Wednesday, August 9, 2017

#TheReadingQuest (or: Ina Tries to Read More Books)

What's this? Ina's making a blog post? About books, no less? TRULY IT IS THE YEAR OF OUR LORD

In any case, I found out about this reading challenge called The Reading Quest via my incessant Booktube-lurking. To be honest, I was never one for TBRs -- and readathons/reading challenges, no less -- but I was sold on this one in particular for its RPG elements. That alone pretty much got my stamp of approval.

It's interesting because it works like a sort of board game where players can move forward after every book read. In classic RPG fashion, it even has a set of character classes to choose from.

Character designs by CW of Read, Think, Ponder
There's a bunch of rules that explain more on the mechanics and points system here. Participants who reach the highest EXP and HP at the end of the quest (it runs from August 13 to September 10) actually win a prize, which is cool.

Honestly though, I'm participating mostly to get through so many of my unread books than anything. I have an embarrassing amount of them, and yet, I continue to buy books anyway. Seriously, it needs to stop. (Knowing me though, will it really?)

I've pretty much penciled in the titles I'll be reading for each character class, and a lot of them are old books bought some years ago that I've left unread up to this day. I've been pretty horrible with my book buying lately (then again, when am I not?), so I'm hoping that this reading challenge will really help me read more of my books.

The class I've chosen to start with is the Knight role:

The first book of a series: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
A book with a verb in its title: The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi
A book with a weapon on its cover: Heartless by Marissa Meyer
A book with a red cover: As Old as Time by Liz Braswell
A book that has a tv/movie adaptation: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

(Post to be updated as quest progresses.)

I AM EXCITED AND TERRIFIED. My TBR for the whole challenge is fairly ambitious -- at least for me -- so it's just a taaad risky, but hey, WHAT'S LIFE WITHOUT LIVING ON THE EDGE AMIRITE???

I highly doubt that I'll be able to complete the entire quest, but I really do hope that I don't just give up halfway like I do with the rest of my life whoops. Ultimately, my goal is just to read more of my unread books. And maybe accomplish my 2017 reading goal of 50 books...

Thanks again to Read at Midnight for hosting this challenge! GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE PARTICIPATING WOOHOO


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