Y’all. I totally forgot to do a wrap-up post for the Reading Quest challenge. I had it at the forefront of my mind all of last week, then the weekend came and I forgot. So much has happened. My focus switched to other things and all I could remember by Monday was to have a book tag-filled week. So instead of a tag today, here’s my wrap-up.
A refresher: The Reading Quest challenge was held August 13 — September 10. That’s about a month long, which is one of the many reasons why I decided to participate. It was created and hosted by Aentee at Read at Midnight and is the best and most creative readathon/challenge I’ve ever seen since blogging because you get to select an avatar, like in a video game, and gain points to level up that avatar. To gain points, participants must complete tasks on the following bingo board:
Let’s see how I did on the path I chose to follow first: the Mage.
The First Book of a Series
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames, a debut fantasy novel about a band of warriors who come out of relative retirement to try to rescue the daughter of one of the band members who is trapped in a castle that’s under siege by a horde of monsters.
I enjoyed reading this though it wasn’t what I expected and took longer than I expected to complete. It was entertaining.
A Book Set in a Different World
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett, a fantasy novel about the first female wizard of Discworld, a flat, fictional world that’s held up by four elephants on the back of a giant turtle.
It sounds ridiculous, but I love it and I’m happy to have finally tried a Discworld novel. Granny Weatherwax is a new favorite character, though at first I wasn’t sure if I liked her or not.
**Subbed for TBR book: Birthright, Vol. 1: Homecoming by Joshua Williamson, illus. by Andrei Bressan
A Book Based on Mythology
The Iliad by Homer, trans. by Robert Fagles, an epic poem about the siege of Troy.
I’m still reading it. I picked it up during the readathon and thought it okay, but got annoyed by Achilles and Agamemnon after just a few pages in so I put down the book and haven’t yet picked it back up.
**Subbed for TBR book: Ramayana: Divine Loophole by Sanjay Patel
A Book That Contains Magic
Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan, illus. by Fiona Staples, is part of a comic book series about a couple on the run from their respective governments, which are at war against each other.
The events in this one were surprising because I thought some characters would have stuck around for longer. The magic is minor but I’m counting the stint with the dragon’s balls to make the thing to help The Will.
**Subbed for TBR book: The Wingsnatchers by Sarah Jean Horwitz
A Book With a One-Word Title
Saga, Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan, illus. by Fiona Staples, summary is same as above.
This is my favorite installment of the comic book, other than the first volume.
I didn’t bother to do the points thing, but I count this part of the quest a SUCCESS! 😀 And count myself a full-fledged MAGE —
— though I didn’t complete the mythology category so that means my spells are sometimes faulty and there’s no telling when they’ll work or not. However, I completed this part of the quest before the deadline, so I am quite powerful; but since I read two comics, meaning I only got half the experience points (if I was counting), I’m not the smartest mage around. On the bright side, that means there’s room for improvement! 😀
Since I’m not the best mage, I decided to bolster my skills by following the path of the KNIGHT.
The First Book of a Series
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
A Book with a Verb in its Title
Where Are You Going, Manyoni? by Catherine Stock, an illustrated children’s book set along the Limpopo River in Zimbabwe
I didn’t like this one much, but I would recommend it to parents. It’s a good read for kids to learn about different animals and see the geography of the Limpopo River Valley.
**Subbed for TBR book: A Land Called Tarot by Gael Bertrand (illus.)
A Book with a Weapon on Its Cover
Birthright, Vol. 1: Homecoming by Joshua Williamson, illus. by Andrei Bressan, a fantasy comic book about a boy who disappears for about a year into an alternate world, where he’s trained to become a warrior. When he returns to our world to hunt some sorcerers, he’s several years older and learns his family fell apart over his disappearance.
This one was really interesting and I flew through it. It has me so curious!
**Subbed for TBR book: Lady Mechanika, Vol. 2: The Tablet of Destinies by Joe Benitez (illus.)
A Book with a Red Cover
Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, a fantasy novel about a girl seeking to win back her kingdom from an evil sorceress (or so the villain seems now).
I’m still working on this one. It reads like a YA fantasy novel and kinda makes me think of A Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, which is probably why I’m not feeling this book much right now. I’m not in the mood for it.
**Subbed for TBR book: The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
A Book That Has a TV/Movie Adaptation
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, a play that’s considered part of the Harry Potter fantasy novel series. It’s about one of Harry’s kids, who messes around with time at Hogwarts.
I enjoyed reading this and whisked through it in a day. I couldn’t stop reading it.
My progress here is similar to the MAGE section. Though I didn’t read weighty books for all the categories, I’ll still consider this section a SUCCESS! 😀
However, I’m not the best knight around. So though I have the training and some skills, there are still some peasants who taunt and say I’m an inadequate KNIGHT —
— meaning I’m one of those knights who gets knocked out for no reason in a fight and gets up unscathed when everything is over wondering what happened. No one trusts me to save them from greedy trolls, monstrous dragons, and lovely barmaids who’re only nice when they get a good tip (otherwise they turn into shrieking harpies and rip your throat out for not tipping well. It happens). 😦
However, I completed some side quests (so there’s hope for me yet). 🙂
Mini-Game: Read a Graphic Novel, Novella, or Poem Collection
Saga, Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan, illus. by Fiona Staples; summary is same as above.
The comic book series is still interesting, but not as deeply so as the first couple volumes were. However, I like the Bonnie & Clyde moment (so I’m calling it).
Animal Companion: Book Referencing an Animal in the Title
Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki by Mamoru Hosoda, illus. by Yu, a manga about a woman who raises her half-wolf children on her own.
This was a good read and I liked the illustrations (review coming soon). This book can actually be used for several categories, but since we can only read 1 book per square, I chose this category for it because an animal companion on my quest would be nice, though with my luck it’ll be a tiny, squeaky bird like Pigwidgeon.
Open World: Read Whatever You Want
The Journey by Francesca Sanna, an illustrated children’s book about a family that seeks to emigrate to a safe place.
This was a great read accompanied by breathtaking illustrations. I highly recommend it.
So with those extra experiences under my belt, and again all were completed before the quest’s deadline, 11 days ahead in fact (meaning extra points for me, if I was counting), I do believe I’m now pretty talented and can be considered a decent BATTLE MAGE!! 😀 YES!
So overall, I count this Reading Quest challenge a huge success and I’m proud of myself for becoming a badass. 😛