type events on here, but I couldn’t help but find this one interesting… First because of the way it’s structured (how much fun is a ‘quest’) and secondly because the timing seemed way too perfect!
You see, I am just finishing up the final exams from the summer session for college, my last exam falling on August 12th. I then have a school break until the fall session starts on September 12th… This quest falls between August 13th and September 10th. Perfect much? What a great way to motivate myself to enjoy some personal reading during this time off!
The reading quest was introduced to me when it was talked about on one of the blogs I often find myself drawn to, a book blog called The Wanderlust Reader. Created by Aentee @ Read at Midnight, this is a fun way to boost your reading motivation! It’s a creative and fun approach, super well organized and explained on the original post, and the illustrations to accompany it (by CW @ Read, Think, Ponder) are way too much fun!
Here’s How It Works
You start by choosing one of the 4 available character classes. They each come with a fun little description, so you can choose whichever you feel you connect with most.
Then, following the Quest board, you discover the various squares that are included as part of your character’s quest. You must start by completing your own character’s quest before moving onto other characters.
As you work your way through, you will earn both experience points and health points, working towards leveling up your character, and working your way up in the rankings against the others that are completing the quest. At the end, there are prizes for the most EXP and HP.
I will be starting this quest while I am on vacation camping with the family – what a perfect way to kick it off! With exams out of the way, I can’t wait to curl up on the campsite with my first book on Sunday! To choose a character I just went with my gut looking at the character descriptions. I thought this would be more fun than reading ahead on the game board and planning it that way. I selected the Knight
One thing I will admit when it comes to reading is that I own a serious lack of fiction style books. I have business and non-fiction books to fill shelves upon shelves, but apparently I have lacked in recent years on expanding my collection for personal reading. The good news is that we have a great local library system! So, after choosing my character and discovering what that would entail, I ran off to the library to select the 5 books I would read to fill the challenges in each of the squares. Here is my game plan:
The First Book of a Series
Private by James Patterson
A Book with a Verb in its Title
and Falling, Fly by Skyler White
A Book with a Weapon on its Cover
The Hired Gun by Matthew Branton
A Book with a Red Cover
The Undoing by Averil Dean
A Book That Has a TV/Movie Adaptation
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I haven’t chosen an order yet for sure, but knowing I am only going to be up camping for a limited time I chose to only pack two books. I selected ‘and Falling, Fly’ because I am a huge sucker for books about vampires and such, and ‘The Hunger Games’ because I can’t believe that I still haven’t read it! I will be sharing updates with my thoughts on the books that I read and how the quest is coming along in the coming weeks.
Interested in joining in? Head over to the original sign up post here.
Have you ever taken part in a Reading Challenge similar to this one? Are you joining in on #TheReadingQuest? Have you read any of the above books? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!